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. Pretty card! Thanks for showing us more of the distress crayons. Have some in my craft room, but haven’t gotten around to using them yet!

  2. I don’t have distress crayons, but I must say this is amazing and I love the beautiful colors on this. Beautiful card. I think you created it to be just perfect! :)

  3. Well, I didn’t think I would ever want to use Distress Crayons, but after seeing your gorgeous card, I need to re-think that! Just stunning!

  4. Nice texture with those crayons! I was always a little stumped in how to use the crayons, but I guess I’ll have to take the plunge at some point!

  5. Very nice way to show off the distress crayons. Very fun finished product. Way too messy for me but a fun technique to try sometime. Its really a challenge leaving your comfort zone but often the results are really worth the effort.

  6. Love the mixed media feel! You should do videos Wanda! It would be so fun to see you creating! Thanks for sharing! I might “need” the crayons too. I have always stuck with Distress inks and markers. Julie L

  7. How creative to use a pen nib for the butterfly body! Fabulous card. Have not tried the distress crayons yet, looks like something I should look into.

  8. Especially like the fountain pen nib used for Butterfly body since I’m a calligrapher. I have some of the Distress Crayons and need to practice more to get them to look like this.
    ‘Sunshine HoneyBee”

  9. Gorgeous Mixed Media card Wanda. You have inspired me to get out my Distress crayons and butterflies. TFS all your step by step descriptions and photos. It is a rainy cold day..perfect for getting inky. TFS Hugs

  10. I love how vibrant the colours of the distress crayons are. They make me smile! Using the pen nib is brilliant. :)

  11. WOW! Beautiful card – thank you so much for sharing all the steps to your creation!! I really need to use the distress crayons that I have and then think about adding the additional sets! Thanks for the push…

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