Thursday, October 18, 2012

Join the Challenge: Festively Distressed for FOUR WEEKS!

I have love love loved playing with the Tim Holtz Distress Powders these past few days. (Thank you Louise Healy for introducing us to this great idea of using them with stencils.) They come in 24 wonderful colors and there are many different ways to create with them. You can go to the Ranger site to see more of Tim's great products (I really like that the distress inks match the distress powders). Be sure to follow the Dream Team's list at the bottom of this post to view their wonderful creations using these innovative products. We are even going to randomly give away some stencils and distress powders to people leaving comments on our sites. Here are the goodies you could win for leaving a comment the 18th or 25th of October...three stencils and three beautiful Festively Fall colors of Distress Embossing Powders:


And... if you dropped by to find out about our monthly challenge for October...click HERE to find out all the details. It doesn't have to be a traditional Fall stencil, as you can tell by my Spider Mum design below...you could just use yummy Fall colors as a jumping off place for our Festively Fall challenge. You could win a stencil of your choice this month. Be sure to check mr. linky to see some of the beautiful cards already posted! 

The technique I have chosen to Festively Distress today is a variation on the Double "Glitter" technique. Obviously I am not using glitter, but the technique follows the same steps using the Distress Powders until the very end. Because the Distress Powders are an embossing powder they need to be heat set for the final step. Read on for the step-by-step process. The wonderful thing about this Ranger product is that even when they are heated they are a bit rough...and so if you want you can stencil on top of them. And the wonderful thing about the Dreamweaver Stencils is they are made out of metal and hold up really well for this stressful process. I know this may sound complex, but I have described in depth for people that really have never tried this...it is really quite simple! There is a "you-tube" showing how to do this too, but using glitter instead...click HERE to view the process...it only takes a few minutes, but today it's all about distress powders on my site.

Tim Holtz Distress Powders on Mounting Paper

1. Soap the back of the stencil with a bar of natural soap (DHHS). A 100% natural soap works best because it is not so crumbly.The soap will act as a resist to the tackiness of the mounting paper, so that when you remove the paper from the metal stencil, you will not ruin it by bending it.

2. Gently brush away any soap flakes from the stencil openings with a firm stencil brush. If there are any clumps of soap on the back of the stencil they will resist the distress powder and could distort the finished image making it blotchy, so smooth these clumps away with the brush.

3. Cut a piece of Double Sided Mounting Paper (MPDS) just slightly larger than the spider mum stencil (LJ892) and remove one side of it’s release paper to reveal the sticky surface. Save this piece of release paper that you have removed for the next step.

4. Press the soaped side of the stencil onto the sticky face of the paper very firmly, to avoid air pockets which could create a way for the distress powder to seep under the stencil. You could use the release paper that you saved to place over the stencil and press to keep the sticky mounting paper clean from dirty fingers.

5. Sprinkle the two Distress Powders...Aged Mahogany and Dusty Concord into the flower petals...give them a circular rubbing motion with your fingers to make them stay on the sticky mounting paper. Then angle these two colors off away from the leaves. Next use Shabby Shutters Distress powder on the leaves using the same technique of rubbing it into the mounting paper with your fingers. 

6.When you are finished, tap off the excess distress powder and place your card, stencil side down, on the table. Now your stencil is hidden from your view. Carefully peel the powdered mounting paper off the stencil with one hand, while supporting the stencil with the fingers of your other hand to ensure that the stencil remains flat against the table. (See how the soap keeps the sticky paper from “sticking” to the stencil?) This way you are bending the cardstock in the removal process and not the stencil.

7. Now the background of your powdered design is revealed and this part is still sticky (this is the area the stencil was sticking to).To finish my card I sprinkled the Distress Powder Old Paper all over this now sticky background.You can even do a circular rubbing motion with your fingers to work this powder into the tacky background area. Now after you tap off the excess powder you need to heat the Distress Powders with a heat gun to melt them and set them...I love how they really have an old world vintage look. But remember it is on sticky paper...so it doesn't need much of a heat set, just a bit. And then it is ready to trim and mount as a finished card, so you will remove the second piece of release paper off the back and mount it onto the cardstock.

8.For a final touch of a Festively Fall look I repositioned the stencil and stenciled inks at the edges of the leaves with complementary Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Ranger's Archival Inks as well. Use our small 1/4" gold handled brushes (GHB) for the best results for these small stencil holes.

Now follow the Dream it Up team listed here for more creative inspiration using the Tim Holtz Distress Powders and leave some comments on the way to win the design package of stencils and powders above:







140 comments:

Scrappychick said...

Beautiful card Lynell!

Joy H said...

This is such a stunning card Lynell - I will have to look out for the distress embossing powders now as they look so great with the stencils.

Cherylynn said...

Absolutely stunning Lynell. I love the texture that the Distress Embossing Powders give to this technique. Very different than using glitter. Perfect for the textures of fall.

Pam Hornschu said...

Beautiful card, Lynell! The texture and colors are so cool!

Robyn said...

lovely result- sounds complicated and i will give it a try- love the stencil

Kailash said...

Gorgeous project, the step by step tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing!!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Robyn...it does sound complicated so if you are visual (like me) I went back in and added a link for a you tube video to watch. See if that makes it easier to understand.

Lee Kellogg said...

Love the card Lynell! I especially like how you added the colors on to the leaves at the end.

Cin said...

Although the word "Gorgeous" was the first word to pop in my head after seeing this card, I think it's inadequate! This card makes me want to expand my 2 jar glitter "collection". ; )

liberal sprinkles said...

great looking card! I love how you used the embossing powder.

Caroline D. said...

Beautiful card!!! I'll have to give the double glitter/embossing technique a try!!

deadrose said...

That's amazingly gorgeous! I love the Tim Holtz products!

Uniquebynancy said...

The card is stunning. What a beautiful use of color and texture with the embossing powders.
Nancy

Lizzie said...

what an awesome technique....thanks for sharing it

dorism6220 said...

Thanks for sharing - and adding another way to use the embossing powders.

Linda said...

Why did I stop stenciling? It's been ages! I am getting back into it this weekend for sure. These samples look wonderful.

dharmabum1966 said...

A beautiful technique! Love the stencil!

Tanya said...

Wow! Gotta try this!

Kim Sirak said...

never thought to use embossing powders with stencils. Glad I was sent to you!!

Tarnished Rose said...

New to your site and stencils. This is amazing. I've used all kinds of things with stencils, but not embossing powders.

Smiles~
Marilyn

Jan C. said...

This is a beautiful card and an exciting new technique. Jan Cregar

Diana said...

Beautiful. Love the mix of color.

marsha said...

Beautiful Lynn! Love the simplicity as well as the mix of color!

Pam said...

love to try to new techniques. will be doing this one soon.

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just beautiful!

RachelB said...

I would like to try this technique! Gorgeous card!

Margie said...

Stunning!!

Yelowflower said...

Wow, I love this new stuff...great ideas!!

Joye Meyer said...

Gorgeous! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the stunning projects.

Linda said...

I love this idea and want to learn it!

Laurie Allen said...

Beatiful idea, can't wait to try it! I have some stencils that have not seen the light of day lately, so I guess I will need to do some experimenting! Laurie Allen

Sharon Y said...

What a great technique!

ArtZhodgepodge said...

Great I dea.. Can't wait to play with some

Mitzi said...

Wow...I will be trying this tonight....such a beautiful card!

Gail said...

Love all the projects, especially the "steampunk" one. Thanks for sharing a great idea.
Gail in Oklahoma

Dawn G said...

So fun. I need to try this technique! Love the colors

Heidi G said...

Love the card and the colors you selected.

sunflower sue said...

Love, love, love this card! Can't wait to try this stencil & distress powder technique out. :)

Ria Gall said...

Hi Linell
WOW WOW WOW what a fantastic card and such a clever idea using the embossing powders. I will be trying this in the next few days.
Ria

Kayla said...

Wow that is amazing! i have to try this techinque out for myself! such a fantastic end result! this is truly beautiful!

meshja said...

What a clever, clever use of products. Who is the amazing person that comes up with these ideas? Beautiful card and lovely delicate stencil.

oakleafdesign said...

Fabulous idea to use the distress powders with stencils. Can't wait to give it a try.

melissa275 said...

I really like this technique and can't wait to try out. Thanks for sharing!

momoftwo said...

I love stencils and embossing powders. Would love to try it.

ricki kalp said...

I looked at all the beautiful cards and crafty items...I so love the colors!!! And all the great ideas!!! Can't wait to see more and get some to try out myself!!!!!!!!

bonnielynnh said...

Such a nice variety of cards and a great idea of using stencils and distress powders,with amazing results!

Pat Glynn said...

This is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration!

Laura Turcotte said...

WOW!!!! Is there another word for this?? Not really! Thanks for opening up a whole new world of techniques!! WOW!

Debby said...

I love all the projects including yours. This is going to be a lot of fun. Thanks for the explanation of the soap...I was wondering.

0eb09618-1972-11e2-97fe-000bcdcb471e said...

What an amazing idea and so beautiful too! It will be fun to try this out. I have never worked with stencils so I guess I better get some. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

Dianal said...

Wow this is so beautiful. Who would have thought of using distressed embossing powders to achieve this effect. Love it.

Cathy Homan said...

This card is very Cute. I love the background. It makes the whole card flow!

paleopal said...

So cool! Love the look when mixing the Distress Powders!

Yogi said...

Beautiful. Love doing the double glitter technique. Neat doing it with embossing powders.
Have a great day

Katina said...

What a beautiful card. And to think that you don't have to "melt" this stuff to get a great look! Thanks for the "soap" idea too, didn't know that.

Teresa said...

Oh what fun! Amazing new techniques to try.

Rea' said...

Thank you Dream Team for sharing, these projects are so cool! I saw some "must tries" and I gotta have some of those stencils ( I've got some of those colors... yummy) !

bzyPTmom said...

Very cool, what a great technique, thanks for sharing!

Krystal O'Neill said...

I love finding new ways to use products! Your card is beautiful!

heavenlycrafting said...

I would never have thought to use this technique with embossing powders its fantastic and looks so stunning. Thanks for sharing it with us

Tammy B said...

wow, what a great idea, never even thought of that, thanks!

Anita said...

Everything looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Karen said...

This is such a gorgeous card! Love the technique..got to try it and thanks for the inspiration! An exciting give-away too!!

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Fabulous tip on the soap. I need to remember that.

sadeyes said...

Wow.....can't wait to try this technique.....thank you for sharing!

Jody said...

I have a few of the Ranger Distress EP but didn't know about these stencils. Will definitely be checking these out more, they look so fun!!!

Wendy said...

Beautiful card Lynell!!!

Jackie said...

Beautiful card! This is a technique I have not tried with stencils! I would love to win so I can try it.

JD said...

Lovely card!

Terrece said...

WOW! Gorgeous! The color placement is perfect! Will be copying this one for sure!!!

Anita B said...

A whole new way of using stencils and embossing powder, thanks for the inspiration

Anita Houston said...

Totally fantastic technique! I need some stencils!!! I can't wait to see more!

Louise said...

ooo...aahh. I love how you went back and stenciled more color over the powder! Very clever.

Kate said...

I'm so impressed with the samples on the designers blogs, I really want to have a try at this!!!

** Kate **

lilscrappers said...

I'm putting this blog on my list to follow :) Lots of ideas and I want to come back and try!

K Andrews said...

Really beautiful; great idea to touch up the leaves with complimentary colored inks. I've worked with stencils for years and love Dreamweavers designs.
Such talented artists... the world is a beautiful place when filled with creativity and artistic flair! Thank you so much for sharing!

Trexxann said...

Ooh, I love this - it's so pretty! Great technique!

Melinda said...

beautiful!

Christine OConnor said...

Very fun technique! Thanks for sharing!

jezebel said...

How innovative!! I can't wait to surf through all those other blogs and see what the other folks have come up with.

Lisa said...

Really pretty card. Thanks for sharing. Lisajake128@yahoo.com

Lynn Stevens said...

Now on my Got to give this a try list. TFS
Lynn

Terri (blindstamper) said...

How clever and gorgeous!

Lillian Mederak said...

love this technique
thanks
Lillian

RevJan said...

Every thing I've seen using this technique is absolutely gorgeous! I shall have to try to find the products in my town. Wish me luck.

Sue in CT said...

How beautiful! I have got to try this. What a great technique.

Beverly Sager said...

Fabulous technique - definitely a "must try"!

Kimberly said...

Can't wait to try this! How awesome!!

Leslie said...

I have never tried this but it is so beautiful I must! Love the card you made!

TristanzNina said...

What a great technique! Beautiful card! I have lots of dreamweaver stencils and will try this!

kandilin said...

Thanks for a great technique. Love the stencils

Colleen said...

How cool is this, never would have thought of doing this. Thank you.

Kathy Leo said...

Awesome! Love new ideas to try! Thank you

JULIANA said...

What a gorgeous card & fun new technique!

dabbler said...

What a great idea! I am taking a stencil class once a month and learning many new procedures. I'll add this to my little book of methods.
Sandee

Winnie said...

This is a great techinque. What a great card. Love the colors and the fun stenciled images! I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

grumpygus said...

Wow, great idea, love the chance to win

Dana D. said...

Terrific. I will have to be getting some of these stencils after seeing all the amazing cards and projects that I've seen the dreamteam do.

Lisaswings said...

How gorgeous it that! A great technique and wonderful tutorial. Thanks guys!

Kate Burroughs said...

Beautiful technique. TFS.
Aloha, Kate

madregorda said...

Dreamweaver Stencils have always been that something special to use on cards. Never thought about adding the embossing powder. When combined with matching inks, the Distress Powder and Dreamweaver stencils will make the finished piece ALMOST too beautiful.

niconick said...

What an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing this!

Cath. said...

Wow!!! it's a beautiful card

HelenM said...

Thanks to you and all the artists participating in this blog! Inspiration!! Thanks

Marina said...

This is so great, can't wait to bloghop. Love your card.

sophief said...

What a fabulous technique. I reall am going to have to try this one.

Penny Walker said...

Awesome card, love the technique.

jjindp said...

the shading effect is very nice

Becky said...

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

Pat K said...

What a gorgeous card. Love, love, love this technique, thanks for sharing!

Andrene said...

so excited about this technique - thanks for sharing. Love your card too!!

Barb said...

very cool technique

Christine D said...

Oh so glad I found you guys, thanks to Tim, I love my dream weaver stencils and now I can learn some more cool stuff with my embossing powders, thank you so much for sharing.

Pam said...

Beautiful card! thanks for sharing another fab technique.

Gretchen Wilson said...

Wow wow wow, this is so neat, I love the looks of this. Gotta try.

MLiss3 said...

Love this technique and the products, of course!

Marilyn C. said...

Absolutely beautiful and so easy! Thanks for the tips and new technique.

Ava Gavloski said...

Lovely double technique!!! I can't find my stencils...gurrrr, i thought i would get organized and now i can't put my finger on where i put them, i can see them all, just can't find them in my filing system.......lolololo
ava g

happyDiane said...

what a great technique, can't wait to try it!

jcinokc said...

Great colors. Love it.

karenelr said...

I am gong to have to find some of that double sided mounting paper to do this project! I love what you did. Thanks for sharing!

Wanda H said...

Beautiful!!!

Rufus said...

That's a fun technique and the card is gorgeous!
R/

Nan G said...

Love your mums!

Kris in Alaska said...

Simply amazing!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Larissa Heskett said...

HOW AWESOME!! =) THANKS for sharing!! I LOVE my distress powders and am always eager to learn NEW techniques and ideas for using them!! I came from Tim Holtz blog and I am NEW to Dream Weaver Stencils!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Paper Profusion said...

Oh this is so beautiful. Gorgeous work with the stencils and so subtle colour changes. Nicola x

Skraperella said...

What a wonderful technique! I am keen to try this with glitter as I don't have any distress powder. Beautiful card

Jane Luxem said...

Love my Dreamweaver stencils! Can't wait to try this technique!

Judy in OKC said...

Very cool! This goes on my "gotta do list".

Erin Glee said...

I have a nice sized stash of Distress Embossing powders, but have not tried them with DreamWeaver stencils...this looks SO COOL!

Peg Robinson said...

Very cool technique!

Peg Robinson said...

Wonderful as always! Can't wait to go to work on a creation.

sewzallsquirrels said...

I am loving these techniques of the embossing powders and the stencils. Such a great color combination on this card.

nazi04 said...

Beautiful card, Lynell! The texture and colors are so cool!

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ArteDar said...

How rockin' kewl is this?!!! I say put me in coach for a fab chance to win some artful goodies.
I sure do love your "eye candy" well done!

Sue in CT said...

Soap??? I never would have thought of that, thanks for sharing this. I will have to give it a try.

Dawn Louise said...

Fabulous card and techniques, great to learn something new thank you x

Adrienne Crist said...

Wow! Fantastic card, love the depth of texture and the colors

G~G said...

thank you so much for sharing, great technique beautiful!!!

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