Frugal Friday (10-17)

Yay! It’s Fruuuuu-gal Fri-day! 🙂

Today’s cheapskate trick is a one I like to call my “easy-peasy Faux Paint” technique. It’s a technique that gives a project the look of painted edges without you ever having to get your fingers dirty.

The first thing you are going to do is raid your office supply stash for a correction tape runner. The one I am using here is a Dry Line Mini Liquid Paper one from Paper Mate.  I’ve had this one for probably 4 or 5 years. Let me just say that a little bit goes a long way. If you don’t have one, you can pick up one at pretty much any box store in the office supply aisle for under $3.

You are also going to need a nail file, paper you want to work with and scratch paper (to work on).

Let’s get started.

Set your paper on your desk.

Roll the correction tape along the edge of your paper so you have a nice, solid white line. Repeat this step until you’ve covered all of the paper’s edges.

Now, comes the tricky part.

Hold the paper steady with one hand. Hold a nail file with the other. Slowly rub the nail file along the correction tape lines. Fleck off the tape until you have a nice, rugged faux paint look you are happy with.

I highly recommend this technique for any card maker. However, if you are a scrapbooker, be warned. If you are scrapbooker who really worries about the safety of the materials you put in your books, you probably want to pass on this technique. I personally tend to not be a worrier so it’s OK for my scrapbooks, but I firmly believe what goes in a book is a personal choice for each scrapper.

Anyway, that aside, here’s a card made with this faux paint technique.

I used the tape roller to do the card’s edges.  I also used it on the circle.

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be back during the weekend!

6 thoughts on “Frugal Friday (10-17)

  1. You really are a card-making genius! I love this idea…hate all the mess of painting, but love the look. I’m signing off with my jaw on the desk because this is SO COOL!

  2. What a cool idea!!! I hate the mess that paint makes, but this I could do. have to remember to pick up correction tape next time i’m at the store!

  3. I LOVE THIS IDEA!! I am a consultant for Close to my heart and I am always looking for ideas to use on cards!! This is awesome!! Thanks!! Does it work using sand paper as easily as it does with a file?

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