Distress to Impress

Thanks for joining us on this hop, If you didnt start at the begining i have linked all the lovely ladies below.

Tara Nixon Cox
Amber Trubiak
Amy Rysavy
Julia Chupik
Karen Warner
Nancy Frustaci ← You are here
Karla Yungwirth ← Next Stop

I had so much fun with the distress crayons for this blog hop I could not stop myself, the ideas kept flowing through there was just so many techniques I wanted to try but in the end there is only so many hours in the day. So I limited myself to three techniques which were all very simple. 

The very first card I started with was the Grateful Card, I had purchased the background set a little while after my design package had arrived I knew that this was a perfect stamp to show case the Distress crayons. 

So I started by heat embossing the Falling leaves background from Taylored expressions on to some Desert Storm card stock with Ranger super fine white embossing powder. From there I pulled out the distress crayons and started to expreiment.  I just put a little color on to each of the leaves ulternationg through most of the colors, from there I smudged the colors – or at least I tried to I found by adding a littl bit of water to my fingure and then going to the distress crayon,  that it moved a lot eaiser.  I did this for all of the leaves which didnt take long at all.  Then i took a damp baby wipe and went over the whole panel just to blend it all a little and remove some of the color from the heat embossing.

 I stamped the cute little pair of squirels sharing an acorn from the My favorite Nut stamp set by Neat and Tangledd using vers fine black onxy ink then went over it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

 I decided I would water color it using the distress crayons, I initially had no clue if this would work but I wanted to see how far I could get with just the distress crayons.  This was so much fun and it really got me to push myself out of my comfort zome by not relying on a lot of products.  

 I played around with mixing colors to create the different shades for the squirel and the acorn.  I started off with brushed courdory for the top of the acorn and then for the bottom of the acorn I mixed brushed courduroy barn red and dusty concord together, all of which are from the #9 set.  I didnt like how close in color it all was so I ended up adding broze and ground expresso (which do not come in the set) to the mix which added just a little bit more depth. For the squirls I went in with the original shade I created. 

I created the card base from chocolate card stock, and layerd the distressed background on orange background. I die cut the center brown panel using the wonky stitched die from My Favorite things.  I fussy cut the cute littel squirles and attactched them to an action wobbler for some added fun. The sentiment was created from green card stock and the Grateful stamp and die set also from My favorite things. I layerd multiple layers together for extra demension. I also die cut and distressed some leaves using the oxide inks and some glitter to tie everything together. 

So here are a couple of Chirstmas cards I created also using the distress crayons. Once I started expieremnting and learning about all the ways to use the crayons I just couldnt stop, so I didnt. lol  I decided to add these two cards  for a little extra inspiration. 


It may be simple but boy does it pack a punch and that is stenciling with tecture paste.  I simple mixed the Pine needles  distrss crayon with the texture paste and went to twon stenciling useing the  Tim Holtz transparent texture paste with the Pines stencil.  I later went back with the same stencil  and put a layer of  Grit texture paste on top of the trees just to add a little something extra.  

For the Merry Christmas I did basically the same technqiue  of mixing Barn red distress crayon with the texture paste.  The difference this time is that  I decided to mix two pastes together. I had found  the transparent paste to be a little two liquidy and I ended up having to use a lot to cover  the whole stencil. I decided to take the opaque texture paste which is a lot stiffer and mix it with the transparent paste, which really worked out well. I will be doing more with this in the future.  Once the paste was on I sprinkled some glitter all over it. Only tip I have here is you need to work fast for it to really stick in to the paste as I found it really tried fast. 

The finished cards are a bit smaller then the average A2 and not what I usually create but I thought it was fun.   The snowman is from the New Tim Holtz Carved Christmas #3, which was heat embossed on vellum and adheared on a green circle die., then adheared that to the main panel with some foam tape. To add just that extra little something I embellished with some Neat and Tangled sequins. For the  Merry Christmas card I added some black ribbon from my stash and created a focal element and add a bow. The Santa was created using 3d toppers from Hearty Crafts.  I finished the card off by die cutting a couple of different sized cirlces from partchment and green card stock using the My favorite things stiched circle dies. On the parchment I drew on with hills with my glue pen and went to town adding glitter to it. Once that dried I added that to the green circle and then on to the card base with some foam adhesive and finally I added the Santa and called it a day. 

I hope you enjoyed your stop here and got inspired. Please make sure to leave a comment on each blog to be entered to win a set of Distress Crayons.  

Dont forget to head over to Scrap’n Stamp Canada  and check out all they wonderful things they have to offer including  25% off distress crayons, 

Thank you for hoping by. 

 Have a fantastic week


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