Tag Archives: distress techniques

Happiness in 2018

  • Stamp – Inky Antics “New Year Cheer”
  • Die – My Favorite Things “Pierced Rectangles”
  • Distress Oxide Inks – Ranger – Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade
  • Patterned paper – Authentique “Bountiful”
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder – Lawn Fawn – gold

I created this card using a variety of items I’ve accumulated, both old and new. I’m challenging myself to use (and hopefully use-up!) things in my stash. I always make a few New Year’s cards to send to people who I didn’t quite get Christmas cards mailed to in time. I created the background for this one by combining three different Distress Oxide inks. I really like the calligraphic Inky Antics stamp and embossing it in gold seemed appropriate for New Year’s. I added a few sequins for a bit more sparkle. Thanks for visiting.

Challenges:

Paperminutes Challenge #519 Happy New Year

Papercraft Challenges #2 Happy New Year

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Freshly Made Snowman

  • Stamps –
    • Stampers Anonymous The Art of Brett Weldele “Blizzy the Happy Snowman”
    • Fancy Pants Designs  “Merry & Bright”
  • Stencil – Creative Expressions mini stencil “Snowflakes”
  • Texture paste – Finnabair Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxides: Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Sprays – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
  • Sequins – Hero Arts Frost Sequin Mix
  • Vellum – Paper Accents “Light Blue”
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous “Aqua”
  • Cardstock – Kaisercraft KaiserCard “Neptune”

This card started out with Distress Oxide inks with the addition of Snowflake Paste through the snowflake stencil. I stamped the snowman and added some color with Copic markers, cut it out and adhered it to the background with dimensional adhesive. I heat embossed the sentiment on vellum and sprayed another scrap of white cardstock with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, cutting it in a strip and adhering it behind the background. I then wrapped the vellum around the snowman and background. To finish off the card, I added the festive sequins in threes above and below the main image. I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches #317

A Vintage Journey “Winter Wonderland”


Joyful Snowflake Card

  • Dies –
    • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations “Paper Snowflakes”
    • Penny Black “Love & Joy”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Starry”
  • Texture paste – Finnabair Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxides: Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp “Moonshine”
  • Cardstock

I started this card by creating a background with Distress Oxide ins, layering colors and spritzing with water. Once I was satisfied, I applied the sparkly Snowflake Paste through a stencil so that the stars covered the background. The Snowflake Paste is really effective in creating an interesting background with a subtle sparkle. You can get an idea of the effect the close-up featured in the photo below.

 

I then added the die-cuts and sequins, layering the papers to create the card using inspiration from the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches Sketch #316

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Icy Inspiration

Mod Squad Challenge – What a Flake!


Mixed Media Layered Butterfly Tags

 

  • Dies –
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Thinlit dies
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelit dies
  • Stencils – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Diamonds (THS081), Flourish (THS032)
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap – Postale
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Dictionary paper
  • Napkin – Michel Design Works “Wisteria” cocktail napkin
  • Ornate metal corners
  • Distress Oxide inks – Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, and Black Soot
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls mist – Bronze
  • Ribbon

I worked on these tags over quite an extensive period of time: layering, drying, analyzing… They were a lot of fun to make though. I cut the tags from a Tim Holtz die set that I’ve had for years and comes in handy because I can make lots of different sizes with it. I made backgrounds on the larger two tags using Distress Oxide inks in blues. Then I added torn butterflies from the napkin applying them with gel medium.

Because I was layering the tag pairs, I added more details on the smaller ones as they would be most visible. I started by collaging torn dictionary paper and Tim Holtz tissue wrap with gel medium onto the gessoed tag surface. I then applied texture paste through stencils. Once that was dry, I layered Distress Oxide ink (Worn Lipstick) over the top and distressed the edges of the small tags with the Tonic Studios paper distressing tool. I added some spritzes of Perfect Pearls mist to add some sheen.

I used more Distress Inks for the butterfly layers, the base layer in blues and Worn Lipstick and the top layer with Black Soot. I then die-cut the black layer and placed it over the base layer so just the center of the body was attached and the wings stick up. I colored the white ribbon with distress ink for a perfect match and tied the two tags together.

Thanks for visiting. It was fun investing time and experimentation into these tags!

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers November Mixed Media Challenge: Tags


Finders Keepers

  • Dies –
    • Little B “Circles”
    • Spellbinders “Standard Circles Large”
  • Stamps –
    • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection, “Falling Leaves”
    • Hero Arts “Branch Background”
    • Hero Arts/Basic Grey “Dotted Grid”
  • Embossing powders – Ranger Ink Wendy Vecchi – Red Geranium, Sunflower, and Forget-Me-Not; Ranger – Lime Green and White
  • Cheesecloth
  • Tea bag paper
  • Sticker  – Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Small Talk”
  • Ticket – Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Expedition” Ephemera pack
  • Inks – Tsukineko VersaMark watermark ink and Ranger Distress and Archival inks
  • Sequins – Neat & Tangled “Festive Fall Sequin Mix”
  • Flower – Prima
  • Twine – from the kitchen drawer

I’m kind of thinking I should rename my blog “Lots o’ Layers,” based on some of my projects! I certainly get caught up in enjoying the process and never am very sure of the outcome! For this piece I was inspired by a technique demonstrated in the November issue of Craft Stamper Magazine. The unique step that I took away was using white embossing powder almost as a paint rather than embossing from a stamped image.

I die cut a number of different circles and used one large circle for the base. I stamped the two larger circles with VersaMark and then also applied a bit more VersaMark ink with my finger before adding the embossing powder and heating. After stamping the leaves with Distress inks and moving the colors a bit with a waterbrush, I applied VersaMark ink with my finger, then white embossing powder and heat-set the powder. The bright colors of the ink and some of the embossing powders, along with the white embossing powder, made this a visually interesting collage. I added cheese cloth, paper from a tea bag cut into a circle, sequins and ephemera, layer by layer and topped it off with the little sticker sentiment: Finders Keepers. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


Cerebral Squirrels: Thinking of You

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box “Busy Squirrels” and “Playful Squirrels”
    • Simon Says Stamp “Maple Leaf Corner”
    • Creative Expressions Craft Dies “Atlantic Ocean Collection – Cape Verde”
  • Stamp – Inkadinkado Personal Expressions “Expressions”
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I enjoy making Fall cards. When October begins, I think of leaves changing colors, my birthday (hee hee), pumpkins, and squirrels scampering. So I decided to make a card featuring squirrels scampering among the Fall leaves. I’ll probably send this to my son at college, who enjoys all things squirrel.

For this card, I die cut all of the Memory Box pieces from white cardstock and then used Distress Inks to color them. I cut the maple leaf die in the corner twice so I could inlay the contrasting color in some of the leaves. All of the supplies I used for this card have been in my stash for a long time, particularly the sentiment stamp that appears to be made in 2006! Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says Thinking of You (featuring Memory Box)

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group – Challenge #82 Fall is in the Air

 

 


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