Monday, 10 September 2012

Distressing adventure

For this card I've been experimenting with some Tim Holz techniques that seem so easy when you watch him doing it on video but turns out quite a challenge when you try to do it at home. But at least I had a lot of fun doing it, and I discovered that I probably need a different type of paper (thicker and more resistant to water-based inks and the extra water from the mini mister). I'm even wondering if my card will last until Christmas or if the images will have faded by then LOL. I guess it's all part of the learning curve.

Materials used:
Text stamp and Christmas card stamp by Viva Decor
Ranger distress inks - Aged Mahogany, Forest Moss and Pumice Stone
Memento ink - Rich Cocao
Ribbon and lace from my stash
MD poinsettia die and pine leave die
Recycled pillow case button from my friend's big button box
(I'm actually using the back side of the button
because they have these beautiful distressed colours)
Felt and button twine (Ladybug Crafts Ink)
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Read all about it!
(10-year anniversary including a blog hop)
Jingle Belles - Going Postal
Simon Says Stamp - Put a stamp on it!
Sir Stampelot - Vintage inspiration photo
ABC Christmas Challenge - R for Recycling
Penny Black & More - Early Christmas Makes


  1. This is stunningly breath-taking! I love the soft colors and beautiful combination of elements. I keep scrolling back up to savor the details - there is so much texture and variety. Thanks for playing the Jingle Belles challenge this week. Blessings, Lela

  2. Gorgeous card.
    Love the felt poinsettia, and it's PINK!

  3. This is beautiful! Love the distressing and that gorgeous lace. :) Thanks for playing along in our 'Put a STAMP On It!' challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xx

  4. If this is your first venture into distress inks Marianne, the new done a great job and created a really lovely card.

    The colours don't usually fade you should find them fine at Christmas still. I usually find a watercolour card works best with distress inks, even a cheap variety as it holds the ink and water better than a coated card stock.

    Thank you so much for sharing your pretty card with us at Stampalot challenge this month.

    B x

  5. Hello again Marianne, I got so carried away trying to help you out of the card stock that I totally forgot thank you four also joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  6. Beautiful card, lovely layout. Great flower a d trim too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  7. Beautiful take on our photo inspiration. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot.

  8. what an amazingly beautiful and intricate holiday card! i love the soft, muted tones and you've done BRILLIANTLY with both the inky hijinks AND our postal-themed prompt at JINGLE BELLES! totally AWESOME on every level!!! ♥♥♥

    ps: i recently invested in a small tablet of watercolor paper and holy WOW is that ever cool in terms of standing up to EVERY wet medium!!! :)

  9. I love your awesome inky effect ... love that pretty bloom too ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  10. Your card is so soft and gorgeous!

  11. What a great card and so much more so if this is your first attempt with distress inks. Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  12. Beautiful take on our inspiration challenge thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck


  13. Thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s and Penny Black & More challenges with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  14. Oh this is beautiful. Love the design with the recycled pillow case button and the poinsetta leaves and lace looks absolutely stunning. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  15. LOVELY card and I love the muted affect you have created soft and gentle, Keep having fun its working!
    LOVE that you recycled a button and also that you came to play at ABC Christmas Challenge this time too, Samantha :0)

  16. Beautiful card - I love the poinsettia. Thanks for joining us at the Sir Stampalot September Challenge, Ruth :)