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. I have wondered about these crayons Wanda and they look fabulous as does your card. Thanks for inspiring.

  2. Very pretty card, I love the color washes from the Distress Crayons. I love the pen nibs on the butterflies, very cool, unique idea. Love the card. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lovely card – love the butterfly. I have a packet of TH distress crayons but I’m not getting the results that you have. Maybe its time for me to give them another go.

  4. Perfect timing, Wanda. I just bought my first set of Distress Crayons last week;can’t wait to give them a try.Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Wanda, your card today is my all time favorites created by you. I love the watercoloring effects and colors used for your background.

  6. I see yellow! I see yellow! It’s my favorite color and people, except for me, don’t use it enough. I love it! I love butterflies but I don’t have a die cutter. I love how colorful your card looks. I’ve never used Distress crayons. I have Gel crayons but I haven’t used them yet. I have to experiment with them. I bought them because I thought they would be cool to use but it really doesn’t say on the back of the box how to use them. I bought a box of metallic and basic. I would love to receive this card and I hope whoever gets this card feels the same.

  7. Creativity is spot on with all your color and textures used in this beautiful card. Happy New Year and looking forward to what else you have up your sleeve!

  8. i absolutely love this i have a set of distress crayons i have yet to play with them i think now i might try them out this weekend thx

  9. Your card is beautiful! I have the first set of distress crayons but haven’t tried them yet. Your card and tutorial makes me want to get those out and play with them. I love how colorful your card is and love those new sprays. Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. I love the technique you used with the distress crayons, I have these and am “scared” to use them. Thanks for encouragement.

  11. Oh so pretty Wanda. I haven’t tried the water colour crayons yet but I would like too.
    I have been trying to clean and re-organize my craft room. Also I am in the process of making a new (small) colour chart for my purse for my Copics. I went to buy some yesterday and found my old way was not working for me…
    Anyway, its a great way to start a new year AND pass some time during a Nor’Easter. LOL
    Happy 2017!

  12. Love these vibrant colors with the Distress crayons and the pen nib for the beautiful butterfly body is awesome!

  13. Gorgeous!! Your card is absolutely beautiful and I love the creative use of the pen nib!! Thanks for all the information too. I have some distress crayons that sit unopened in their package. You’ve inspired me to give them a go!

  14. Incredible! I spend so much time on colored cardstock choices for my images. It is new-inspiring hoe much color you rendered from white!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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