Weekender with Wanda – Creativity with Distress Crayons!

weekenderwithwanda_638x250 (1) Hi everyone! Welcome back to Weekender with Wanda here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! Happy New Year! It’s my first Weekender post of 2017 and I’m so happy you’re here with me. Let’s kick off an amazing year of fun and creativity together! What are you up to in your craft room? I’m sort of starting to pull out all the Valentine goodies and thinking hearts and cupids! I’m also excited to be headed to CHA in two weeks to meet up with the SSS team to bring you the latest news from the craft industry. Can’t wait to get there and see everyone and see all the new products!

Today is my monthly feature on Tim Holtz and Ranger supplies. I put myself out of my comfort zone with this project and I hope you like it. I am almost always a Distress Ink or Marker crafter. But, I challenged myself to use the beautiful Distress Crayons! Well, I’m a convert now! The card I made is full of bright, happy colors and some new techniques too. This card has lots of yummy layers and a hint of gold… All anchored with deep rich black. I used Tim Holtz supplies from Sizzix, Ranger, Stamper’s Anonymous and Ideaology.

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The card base is A2 size and made from SSS Black Cardstock – to ground all the color. All the color elements (except the gold) are Distress Crayons. Here in this photo you can see how vivid and dense the colors are. They react with water, like all Distress products, and are easy to move around on the paper. I chose to use watercolor paper for all the elements to stand up to all the layers. The Distress Crayons are like soft crayons, almost the texture of lipstick. It’s very easy to place the color where you want it, like drawing. They stay creamy for a long time so you can use a paint brush, sponge, or your fingers to smudge the colors together. Very pretty!

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I die cut the leaves from the Sizzix Garden Greens Die set and cut the butterfly from the Sizzix Butterfly Duo Die Set. You can see that the butterfly is also embossed. This particular die comes with a matching embossing folder to exactly line up with the butterfly. It’s really a beautiful effect! I used an Ideaology pen nib as the body of my butterfly.

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I speckled and splattered everything with white mist, black mist, and gold paint flecks. Be sure to let each of these elements dry before adding the next color. Otherwise they will all bleed together. I use my heat tool to quicken the process.

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I really love this stamp and sentiment. It’s from the Tim Holtz Random Quotes stamp set. I added a few word stickers from the Small Talk pack that I thought went well with the main sentiment. In this photo below you can see the layers of colors.

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I turned the card sideways in this photo to show you the gold paint. I sprayed the entire piece of paper with water and let all the colors drip down to the bottom. I love that no two cards would come out the same with this technique!

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Before I start coloring a project I like to lay out everything on my craft sheet. This way I know where to put the color and how the elements will go together. I was ambitious in thinking I had room for a few flowers too! I ended up just using the pretty leaves dies.

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I did a test sheet of the colors I wanted to use. SO pretty!

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I used the Twisted Citron Distress Crayon on the leaves and after putting the color straight onto the watercolor paper, I ‘smushed’ it around with my fingers and then sprayed a bit of water on them. this made the color really pretty.

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For the butterfly I used beautiful Mustard Sees and Festive Berries Distress Crayons.

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Here is a close up of the panel before I put on the leaves and butterfly. I really think that gold is marvelous mixed in with everything. These Finetec paints are a go-to staple in my craft room.

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I gently curved the butterfly wings upwards with my fingers and glued it to the paper using Glossy Accents. I attached the pen nib with Glossy Accents also.

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Thank you so much for spending part of your weekend here with me. I hope this post has inspired you to try some of your new products and get out of your comfort zone too! Happy Crafting until we meet again!

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  1. Wow! Those distress crayons are wonderful. You did a great job with them, Wanda. Would never have guessed you were out of your comfort zone.

  2. What a work of art! Outstanding use of so many creative and artistic techniques! I love that you used a pen nib for the body of your butterfly! Such a brilliant accent! The vibrancy of the colors is striking. Absolutely gorgeous!

  3. This is such a wonderful card. I am going to order these supplies and try the techniques as soon as possible. Not only are the colors wonderful, but the nib on the butterfly is inspired.

  4. This is beautiful Wanda! I need to give it a try. I have some of the distress crayons and haven’t used them much. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Such a bright cheerful card today Wanda! Just the thing we needed to get us out of our winter blues! I love all things summer, so this cheered me right up!

  6. So bright and colorful and I really like the tip on setting everything out before you begin to color. Geat ideas

  7. OMG! I absolutely adore the brilliant and vibrant colors on this gorgeous creation! Must get my Distress Crayons out and play!!! TFS!

  8. Wanda–thank you so much for using the Tim Holtz crayons. I have all of them and the colors are so beautiful in the package but I have yet to actually put them to use in a project!!! I love your card and appreciate all of the techniques you used! Thank you again for sharing!

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