Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Festively Distressed Christmas, Part II

We've now had four weeks of festively distressed fun playing with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Powders along with our wonderful line of Dreamweaver Stencils and products. Huge thanks to Tim Holtz and the fab people at Ranger for sharing these four collaborative weeks with us, and providing the yummy shades of Distress Powders for us to create with. We've been inspired by the process, and we hope you have, too! 
If you haven't won one of the prize packages yet, you still have one more opportunity this week as the set below is up for grabs to a random commenter on one of the Dream Team blogs.
If you've been following along each week, you've seen some gorgeous creations with these stencils and powders, so you should be all fired up to get distressed! If you've missed the first three weeks, check them out once you've made the rounds today:

In keeping with November's Festively Distressed Clean and Simple Christmas theme, my  project for this week is:  TAGS

Dreamweaver Stencils Joy (LL511) and Noel (LL510)
Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters and Faded Jeans
Inkssentials #8 tags
Coordinating ribbon

The Process:
Ink the edge of each tag with the Antique Linen Distress Ink using a foam applicator. 
Position the stencil on the tag and tape all edges.
Working with one stencil at a time, spread the matte black embossing paste with a palette knife.  
Remove the stencil and place in a pan of water.
Sprinkle the Shabby Shutters embossing powder on the ornament in the Joy stencil and and Fired Brick on the letters.  Set aside to dry.
Apply matte black embossing paste to the Noel stencil.  Remove stencil and place in a pan of water.
Sprinkle Faded Jeans embossing powder on the snowflake.  I liked the contrast of the black paste against the pale blue color of the distress embossing powder and decided not to add another color of embossing powder to the letters.  
Set the tag aside to dry; wash and dry the stencils and palette knife.

As the paste dries,  the embossing powder will stick to the paste, eliminating the need to heat set the powder as you would in the double embossing powder technique.

Add coordinating ribbons and you're done!

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We've been having a lot of fun these past four weeks playing with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Embossing Powders.  Keep following along to see where they'll turn up next!

Happy crafting,


  1. Liz ...this is a wonderful creation of CAS and Tim's distress powders! The simplicity is so eye-catching.

  2. I LOVE the FUN tags!! These would be GREAT for Holiday Gift Tags!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  3. These are wonderful tags, LIz! CAS with a pop!

  4. Great tags! perfect for a class this time of year too!

  5. Very striking with the black paste.

  6. Love the tags!! They would be fun on any gift for sure!