Monday, September 20, 2010

Distressed & Glazed Brown Bag Technique

Today I have a technique that will help welcome in Autumn!!

It's something I discovered quite some time ago purely by accident. I was trying to come up with a fun new technique using Sepia Accents but grabbed my Glossy Accents by mistake!

Distressed & Glazed

Brown Bag Technique

Of course you can use brown bags for this technique but in our area most stores have all gone to those darn plastic bags. If you have the same trouble, I have a solution....I found this really cool brown bag paper in the paint section of Wal-Mart! It is a bit thinner than grocery sacks but is very similar to lunch bags if that helps. There are yards and yards and yards of paper here and it was so inexpensive...something like $5.00 or so. It is perfect for all sorts of crafty ideas and you could even use it for what it was intended for if you need to paint your walls ~ LOL!

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Brown Paper Bag

Distress Ink

Glossy Accents

Paper Punch, Die-Cut or Hand Drawn/Cut Design


1. Tear off a section of brown bag and crumble crumble crumble.

2. Flatten out your brown bag and rub one color of Distress Ink (ex. Wild Honey) over the paper.

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I have brown corduroy, wild honey and forest moss on this example...

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3. Squeeze a generous amount of Glossy Accents over your inked brown paper bag.

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4. (FUN PART!!!) Spread the Glossy Accents over the entire inked area(s). I use my fingers but you could use whatever tool you would like :) Let this dry completely.

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As the Glossy Accents dry it blends with and moves some of the Distress Ink around creating an amazing depth and texture. Here is what it looks like after it has dried.... (this ex is Fired Brick & Rusty Hinge)

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5. After the GA has dried, cut desired shapes from the paper. Since I wanted to use them for an Autumn project I decided to paper punch some leaf shapes.... You could also die-cut this paper or hand cut desired shapes. I don't think it would be a good idea to run it through something like a Cricut since the GA may interfere with the knife.

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And here is what they look like....

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Don't worry if some areas of GA are thicker than others... It really adds a cool texture to the cut shapes. You can see where the GA cracked when I paper punched it on these two leaves....

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Pretty cool results huh?

I love this vintage, shabby, distressed look!!!

By changing the colors and shapes this technique is great for all sorts of themes!
Tomorrow I will share a finished project incorporating these nifty leaves.


  1. These definitely are nifty little leaves...toooo cooool and I love the technique. This type of paper looks great as book cover too...I have made some look almost like real leather..using dark brown shoe polish:)

  2. I love this technique. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks like a lot of work for some leaves - but they ended up looking great.

  4. I use my brown paper for wrapping paper all the time. I love the distressed look of it. I might have to try that next time.

  5. Those are fantastic! I have a brown paper bag sitting right next to me, so it will be leaves soon.

  6. SaaaaWWEeett!!! I can think of 10 things right now to do with this technique! True inspiration:) Thanks soooooo much for the tut!!!!!

  7. LOVE IT!! Before I saw the leaf punch as soon as I saw the crinkled, inked paper I could SEE the leaf in it! So cool!!

  8. What a great idea! easy! thanks for the tip!

  9. I love it!!! I have a few rolls of that brown bag stuff. I have the punches also!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  10. Wow, wow, wow! I just bought some of that paper - can't wait to try this, those leaves look amazing!!!

  11. This is brilliant my main hobby is miniatures but i also make cards this is something that can be used in both my hobbies thanks for sharing

  12. These are gorgeous. I love that brown paper. I have a huge roll in my garage to use for wrapping gifts. Will have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Never thought to use GA over the colors - looks great! Thanks for sharing this cool technique.

  14. I love this technique, I am going to try this today. Awesome job!

  15. You always have the best techniques. I just happen to have all of the products, so guess what I'll be doing today!!

  16. Roni -

    What an absolutely awesome technique! And I am so loving those leaves! I love the Autumn and the show Mother Nature puts on for us. Can't wait to see what you've done with the leaves.

    Elaine Allen

  17. Great technique. Thanks for sharing. I had to laugh as in the UK they are trying to stop plastic bags. Many shops are now charging for them and they are thinking of bringing in a law to make a charge compulsory. We have all been asking why we can't have those nice brown paper sacks you get in your supermarkets over there. One of our biggest supermarkets Asda is now owned by Wallmart and they as well are discouraging the use of plastic bags. Pauline C

  18. How gorgeous!!! Love this technique!!

  19. OMG! That's just way too cool Roni! Thanx for the awesome idea.

  20. I really, really, love this!!!
    I have some of this paper and I am going to do this tomorrow. Am making a card for my friend, as she loves Fall, and today was the first day of Fall!!

  21. Oh wow, what a fabulous technique, definitely something I'm going to be trying!

  22. What a fabulous technique - it works so well with leaves! Thanks for sharing.

  23. great technique! the leaves looks really wonderful!

  24. Thank you for this amazing technique. I hope you don't mind but I have used it today in one of my creations, but I have linked back to this site.
    I don't have a leaf punch, so I cut my leaves by hand. Pop along and see if you like my creation.

    Have a lovely day
    Sue xx


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