tattered floral challenge…

hi there bloggers.  hope you’ve enjoyed your week.  since it’s been snowing here in northern arizona for the past 2 days, and today is a day filled with blue skies & sunshine, i was inspired to create something for spring.  even better, a challenge (but more on that at the end of today’s post) so i thought i would share this fun tutorial to create these colorful tattered floral pins perfect for adorning your cards, tags, wearables, or home decor projects.  let’s get started…

supplies: grungepaper, tissue wrap, custom fasteners, distress paint, distress ink, ink blending tool, glue n’ seal, tattered floral die, tattered leaves die, vagabond, craft pick, craft scratcher, scissors, heat tool, mister, linen/burlap fabric, clutch pin (also knows as a tie tac)

step 1: start with a sheet of 6″x12″ grungepaper and a piece of tissue wrap the same size.

step 2: apply a layer of glue n’ seal to the surface of the grungepaper (it doesn’t matter which side you use).

step 3: place the tissue wrap on to the grungepaper and smooth out with your hand.

step 4: allow this to dry or dry it with a heat tool.

*when coloring tissue wrap various distress products work differently so i wanted to share those differences with you.  there is no right or wrong product to use, but the final look will definitely vary based on which product you choose.

– distress ink pads: waterbased dye ink, the color is translucent and you need to blend the color with an ink blending tool to get a more even coverage.  distress ink gives you the lightest effect of color.

– distres stain: also waterbased dyes, but a fluid formulation of distress which gives a little more color intensity.  since it is so fluid it also beads up slightly on the surface.  the stain will still dry, but will always rewet if you try to layer anything over it.

– distress paint: waterbased pigment paint that can achieve opaque coverage or semi-opaque depending on how it is applied.  the sample on the left shows the paint applied directly to the surface and dried giving an opaque effect.  the sample on the right show the paint applied, but spritzed with water while wet causing the paints to react and marbleize giving in a semi-opaque effect.

step 5: apply various colors of distress paint directly to your craft sheet.  be sure to shake the paints before using them and apply enough paint to the craft sheet.

step 6: since distress paints react amazingly with water, generously spritz the wet paint with water.

step 7: swipe the tissuewrap side of the grungepaper through the paints.

step 8: be sure to look at each layer you swipe so you don’t reswipe the same area too many times which could cause the colors to muddy.

step 9: once you’ve swiped through the paints a few times, spirtz directly over the wet paint to blend and marbleize the colors even more.

step 10: let the paints dry or dry with a heat tool.

*this is the effect you get with distress paints and water – isn’t it so cool?  i love that some of the areas of the tissue wrap are covered with color, while others are more translucent showing the design.  i also think the way the distress paint colors marbleize is pretty amazing not to mention these colors are permanent and won’t rewet!

step 11: using the tattered floral die, cut both ends of the grungepaper with the die leaving the center area solid as shown. (since the tattered floral die is steel rule, it can cut through layered grunge with no problem)

step 12: using the tattered leaves die, cut 2 leaves from the solid center area left on the grunge.

step 13: next cut fabric flowers!  i like to cut linen and burlap flowers for some added texture.  i usually cut 2-3 layers of fabric at a time through the vagabond since it gives such good pressure.  i also run the die through in both directions to make sure all of the threads are cut through. (this is why i LOVE steel rule dies so much – they cut paper, chipboard, grungeboard, plastic packaging, transparencies, stencil blanks, adhesive sheets, fabrics, craft metals, foam, etc.)

step 14: even though die cutting the tattered floral gives a tattered edge, when i cut fabric i like it to be even more distressed (no surprise there right?).  so place the cut pieces on to a scrap piece of cardstock or chipboard since you don’t want to do this step on your craft sheet.

step 15: using a craft scraper, drag the edge along the cut edge of the fabric and it will immediately give any fabric a frayed edge as if your tore out the fabric – love this!

step 16: ink the edges of your grunge flowers with distress ink using an ink blending tool.  this will give a little bit of shadow to the cut edges.

step 17: the best part of grunge is it’s flexibility so curl each flower petal by rolling it with your fingers as shown.

step 18: repeat this for all pieces to give this flower some added dimension.

step 19: place the grunge pieces on a cork or piercing mat and poke a hole through the center of all flower pieces.

step 20: create a custom fastener by choosing the larger brad (the pack comes with large and small brads).

step 21: apply one of the included stickers into the center.  *did you know: you can also use a 1/2″ punch to punch your own design from scrapbook papers or photos.  so now you can always make brads to match your projects.

step 22: apply one of the included epoxy stickers over the top to finish it with a domed effect.

step 23: since this fastener will be the center of the flower, begin to apply the flower pieces to the brad going from smallest to largest.

step 24: use the hole you pierced for the grunge, but the brad will go right through the fabric layers. continue until all layers have been applied.  (i usually alternate grunge with fabric layers)

step 25: pierce a hole in the end of the leaf and press a clutch pin through the leaf to the left of the hole.

step 26: apply the leaf to the fastener as the final layer, squeeze the layers together, and open the fastener to secure.

step 27: scrunch the flower (i mean really scrunch it) to get the grunge and fabric to come to life.

pretty fun huh?  so now you can pin it on a card or tag to give as a gift or how about decorating a jacket, tote, or yes…even a teddy bear.

hope you enjoyed this tutorial and i can only image all of the creative color combos, fabrics, and textures you will be assembling using the tattered floral die – this is definitely one of my most used dies ever!


you know…i’d love to see what flowers you would create with this die so how about a little challenge???

create your own layered creation using the tattered floral die made from any kind of papers, materials, you name it.  use any kind of inks, sprays, paints, stamps, or stencils.  it can be any kind of project from a card, wearable, or mixed media…but it must use the tattered floral die.

deadline: you will have until friday MARCH 22nd to upload your project to the blog and share it with the world!!!

on saturday MARCH 23rd we will pick 5 winners who will EACH receive a $100 tim holtz prize bag filled with an assortment of creative goodness!  now that’s a GREAT prize don’t you think?

so good luck and have a creative weekend everyone…t!m

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318 Comments to “tattered floral challenge…”

  1. atticelf says:

    Great tutorial, Tim. I kept locking at the tattered floral die at the store the other day too. Should have bought it!

  2. dottie in ct says:

    i love the flower idea and the look of the new paints. looking forward to my set of paints arriving and lots of play time with them. thanks for the comparison of the products; it’s so helpful.

    had a mishap mid week and broke my left wrist, so everything is a much slower process and caps are not easy to do.

  3. Roxanne says:

    MMMMM! Love grungy flowers and have been doing something quite similar to this for a few years….will be making more with the marbelized effect you show Tim….how vintage grungy! Love it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Sue A says:

    So cool and colorful!

  5. Cindy Marlow says:

    What a great challenge! This is just what I needed to get me off my creative butt and out to buy the new paints! I can’t wait to add them to my product list.

  6. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Awesome flowers, Tim!!! I’m going to give this a try! I’m still waiting to get the Distress paints…not available locally. If they don’t show up soon here, I’m going to have to order some…really, REALLY want those paints!!!!!

  7. karenajo says:

    very cool flowers – love the fact that you can make them match any project. Thanks for a super tutorial !

  8. ellen a says:

    luv the flowers. i’m hoping to find some distress paints soon. looks like so must fun.

  9. Gloria L. says:

    Love that nicely dressed bear!

  10. Julia says:

    Wowser, best pictures yet. Gotta get me some Tissue paper, and can’t wait till the Distress Paint gets to Michaels. No one has it here yet.
    Gorgeous and Spring-ey.

  11. Louise Healy says:

    Great flowers, will definitely be giving this a try! What does the clutch pin in the leaf do?

  12. Willow says:

    What a fun challenge and one I can actually participate in!!! Better get going cuz I know there will be tons of entries!!!

  13. Kaz says:

    oooooooo fabby tutorial as ever, I will definately be in on this one!!!

  14. Linda H says:

    Very cool! Haven’t played with the Distress Paint yet, but I will soon! Thanks for the tutorial and the challenge!

  15. Dria says:

    you are killing me with the paints that I can’t find around here!
    I love how the flowers turned out..I need the paints.

  16. Tami Howse says:

    So simple to put fabric and grunge paper together, and SO pretty. Why didn’t I think of that?
    Fondly, Tami

  17. Pamela Palm says:

    Cute flower pins and it sounds like a fun challenge. I’ll have to see what I can come up with before then….

  18. Judy Jackson says:

    Beautiful flowers! I want to do something like this when I get home from our vacation. Not looking forward to going home to snow however!

  19. Annie says:

    This is such a fun project. I can’t wait to try it. As usual, your tutorial is excellent and very easy to follow. Have a great weekend.
    Annie in DE

  20. Love the flower!!!
    I may even try this!

  21. Thanks for a wonderful challenge. I love my tattered florals/flowers dies and use them for everything! In fact, I worry that one day they will wear out and I have actually considered purchasing extras in case they do wear out – LOL! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful projects that will be entered here!

  22. Carole12 says:

    Oh! I love this flower and the Distress Paint.

  23. Annie says:

    How wonderfully colourful Tim….love those flowers and just may spruce up a few outfits/crafty projects. Great challenge


    Annie x

  24. Gerrie Johnnic says:

    Love the look of the spring flowers tim, can’t wait to try them.

  25. Leigh Cooper says:

    Hi, having trouble submitting my tattered rose die flowers entry in your challenge. Can you please help me on this as I think you will like my flowers and my idea that I have used them on.
    Kind regards
    Leigh Cooper

  26. karin says:

    What a fun challenge, off to see what I can do.

  27. butterfly says:

    What a fantastic tutorial – thank you – and how cool do those flowers look?! I’ve just heard my Distress Paints are on their way (hold up with supplies – they’re just toooo popular!), so will have to wait to try this, but I’ve shared some of my soda can/burlap Tattered Florals instead! Thanks for the chance to win – hope you’re having a great weekend…
    Alison x

  28. Redanne says:

    Fabulous challenge Tim, I am totally in love with the new Distress Paints, but have a new love today – that gorgeous teddy bear………..

  29. LYNN says:

    Loving your flowers I really must get those paints ! they are on my wish list for now .
    I thought I would show you my mirror I did a couple of years ago for a charity raffle but you need to scroll down the page to see it as I havent done it right technology an me dont get on LOL.
    Have a great weekend :0))

  30. Patricia Howarth says:

    What a brilliant tutorial, Tim, I love the effect of the tissue tape and the new paints, and the brad centres are gorgeous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  31. Helen says:

    I love the tattered florals die, and while I don’t have the paints yet hope to find time during the challenge time to enter. thanks tim for some more great fun – roll on spring!

  32. Sue W. says:

    Love the brightness of your flowers! I’ll be giving this latest challenge a whirl next week on my days off.

  33. Retta says:

    Great challenge….I just may take you up on it! I have the die…and I’ve been itching to buy some new paints 🙂

  34. WilmaB says:

    Ooooh, wow, love love this flower. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!!

  35. YEAH!! I just got done creating some flowers for a friends wedding!! =) I am looking forward to sharing and thanks for the FUN CHALLENGE!! What a GREAT way to spend the month!! =) Plus to be a winner, well that would be eve better!! THANKS and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  36. Inkypinkycraft says:

    Yummy! Must have a play at making these! Fab prizes wow ..trace x

  37. Lynn Stevens says:

    Your Tattered floral Die is my all time favorite go to die .
    Will play in this one for sure.

  38. Tracey-B says:

    Another great tutorial and using 2 of my favourite dies. The finished product looks great, I’d love to wear it to show it off. I will be working on my project to enter, thanks for the chance to win such a generous prize!

  39. Becky Walker says:

    What fun! Now that I’ve just finished cutting stained circles and adhering them to my Distress Stain lids, I so deserve a fun project to work on next. Thanks, as always, for the great technique tutorials!

  40. probins says:

    Great idea. I know a few people I need to make some of these for. I look forward to seeing what everyone makes.

  41. Oh this will be such fun, I love this die and was so lucky to get it from my Sister for Christmas!

  42. Sharon Y says:

    Love this challenge Tim! One of my favorite things to do is make flowers. I have a whole pack of cool brads I just bought to use for flower centers. Thanks for the creative inspiration. And yes, that is a great prize.

  43. bonnie kurz says:

    Can’t wait to work onthis. It’s so springy. And we are so under snow. What a lift!

  44. Cathy in Canada says:

    WOW! What a great prize!!!

  45. Julie says:

    Love these flowers using grungepaper! Tattered Florals has always been one of my favorite dies. I’ve loved it even more since you showed us how to make the layered fabric pin at the Akron stamping show years ago. Thanks so much for the photo showing the different mediums on tissue wrap! It’s a great help to see them all side-by-side.

  46. Lisa says:

    pretty… still waiting for my distress paints pre-order from simon says, hope they come soon I want to play :o(

  47. Kelly Long says:

    Love this project Tim! I have most of the supplies to join in this challenge! Hope to come up with something unique!

  48. Such a gorgeous flower – I need to make one!! I love the idea of this challenge and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. 🙂

  49. carriep says:

    definitely have to find those brads! love these flowers

  50. Sandra Nosek says:

    I can’t wait to get started but will have to do next week since I work all weekend!

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