ATC swap theme Distressed

Here are my three ATCs for the ukstampers November swap with the theme of Distressed. The first one is based around nature, the second ATC has an image of an Oriental vase which I distressed using crackle glaze and the third may look familiar to some of you as I used the same photo, of a rusty piece of metal, and same techniques that I used for a previous tag.

naturallyDistressedSmlNaturally distressed
Inks: Distress inks:Tea dye and walnut stain, Stazon Timber brown
Card: white card, cork sheet, piece of mica
Stamps: Aspects of design Rambling 1
Other: elephant button, linen thread, cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed stripes

vaseDistressedSmlVase distressed
Inks: Versacolor Royal blue and white, Distress ink Broken china (rubbed over the crackle)
Card: white stain card, Chinese paper
Stamps: Non sequitur Samurai and cranes for the vase and calligraphy
Other: piece form old earring, brads, distress crackle paint clear rock candy, copic pens to colour image
rustyDistressedSmlRusty distressed metal
Inks: Distress ink walnut stain
Card: glossy photo card
Stamps: Stampers anonymous Mini muse
Other: old bottle cap, Distress stickles walnut stain, Distress embossing powder Vintage photo, R stencil

Mothering Sunday


My Mother’s day card for Harry’s mum.
The frame is stamped and embossed then coloured using copic pens. The centre is cut out to reveal the message.

Inks: versamark with pearl violet embossing powder, green and yellow copics
Cards: white card, old olive for base layer
Stamp: Michael Strong’s cloisonné frame
Other: blue ribbon and Scottish thistle, computer generated message


urban frenzy mum urban frenzy mum2
And a slightly different card for my mum. I thought I would go for a bit of urban grunge for my mum for a change. Mum is an artist and is very creative so I hope this will appeal to her.

Inks: versafine onyx black, Distress inks; tattered rose, mustard seed, fired brick, peeled paint, Brilliance lightning black, bleach,
Card: white textured, acetate, yellow vellum, luggage tag
Stamps: Stampers anonymous (Tim Holtz) Urban tapestry and Fairytale frenzy, Stampin up canvas background, RS tapestry nature plate 5 (butterfly)
Other: ribbon, washers, brads, large eyelet

The images are stamped first then the colour is added using colour dusters (small bristle brushes). Small areas are then highlighted with bleach. Edges are distressed using sandpaper block. The tag is made using the same technique with the addition of stamped wording on the top and on an acetate tag behind, fastened together using the large eyelet. The greeting is computer generated onto vellum which is then torn and layered with stamped, coloured and distressed card. The washers and brads hold the greeting together and this forms the pocket for the tag. Some tiny areas are highlighted with a bit of sparkle.