Distress Ornament Card by Cheiron Brandon
Distress Ornament Card by Cheiron Brandon

Distress Ornament Card by Cheiron Brandon

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Cards | Holiday | Tim Holtz® Distress

Cheiron Brandon shares a festive holiday card tutorial featuring Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Learn simple techniques for creating bight holiday cards that shine!

Hi there, crafty friends, it’s Cheiron here and today I am going to show you how to create a fun and shimmery card using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls and a Perfect Pearl Mister along with some of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Colorize dies. These dies look best with different shades of each color, and today, I am going to create my own colored papers for a watercolor look. 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Step 1: We are going to create 3 different colored ornaments, each with 3 different layers of color. First, choose Distress Inks in palettes of pinks, greens, and blues. 

Distress Ornament Card 

Step 2: If you haven’t used Colorize dies before each set of dies is etched with a series of numbers to help you assemble them. For example, they are labeled ‘Red 1, Red2, and Red 3 for the first ornament’. You can make them whatever color you like, but just check to see how many different shades of that color you need. For this project, the red and blue need 3 different shades (since there are 3 dies for each of these ornaments), and the green will need 4. 

 Distress Ornament Card

Step 3: Cut Distress Watercolor cardstock to 2 ¼ X 4 ¼ pieces and swipe these pieces through the inks. Create the different color papers to get the shades you need for each color. Put the Distress Ink colors out onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet or palette and spray with a mist of Pearl Perfect Pearls and water to get some extra shine.

Distress Ornament Card

Step 4: Let them dry or dry with a heat tool and swipe them again if you wish to build up the layers.

 Distress Ornament Cards

Step 5: Once all of your papers are dry, use a die cut machine to cut out the ornaments and assemble them. Die cut the hangers from Tim Holtz Metallic Paper Stash.

Distress Ornament  

Step 6: Ink the Plaid Background from the Lumberjack stamp set with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Use a baby wipe or cloth to remove some of the ink on the stamp before stamping to give it a weathered look. Stamp the entire background of a 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ panel and ink the edges with the Pumice Stone ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam.

Distress Ornament Card

Step 7: Die cut some pine branches from the Large Funky Festive dies using the remaining inked papers. Arrange the pine, ornaments and hangers onto the plaid inked panel and adhere them with Multi Medium. Stamp the greeting from the Seasonal Scribbles set.

Distress Ornament Card

Step 8: Mat the panel onto a black panel, then a blue panel from the Tim Holtz Kraft Stock Paper Stash that has been lightly sanded. 


My name is Cheiron Brandon. I live in Bayonne, New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day and love to play with stamps, ink and paint at night in my studio. I teach monthly card making and mixed media classes in NYC. You can find me on my blog at www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com and posting more often @cheiron on Instagram!

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