You'll find the finished card at the end of this post! These are the steps I used to make my faux layers and faux stitching. To see a larger view of any photo, right click on the image and open a new window or tab.
Step 1: I used post-it notes to mask a "layer". Then I sponged the area with certainly celery. I didn't use my normal sponging movement that I would use when sponging edges. Instead, I first dabbed it on the post-it note to make a lighter shade, then I pushed it down on the paper, and instead of swiping, I smooshed and twisted.
Step 2: I then inked my stamp and stamped the image multiple times to create a designer paper look. I reinked between each stamped image. I did not stamp off first on the post-it. I wanted a slightly darker shade than the sponging.
Step 3: Once your faux layers are done and the post-it notes are removed, it's time to spice up the faux layer with faux stitching. There are multiple ways to create the illusion of stitching. This is the method I used. I used a paper piercer and template (Stampin' Up's mat stack) along all of the borders. (Above photo) When that was done, I used a marker of the same color (you can use a darker shade of the same color if desired). With the marker, I traced along the dotted line created by the piercing. (Photo Below)
The card below is the finished design. I used today's DRS Designs' sketch challenge found on their blog here. I cut and layered 3 checkboard flowers (D372) and glued a button on the top flower. Here's the surprise... then I used Swirling Snowflakes (F168) as a starting point for my "wind blown" mini flowers. The mini flowers were made with an EK Success punch with SU designer paper. I glued some flowers on the snowflakes and then added a few more falling down the edge of the faux layer. Once I had the dots started from the Swirling Snowflakes image, it was easy to continue a dotted pattern with my certainly celery marker. You'll find the recipe below.
DRS Stamps: Checkerboard Flower, Swirling Snowflakes
Paper: white, certainly celery, SU dsp: rose red, regal rose, apricot appeal, pumpkin pie, certainly celery, retired Loves Me dsp
Ink: pumpkin pie, mambo melon, certainly celery
Accessories: paper piercer & template (SU mat stack), button, SU celery marker
Techniques: faux layers, faux stitching