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?

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101