textured halloween card…

cardit’s always cool to see the same product used in different ways.  this month’s tag featured distress collage medium crazing used over ephemera to create a vintage collaged background.  today i’m sharing a quick tutorial showing the same collage medium, but this time used over texture paste to create a colorful textured background.  this effect is a great way for adding distressed dimension to cards, home dec, mixed-media, and of course perfect for halloween time too…t!m


  • surfaces: paper stash/materialize
  • inks: distress ink/black soot/candied apple/carved pumpkin/twisted citron/wilted violet
  • crayons: distress crayons/black soot/vintage photo/walnut stain
  • mediums: texture paste/matte, distress collage medium/crazing
  • embellishments: clip bails, design tape/materialize, jute string/halloween, mini corners, typed tokens-halloween
  • stencils: mini layering stencil/set #23
  • tools: craft sheet, distress waterbrush/detailer, distress sprayer, distress collage brush, mini ink blending tool, palette knife, paper trimmer, sanding grip, scissors

1– cut background from materialize paper stash, position layering stencil and tape down.

2– apply texture paste over stencil with palette knife and scrape off excess paste.

3– carefully lift off stencil and set aside to dry.

4– apply distress collage medium crazing over entire surface with collage brush. spread crazing with your finger to make sure you have a nice coating and let dry.

5– scribble distress crayon directly to craft sheet, add a little water, pick up color with waterbrush and color background to enhance the crazing.

6– create a darkened edge this time by drawing distress crayon directly to background and smudging with finger.

7– reposition stencil over background, mask off word your coloring. apply distress ink using ink blending tool by pouncing color on one word at a time.

8– lift stencil and tape, and dry inked texture with heat tool. note: be careful not to heat the stencil.

9– cut cardstock as desired for card.

10–  apply deco design tape to card folding ends over the edge and stitch around.

11– ink jute string with distress ink.

12 – the details: add mini corners with pliers, tie jute string around card and embellish with typed token using clip bail. love the colorful nostalgic grunge effect don’t you?

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32 Comments to “textured halloween card…”

  1. Bonnie E says:

    Gorgeous – I love that crazing medium and just ordered two jars to play with!

  2. Gigi B. says:

    Great card. It really captures the holiday.

  3. Awesome use of so many things.. Love the colors!!! Thanks for the tut!!!

  4. Bridget Haig says:

    now how sweet is that stencil, Now y’all need to make one for elections.

  5. Love the crazing medium over the texture paste Tim and that delicious Halloween colour palette! Thanks for sharing it, off to play! Deb xo

  6. Kathy says:

    Very innovative to put the crazing over the texture paste – I’ll give this a try for sure…..thanks, t!m 🙂

  7. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome textures and colors! *LOVE* Halloween!!!

  8. DebbieP says:

    I like the cheerful colors used in a scary way!! LOL

  9. Tee Hall says:

    This is wickedly cool Tim, I love the awesome texture and colors you created on this card!

  10. Julia Aston says:

    Great techniques on this spooky design!

  11. Linda Newcomb says:

    This is one of my favorites!

  12. Amy Gray says:

    I needed a crafty kick-start and I think this post did that! I am going to try this today. Thank you, as always, for your inspiration.

  13. Tammy Lever says:

    I love this! I’m just really starting to get into the mixed media realm and so I have all these products but don’t quite know how to use them! Thank you for a great tutorial!

  14. Pat Healey says:

    Love the colors and love your creativity – it looks great!

  15. Youve created a fabulous vintage grungy Halloween card perfect for sending through the mail! The detail that I love the most is the crazed background. Great techniques and very effective!

  16. Roxanne says:

    lovely grungy effect! TFS!

  17. KATH says:


  18. Cim Allen says:

    I can’t wait to try some of that crazing stuff

  19. Sharon Young says:

    So fun and grungy. Love the addition of color using the stencil.

  20. Cool tag! My grandsons would love that as a bookmark.

  21. SusanK says:

    What a fun way to use items I don’t seem to remember to use!

  22. Anne R says:

    Loving the techniques you used here – they are ‘wicked’ !!

  23. bernath says:


  24. ann barnes says:

    This is awesome! Sometimes I am quick to color the paste and end up with a monochromatic design…next time I am going to think twice and utilize the masking effect. Loving the color amidst the grunge!

  25. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    Love the contrast you created with the bright colors but still the vintage look behind it!

  26. Dolly says:

    Oh man Tim…it is so fun to find a project from you!!! and such a cool one at that 😀 TFS Tim!!

  27. Juli Riedel says:

    The effect of the crazing is awesome! That texture paste is better than sliced bread! I love that stuff and it works so well! Great tag and of course it is Halloween!

  28. Sue W. says:

    This is cool!

  29. Carol Watson says:

    Fabulous colors with the distress crayons, beautiful card!

  30. Alice Adler says:

    Fabulous Halloween Tag, T!m!!! Love it!

  31. octlove says:

    love the effect of this…I really need to find the time to play with my distress crayons:)

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