Distress Crayons for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking

When I was sent some of the new Tim Holtz distress crayons to try by the gorgeous Kylie at Shop and Crop Scrapbooking, I was excited!

I’ve watched many clips in YouTube about the differences between the distress crayons and my other love, the gelato. I guess I couldn’t appreciate these lovely, smooth crayons until I held them in my hand…and I must say I was impressed.

I completed three decorative tags using different techniques with the distress crayons for you to see and try out yourself. I did apply a coat of clear gesso to each of the tags first. 

 Embellishments for the tags included stamped images from Dina Wakley and bits n pieces from my stash.

The first one was applying the distress crayon over an embossed surface. 

I embossed the raw tag using black embossing powder and then applied the distress crayon over the top. I then smudged the crayon using a baby wipe to slightly blend them together. The colours I used are Rusty Hinge and Festive Berries. Here’s a close up of the gorgeous colour 

 The second technique I used with the crayons was applying them over texture paste. For this tag I spread texture paste through a stencil (a tip is to let it dry well, unlike my impatient approach!).  

  The crayon was applied on the side of the tag and spritzed with water to make the colour run. I like the rustic look of this effect!

Here’s another close up 

 The third tag was using the distress crayons to give a water colour effect. I simply scribbled some crayon onto my craft mat and spritzed it with some water. I dragged the tag through the colour, drying it each time before going back and wiping up some more colour.  

This is a fun approach and lovely to see how the colours mix and change with each layer applied. Here’s a close up pic 
 Overall I really loved the distress crayons. They feel lovely and comfortable in the hand, so smooth and easy to apply and manipulate with various mediums. I love the colour range too…can’t wait to get my hands on that range! I hope you enjoyed this post and will give some of these techniques using the distress crayons a go! Pop on over to shopandcrop.com.au to take advantage of the extra crayon with your purchase this weekend!



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