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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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



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.


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.


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. It’s no secret that I love the distress line; the crayons were a tough fit, but the more I used them, the more they grew on me and now they are a regular go to! The colors that you have achieved with them are one of the main reasons I love them! Your card is gorgeous! The composition is great with your mix of stamp and small talk, the die cuts give it so much dimension. I love that gold-will need to check those paints out as they look yummy! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Now this is creativity at it’s finest! This is absolutely gorgeous. I am really wanting to do more mixed media work like this. And Tim Holtz products are perfect for that for sure. Thank you for always showing us such amazing inspiration!

  3. I have never used the distress crayons before and wow I am so impressed by your creation. This is gorgeous. Thank you so much!

  4. I have wanted to venture into the Ranger/Tim Holtz distress everything and haven’t taken the plunge. With this card, you have enabled me. That butterfly is absolutely gorgeous and I am going to have to have the butterfly and the embossing folder — MUST HAVE! This is one really fantastic card so you need to step our of your comfort zone more often. Just BEAUTIFUL!

  5. Love anything with leaves, branches, foliage! I don’t have any distress crayons; may need to add some. Thanks!

  6. I love how vibrant the Distress Crayons are! Fabulous card Wanda. I have a friend who’s been struggling with her crayons so I passed on this link. I know she will be inspired!

  7. Oh I thank you for this!! I have Distress Crayons but the one time I played with them, I HATED them. The crayons have been sitting in my drawer ever since. Your card is STUNNING!!

  8. OH WANDA! For “out of your comfort zone,” this looks WONDERFUL! I LOOOOOOVE ALL of the layers of color, & the artsy feel of this! Not to mention the genius of using the pen nib for the butterfly’s body! THIS IS GORGEOUS!!!! ;)

  9. Another “coloring” technique that I have to try.
    the card is bold and vibrant. Love the
    thanks for sharing.

  10. Fabulous card. I was just using my Distress Crayons yesterday. So easy to use and your color is right where you want it. The colors are so bright and yummy! Try them and you will be amazed.

  11. What great ideas with the Distress Crayons…can’t wait to try it out…I have that butterfly set…can’t wait to try this technique

  12. My hubby bought me 3sets of Distress crayons when they were released, and I have only used them once. Your card inspired me to try again. Just beautiful.

  13. This card and the colors are absolutely beautiful, Very unique use of the pen nib for the body of the butterfly because it fits perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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