Friday, April 6, 2012

Distressed Katsura

 I know I don't mention my personal blog all that much, but I've been recently inspired by my craft idol- Tim Holtz.  I know he and his awesome products have been around for awhile, but I guess I never really understood how to use them until I signed up for his Creative Chemistry 101 class. I'm hoping that the 101 means that eventually there will be another version later. (crossing my fingers!).  All I can say is that if you haven't signed up for it yet, you can still do so since its an online class and if you sign up, you will have lifetime access to the videos!  Sign up here- you won't regret it!

So while doing my "homework" for the class, I ended up playing around since I had a lot of the supplies out.  I had a really fun day playing around with different color combos and stumbled upon this one that I fell in love with.  While at CHA, I took a Hero Arts class (click here to see the cards I made) and Sharri Carroll (who taught the class) shared how one of her favorite color combos was brown and blue.  I guess I had that in the back of my mind when I made this card, and now I absolutely love it! Especially for male cards!

So after inking up this tag, I followed the advice of my wise husband who told me after I expressed that I wanted to play with Distress and not Sister Stamps (gasp!).. why not mix the two together! Duh!  He's so smart yah?  So I added some detail to the tag for some interest by digging through some old stamps that I had in my stash.  The branch stamp is an old Stampendous wood stamp and the dragonfly and kanji poem are both by Hero Arts.  The branch stamp was inked up using Forrest Green distress ink and the other two were stamped using my Versamark pad and topped with bronze mica powder for shine.  That might be the reason its so hard to see in this photo.

So I got in close and tried to get the light to hit the tag just right to show you the kanji poem and dragonfly images covered in mica.

After I colored up Katsura, I cut him out and adhered him to the tag.  Can you see where I cheated in my cutting?

Hope you enjoyed this distressed tag as much as I had fun making it!   Don't forget to check out Debi's and Kris' projects too!  See you tomorrow for Release day!!!

Other supplies used (not listed above):
Katsura- Sister Stamps
Gold Smooch
Tim Holtz tag die
Manila folders


  1. Woo Hoo!! This is sooo cute! I am lovin' all your Distressed tags! They are beautiful, with the cool colors and I think this is by far my favorite. The blues and browns are fabulous together and adding Katsura was perfect. This turned out to be a perfect combo of TH & SS. Your DH is real smart. ;)
    Happy Friday!

  2. Gorgeous. I love it!
    I just started using the distress ink as well.
    You did a great job.

  3. Beautiful tag Jenny! The colors are gorgeous together and just love the bronze mica powder effect! Awesome job! TFS! ;D

  4. wow, this is a great tag! love all the fancy effects!

  5. Yes, blue & brown go together well! I love the tag you created & the gold gives it a "classy" look!

  6. This is gorgeous Jenny! It looks like Sister Stamps and Distress are a perfect pair!

  7. These are awesome tag Jenny. Love the distress look. TFS!

  8. ahhh, i h.e.a.r.t this tag!! very vintage feel with a asian twist! that's something i'd hang in my hallway in a bigger scale... hehehe! LOVE IT!!!