When "Adventure" Meets "Accomplished"

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I have a very grungy, rugged card to share with you that combines two of our fabulous new summer collections, Adventure and Accomplished.

Out of all of Authentique's new summer releases, both Accomplished and Adventure struck me as having more rugged, masculine prints. And although these collections don't seem to "go together" very well at first glance, I thought it would be fun to pair the two lines to create a rugged, manly man card for my sweet dad.
I love how this turned out. Sometimes combining the most unlikely elements results in a truly unique and one-of-a-kind design. I had fun getting grungy with ink, paint, and sandpaper here, and experimented with a cool new lattice die, too.
I took lots of photos of my process to share with you, in case you'd like to give this a try. Here's all you need to do to create this card.
One of my favorite new products with the summer releases is the Card Making Stack. These awesome pads come with 18 pre-cut and scored card bases, three each of 6 designs. I chose the white star print from the Accomplished stack for my card base.
Then using a sanding block, I lightly scuffed the edges of the card, then applied some Frayed Burlap distress ink using a blending tool.
Cut several panels of patterned papers to layer onto the card base. For my design, I started with a piece of Accomplished solid black Foundation paper, followed by two prints from the Adventure line. I chose one paper with a bold pattern, the Rustic paper, and then a solid print, the blue Wildflower paper. To create even more interesting texture, I embossed the blue paper with a fun candy stripe embossing folder, heavily sanded the panel to reveal the white core beneath, and inked the exposed areas with the distress ink and blending tool.
Tim Holtz has just released some cool new frameworks dies with Sizzix. I used the Lattice frameworks die here and a piece of raw chipboard to die cut the outside frame. To create the grungy finish on the lattice work, I first painted the frame with a cream colored paint dabber.
And once the paint is dry, sand a few areas with your sanding block, and ink the exposed parts with a brown ink pad. This adds instant age and grunge!
Die cut the lattice framework again, once with Rustic patterned paper, and a second time with plain raw chipboard. Save the inner pieces and set aside the outer frameworks for another project.
Tear or cut the lattice framework apart into several pieces, and adhere the pieces to the card panel using tacky glue. Ink the edges of the inner pieces, and adhere a few pieces randomly into the frame, leaving some spaces open.
Adhere the embossed panel onto the card base. Make a small slit in the folded edge of the card base, just enough to slip through a bit of twine. Then wrap the bottom of the card with the twine, and tie closed with a simple knot and button. Add a Tim Holt ticket to the left side of the card. Trim an Accomplished journaling card from the Enhancements Cut Apart paper, and adhere to the right side of the card at an angle, with a portion of the card going off the edge. Trim off the excess, then lightly run your fingernail along the edge of the card in a few places to add some distressing.
Adhere a kraft tag to the top of the journaling card, covering the printed text. Dab a bit of paint in random spots around the card to add a shabby finish.
Then have fun adding a few final embellishments and details. I added bits of paper scraps, and clock face die cuts and stickers from the Accomplished collection. The sentiment is a portion of another Accomplished journaling card, along with a small cardstock banner sticker from the Details sticker sheet.
Authentique Accomplished Collection:
card making stack"foundations" distressed solids6x6 "bundle"
"enhancements" 12x12 paper"details" 12x12 cardstock sticker"components" 6x12 paper die cut

Authentique Adventure Collection:
"rustic" 12x12 paper
"wildflower" 12x12 paper

Die, Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Ticket: Tim Holtz
Button: Foofala
Hemp: May Arts
Ink: Ranger, Clearsnap
Paint: Ranger
Other: Recycled Kraft Tag, Raw Chipboard


  1. Audrey, this is wonderful...love the combo of papers and elements!

  2. Very nice! I love all of the textures and layers!

  3. awesome!!!!! I love the paper collection.

  4. This is gorgeous! Love the lattice work!


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