Thursday, 1 March 2012

Tim Holtz Distress Pens

Good Morning!  Did not blog yesterday as we have both had a horrible chesty cough and flu-like symptons.  A bit better today but even though I felt bad yesterday I still managed to do a couple of tags.  The first one is from an idea by the wonderful Wendy Vecchi.  I used an Inkylicious dandelion clock stamp which I inked up in 3 colours of distress markers - it is amazing as the colours do not contaminate each other and it does not have to be done in a hurry either.  Once the stamp is coloured, then 'huff' lightly on the stamp and stamp on to your tag.  Take a water brush and brush over the whole image - this gives a slight watercolour effect and then dry with a heat tool.  I then used an Antique Linen distress ink pad to colour the middle of the tag and then distressed the edges with Pine Needles distress ink.  Finally I went round the edge of the tag with Black Soot distress ink.  The ribbon is seam binding coloured with Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed distress pens (they work really well on ribbon), spritzed with Perfect Pearls and scrunched.  I then spritzed the tag with the same Perfect Pearls.  The sentimnent is also Inkylicious from the same stamp set.

The seond tag was made using my fabulous new Crafty Individuals stamp.  I just stamped onto a tag and did a bit of colouring using the distress markers again.  I used Antique Linen distress ink to colour the middle of the tag and Pine Needles for around the edges.  I masked off the baloon stamp and then overstamped in Pine Needles with the newsprint stamp from Hero Arts (one of my all time favs)  and then spritzed the whole tag with Perfect Pearls.  I was not happy with the balloon and so decided to use some honeycomb paper and cut out the balloon part.  I distressed the edges of the balloon with Black Soot distress marker - they are so easy to use - love them although I only have a dozen so far so I am limited to certain colours.  The cogs are from Sam Poole's Steampunk Dreams stamps.  The words are simply typed in Word, cut up and distressed.  The ribbon is black vintage ribbon from Creative Expressions.

Kind regards, Anne x


  1. Lovely tags Anne, the balloon one is my favourite. Have resisted buying the Distress markers but have seen so much great work like this I may have to give in.
    Ann B

  2. Gorgeous tags Anne, love them both, lovely soft muted tones. I am seriously jealous that you have the new distress markers, you have achieved stunnings effects with. Hope you both feel better soon. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. xx

  3. Hi Anne. Just to say your Tags are wonderful. so far I have been good and not bought any of the distress markers as I have the full set of Promarkers, but I do love those pens. Is the honeycomb paper easy to use. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. fabilicous tags anne...I am waiting not very patiently for my markers to arrive...hope you feel better soon...hugs kath xxx

  5. Your balloon looks great with honeycomb paper.

  6. Both these tags are just so great. I love the look you get with those distrees markers.

  7. Your tags are stunning! I have to check out the Distress Pens. You really got me interested in them!

    I hope you are feeling better for the weekend.


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