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May 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop - Faux Suede

May 2021

Thank you for stopping by to check out the Faux Suede technique feathered in the May 2021 Technique Squad blog hop.  I had never heard of this technique, so I was excited to see what it was all about.  It is a very neat look, exposing the broken fibers of card stock to create a "fuzzy" look.


My daughter showed horses from about sixth grade through college.  I was used to seeing Basic Black, Early Espresso, and occasionally Night of Navy suede chaps.  One brave person even had Basic White suede chaps.  My first instinct was to use Basic Black or Early Espresso, but I really wanted to use the beautiful You're A Peach Designer Series Paper featured on my card.  So, I decided to use Balmy Blue card stock.  After creating the piece of faux suede, I decided to tear the edges to create an even softer look.  You can really see the detail in the close-up image of the card.  The sentiment I used is from the Hand-Penned stamp set in the annual catalog.  I love the two different fonts used on this sentiment.

Faux Suede

I decided to try a few more colors just to see what they would look like with this technique, including Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Basic White, Real Red, Pool Party, Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy, and of course, Soft Suede.  As you can see in the picture above, this technique works for any color.

The technique is easy, only requiring a piece of card stock (I recommend no more than 2" wide) and a bone folder.  To learn how to distress your card stock to create faux suede, watch this video, which is located on my You Tube Channel - Carole's Creative Escape with Carole Garrison.

Here are the measurements if you would like to make this card:

  • Pear Pizzazz Card Stock - 5.5" x 8.5", scored at 4.25" 
  • You're a Peach Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5.25"
  • Balmy Blue Card Stock - 1.75" x 5.25"
  • Basic White Card Stock - 4" x 5.25" (inside of card)
  • Pear Pizzazz Card Stock Scrap
  • Basic White Card Stock Scrap

Here is a full list of supplies used to create this card:

Product List

Thanks again for stopping by to check out this fun technique.  Please be sure to visit the other talented demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  There are sure to be some amazing cards for you to see!  Click the Next button to see Nicole Mahler's creations.

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Nicole Mahler

JoAnn Pollock

Vy Tran

Amy Jo Farkas Rudd

Mackenzie Grimme

Kristie Strum

Carole Garrison