Hi everyone!  I'm back with a few tips and techniques that I used on my layout, "Love Your Butterfly Kisses" using the July kit from ScrapThat.  First I'd like to show you how I created the stitched background flowers that add dimension and texture to my layout.

Stitched Background Flowers

STEP 1: Use your favorite flower dies or punches to cut flowers from the adhesive-backed cork sheet.
STEP 2: "Distress" the cork flower cut-outs by dabbing white ink onto the top of the flowers and brown ink onto the edges.
STEP 3: Remove the backing from the cork cut-outs and adhere onto your layout.  Poke holes around the edges of the flower.
STEP 4: Stitch the holes using embroidery floss to create a textured border.

Next I would like to share a quick tip on how to distress the awesome cork alphas that come in this month's kit.

Distressed Alphas

STEP 1: Stick your title letters onto a sheet of paper or a craft sheet.
STEP 2: Gently scrape the top surface of the alphas with an emery board, metal file or similar tool.
STEP 3: Dab white pigment ink onto the distressed alphas.
STEP 4: Spritz with water to allow the white ink to soak into the alphas.
Dry with a heat tool and add a little brown ink to the edges.

I hope you find these tips useful!  Thanks for stopping by today!