Category Archives: Distress Crayons

Big ATC swap! (259-270)

So today I have a mammoth 12 ATCs to share that I made for a swap with the theme of Mixed Media! Of course I can’t make 12 all the same so I decided instead to go with six pairs. 

So I cut some mixed media cardstock into six panels of 5 x 3.5 inches and then added either tissue paper, sewing pattern paper or wallpaper to each of them and added some gesso too. 

This gave me the following six panels to work with…

I then worked on each of them at a time adding colour and texture. 

This first one was the floral tissue paper that had come on an artful days goodie box and I added distress crayons over the gesso. 

I then added some stamping using the badass chick stamps and a piece of the textured wallpaper in the centre. I then mixed some modelling paste with distress crayon and added it to the card through a stencil.

I left that to dry and moved onto the next card. This one had the sewing pattern paper on it. I added some book print and then distress stains. I love the different vibrancy as a result of the gesso and non gesso papers.  I then got out the sewing machine to add some stitching for extra texture.

The next one was tissue paper from a shoe box which had some pattern and some numbers on it.  I added blue gelatos to colour and then heat embossed the stars with white powder. Then I added pieces of a blue doily and some sequin waste using some blue staples. Finally I added some book print it had added colour to using distress oxides.

Right onto the next one… 

This was some floral vintage style tissue paper. I added some red card that I had impressed a brickwork die onto but by the time I had added gesso over the top and Matte medium this had pretty mich disappeared. I then added some more colour using gelatos and then through a stencil I added some of the art alchemy paint in a pale pink colour.  Finally I added two strips of wax paper that I used the sewing machine to adhere to the panel. 

Next I had a bit of a heat him issue with! But still I love it! 

I used some spotty tissue paper on this and after a very light coat of gesso I added some transparent glossy texture paste through a circles stencil. 

This once dry added a lovely resist so then I added distress stain in blues and greens but when impatient for them to dry I took my heat tool to speed things up forgetting that the texture paste doesn’t play with heat so ended up making a bit of a mess of the circles which meant the ink did seem into them. Ah Well! Never mind. To add to the circle theme I wiped some of the ink away through another stencil and then added the Finnabair circle stamps.

Final one… I had added the textured wallpaper to this one in torn strips. I used the Paperartsy fresco finish paints to add the colour and then used the Art alchemy sparks paint to paint a piece of watercolour paper that I then die cut using a Tim Holtz die. After adhering this I added some text stamping using the Gummipan stamp.

So these were my six panels ready to make into ATCs.  I took each panel and trimmed it to size and then started adding the rest of the pieces on to turn them into mini artworks. I used a mixture of stamps and embellishments to do this.  And this is where they all got organised and adhered. Particularly like the Craft stamper Magazine star that Kim Dellow designed. And I hadn’t used the Clarity tangled heart in a long time! 

Then it was time to finish each piece off.

The first panel I added the Badass chicks girl head stamp and gave her a body from book print. I coloured her with distress crayons and then added stickles to one set of the flowers and glossy accents to the other.  I then chose some sentiments for the titles.

The next one I added some diecuts from craft foam and one of the stamped girls from the Stampin Up Beautiful You set.  I also added a sentiment for each. Then on one I chose to add the glitter flakes and the other got a button.

I think this next set might be my favourite. I added some navy thread behind the stars that I stamped in distress oxide and heat embossed with clear powder. I then added some spots of glitter and on one of them I also added some tiny star sequins. I then added the sentiments.

I didn’t add much to these except two Gorjuss girls and Tim Holtz sentiment stickers.

I ended up adding some netting to these next ones and some more sewing. Then I added the star stamp which again was stamped with distress oxide and heat embossed.  I then added the gems from the artful days goodie box.  Then on the one on the left I added some of the blue stars and some glitter glue. 

And the final set… I heat embossed the heart and then added distress oxides.

So happy with all of these and how I managed to make them all different! 

Happy crafting 


Shine wall hanging

Yesterday I spent a fair amount of the day getting messy and having fun in the craft room. This is one of the projects I made. 
I wanted to play with my artful days goodie box stash and so pulled out some stash and then set to on having fun being creative. 

I filmed the whole process so you can see how the artwork came together… here is the link.

And here is the actual project.

Love how pretty this turned out to be … such a change from more recent crafting endeavours to make something bigger than an ATC too! 

Happy crafting!


UK stampers ATCs … gorjuss girls (236-238)

I made three ATCs using some scrap cardstock as the base and then the main focus of the Gorjuss Girl stamps. 

I filmed the whole process which actually took place over a few days.  Here is the link to the video.

I am sending these as my contribution to a swap with UK stampers forum… Hope that whoever receives them enjoys them. I loved making them. 

Happy crafting!


I was AWOL again! But I’m back #206


Sorry I disappeared for the past week or so as my parents arrived back and promptly turned our world’s upside down for a bit with hospital stays, an operation and then recuperating time. So no craft for the past week or so for me. 

However tonight they said goodbye (they are leaving the UK to go back to Spain for another 7 weeks) and I reclaimed the craft room.  Firstly I filmed the unboxing of my latest Artful Days goodie box and then I made an ATC to get myself back into the swing of things.

The starting point was this painty scrap of card. 

I added some distress crayons in stormy sky and crushed olive to the parts not painted and smudged them with my finger and some water. 

This created a nice earthy tone.

I then took one of my magazine pages I had put to one side and chose the image of the Sagreda Familia in Barcelona to add on as a collage. 

I have been wanting to put my Dyan Reavley class to good use for a while so it was fun to do it… albeit on a small scale and not as odd as I did in the class.  I also cut the word Barcelona out of the magazine and did some doodling and edging. 

I then finished with a stamped sentiment. 

I love how this finished up and looking forward to making more collage ATCs in future using magazine pics etc. 

Love how the distress ink comes through the paint on the background too.  A fun mix of media. 

Right I’m going to sort out the unboxing video now… link

Happy crafting!


For ATC’S sake … 98 & 99

Hello…. another couple of ATC’S to add to the tally… 

Again scratch paper cut up and used as the base. Over this I added texture paste through a Finnabair stencil. When dry it was time to add more colour.  I used Distress crayons in blue and green to cover the whole card, then used another stencil to remove some colour using a baby wipe. 

I then used both Inktense and pens to add doodling around the shapes and a little bit of white paint on a sponge to add some different tones. I decided against adding an image to these and instead stamped a Stampotique sentiment onto paper to cut out and added to the cards. 

The same sentiment for each but both done differently.

Really love the colours in these… and the fact that the layers underneath are still visible in places to give the cards some depth. 

So that’s 99 made… wonder if I can get another 1 in before the end of the month? 

Happy crafting !


For ATC’S sake … 28 & 29

Today there are a few blog posts to get through… the first of which is this about two ATC’S I made for the challenge…

They started off as a distress ink background I made a while ago with some stamps and blending of inks. Next I added some distress crayons and then removed a bit of the colour again with a baby wipe through a stencil.  

I then stamped using White acrylic both some little bits of texture and the main flower image. Next I added colour and shading using Inktense pencils and pen for doodling. 

Then I chose my sentiments and went for a different look for each of them.

Love both of these. 

Please pop back later to see the other posts I also have in store for you! 

Happy crafting! 


Playing in my journal

I had been a while since I did anything in my journal with my design team stuff, my ATC obsession and various Christmas projects that I will be sharing next month… so I decided to dive in and just get one started last Sunday. 

This is how the page started… lots of wiped off stencils. I love doing this as it makes it easy to start when the page isn’t completely blank. I added a coat of gesso first to push some of the areas back and give me a base to work from. then started adding texture.

I used masking tape and book print and patterned paper and some wax paper too.  All stuck down with Matt gel medium.

Then more gesso added to make it more cohesive.  

Once the gesso was dry I added distress crayons and blended them … love the richness of the colours and the ease of blending using these.  Next I got out some stencils and went to town! I used both black Dylusions paint and gelatos through the stencils.  Then I did some colour removal using a baby wipe through a stencil too. 

I also added some transparent texture gloss paste through a stencil too… this is it wet so it’s not not transparent at this moment.  

Skip forward two weeks  … yes I did nothing crafty for a full two weeks for a mixture of reasons of being too busy and being not in the right place… and the page still looks the same (except the gloss texture is now transparent!)

Hoping to grab some craft time this weekend and finish off and will share once finished! 

Happy crafting  !


A random ATC !!!

Today is the first day of getting the craft room back after a flying visit from the parents but feeling super tired so not made it into there. Good job I have an ATC I made already to blog! 

This is the base of a Gelli print I did on a piece of patterned paper. I then stamped the white image in paint but decided it wasn’t clear enough so a change of plan! 

I found a small tag and some fun stuff to embellish. I then added Inktense and distress crayons and doodling too.

Love how this came out and that this is actually using one of the lovely extras I got in a swap too! 

Happy crafting! 


November’s Art Postcard swap … weather

Hello dear blog readers.

Today I’m sharing with you the postcard I made for the art postcard swap group I am a part of on Facebook.  Each month we get given a theme to work to for swapping a 6×4 postcard with another member.  The theme this month is weather! 

I wasn’t entirely sure what to do at first but then found a stamp that made my decision for me in a freebie magazine set I had in my stash. It then reminded me of an art journal page I had made that I loved so much I also made a canvas board with the same theme.

I didn’t want to completely redo it… but wanted to use some of the same elements.

So I grabbed some cardstock, cut it to size and then gave it a coat of gesso. next I added a rainbow of distress crayons and blended them together with my finger and a little water.  I then took a Paperartsy stencil and a baby wipe and removed the colour through the stencil. Next to add texture … and he all important rain… I scraped clear gloss texture gel through the Dot fade stencil from Tim Holtz at he top of the card. This photo was taken when it was still wet so not transparent at this point! 

Once it was dry it was time to add the main image using a Clarity stencil and black gesso.  The sentiment I stamped in archival.  Then I edged the postcard with the gesso too.

The finishing touch was he addition of some silver paint flicked across the whole postcard… magical rain! 

A nice bright postcard with a positive message. Hope the recipient liked it.  

Happy crafting !


Mini marvels swap … mini house canvas

The latest theme for swapping over at the mini marvels Facebook group is to include a house. The project is wide open to any kind of project… as long as it’s small. I originally was going to make three ATC’S but based on the fact I have made lots of ATC’S recently I decided on something a bit different.

I grabbed a 4 x 4 canvas board and added distress crayons to it. Then I added gesso and dried it before adding more distress crayons.  Then I used a baby wipe to remove some of the top layer of colour through a stencil. It gave quite a subtle effect but I liked it. 

I then grabbed a scrap of book print I had done some Gelli printing on… this is from the ATC stash of stuff I’ve cut up ready to make ATC’S from. I tore round the edges and then adhered it to the canvas with Matt medium. Then I added some hessian and a tiny scrap of waxed paper.

I stamped the little house stamp that came on a Craft stamper magazine and coloured it using Promarkers. I then cut it out and added that to the canvas too. 

The sentiment was a piece of balsa wood I had on my desk. I stamped the letters for the title and then using embossing powder and versamark edged it, and the canvas board with a coordinating dark pink powder.  I love the effect this gives.

So this will get swapped at random with another person in the group. .. Can’t wait to see what I get! 

 Happy crafting!