Victorian {Sand} Textured Wallpaper

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

While on our recent trip to the Poconos, we visited the Asa Packer Mansion.
This beautiful home had so many unique details.  One of which was a wall treatment where they used stencils, adhesive, and sand or gravel to create textured 'wallpaper'.  Adhesive was applied using a stencil and then sand or gravel was thrown at the wall; it stuck to the adhesive creating patterns.  After the adhesive was dry, gold leaf or paint was applied over the sand.  I wanted to create this same look on my card, but instead of sand I used embossing powder that I didn't heat.  This takes a while to dry and I couldn't help it along with my heat tool because I didn't want to melt the powder.  The unheated powder left the perfect sandy texture I was looking for.  Just to make sure it was secure, I used a spray fixative to keep all of the 'sand' in place.

Unfortunately, you are not permitted to take pictures inside the home,
 but here are a few from outside.
Jim Thorpe, PA


Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardstock: PTI White, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: WP9 Love You More, Folk Art Florals
Ink: PTI Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse
Dies: PTI Turning A New Leaf
Other: Prima Stencil, Turquoise Embossing Powder, Matte Medium, Gold Embossing Powder, Spray Fixative, Scor-Tape


  1. Kara, this is gorgeous. I absolutely love the texture and layout. The pictures are beautiful.

  2. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love your design layout too.
    Your pictures are gorgeous too. TFS

  3. Very cool technique Kara - love the energy of this card!

  4. Beautiful card, thanks for the texture tip!

  5. Wow! Gorgeous card and a new technique to me... really looks like sand.

  6. Wow - this is awesome! LOVE the texture!

  7. Great technique to get the texture you want Kara. Lovely card with a beautiful elegant feel.

  8. Stunning! What a cool idea to leave the embossing powder dry like that. Looks wonderful! Love it.

  9. Gorgeous take on the mood board and neat technique. Love the Poconos - you're making me want to go back for another visit!

  10. Awesome technique--thanks for the tip! Your card is gorgeous!

  11. Stunning!!
    The texture is so incredible...
    I love what you have created here...
    it's gorgeous!
    But then they always are! :)

  12. Wow! Love the idea of a sandy texture! Beautiful card!!

  13. GORGEOUS! I loved reading about the background and why you made it the way you did. Such a neat idea and so perfectly executed.

  14. Gorgeous Kara! What a small world, I live right outside the Poconos. Jim Thorpe is about an hour from me. We've never visited that museum, we'll have to check it out! TFS!

  15. Hey Kara! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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