Grungy Monday 24 - Distress with Pearls

Sorry I haven't blogged since last Wednesday. I'm not lazy. Really I'm not. I'm constantly busy with something. Anyone who knows me knows that. And while my datebook reflects other projects that I was supposed to do today, I couldn't help but put them off just a little while longer so I could play around with the Grungy Monday challenge this week from StudioL3. Challenge 24 features a fun technique by Tim Holtz which we will call "Perfect Distress" where Perfect Pearls powder meets Distress Inks to create a very cool, unique background effect.

Check out Tim's video here to watch the master at work. Then be sure to head over to the StudioL3 blog to check out all the creations those clever crafters submitted this week.

Meanwhile, here is my take on this technique...

Now let's take a quick look at how it came together.

I took the Wild Honey pad and rubbed it on the craft mat then spritzed the area with water, and patted my cardstock into the color, making sure it was sort of blotchy.

Using Tim Holtz's "Thankful Silhouettes" stamp set, I stamped several of the images in fall colors, then (as Tim did) I brushed on some Perfect Pearls powder. In this case I used Bronze. Then I spritzed all over with water and dried it with the craft dryer.

Ever since Tim posted this product technique on his blog a few weeks ago, I knew I had to have every single one of his seasonal Texture Fades and stamps that coordinate. Also on that same post, he includes a video to follow along so make sure you check it out. Here on my card, I used the "Thankful Background and Border" set of Texture Fades over my background piece.

Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain are my 1-2 punch for ink-distressing. I do it on everything. Here I rubbed Vintage Photo over the top of everything and then Walnut Stain around the outside edges.

Using some of Tim's newest Sizzix Alternations Movers & Shapers Dies "Mini Tattered Leaves" and "Mini Acorn and Pumpkin" I cut out two leaves and an acorn and repeated the color and pearl technique shown above. I stamped some splatters over them using a stamp from the "Artful Flight" set.

I love these flowers that I purchased on the ScrapMap cruise. Tim was selling them in the Marketplace. I was hoping to pass on the company who makes these, but they are packaged in clear cello bags with no label. I bought three packs I loved them so much. I inked two of them here with Wild Honey and Fired Brick distress inks. An old button and some frayed twine finish it off.

I think I'll go put this card in my Etsy shop now. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. 
Enjoy your Grungy Monday!


  1. Love your Autumn card! Great job on all of these techniques you did here! Gorgeous!

  2. This is STUNNING, Annette...I just love it!

  3. What a great card...lots of lovely details!

  4. A stunning card. I love the way you have used the embossing folder.

  5. Oh my goodness this is REALY BEAUTIFULL!!!!!
    Love it.
    Greetz Patricia

  6. Really gorgeous card! Thanks for all the details and closeups - you have a lot of wonderful ideas to show!

  7. Love your beautiful card. Love the texture fades and stamps. I have them in my wishlist!

  8. I just love this, Annette! Everything about it is gorgeous and elegant, and I really admire all the dimension you created. Such a beautiful approach to the Perfect Distress challenge!

    Always a treat to see you!

  9. I love this . The emboss plates are great I want the Christmas one the out come is just fab ...I love your colours truly autumn makes you feel all cosy ! . Mandy x

  10. Beautiful! I did not buy the "Thankful Silhouettes," but now I need it! Love the background and finishing touches!

  11. This is a stunning card Annette, & beautifully photographed! x

  12. Absolutely gorgeous, Annette! Love what you've done with this cool technique. Your colors are wonderful.

  13. Fabulous card, stunning colours and effect of depth with the embossing folder and I love love the flower!

  14. A real beauty - loving the rich colours and textures!!!


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