Category Archives: Distress Techniques

Happy Anniversary – Vintage Couple

  • Sentiment stamp – Altenew “Vintage Roses” set
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities – “Labels Seventeen”
  • Die cuts – Tim Holtz Ideaology “Snippets” and “Paper Dolls”
  • Magicals – Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Cattail Copper Brown, Ponderosa Pines Olive, and Red Hot Poker Orange
  • Distress Oxide inks – Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick
  • Distress Ink – Mowed Lawn
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used two different backgrounds to create layers on this year’s anniversary card I made for my husband. One background was the Distress Oxide layer that provides some subtle color. The brightly colored, sparkly background which I created using Lindy’s Magicals powder was then die cut for the backdrop for the married couple. I combined the Tim Holtz die cuts and stamped a sentiment for a focal point, making this a perfect card for the Happy Little Stampers monthly challenge to create with dies. Thanks for visiting.

 


A Genuine Traveler

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  • Paper Dolls – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Ephemera Pack – Snippets – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Metallic Stickers – Quotations – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Trimmings – Naturals, Black/Cream – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Inks – Walnut Stain and Faded Jeans
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Kraft paper

I created a background using my new Distress Oxide inks and water, layering on color and drying over and over. I added the paper doll, ephemera, sticker and a ticket that I just received today in a raffle (I added some ink to it also). I layered the mixed media piece onto cardstock and added a piece of trim to the top of the folded Kraft paper card. Thanks for visiting.

 

 


Magical Ornaments

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  • Dies
    • Tonic – Acorn Swirl
    • Little B – Labels
  • Vintage Photos
  • Ranger Distress Collage Medium – Crazing
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology
    • Alpha cards
    • Mirrored stars
    • Tinsel Twine – Autumn
    • Tissue Tape
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts tinsel trim (green)
  • Cork Tape
  • Metal adhesive dots – Mark Richards and Colorbox
  • Metallic cardstock – Paper Accents (silver and red)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

I created three ornaments for three magician friends who have been mentors for Trenton since January 2009 (nearly 8 years), since he was 10 years old. He was the charter member of Salem’s Society of Young Magicians and performing magic effects has been a large part of young life. Now that he is 18, as the bylaws of the Society of Young Magicians state, he must move up to the Society of American Magicians (the adult group). So this weekend, Trenton attended his last meeting and performed in his last show with the group. As a thank you, our family gave Glen, Tom and John (the mentors) each a gift basket and each included a personalized ornament shown above.

magic-detailornamentI took a vintage image of a magician and collaged it with some die-cuts and other ephemera. I applied collage medium that gave the image an antiqued quality, including a crazing (crackle) effect. Then I added some walnut stain Distress Ink to the edges of the image and to the crazed texture to show it off a bit more. I created a different composition for each ornament that included an Alpha card (playing off the tricks they all do with cards) that is an initial of either their first or last name, and other embellishments for visual interest. It was a fun project to do and hopefully provided them with a small memento that will make them think of Trenton when they decorate their trees.

I am including this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Christmas Gifts.”

Thanks for stopping by.

 


Mosaic Butterflies

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  • Stamps –
    • Indigo Blu Limor Webber Designs – “Limor Circles”
    • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – “Papillon”
  • Strathmore Bristol paper
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks
  • White embossing powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
  • Derwent Inktense pencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Crazing
  • Cardstock

I was inspired to make this from a project in the October 2016 issue of Craft Stamper magazine, and adapted the technique to fit the supplies I had. First I created a mosaic background first, by cutting up different sized “tiles” from bristol paper, fitting them together and adhering them onto a piece of heavy cardstock. I then applied Distress Inks to the background with a foam applicator before stamping the butterfly image. I spattered some water to give it some additional visual interest. I then stamped and heat embossed the circles, using white embossing powder for some nice contrast. I added the tissue tape and accents with the Inktense pencil and Distress Crayon. Finally, I added a thick coating of Crazing collage medium around the edges to give it a nice crackle, let it dry and attached it to a folded navy card. I will enter this in the Anything Goes November Challenge at Craft Stamper, taking the theme and making it my own! Thanks for stopping by.

 


Crow!

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  • Stamps:
    • Carabelle Studios – “Imagine a Scarecrow”
    • Stampers Anonymous – Art of Brett Weldele “Trick or Treaters”
  • Stencils:
    • Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz “Houndstooth”
    • Ranger – Dina Wakley Media “Spaced Dots”
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Hickory Smoke and Wilted Violet
  • Patterned paper – Carta Bella “Spooky” collection
  • Kraft cardstock

I created this card on World Cardmaking Day. It was fun to see what I could do with these stamp sets. I stenciled the background with Distress Inks and used a little bit of sparkly twine to set off the crow image.I hope it isn’t too spooky for you! Thanks for stopping by!


Hero Arts Orchids Scramble

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  • Stamps – Hero Arts – CL947 “Color Layering Large Orchid”
  • Ranger – Distress Crayons
  • Ranger – Distress Inks
  • Distress Watercolor cardstock
  • Bazzill cardstock – Bouquet
  • Neenah Solar White cardstock

I created this card for a 90-minute scramble #138 on the Hero Arts Flickr site. Our challenge was to use solid stamps and outline stamps together. I used Distress Crayons directly on the outline stamp and spritzed it with water. I did a similar watercolor technique for the solid stamps and stems, only using Distress Inks. I added some water splatters and the sentiment to finish off the image. I then adhered it with a strip of purple cardstock and popped the whole thing up with dimensional adhesive. Thanks for stopping by.

 


Mixed Media Butterfly Birthday Card

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  • Dies – Sizzix Thinlets – Tim Holtz “Detailed Butterflies”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey Lemonade Collection: “Pretty Petals”
  • Ranger – Dina Wakley Clear Gesso
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Tiny Circles” 6 X 6″ stencil
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp – Assorted Moonshine
  • Inks Sprays – Dylusions White Linen, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist assorted colors
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was such a fun project! I made it over a period of time, since I created the background while playing with patterned papers, texture paste and stencils, and ink sprays with some friends. I made a lot of different backgrounds with many layers of ink and texture. Then I got my hands on the Distress Crayons and butterfly dies and put together some different butterflies to use on something someday, coloring the butterfly base with the crayons and cutting the details from a contrasting cardstock. I stared at my backgrounds and the butterflies and finally put the pieces together in this birthday card!  The final card fits perfectly for the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp for the Monday Challenge Blog Butterfly Beauty Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!