Friday, July 18, 2014

Dies & Distress!

Hello and welcome,

I have some very exciting news to share with you today.........

A Vintage Journey has asked me to be Guest Designer for Challenge #10 Distress & Dies. I immediately jumped at the chance. What an honor!  This is my very first time as Guest Designer and I have had a wonderful time creating this piece for you. I hope you like it......

My Tim influence is everything distressed and vintage, because I just can't get enough of it. I love altering items like Tim does.  Here I have used a lot of Tim Holtz Dies and all the Distress Products.  I had all the distress products except for the embossing powders so a good crafty friend of mine was kind enough to loan me her distress embossing powders.....Thank-you Paula ......OMG! If you haven't tried these powders....and you love grunge/ really must give them a go.  Apart from Tim's Vintage/Grunge Style I also love the different effects you can achieve with these distress powders.

The Sponsor for this challenge is Country View Crafts, they are offering a 10 pound voucher to the winner. Please head on over to
A Vintage Journey to see all the amazing entries and inspiration.

It all started with an old book.......

Start cutting your desired shape through the front cover of your book with a craft knife. As you get further down you will need to place a cutting mat so as not to cut all the way down into the book.  I cut down roughly half way.   I flipped the book over so I am now looking at the back cover.  Place a craft mat in between your last quarter of the book and the part you don't want to cut into. Start cutting a smaller window through the back cover cutting  roughly a quarter of the way into the book.
Now you should have the front part of your book cut into half way. The back of the book cut in a quarter of the way. In between the front and back cut should be some pages that are not cut. Hope that makes sense.

Starting on the outside of the cover: Cover this in Picket Fence Distress Paint. Allow to dry.  Now with modge podge randomly stick down some scrunched up pieces of tissue paper. Dry.  Then get your desired stencils and add the texture paste with them. Allow to air dry.  Once desired look is accomplished seal with modge podge.

Now for the color: Start adding your Distress Stains until you like what you see. I did use  a heat tool and also let it air dry a couple of times and kept going back till I was happy with it. Then I added some Distress paint with my finger here and there.

Cut desired die cuts from water color paper and grunge paper.  I then used a variety of items... Tim's scratcher, some rub-on's, crackle paint and some  have embossing paste then distress inks.
Then you will need to add Distress Powders. You will notice I didn't end up using all of these pieces.

Grab Tim's Lost Relatives, distress edges, add some rub-ons and distress marker through the spritzer.
Stick one of the Lost Relatives in front cover and one in the back.

Using the Ink pads ink the pages on all three sides of the book and add some Distress marker through the Spritzer.

Now lets alter those pearls....if it has a hole place it onto your tweezer end then add embossing ink and roll it in your desired embossing powders, then heat set. Don't forget to shake the powders before use.
Once you have decided where your acetate and cut dies will be placed. then you will need to glue your pages together. I started gluing the  pages around the acetate so I could add more elements if I decided to do so at the end. I glued the pages over a couple of nights and left them with some heavy books on top.

 Add your altered pearls to one or more sections of the book. I placed mine with the boy and his dog in the front.

Now I am gluing the pages together. I placed some glue in the tray then sprayed roughly 4 or 5 sprays of water so it is easier to spread with the brush.

Once you have glued all the pages together you can then add Distress Embossing Powder to the three edges of the pages and heat set.

On the front cover you will see I placed the mini pocket watch behind the mini globe.

Back window with another of Tim's Found Relatives.

A close up of the the distressed pearls.

Dies used:
Mini Globe, Mini Pocket Watch, Mini Jalopy, Mini Key & Padlock, Clock Key, Bottle Top, Mini
Clipboard bottom , File Tabs, Torn Notebook, Plaque & Postage
Botanicals & Numbers
Distress Paints:
Picket Fence
Distress Stains:
Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone
Distress Marker:
Forest Moss
Distress Ink Pads:
Embossing Ink, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles
Distress Embossing Powder:
Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Numbered, Cargo &Bubble
Dylusions Letter Jumble
Prima (Valerie Foster Designs)
Brick Wall

Old Book, Acetate, Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, Tweezers, Water Spray Bottle, Paint Brush, Pearls, Craft Knife
Water Color Paper, Embossing Paste, PVA Glue, Modge Podge, Double Sided Tape, Tissue Paper (white)
Crackle Accent, Grunge Paper, Metal Plate & Brads, Metal Corner Flourish, Metal Chain, Philosophy Tags, Tims Scratcher, Distress Tool, Distress Marker Spritzer, Rub-Ons Botanicals & Numbers by Tim, Found Relatives

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!


Almo said...

Karen I am speechless! (and that doesn't happen very often!). Your altered book is stunning, I love the globe best with the sneek peak of the pocket watch but all the lovely techniques you have used to get the overall finish is fantastic. Lovely to see the different stages of the creation too. Mo x

Meggymay said...

A stunning project, I loved all the photos showing the steps and techniques.

Astrid Maclean said...

This is such a fabulous project Karen, love every single little detail! Thank you so much for guesting for us over on AVJ!

butterfly said...

What an amazing creation, Karen - so full of ideas and textures and vintage beauty... This is one I'll be back to pore over again! Thanks so much for joining us for this leg of the journey!
Alison xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!!! This is breathtaking Karen!! Love the techniques you used and so love the colour!!! Your step by step is fabulous and you totally deserve the GD spot!! Congratulations!! ox

Maureen said...

So cool Karen! Love anything Tim too, so this is right up my alley. Well done - you make me want to try this someday...

Ruth said...

Congratulations Karen, well deserved and an absolute stunning creation.....again! x

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Karen! I am so glad to meet you! I saw the nice comments you left on my blog and was led to your fabulous blog! You are incredibly talented and it was sheer delight to peruse your posts and projects. I also absolutely loved this piece you did here for A Vintage Journey. You've combined two of my absolute favorite things: books and crafty geniusness! So glad that I found another fellow artist to be inspired by. I quickly followed so I can keep an eye on what you've been up to. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful work and for being so kind in your comments toward mine!