Category Archives: Distress Techniques

Make Today Count – Mixed Media Card

  • Stamps – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Falling Leaves CMS097”
  • Stencils – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Autumn,” “Dot Fade,” and “Grid Dot”
  • Ranger Texture Paste: Opaque Matte
  • Ranger Distress Crayons: Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Buttercup
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Paper String: Solids
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Metallic Stickers: Quotations
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Wrap: Plain
  • Brass leaf charm – Fire Mountain
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Watercolor paper – Strathmore 140 lb. cold press

This card was fun to make because of all the layers–and of course it took me a very long time, just because when I’m making decisions as I move through the process it always takes me a long time! I really enjoy the process and since it is my birthday today, I indulged in getting messy and creative.

I started out by applying texture paste through the leaf stencil onto watercolor paper. I love leaves as a theme in my work! Then I stared at it for awhile, and added Distress Crayons all over the piece, blending as I went along. I then scrubbed some of the color away with a damp paper towel through a couple of stencils and continued to blend colors by adding a bit of water until I was satisfied.

Meanwhile I stamped leaves on tissue wrap with black Archival ink and added some ink splatters and Mica Spray. Once this was dry, I added some torn pieces of the stamped tissue with gel medium to the piece. I then cut the piece I would need for my card design and applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges. I wrapped it with paper string and attached the brass leaf charm.

On another scrap of watercolor paper, I watercolored with some Distress Inks and lightly stamped a few more leaves. This was meant to be a background for my sentiment, so I didn’t want my colors to be very intense. One dry, I cut out the sentiment piece, applied Walnut Stain Distress ink to the edges, and popped on the sentiment sticker. I attached the two pieces to cardstock and called it a day. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey: Crazy for Autumn Colours

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Old Dog – 50th Birthday

 

  • Stamp – Stampers Anonymous: The Art of Brett Weldele “Barks Marvin: The Crime Solving Dog”
  • Stencils – Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz Collection “Cargo” and “Grid Dot”
  • Alphabet stickers – Making Memories “Mini Shimmer Alpha”
  • Wooden embellishments – Kaisercraft Flourishes “Pets”
  • Distress Oxide inks – Ranger Ink – Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans
  • Texture Paste – Ranger Ink – Transparent Matte

I made this card for a friend who turned 50. I worked with him for a long time, and always joked with him that I raised him from a the time he was a pup! So this card came together appropriately! It is hard to see the details in this photo (he took the picture for me–I had forgotten to do it before I gave it to him–oops!), but there are a lot of layers and textures. I started out by applying Distress Oxide inks and water to the media board in a number of layers, drying after each application. Then I added transparent texture paste through the grid stencil and added more ink. I then stenciled the numbers (50) from the “Cargo” stencil. The dog stamp was designed by Brett Weldele, who is a local artist here in Salem. Thanks for visiting.

Challenges:

One layer card with animal – Animal Friends Challenge

Texture – Happy Little Stampers July Mixed Media Challenge

 


Give Me Coffee…

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Big Cups”
  • Dies – The Cat’s Pajamas “Scalloped Duo Dies”
  • Stencil – Stencil Girl Products S319 – “Scribble Blooms”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Worn Lipstick. Ranger Distress Inks: Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill
  • Copic markers

I created the handmade background using Distress Oxide inks through a stencil and repeated the Summer colors with papers and Distress inks. The penguin was colored with Copic markers and popped up to add dimension. The sentiment stamp and the penguin are from the same set from The Cat’s Pajamas–I always like the sentiments! I am pleased to participate in the 2017 Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by.


Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • Beaver: Avery Elle “Wood You?”
    • Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts “Brave (OWH)”
  • Dies – Avery Elle “Wood You?”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “29th Street Market – Carefree ‘Graceful’ Pattern Petite”
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks – Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m continuing to play around with Distress Oxide ink backgrounds. I applied the colors listed above to a craft sheet and spritzed with water, layering them and drying between applications. This is becoming a favorite background technique, but I can’t have just one favorite! I could create nothing but backgrounds and be perfectly happy!

I colored the beaver and flower bouquet with Copics and popped them up with dimensional adhesive. This is a nice little surprise with a couple of goodies in my son’s suitcase as he heads out on a fun trip tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

Challenges:

Incy Wincy “So So Cute” Challenge

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity “Favorite Background Technique” Challenge


Life’s a Beach

  • Stamps –
    • Stampington & Co. Christine Adolph Series, “Shore Cliff Elements”
    • Darcie’s – “Beach Bums”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Broken China and Faded Jeans
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Silver metallic paper

This is a very simple card with a beachy theme. I started with a watercolor background, which is sort of the star of the card, made with Ranger Distress Oxide inks and water. I stamped the shells and sentiment over the background in black Archival ink.

Challenge: The Artistic Stamper April Creative Challenge – Backgrounds

Thanks for visiting.


Thinking of you – Butterflies on Oxides

  • Stencil – Stencil Girl Products S319 – “Scribble Blooms”
  • Stamp – Hero Arts CL342 “Everyday Sayings”
  • Butterflies – unknown origin
  • Border punch – EK Success
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

The background for this card was made with Distress Oxide inks applied through a stencil with a sponge applicator. I spritzed the stenciled image with water. I distressed the stamped sentiment with ink as well.

This is a card for the Things with Wings Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Thanks for stopping by.

 


Birdie’s Tea Time

  • Stamps –
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – “Tea Time”
    • Hero Arts – CL738 – “Messages with Flourish”
  • Dies –
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – “Tea Time”
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fleur de Lis Rectangles”
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China, Wilted Violet, and Worn Lipstick
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I used several different media to create this card. I started with the background, combining many layers of Distress Oxide inks and water. The teacups are colored with Prismacolor pencils and KaiserCraft metallic gel pens. This is a card for the Things with Wings Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Thanks for visiting today.