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Tuesday Tutorial – Creating Vintage with Distress Inks

Welcome everyone it’s Spike here today with this week’s Tuesday Tutorial using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create a vintage look on embossed paper. I will be using a cream embossed cardstock that has been embossed with the Damask folder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Sizzix.


What many folks don’t know is that Sizzix have their own line of plastic embossing folders. This Damask folder comes in a set with 3 other smaller and elegant folders, it’s a great deal.


What you will need for this card is:


-Bouquets of Joy Stamp (Crafty Secrets)
-Small Deckled Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
-Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
-Copper Pearls (Kaiser)
-Fleur de Lis Slim Edger Punch (EK Success)
-Dotted Wave Slim Edger Punch (EK Success)
-Textured Impressions Damask Folder (Sizzix)
-Antique Linen Distress Ink
-Tea Dye Distress Ink
-Vintage Photo Distress Ink
-Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
-Ranger Inkssentials Blending Foam
-Ranger Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Sheet
-Paper Flowers
-Cream Cardstock
-Brown Cardstock

Let’s get started:

1. Emboss a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of cream cardstock using the Damask folder.

2. Place the cardstock on top of the Ranger Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft sheet. Using the Blending Tool with a blending foam pad, pick up some Antique Linen Distress Ink.

3. Start with the Blending Tool on the craft mat and then with a circular motion apply the ink onto the cardstock about 1 to 1 1/4″ all around. You may have to reapply the ink on the blending foam pad.


By using the non-stick mat, it keeps ink coverage nice and even.


4. Change the blending foam pad on the Blending Tool and as in steps 2 and 3 apply the Tea Dye Distress Ink but go in about 3/4 – 1″, depending what you did in step 3. Again, all around the piece.


5. Change the blending foam pad on the Blending Tool again and as in steps 2 and 3 apply the Vintage Photo Distress Ink but this time just apply ink to the edge.


6. Here’s the final result. I can’t believe how easy it is to do and the results hit a home run every time!


What works great with these backgrounds is the Clear Art Stamps line. (click the image to enlarge)

Thank you for joining me today on today’s Tuesday Tutorial! Happy Stamping!


Tuesday Tutorial – Adding Texturz to your life!

It’s Spike with you today on this Tuesday Tutorial to show you how to add more Texturz to your life! I’m talking about the Sizzix Texturz Texture Embossing Plates! They’ve been around for a while and on to Kit #19 now. Many haven’t heard of them. Many aren’t sure how to use them. Sooo, let’s get to it! 😀


In each “kit” there are 3 Texturz plates with a different design on each side, which would give you 6 patterns in total and at the time of this blog post, they’re selling for $11.99 per kit which is quite a deal! That’s under a toonie for each pattern!!!

Side 1
Side 1
Side 2
Side 2

One great advantage is that pattern on the plate measures 5 3/4″ (14.5cm) x 7 1/4″ (18.5cm) so you can add texture to a larger area than other conventional ways of embossing!! One thing to remember is that it will only emboss one side of your cardstock, compared to something like the Cuttlebug Embossing folders where it embosses from the top AND bottom creating a deep emboss.

Don’t let that deter you as there are so many different patterns to chose from which is a BIG advantage. Just go check out the Texturz Section! I’ve given cards embossed using these Texturz plates to card makers and they were stumped which Cuttlebug folder I’ve used! 😉 Oh what fun! 😀

For today’s card you’ll need:
-Sizzix Texturz Texture Plates #17
-Fleur de Lis Shapeabilities Pendants
-Ticket/Tag Corner Punch
-Whitewash Core’dinations Cardstock
-White Cardstock
-Blue Core’dinations Cardstock
-Peggy’s Pretties
-Sanding Block
-Mini Glue Dots
-3D Dots
-White Gel Pen
-Big Shot or Cuttlebug and accessories.

Again as I’ve mentioned before it’s all in the sandwich stack as long as you don’t force anything through your machine. Below are a couple of sandwich “recipes” that may differ from what has been seen elsewhere but these have worked well for me and have produced a nice embossed image.

Sandwich Stacks
Cuttlebug – A Plate, Sizzix Texturz Plate, Cardstock, 2 Tan Embossing Mats*, B Plate.
Big Shot – Multipurpose Platform TAB 1, Sizzix Texturz Plate, Cardstock, Sizzix Silicone Rubber Mat* or Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat*, Impressions Pad**.
One thing I love about the Big Shot, is that they print all the sandwich stacks right on the multipurpose platform! This “recipe” is on TAB 1.


* – these are interchangeable only that the Sizzix Silicone Rubber Mat is Larger than the 2pk of the Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mats, you may want a larger mat to use more of the embossing surface when embossing larger pieces
** – a Cutting Pad will work too but it may not provide as deep an emboss as the Impressions Pad

1. Emboss cardstock
I’ll be using Core’dinations Whitewash cardstock which looks like this:


A coloured piece of cardstock with white on the top, it’s like icing!! (sorry, it looks pink in the photo)  As I want to sand off some of the white, I want to place it white side down on the Texturz Plate then finish the sandwich.


After running it through, it’s got some texture but may be a little difficult to see in the photo.


2. Sand it


3. Cut the corners with the Ticket/Tag Punch

4. Mount onto Blue Core’dinations Cardstock

5. Cut out and emboss Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant (without a centre) from White Cardstock.

6. Mount White Pendant on Texturz background


7. Cut and emboss the large Pendant and the 2nd largest Pendant together on blue Core’dinations Cardstock

As the dies come separately:


Stick them on the Spellbinders Magnetic Placement Mat to prevent sliding and use as you would normally.


To get the large Pendant with the centre cut out:


and smaller one:


8. Mount the smaller blue pendant in the middle of the white pendant


9. Sand the large blue pendant

10. Mount the large blue pendant over top the white pendant using 3D Dots.


11. Add Peggy’s Pretties using mini glue dots and faux piercing using White Gel Pen


And there you have it! Sizzix Texturz demystified with a little bit more! I hope you enjoyed today’s Tuesday Tutorial. Thanks for visiting today and as always we love to hear from you!


Can’t Get Enough of Those Nestabilities!

Cards from Crate Paper 5th Avenue Collection

I’ve been making a lot of cards lately and just keep going back to my Nesties to add that little bit of extra interest to the design. I used them on three of the four cards in this set to make the frames and scalloped mat and just loved how easy it was to use them. Before Nestabilities came along you would have had to do a lot of measuring and cutting with a craft knife to make a frame that looked like this which is why I generally avoided them. Not any more! Now I find myself adding frames and scalloped accents to all kinds of projects. I used my Big Shot to cut and emboss with the Nestabilities but you can also used them in your Cuttlebug.

These cards are very quick and easy to make. I used the double-sided papers from the Crate Paper 5th Avenue collection, raven and french vanilla cardstock from Bazzill, flowers, pearls, brads, gems & a little ribbon. The scroll corner accents were cut from raven cardstock with the Sizzlits Architectural Accents set and I used a Quickie glue pen to attach them.  I’ve found that this little pen is the best thing for adding just enough glue to adhere and the pen tip lets you put it on just where you want it. The Nestabilities sets that I used are the Classic Rectangles – Small S4-130 and the Classic Scalloped Rectangles – Small S4-131.

Here’s some pics of the individual cards to show you more detail. Hope they give you some ideas for your own set of cards.

card from crate paper 5th avenue collection 01 card from crate paper 5th avenue collection 02

card from crate paper 5th avenue collection 03 card from crate paper 5th avenue collection 04


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