Distress It!

Hello Stampers!

I wasn’t aiming for an autumn card with this one, but I got one anyway.  A birthday card was needed for my adult nephew.  I was inspired by Lin at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, who was inspired by Shari at SSS.  We help each other.  🙂  Click on Lin’s name to link to her card.  Here’s my card.


Let’s get started.

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface Paper
  • Ranger Ink (Rectangle) Blending Tool
  • Ranger Applicator Foams (change the foam for different color ink)

*NOTE:  The round Mini Blending Tool does not work to make this background with rectangles.  I tried it.  Nope.


Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Broken China, Carved Pumpkin, Stormy Sky; Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf

I didn’t have the green color I wanted in distress inks so I used a SSS ink pad.  Hindsight, I probably would have been satisfied with T.H. Mowed Lawn Ink.  Because I did use SSS ink for the green, when I sprinkled water on the panel and dabbed the water sprinkles with a rag, the green did not react as the distress ink did.



Trim panel to 4 x 5.25 inches.

I used a Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cut Machine to emboss my panel with a Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Woodgrain Embossing Folder.

The Bristol paper cracked going through the embossing machine, so I went with it instead of starting all over.  But first, I used a Mini Blending Tool to lightly sponge Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the raised area to bring out more of the detail.  Then, I purposely made more cracks and scratches on the panel with a Spellbinders Tool’n’One Pick.

IMG_0837After this, I went over the edges of the panel with the Vintage Photo Ink.


A piece of Recollection‘s Brown Cardstock from Michael’s Craft Store was trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches to make a background to go behind the inked panel.

Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z Runner Tape was used to adhere the panels to the card base.  The card base was 100# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock, cut to 5.50 x 8.50 inches and folded in half.


I don’t know where I purchased this set of Alphabet Dies.  I do not recommend them unless you are going to use all of the letters.  Anyway, I die cut one colored embossed letter of the word, HAPPY, and three letters from Kraft Cardstock.

The letters were stacked together and glued with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive Craft Glue.   This is excellent glue for cardmaking.  Lay something flat and heavy on the letters while they dry.  I used the glue to adhere the letters and leaves to the front of the card, as well.  By doing so, I had a little time to wiggle the pieces around to adjust where they looked best.

Using a strip of the brown cardstock, cut to .75 x 4.25 inches, Vintage Photo Ink was applied around the edges.  The MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) was used to stamp the word BIRTHDAY.  The word is from an old Stampabilities Stamp Set.  Using a Simon Says Stamp Orange Peel Ink Pad, the word was stamped three times to make it stand out on the brown cardstock.


Scotch 1/2″ Permanent Mounting Tape, cut to 4.25 inches

IMG_0848Two leaves were cut out using Bristol Paper, and four leaves were cut out using Kraft Cardstock.  The Bristol leaves were inked with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I went around the edges with Vintage Photo.  The leaves were stacked and glued together with the Nuvo Craft Glue.  Lay something flat on top of them until they dry, so they will be adhered all over.

After the pieces were glued on, I made somewhat of a bow with Tim Holtz Jute StringIMG_0862 - CopyI didn’t want the card to look girly, so I cut the loops apart with scissors.

Put the front of the card together.  IMG_0854

To adhere the leaves, use Zots Clear Adhesives Dots to give them lift. 

I wanted the die cuts IMG_0855 and stamped word to stand out better, so I went over them with a Clear Glaze Pen.

I could have added bling to the card front, but since the card was for a man, I didn’t want to overdo it.  I liked the way it turned out.  I hope my nephew does, too.  Anyway, you should give this distressing technique a try.  Yes, it took me three or four tries to get the inking I wanted on the card front.  But that’s how we learn.  We keep trying until, hopefully, we improve.


Thank you for stopping by,

Tricia Ann











3 thoughts on “Distress It!

  1. Debby says:

    Love your woodgrain card and really enjoyed how the card was made.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


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