Distressed Florals

Hey stampers!

Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge this week is called Grunge It Up.  So that’s what I did. 


I had a couple of deluxe bath soap wrappers that had pretty soft-looking flower pictures on them, so I went to work.  I added some packaged small die cuts that could be used with the soap wrapper flowers.  To get started, I water colored a background.  

First, tape down a piece of watercolor paper to a hard surface so it will lay as flat as possible after it is wet.  On a craft sheet or something similar, smoosh ink pads and spritz the splotches with a little water.  Keep the ink colors separated.  Wet the watercolor paper before applying the ink.

90# Canson Watercolor Paper

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads

  • Victorian Velvet
  • Milled Lavender
  • Wilted Violet
  • Peeled Paint

After applying a couple of colors, use a heat tool to keep the colors in place.

Reapply all the colors until you get the intensity of color desired.  The background must be completely dry before proceeding.  Remove paper from board.

Using a MISTI Stamping Tool, stamp the water colored background with the background stamp of your choice several times to get the intensity of color wanted.  In order to cover the entire water colored paper, I left the stamp where it was on the MISTI and moved the paper to stamp the top and bottom.


  • Tim Holtz Peeled Paint
  • Serendipity Stamps, Marble Cells

I used scissors to trim around the images I wanted to use on the soap wrappers.  Compatible die cuts were selected to go along with these.  Then the edges of the images were distressed.

  • Deluxe soap wrappers
  • Graphic 45 Banners Time to Flourish Collection
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo
  • finger dauber 

Trim the watercolor paper to 3.5 x 5.75 inches.  Then use a finger dauber to go around the edges of the paper with the Vintage Photo ink.

Then trim a piece of cardstock to serve as a card base.  Adhere the card front to the base.

  • 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock trimmed to 6 x 7.5 inches and folded in half to make a 3.75 x 6 inch card
  • Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape


It was at this point that I used a small paintbrush and water to try to soften the harsh lines where the water colored paper had to be repositioned in order to stamp.  However, I didn’t want to lose the quality of the stamped image.  This step is not that important since most of the front will be covered.  Let this dry.


Position the floral images where you want them and adhere them to the front of the card.  Then go over the adhered pieces with a white gel pen to make the colors pop.  To add an element of distress, use a ruler to draw a white line around the perimeter of the water colored panel. Then scratch over the white lines with the white gel pen to give them a rough look.  

  • Tombow Mono Adhesive Dot Roller Tape
  • Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen

To add a subtle sparkle and to soften the white gel pen lines on the images, go over the adhered floral images with a sparkle pen. 


  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen 

So pretty – almost too pretty to grunge up.  But get over it!  It was time to really grunge it up.  To do this, texture paste was used.  This would have been easier to apply BEFORE the cutouts were adhered, but then the cutouts would not lay flat.  So I added the texture paste the hard way – AFTER the images were adhered.  When applying the paste, where possible, swipe the brush downward.

  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush (not for splattering this time)

Now to take it a step further, use a sharp pointed object to rough up the edges of the water colored panel and some of the adhered images.


  • Spellbinders Tool ‘N One

I still wasn’t satisfied with the harsh white lines on the flowers.  So to soften the white gel pen lines, I used a blending pen.

  • Dove Blender

I also picked up the finger dauber with Vintage Photo ink on it to add a little more of a vintage look here and there.


Finally!  I quit.  What you see is what you get.


Thank you for joining me for another handmade card.  Come back soon!




Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Grunge It Up  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Make Your Own Background http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes – Challenge #322-#323

Work It Wednesday Challenge for February 2018; Green   http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/work-wednesday-february-2018/


4 thoughts on “Distressed Florals

  1. Cathie Cowles says:

    Your card is so pretty, Tricia! I love the design and lovely colors. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥


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