Smudging Tim Holtz Style with Distress Oxide Inks

I am here today with a card I created using the Tim Holtz smudging technique and really like this one. You will probably be seeing more of it. I have been watching his demos on Saturday mornings and they are full of great information. Lets just say I have been shopping since I started watching them. You have to support all the papercrafting Mom and Pop stores. Yes that is my reason and I am sticking to it. It is true that they need our support. Anyway.. here is my first full card I made using this technique.

So the idea for this technique is stamp images on the background and quickly smudge them using a blending foam. You need to stamp one thing at a time and smudge right away otherwise the ink dries to fast. I think I used mostly Distress Oxide inks but possibly also Distress inks.

After you stamp and smudge then you ink blend over most of it in a color or two or whatever you think looks right. Don’t blend over an image with the same color you stamped with or you will lose that image.

For the train, sentiment and one of the train crossing signs I stamped those with Archival ink.

I also die cut a panel for the inside of the card and quickly inked that.

I used many different sets for this and I am very pleased with the way it came out. The different sets are listed below.


  • Distress Oxide Ink
  • Distress Ink
  • Archival Ink
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Getting There stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Compass wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts Everyday Messages stamp set

Stockings Hung With Care

Inspired by Merry Monday #236

Merry Mondays challenge last week was stockings. At first I thought I don’t really have any stamps or dies for that. But.. I remembered the stamp set from Avocado Arts. How we remember these things from all the hundreds of stamps we have I don’t know. These stocking are not a Christmas set. It is a friends set and has random images with it. The striped stockings were as is and I colored them red and green and the very top of the stocking is colored with gold Wink of Stella. The two polka dot stockings were the opposite direction so I stamped them on acetate and then put paper and the acetate together and now the stockings go the same direction as the others. I colored those green and then used a Hero Arts Cling Dot background stamp (CG139) and some glitter embossing powder to make them polka dotted. The twine hanging the stockings is red & white twine, green & white twine and a thin gold thread twisted all together. The brick background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder. The problem with it was the bricks went the wrong direction so I had to move the paper over in the embossing folder to make it go across horizontally. I added a bit of gray ink on the bricks so they were not all white. The sentiment is one of my very favorite Merry Christmas dies. It is by Find It Trading. I put some Versamark on it and embossed with glitter embossing powder but it doesn’t show up that well.

Five Bold Trees

I was inspired by Merry Monday #233 for this card. The theme was 5 of something on the card. I did not make the Merry Monday Challenge but.. I got a Christmas card made. I am not sure that I have used this stamp before. I got to use my chunky embossing powder which has hardly been used.


Patterned Papers – Graphic 45 Christmas pad
Trees – Hero Arts Garland Christmas Tree (F4816) embossed with gold and silver Stampendous chunky embossing enamel
Rectangle Die – MFT Pierced Rectangles Stax
Sentiment – Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint set embossed with white powder

Entering in the Die Cut Diva’s February Challenge

Entering in the a2z Scrapbooking February Challenge

My Brothers Crazy Dog Birthday


This is a card for my brother who has 4 dogs. He tells me the jump from 1 dog to 2 is the hard one. We had only one before that we lost ealier this year and we just adopted 2. He also said the jump from 2 to 4 is a piece of cake. Uh no I don’t think that is going to happen. He has 2 medium dogs and 2 small ones. We got 2 large ones and they are enough for me to handle and then some. They are sweet girls and get along great.

Now on to the card..

For the background I used a reverse stamp by Tim Holtz to text stamp on the embossing folder before putting the paper in. The embossing folder is Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Fancy. I did some ink blending with a red, orange and yellow Distress Inks. I don’t remember the exact colors. For some reason on this card my ink blending was working really nice for me. I struggle with getting the smooth look without the circular marks from the blending tool. I colored the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog with Copics along with the accessory hat. I cut both out by hand. I tend to prefer images without a white border. The greeting is also Tim Holtz from a set called Saying Stuff. The outline and the actual greeting are both from that set. I hand cut that out also. I have the die for it but it is a simple shape to cut by hand.