Distress Crayons, World Map

Sailing with Distress crayons 

Today I have two cards to share that are both very similar but at the same time different!!! 

I didn’t have a plan when I started other than I wanted to get my distress crayons out as I haven’t played with them in a while. So I grabbed the more muted set of the two sets I have and started creating a background. I blended the green and blue colours with water and my fingers and then used distress crayons direct to the world map stamp and spritzed it and stamped it down. 

The impression of the stamp is only light but it adds some pattern to the background. I also added the stamp to a piece of plain white cardstock and again got a light impression of the pattern. 

To the white piece I then added some old paper and vintage photo distress ink blending as I wanted one to have a vintage look and the other to be fresh and clean. Then I chose my feature image from a magazine set (Creative Stamping magazine) and stamped it in archival ink before adding the watercolouring using the same distress crayons. Again the vintage one I also added the distress ink blending over the top to make it more vintage. 

I chose to die cut the image and the mount using some stitched rounded rectangle dies and then heat embossed the sentiment on the vintage one. I also added one of the corrugated card embellishments and a tiny shell to this one with some brown thread. 

Then on the lighter one I added a few wraps of the bakers twine to the back panel and again a corrugated card embellishment to which I added the stamped sentiment. 

I love how the cards both look different but are similar in design. I also love how the backgrounds are subtle with their patterns. Not sure anyone but me would know what the pattern actually was! 

Loved playing with my distress crayons. Was nice to go back to a medium I hadn’t used in a while and play! May have to do some more cards using the fun techniques that distress crayons lend themselves too. 

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, World Map

Have an adventure tag

I have a tag to share today that features fabulous bright distress oxides and a lovely boat stamp from Creative Stamping magazine. 

I built up layers on the tag using Candied Apple, Faded Denim and Wilted Violet using the wrinkle free distress technique.

Next I stamped the World Map stamp over the top.  Then once this was dry I added some gesso using my finger to add the pale section to stamp the boat on. 

This picked up some of the colour underneath so it isn’t bright white.  Then once this was dry I added the boat on the top using Black soot distress oxide. 

I then added a printed quote and outlined it with black pen.

I’m really happy with how this came out. 

Happy crafting!


World Map

Balloon adventure

Today I have a card I made using the World Map stamp and some die cutting.  I love this layout to add interest to the front of a card.

I stamped the main panel with different green and blue coloured inks… This is where a stamp platform comes in very handy! 

Then I die cut the circles and adhered it to the garden green card panel. I then took some of the garden green card and die cut the hot air balloon. I then added the gilding flakes to the heart in the balloon and stamped the sentiment and added foiling to that too. 

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, World Map

Distress oxides… I just can’t get enough of them (172)

I really can’t stop using my distress oxides. They are so lovely to use I just can’t put them away. 

Here is a card I made just when I was playing! 

You can probably tell this actually was an ARC but I wanted to offset the butterfly more than would normally be accepted so turned it into a card instead. 

This was the starting point. A painted piece of paper (probably brayering off during gelli plate play) and a scrap of patterned paper. I love those rich colours of the paints and the texture the layers create.

Next up more layers. Book print and tissue wrap layered over the top. Some of this is translucent and others not. Love the effect this creates. Then added distress oxide on the top. 

Next the panel for the topper to sit on.  A piece of mixed media cardstock which has plenty of oxide smooshed on and layered up. I also added a little stamping using the World Map stamp. 

Next is the butterfly. I added gesso to the chipboard embellishment and then added distress oxide onto it with a little water. I then heat embossed the whole embellishment to ‘set’ the colour and make it glossy. 

I finished the card off by mounting this into a Navy cardblank I made and it is just waiting for a sentiment or a reason to give/send it. 


Just adore that background… and counting this in my ATC challenge! 

Happy crafting!


Gorgeous Grunge, Gorjuss, Promarkers, Letraset, Roald Dahl, World Map

November Artful ATC swap …. books and literature

Another month… another ATC swap! 

This month the theme is books and literature so I dug out the Gorjuss girl stamp I’ve used before and used the same quote I’ve also used before.  I did however add some little extra splashes of gorgeous sparkle. 

Couldn’t resist making this as loved it so much last time I made this … so cute and love the vintage look! 

Next I decided to dig into the Roald Dahl stash that I’ve had for ages and rarely use. I take it out, look at it and stroke it and put it back! Time to use it… well a piece of 2.25inch x 3.25inch piece of paper and a couple of stamps…. plenty of the stash left after that excessive use I can tell you! Ha ha ha.

So  added watercolour to the edge of the papers to give them a vintage look and coloured in the stamped BFG and Sophie using the watercolour pencils. Then once I’d constructed the ATC layout and stuck everything down I added more of the watercolour as shading and to add dimension to the quote.

I also used ink to edge the piece and the same of the ATC blank I mounted it on. When I had adhered them together I then took a damp finger and wiped round the edge to smear the ink a little and make the base card less clean. 

Really love how this came out and so pleased I am using this Roald Dahl for such a cool use instead of only stroking it and leaving it in the cupboard.

Looking forward to seeing the ATC’S I get in return. 

Happy crafting!