Posts Tagged ‘Distress crayons’

Tuesday with Tara {take 247} Grungy Butterflies

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a throwback post that features some fun, grungy butterflies that fit our Day 12 theme for our Random Acts of Cardness: Flutterby.  I hope you’ll play along and show us cards with flying things!

Here’s my throwback card from 2016…

Today’s card is inspired by Tim Holtz again, this time a more recent project, the 12 tags of 2016 – March.  I changed things up a little bit as I’d already played around with a background and decided it would look good behind a grungy butterfly frame 🙂

grungy butterfly (2)My background was actually done when I was making this tag with Distress Crayons, and is a similar technique, but I took a tag with gesso and dry embossed it before adding color.  I like the texture you get with the color pooling in the debossed parts of the image.  I used mini butterfly dies (movers & shapers) which shows off more of my grungy cardboard frame, that had multiple inks splattered and rubbed on it.

grungy butterfly (1)

My card background started as an oops… I was using black gesso and dribbled some on the kraft 5×7.  I then decided to just dry brush (aka clean off my brush!) on the card and it turned into a fun looking background perfect for this image!

Have a creative week!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 236} Llama tell you…

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

I’m back with another card featuring the Falling Hearts Die, this time I’ve paired it with some Lawn Fawn Cuteness- the Llama tell you set!

I wanted to use this cute llama to tell a friend CONGRATS at her baby shower, and I did coordinate the inside message but forgot to snap a photo before writing in it.  I colored up the little guy with watercolor pencils and used the vibrant color scheme to put together the rest of the card.

Here’s a close up of the colorful background behind the hearts.  I created it simply by scribbling some Distress Crayons on white card stock and blending them with a water brush!

A few of the hearts got a touch of bling with some glitter added… this card definitely gives some happy vibes, perfect for celebrating a new baby!  Hope it makes you smile too.


Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 124} Distress to Impress Blog Hop

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Happy Tuesday!  Today we’ve got another fun blog hop, this one we are calling ‘Distress to Impress’ because all of our projects feature Tim Holtz’s Distress Crayons!  We will be sharing with you some fun ideas for these great coloring tools… and maybe you’ll even WIN a new set by leaving comments on all the blogs along the way!   You can also get yourself some new sets, saving 25% in the store until the end of the month!  Even the new metallics are on sale…yay!
To be honest, I really struggled finishing up this card… almost didn’t share it with y’all today!  BUT, I do love the background I created with the Distress Crayons, so even if you’re not loving my card (like me!) I hope you’ll enjoy the background technique I used!
First, I started with a simple collage of torn book paper on some cardstock, painted with a thin coat of white gesso. I pulled out an assortment of greens & blues from the sets of Distress Crayons I have…
I scribbled bits of color all over my background…  as you can see, I was very careful 😉
Then I misted some more water and got my fingers inky, smearing & blending the colors!  I added some extra depth of color by highlighting along some of the torn edges with more crayon.
I selected a couple different stencils and used a slightly wet rag (I just sprayed a bit of water in a corner of it) to rub through the stencil and remove some of the color.
… and my background was complete!  I really love how it turned out!  I trimmed the background to fit on a square card and used one of the crayons along the edges of the piece to finish it off, again just blending with my fingers. I think the finger blending worked so well because of the gesso underneath.  Love it!
I wanted to try the crayons on another surface as well, so prepared another piece of card stock with some torn foil tape layered on it.
Because the surface was shiny & slick, I used a blending tool to add color and keep my fingerprints off of it 🙂
I stamped some stars in black Archival ink on the foil tape and cut them out.  The ink did not dry and the black was a bit too harsh, so I embossed the stars in silver (this powder is slightly translucent, so they have a pewter look because of the black peeking through).
Even with the Distress Crayon added, the metallic foil shines through!
I embossed some stars on my background to tie it all together… added sequins and some glitter for extra bling.  It’s actually pretty sparkly for a masculine Christmas card!  LOL
I’ve got another piece from my background that I’m working with to create another card… with a little luck I’ll end up with something I like enough to share next week!  Now I happen to know that there’s some very creative pieces waiting for you on the following blogs… so please enjoy our ‘Distress to Impress’ blog hop!  It’s been a fun challenge working with Distress Crayons 🙂
Get hopping and prepare to be impressed:
Thanks for hopping along with us!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a set of Distress Crayons!  Stop back here if you happen to get lost along the way… 🙂
Inky hugs,
Materials Used:
Distress Crayons Sets 1, 2 & 9
Star stamp by Ken Oliver
Star background stamp by Dylusions
Silver Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Embellishment
sequins & glitter…