Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Watch Us Wednesday with Audrey Pettit: Create Background Paper with Rubons Tutorial

Hi everyone! Audrey here with our next Watch Us Wednesday tutorial for The Kraft Journal. For this week's Father's Day challenge theme, I'm going to share with you a fun technique using rub-ons to create your own unique, one-of-a-kind patterned paper.

I absolutely adore rub-ons. They come in every shape, style, color, and design imaginable and offer images and sentiments for every theme under the sun. If you guys are anything like me, then you probably have a whole ton of rub-ons in your scrappy stash. And like me, perhaps you're always looking for new and creative ways to use them. I love these Steampunk Victoriana Rubbings from The Kraft Outlet, and thought the vintage images would work perfectly for a masculine card design.

Creating your own patterned paper with rub-ons is so easy to do. Here, I simply started with a Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock card base, followed by a slightly distressed layer of Vintage Dictionary Pages. To make my next layer of custom patterned paper, I simply cut a smaller piece of Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock and covered it with about half the sheet of Steampunk Victoriana Rubbings. This mish mash of images is totally random and fun, and eye catching, too. And this is a great way to use up any leftover rub-ons that you may have laying around.

A strip of Black Twill Tying Tape spans the bottom of the card, and to the lower left-hand side I added a Small Glassine Bag with a tucked Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag, and a Small Kraft Shipping Tag detailed with more Vintage Dictionary Pages and Black Baker's Twine. Clock Face Icons and a computer-printed sentiment add the final details.

And don't forget to add one final rub-on detail to the matching Brown Kraft Envelope.

Hope you all play along with us on this week's Father's Day challenge. You have until 6 pm on Sunday, June 19th to upload your project to the Kraft Journal gallery. Can't wait to see what you all create!


  1. This card is simply FABULOUS Audrey... you totally rocked the Father's Day challenge with this card and tutorial!

  2. I loved this idea! The sample card is gorgeous! I gave it a try here:


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