tutorial #4 and SCS color challenge

Better late than never!! my mom is in town so i have had a full morning!!! as promised today’s tutorial focuses on the FABUlous tim holtz distress embossing powders. these powders are a tad bit fussy but OH SO worth it! my card below uses the colors in this weeks SCS color challenge – soft sky, creamy caramel and black.

distress embossing powders are different and give a different effect than your typical embossing powders. these are NOT the usual raised, shiny smooth look. they have a textured, almost grainy look and the colors are just amazing.

Our supplies: Versamark pad, distress embossing powder, embossing buddy, cardstock cut to size, and a stamp. these powders really work best on stamps with a lot of surface area or solid shapes rather than thin lines so you can really see the texture. The Butterflies A Flutter stamp used here was created with this in mind. Today I am using Vintage Photo – a gorgeous medium brown.


BEFORE doing anything SHAKE the powder very well and then open it up. Swipe your cardstock with the embossing buddy and stamp your image using versamark. Cover with embossing powder and shake off excess.

Heating this powder can be tricky.

they will not have the same type of change you usually see as they melt. they will have a slight change visible with most colors and i ALWAYS need to heat them with my heat gun under a good strong light. keep in mind they do not take any longer than regular powders so that can help guage. once heated LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY before touching them or the powder will wipe right off. Once cooled test a small spot to see if the powder is stuck on and re-heat if necessary. once it is cooled rub your finger over the image and the special release crystals will rub off giving a distressed sort of “grunge” or worn look.

Here is another card were i used them on the background with the cobblestone background stamp. after rubbing off the release crystals i smudged on some very pale distress inks to suggest the look of stones:

These powders also look WONDERFUL on other surfaces. i used it on the lid of this box i made for my mother:

after painting i covered the lid with versamark by smooshing the versamark pad directly on to the top of the box. sprinkled on the distress powder, heated it, let it cool and rubbed off. i wanted it to be especially “distressed” so i actually took very fine sand paper and rubbed it in some areas.

these fun powders are even more exciting when used to “color” your image – that will be Saturdays tutorial. but tomorrow tune in for Thinking Outside the block – new and inventive ways to use those studio G acrylic blocks you have lying around. the techniques featured in these friday segments are also good for acrylic/transparencies in general so be sure to come by and pick up some tips!!

Don’t forget to stop by Catherine’s blog – she is hoping to have something posted this evening – nothing like getting a last minute assignment!!! ha hahaha!

powder kisses!!!

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2 Responses

  1. Wow, that is cool! I’ve never heard of these before, but I will definitely have to try them out. Thanks!

  2. Okay, hopefully this isn’t a duplicate post, but I don’t think the first one went through. Thanks for the great tutorial! I’ve never seen these before, but I’ll definitely have to try it out!

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