5/26/2010

How do you distress?...

Hi everybody! Sir Tim Holtz asked us to share our favorite distressing techniques and I had some fun playing with my beloved distress inks and my new Hero Arts stamps:



I used many techniques on my card. First, I stamped the background with Antique Linen and Spun Sugar, then I distressed the edges, inked them up with Walnut Stain and blended them softly with Old Paper. Then I dyed some seam binding with Spun Sugar:


And for the image, I stamped the gorgeous Hero Arts cling with Versamark, embossed it with cream Embossing powder and used Antique Linen, Old Paper, Spun Sugar and Walnut Stain ink to color it with small bits of foam.


The gems are Prima Marketing again:


I wish I had all the beautiful colors available! How do you distress? It's still time to play! I will enter this to the Hero Arts May Challenge, too. And because it fits so well (because of Tim Holtz), here are some photos I took in Bardolino on the antiquities market:



Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
Vanessa

24 comments:

Kelly Massman said...

Beautiful card! And, what great photos!

Lin said...

So lovely! You have really made this new stamp sing!

Deirdre said...

Amazing photos of your cards and the antiques.

Agata said...

Beautifully done! Love this image and how you colored it!

Sarah said...

Absolutely STUNNING, Vanessa! You are definitely me have rethink some stamps that aren't on my wish list too. ;)

Nancy said...

Love your card, Vanessa! So soft and beautiful! Thanks for sharing the great photos. Tim Holtz would love them!

Elise said...

Oh, Vanessa! GORGEOUS! And, you're taunting MR. HOLTZ! AND, he's going to like YOU best! Hee Hee This looks EXACTLY like the stuff that drives that guy to make his magic! So awesome! I love your creamy, dreamy, pleasantly distressed creation, ever so much! Yipeeeee!

~amy~ said...

Vanessa, such a gorgeous detailed card! Thx for sharing the fun pics too!

Alice Wertz said...

yum! simply gorgeous, Vanessa!! so beautiful! i love the tone on tone look and the softness of the way you colored it! i happened to make a complete opposite card using the same stamp!! i used strong colors and all!! haha!! =) hope to post mine later in the week!! =) hope all is well!

Barb said...

Stunning card, Vanessa! So love the techniques you've used! It turned out beautifully! :)

Kathy Martin said...

Wow, beautiful card! Love the distressing and that gorgeous peacock image! :)

paula said...

Wow Vanessa this is one stunning card. I love what you have done, it loooks so magical & pretty :D good luck with the challenges xoxoxoxoxoxo

Tiffany said...

Very beautiful card, lovely TH inks you've used, so much fun playing with new stamps! Hooray!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, you distress very well! I love the card and the dyed twill! And your photos are very Tim Holtz--especially the last one!

kimmie_35 said...

What great photo's of some really interesting stuff!
Hugs
Kim
x

Irena said...

Your card is adorable, I like every detail ot it, lovely technique.
Have a wonderful day!

Dawn said...

Awesome distressing... I LOVE my distress inks - just need to get some of the new colours.... they are so versatile, Your card is a stunning example of what can be done. Love your photos as well

Joy said...

Your card is so stunning Vanessa, and it is so nice to see your back, so pleased that you had a great time on your vacation.

Karen B. said...

Oh so very beautiful. I love your vintage finds too, so inspiring!

Jacqueline said...

That is one beautiful card Vanessa! Wouldn't it make a lovely wedding card too :)

Anke said...

Gigantisch schön *schwärm*

Liebe Grüße
von Anke

Dotty Jo said...

Woweeeeee! I'm blown away by this creation Vanessa, Jo x

lynn said...

oh, my, such a beautiful card, vanessa! and the flea market pics look very cool--thanks for sharing them:)

Suzanne C said...

So very elegant! Love the embossing and distressing. Great pictures from teh flea market.