A Simple Tag for the Distressed Much Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Distressed Much Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of distressing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 89567061_10157192175302934_4011609955382591488_nIf you have come here from Tamara Sandwisch’s blogyou are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

There are a multitude of ways to distress a project, which, unfortunately, many people avoid because they are worried that they are “doing it wrong”.  I want to assure you that there really is no “wrong way” to distress a project, but there are some great methods you can use to prevent your project from looking like a mess of ink and paper shreds.  As I created my Simple Saint Patrick Day’s tag, I focused on an assortment of distressing techniques that I plan to show to you, today.

Using Pigment Inks for an Old World Look

Most of us only use Pigment inks for heat embossing and blending, but did you know that they create a vintage look when used with Kraft paper? Since Kraft paper is porous, the ink soaks into the paper and causes the stamped image to appear soft and distressed. On my tag,  I used our Family Legacy stamp set with Espresso Pigment ink to create this faded background. 

Inked Edges Created a Worn, Rugged Look

There is such a thing as ‘over-inking” when it comes to distressing with an ink and sponge.  Before you try this technique, you will want to have the correct tools.  If you chose to use a porous sponge, you are going to get a rougher look versus using a smother sponge, like a sponge dauber or blender tool, which gives you a softer look. 

When you are inking the edges, you will want to work from the outside-in.  I usually start by applying the ink, not to my project, but onto my All Purpose Mat and blend towards my project. This prevents huge amounts of ink from getting onto my edges.  I also apply more ink to corners where items would wear down naturally if left over time. 

Roughing the Paper for a Worn Look

There are some who love a torn edge and others who find it all a bit messy.  Personally, I think it depends on your project. If you are creating a piece that looks like it has sat in a box over the years, then it should have some worn down edges. If it is fresh, bright, and new, then a rough torn edge may seem out of place. 

On my project, I wanted the edge of the paper to match the rest of the old-world look, so I took the edge of my scissors and scraped the sides of the die cut heart.  Instead of leaving it white, I chose to add little bit of ink to the sides.

These are just a few of the ways that you can add some distressing to your projects. I hope that you have learned something new and are inspired to pull out your pigment inks, sponges, and scissors to give a little worn look to your projects. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Katy Taylor’s blog to see her work! She always has some amazing projects for you.  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Distressing. 

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Family Time SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Family Time November SOTM Blog Hop where we will be featuring our Family Time stamp set. 72172713_10156830516567686_6646806888103018496_n.jpgIf you have come here from Lauren Moore’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Yes, I know…it’s still fall. The season is fall, the weather is fall, the stamp set is fall, and we haven’t even had Thanksgiving. Call me an obnoxious crafting rebel, but I needed to break the mold and show you how this “fall” stamp set could be used for the holidays. MissCarriesCreations-PoinsettiaOrnamentBH.jpg

This card just makes my heart happy. The primitive colors, bits of plaid and stitching remind me of a country Christmas.  My design required the use the Family Time stamp set in conjunction with our new For the Tree ornament stamp set.

After cutting the ornament shape using the Custom Ornament Thin Cuts, I stamped the black cardstock using White Daisy Pigment Ink to give it the chalk-like look. I used the flower and leaf images from the Family Time stamp set to construct a layered Candy Apple poinsettia with a heat embossed center. MissCarriesCreations-PoinsettiaOrnamentDetail2

To balance the out my Country Christmas card, I added a bit of holly with small red dots. Images from the Family Time stamp set were also used to make the background and sentiment. Can you guess which three stamps I used?MissCarriesCreations-PoinsettiaOrnamentDetail.jpg

Now ‘Hop” on over to Haley Dyer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Family Time stamp set is only available until November 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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It’s All About the Sparkle with H2H

Who doesn’t love a little sparkle? Today, I am sharing beautiful Holiday Poinsettia Ornament on the Heart2Heart blog that is full of red & gold sparkle, and I have created a short process video showing you exactly how I made it.  If you love all that sparkles, why don’t you share something you have created with us at Heart2Heart.


This lovely Poinsettia ornament was created using the Holiday Cheer kit, then attached to the front of a simple card base card.  My shaker ornament has been filled with Gold Sequins and topped with a simple Black & White striped bow. The recipient of this card not only gets a Christmas greeting, they also have a gift to add to their tree.MissCarriesCreations-SparkleOrnamentCardH2H

I began by stamping the ornament base and the frame with VersaMark Ink. I sprinkled the stamped images with Red Tinsel Embossing Powder then heat set the images. I prefer the texture and sparkle of the Tinsel Embossing Powders on my holiday projects, and I adore how it sparkles♥ when it hits the light.

The Poinsettia was stamped with Candy Apple Pigment Ink, then heat embossed using Clear Embossing powder. Originally, I had used black ink for the Poinsettia image, but found that the sentiment stamped on the acetate did not stand out as well when the flower was also stamped in black.

After the Poinsettia image was heat embossed, I shaded it using Watercolor Pencils and Shimmer Brushes. I realize that part of the image should be shaded green, but I prefer the look of an all red flower that is full of sparkle in the background.

Once all the images were stamped, I assembled the ornament and attached it to the card. Here is a simple process video showing you how to put the components of our Holiday Cheer kit together.

I hope that this project inspired you and that you share your Sparkle creation with us at the Heart2Heart challenge blog.  While you are there, I encourage you to view all of the October challenges and take a look at the stunning projects created by the design team and other entrants.

I can’t wait to see what you create!!