Sunday, June 24, 2012


Simon Says Show some DEPTHS OF DISTRESS!  Who can think of this challenge theme without thinking of that "Duke of Distress"...Tim Holtz?  After all, he is the man who brought us Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Distress Markers ... if it's "Distress"'s synonymous with Tim Holtz  So, my creation for this challenge is all about Tim, all about distress and all about fun!  I hope you like it!

If you've not yet seen the incredible examples of Distress, stop by Simon Says Stamp and Show!  My Design Teammates have rocked this challenge with some really creative, unique ideas!

I just recently got my Matchbook Set Movers and Shapers and I've been dying to try it.  So, I used some Tim Holtz techniques from his A Compendium of Curiosities ~ Volume II in the creation of this piece.

This is the larger of the two matchbooks in the set.  I cannot tell you how fun this was to make!

I started out with a plain piece of manila card stock and cut my matchbooks using my Vagabond.  That die cut machine is just THE BEST!  It make die cutting so effortless.

Next I cut two pieces from a Metal Foil Sheet to cover my manila matchbook.  Then I used Tim's new Subway and Stencil Texture Fade to emboss the foil.  That new texture fade is soooo cool!  I love it!  

Since this challenge is "THE DEPTHS OF DISTRESS"; I did not want the metal to be shiny.  I wanted it grungy and distressed.  So, I used black paint from a Pitch Black Paint Dabber and rubbed it all over the embossed metal foil.  Then I used a paper towel to remove most of the black paint, leaving behind this look....

I instantly achieved that grunge, distressed "Tim" look I wanted.  But...not done yet!  I wanted an even more distressed look; like weathered, pitted, patina metal.

So, I dabbed some Gold Paint Dabber onto a Non Stick Craft Sheet (gotta have one of those!) and lightly rubbed the gold randomly over the embossed image.  Still not done....

I repeated the process; adding highlights from a Juniper Paint Dabber to give it that patina look.  NOW...I had achieved that DEPTH OF DISTRESS that I was looking for for the exterior of my matchbook!

So, this is what my matchbook looked like before I did anything to the interior of the matchbook and before I assembled the exterior onto the manila card stock.

I am quite sure that it is not by accident that the larger matchbook cover is the perfect size for a pad of Post It Notes!  THAT TIM!!!  He's a genius!  You could make some really cool note pads either for yourself or as gifts using this Matchbook Set Die Cut! 

I wanted to finish out my interior with more I chose not attach a note pad to this cover.  But, I can assure you....I WILL be making some really cool and unique note pads!!  If you wanted to simply add a Post It Note pad, you could do so right after inking and adding a design to the interior.

I used the Faded Layers Technique from Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiosities Book ~ Volume II to create the background for my interior.  It's a neat technique and I really like the results.  For this background, I used two of Tim Holtz' Mini Mask Sets: the Flourish and Crown and also the Mini Mask Compass.  The Distress Ink colors I used are:  Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy and Broken China

After applying the inks over the mask and before removing the masks, I used the large french script stamp from Tim Holtz' Papillon stamp set and randomly stamped parts of it onto the background using Jet Black Archival lnk.  Then I stamped the small version of those wonderful butterflies of Tim's from his Attic Treasures stamp set.  The numbers across the bottom of the interior of the strike plate are from Tim's Stuff To Say stamp set. 

The five cent symbol in the center of the compass at the top of the matchbook interior is from Tim's Remnants stamp set.  After I finished all of my stamping and heat setting it, I misted the interior with water to let the inks blend and lesser define the masked edges.  Then I heat set it.

I loved the result but it looked just a bit plain.  So, to further add a distressed look, I tore a piece of corrugated paper into a long strip and distressed it with a Juniper Paint Dabber and rubbed the edges with a black cats eye ink pad.  

Then I found a really cool little piece of rusted metal mesh and added a piece of that on top of the corrugated strip.  SINCE I HAD NOT YET ATTACHED THE METAL EXTERIOR TO THE MANILA DIE CUT, I used my Tiny Attacher to add the distressed corrugated strip to my matchbook interior.

Next, I stamped one of Tim's sentiments from his Warehouse District stamp set onto a piece of scrap manila cardstock.  I bent it all up, distressed the edges with Brushed Corduroy and a touch of Black Soot Distress Ink at the edges and popped on top of the strip.  I then added two of Tim's Mini Gears on the top and bottom of the wire mesh piece.  I love the dimension and the distressed feeling it added to the interior. is the finished interior.  And now to assemble the exterior....

I first applied the adhesive backed Metal Foil strips to the top crease and the bottom strike plate.  I cut them a little larger on that the edges would be underneath the back and front pieces of the matchbook and the cut edges would not be butting up against each other.  **Since the strike plate will be folded up, I needed to be sure that my metal strip was facing the correct direction!  Next, I added the front and back of the exterior matchbook; lining up the straight edges of the metal to the straight edges of the folded areas and overlapping the metal strips I'd already put in place.  Then trimmed away any excess.  I rubbed my fingers over all of the edges to make sure that they grabbed the manila cardstock base.

Here is the exterior of my matchbook.  I love the DEPTH OF DISTRESS!

When it is all folded properly, this is the matchbook cover.  I used one of Tim's Ornate Plates and Numerals to embellish the cover.  The Ornate Plate is covered a Juniper Paint Dabber.  The Numeral is painted with a basecoat of Paper Artsy's Sky Fresco Paint followed by a layer of their amazing effective Crackle Glaze and then followed by a coat of Haystack Fresco Paint.  Within minutes, I got this wonderfully distress and crackled "2".  I lightly inked the edges with a black cats eye ink pad and then glued it onto the Ornate Plate using Glossy Accents.  I then glued the Ornate Plate onto the cover using Glossy Accents.  All done!

I hope that I have inspired you to try the Depth of Distress challenge! Just post your entry to our blog and YOU could be the lucky winner of our random drawing for a 

... Yep ... that's right ... FIFTY DOLLAR CREDIT VOUCHER at Simon Says Stamp!

You could also be chosen as one of our TOP THREE entries!  So, good luck and don't BE DISTRESSED ... just GET to distressing! 



  1. Ahhhhh, I read every single word (unlike me :-))

    Thanks for sharing all the techniques, tips and the inspiration!
    To be distressed is never be so cool :-)

  2. Wow, I can't believe I am the first post !
    This is absolutely fabulous. These would make a fabulous gift. You always have such wonderful posts.
    Thankyou for the inspiration.

  3. Candy, this is so wonderful. Love all the layers of distress inks and paints you used.

  4. Great depth of distress Candy, your colours are perfect and your step by step is fabulous, thank you. I love love the metal foil at the moment so this really caught my eye. The foil works so well here and I love the ornate plate and number, perfect addition to the front. The inside is decorated beautifully and I love the technique and the corrugated card and mesh add so much dimension and interest. As always an inspired piece Candy. Tracy x

  5. Wow Candy! I love your detailed post and so glad you showed your hand holding the matchbook, it is much bigger than I thought. This is an amazing piece, love the cover and how distressed it is and also love the way you added the corrugated card, it looks perfect. I love this piece!! And now I want that die too.......Crafty hugs, Anne x

  6. I absolutely love this piece. Your attention to detail is amazing. What a great tutorial

  7. This is fabulous!! I love it! I really love how you used that subway texture fade and the rusted metal look. The inside is equally gorgeous. A piece like this inspires me!!

  8. This is wonderful and the texture and depth is fab!! Now I need that die now!!! Another fab piece! Hugs trace x

  9. Totally rocking awesome!!! I have this die and now you've inspired me to use it!

  10. Both projects are SUPER awesome, Candy! I especially love how you highlighted the metal sheets with gold paint...genius! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. wow, another fantastic creation, that embossing folder looks like it was made for that purpose, and the inside has so much going on without being cluttered, very nice.
    Hows the workshop going?? jumped on the forum yet??

  12. Hi Candy, ooooo Subway ... subway is my fav, from the tote to the burlap panel, spiral journal, stamp lol can you tell:)
    Love how you have composed this project, the interior is as equally stunning as the exterior, fab inspiration as always. x

  13. wowwww, these are both just fabulous

  14. This is fabulous! I love the inside as much as the outside. You are so inspiring! Need that texture fade now.

  15. Wow, Candy, this is so cool! I love how you achieved the patina metal, it looks like the real thing!

  16. Hi Candy,

    Thank you for the lovely commentyou left on my blog, It was really appreciated.

    love your style, off for a good look around your blog.

  17. Candy, this is totally awesome!!!! Love your distressed metal!!

  18. What a fabulous post... so interesting and the finished piece is amazing!! Thanks for your visits to my blog. Your comments are always so detailed and supportive, so thank you

  19. Wow! Such "Tim-ish" projects! I'm amazed at what detail you put into each. They are really cool!

  20. Candy
    This is gorgeous. Thanks for the post it note pad tip! I have the matchbook die, but have not used it yet! I love your colour combination on the foil sheets! I am going to "borrow" it! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me such a sweet comment!

  21. I think this is amazing, Candy. I'd love to have a go with metal sheets, and thanks to your detailed descriptions, I might be brave enough one day soon. Brilliant piece of work, brilliant piece of inspiration - thank you!

  22. Wow Candy, this is one piece of art! Love the old vintage and grungy look of it! Stunning!

    from your new SSS&S team mate, Sandra

  23. This is such a wonderful project. Perfectly grungy. I love it inside and out. The metal patina effect is superb and the inside is just so pretty. WOW! TFS!

  24. Holy Mackerel! This is one awesome project. I have that die and know how small this is.... all I can say is WOW you have used every inch in your creativity.... LOVE it!


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