Monday, August 27, 2012

Challenge: Inspired by Summer Distress

The newest addition to the Tim Holtz distress family is the summer trio of colors. Whether you are inspired by the color palette or just one of the colors, or if you are looking to use your own new distress colors - heat things up this week with Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, and Salty Ocean and see what happens.

Perhaps your summer inspiration takes you to a whole different color palette - we’d love to see that too. Before you do - check out all of the creations that the design team came up with:

Candy has created this colorful dimensional vintage style tag.
I sometimes have trouble using bright color and I know I'm not alone. But I love the new Seasonal Summer Distress Ink colors. And if it's "Tim", I've got to have it! So, employing the faded layers technique, I was able to create a colorful background well within my comfort zone. Combining a Book Plate, images from Tim Holtz' Papillon, Girls Rule and Haberdashery, I was able to achieve a feminine vintage layered look.

I (May) ended up creating a tag using the same French Collage stamp that Candy did, but with a very different end result!
I wanted to feature the summer distress palette in a few ways, so I started by blending the three colors down the tag, then I inked my background stamp with all three colors, added plenty of water, and stamped right over the top. I love that I could layer the colors - but then I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next! I decided to grunge it up with the mixed media stamps and brown ink on the edges, but then I brightened things back up with green trim and a foil heart that features the pink distress ink mixed with paint to color it. If it isn't obvious by now - I'm smitten with these colors both toned down or allowed to shine to their full bright potential!


Inspiration always strikes when Tracy has a reorganisation in her craft room in the form of found/forgotten pieces, this miniature frame being a perfect example, small in stature but BIG on impact.
I enjoyed working outside my comfort zone of earthy tones, creating my miniature piece with the fabulous new Summer Seasonal Distress Ink colours. The hardest part of this project was working on such a small scale and knowing when to stop.  The fractured doll is my focal point and has been given an angelic makeover with the addition of wings from the Regal Adornments.

Suzz had thoughts of beautiful bright colors in Stained Glass windows and  Tiffany lamps when she started her project.

My inspiration for this piece started with the bright  Summer Seasonal Distress Ink colors and the striking woman in the Crafty Secrets Believe set.  I used the distress inks and a waterbrush to color the image and the background. The striking colors reminded me of an Art Deco design which helped me select the black flourishes from the Spellbinders Die Fancy Tags 2.

Bright colors and high contrast are two of Ashli's favorite things, so she was eager to experiment with the Summer Distress colors!
The first thing I usually do when I get new inks, is grab some scraps of white card stock and rub a little here, blend a little there and just see what happens. The colors of the new Summer Distress Inks are so gorgeous, I couldn't bare to toss out my experimental scraps. Instead, they became a banner for my layout! Layered over a fringed remnant of salvaged curtains and a pretty pink paper from Crate's Little Bo Peep collection they are such a fun embellishment. Some chipboard words from Crate's Random collection provided the title.


Sandra Mouwen is sweet on these Summer Distress colors!
Those Summer Distress colors are so gorgeous and they reminded me of a lovely summery day, when you hear the birds sing all around, so I wanted to tone those bright colors down a little. I've used lots of Picket Fence Distress Stain and mixed them with the Summer Distress inks by using a brush and did the Wrinkle Free technique to create the background. I've repeated this several times until I was happy with the result.I stamped the Flourish stamp of the Artful Things Stamp Set around the borders with Frost White ColorBox ink for some interest. In front of the Bird Cage die sits the Forest Bird and he is very happy to be out of his cage for the summer.


Anna-Karin went travelling in her imagination and made a little suitcase which opens to reveal an important message and a dimensional scene:

I love the new happy Summer Distress Inks and used them in several ways on my project. The Sizzix Suitcase can be packed with many different things, this time I built a little scene inside it. I covered the suitcase with kraft resist paper, inked with Salty Oceans and misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls and water. The globe part of the Vintage Fan & Globe die was watercoloured with Mowed Lawn and Salty Oceans. A Stamper’s Anonymous air plane and Studio Calico wood veneer shapes were used as embellishments.

Terry made a Tag with the Summer Distress Inks.

I was feeling really happy so I decided to make this cheerful Tag with the Summer Distress Inks. These colours are really bright and made me really happy. I used all three colours on the background, then I played with the Mini Chicken Wire Stencil and the Tim Holtz Stampset Papillon too. Since I am a huge fan of butterflies and The Tim one too I had to used his fabulous butterflies. I worked on the heart, butterflies and the roses with UTEE and I just love it. It gives such a fabulous glazed look. So what do you get when you mix all these ingredients together? A Happy Summer Cheerful Tag.  

Sarah decided to get all inky with a jumbo sized tag and a lots of butterflies to create a summer scene...
I was so glad to open up my bright new inks and feel alive! Being a new mum means lots of sleepless nights and a busy routine so I escaped with a blast of colour and a flurry of free-flying butterflies. I played around with with my Summer Distress Inks, embossing ink and my Dylusions stencil as I thought it would be fun to see how a faux batik method would work with a stencil. I stippled the Distress Inks through the stencil, embossed them with clear powder to 'set' the colour and after removing the embossing powder by iron I could add white highlighting with my Signo Pen. Then the flight of Wendy Vecchi butterflies accompanied by a bright Chit Chat thought for the day.

Dan decided to paint with the Summer Distress colours to decorate a plain frame.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but it's nothing without a nice frame around it.  When I started decorating this frame for my niece I decided that I wanted it to have a subtle element of childhood memory to it, which hopefully is there in the hint of Cavallini abc tape you can see through the gesso.  I used all 3 Summer Distress colours on the leaves, painting them with a water brush - I used to use that technique a lot with distress inks, it was nice to revisit it again!

 I encourage you to check out each of the design team member's blogs for more photos, supply lists, and more. Simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared the team creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at 11:59pm Eastern time on Sunday, September 2 and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in with our theme and post it to your blog, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here.
For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog.
We can't wait to see what you make!


  1. ...wonderful inspiration from the team, gorgeous! especially loVe Dan's vibrant leaves...Mel :)

  2. Fabulous creativity..thanks for always inspiring us!
    Creative Wishes,
    Claire S.

  3. Fabulous creations with the BEST Distress Inks ever!

  4. Love, love, love these colours! The Team's creations are stunning & so inspiring! Great challenge!
    Alison xx

  5. These are so nice. Beautiful designs with perfect colors. I really appreciate all these. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the amazing challenge and the stunning DT work for inspiration!!! :)

  7. as always, the DT creations are stunning, it makes one want to try EVERY idea in turn!!! ♥

  8. Love that "salty ocean" colour so much!!!! Was really surprised and inspired for future projects to see, what your DT made of the whole three Summer Distress colours!!!!

    Thanks for this gorgeous challenge!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie

  9. Fantastic Inspiration pieces DT! Love all the gorgeous colors and images.
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  10. Thank you so very much for letting me join the fun on your blog. See you next time…



  11. The design team did a great job!

  12. DT, your inspiration pieces are beautiful. Thank you.


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