Saturday, 28 March 2009

Playing with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders.

Hi all :)

A little while ago i bought a set of six of the Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders, not a new product i know but they are new to me.

Here is a simple tag that I have made to show the powders off on different coloured distress inks.
What I love about this product, is that Ranger have addressed one of my "niggles" when it comes to the art of distressing. It doesn't have to be dull, dark and dowdy every time! "Vintage" or "distressed" makes can indeed have colour to them!
For those of you who have not used these powders before, they are used similar to ordinary embossing powders, except for when they are dried, you rub off the "release crystals" that are cleverly incorporated into the powder. This leaves a worn and textured feel.
This picture shows the crystals having been rubbed off with my fingers.
The main thing you'll notice with these powders are that they don't turn shiney when heated, but you soon get the knack of knowing when they are done.
I think these powders are a great way of creating the "rusty metal" effect sought after by many people.
I stamped out some butterflies from a Crafty Individuals stamp set, and added them to the tag for a little depth. Nothing difficult, just a quick tag to practise my powders on.
Thanks for stopping by. :)


Cazzy said...

very nice Calv, I haven't used mine yet for embossing. I have inked edges with the ink though.

Julie said...

This looks really awesome Calv. I had purchased a distress embossing powder but didn't really appreciate any difference. Now I know what to do I can have another play!
Thanks for the advice and fab tag


alcoholinky said...

gorgeous vibrant colours Calv. love it!

maddy hill said...

love the colours Calvin ! the tag is totally gorgeous and the butterflies are fab ! you most definalty have proved that distressing doesnt have to be dull !

Jane Wetzel said...

Really love this tag Calvin! I have one bottle of his distress powder..Only used it once and forgot I had I am gonna go get it out! yay! BTW..laughed out loud about my card looking like a drum you dh and I went to see BB KING last nite and I thought about this!! ha ha..BB only played the guitar..but he did have quite the drummer!!

Jennie said...

cool tag, have to confess I haven't tried those embossing powders yet :(

joanne wardle said...

looks great. what colour EP did you use. I only own vintage photo and it seems to work for most purposes, lol

Calv said...

Thanks for the comments. :)

I sued broken china (blue) and aged mahogony (burghundy) Joanne, it was more a quick tag to see what the EP colours looked like against other bright colours.

I think it would be difficult doing fine detail work with it, like with this butterfly, i tried doing the whole stamp image in it at first, but it didn't go too well.

Julie i know what you mean about the lack of difference. I think i would use this either for the colour, or for the texture.

Jane how lucky is your hubby, going to see BB King!!! :)

Thank you for commenting everyone. :)

Gez said...

Super tag Calv. Thanks for sharing it with us. I love the vibrant colours - so effective. Have a great week.

Sarah C said...

This is gorgeous Calv xx

My craft space said...

Calvin it is lovely the colours are great

love Val xx

Helena said...

Fantastic, love the colours and the butterflies.


Paulien van den Bosch said...

Oh wow.... this looks amazing!!!!
Love the butterflies too....
Awesome job!