Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Blockheads Stamps with Distressed Embossing

Hi Dreamers!
We are experiencing very cold temperatures here in good old Michigan.  Sooo, I wanted to make something sun shiny and warm.  And, I am in a "tag" making mood lately.   I made these three using Blockhead stamps and Distress Embossing Powder.  Actual size of the tag is 2 1/2" x 5".

Materials List:
Stamps: Whimsical- Take Flight Set from Blockheads
Inks:Embossing ink
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap and Crushed Olive
Distress Embossing Powder
#5 Size Manila Tags -Inksentials
Fabric Scraps
Jewelry Pieces

  • Stamp the Moth and script stamps  on the tags with Embossing ink
  • Heat Emboss with Distress Embossing powder.  It will turn a lighter color when it is heated.

  • Let the powder cool
  • When cool, brush off the pieces of the powder that don't melt.  The Distress powder is designed to do this.
  • I used two colors of embossing powder on the tag below

  •  Apply the Distress ink to the tag

  • Add strips of fabric to  the tags.  Tie them in knots or bows through the holes in the tags.
  • Add some jewelry pieces and a large brad

The Distress Embossing powder gives a really muted look.  The colors get lighter when heated so keep that in mind when selecting your colors. 

Here is a mega close up so you can see how the Distress embossing looks.   I love this look...it is just perfect for vintagey projects.

And, how about a few super fun Challenges!!
Simon Says Stamp and Show: what are you known for--I almost always add fibers/fabric/ribbon!
Anything but a Card: tie it up
365 Cards: skewed
Crafty Catz Weekly: anything but a card
Craft-room Challenge: monochromatic
Papertake Weekly:Tie up loose ends-a bow on card

Well, that's it for me today.  I will be back tomorrow with some cards that went to Operation Write Home.  See you then!!  Love ya.


  1. These are stunning Karen. Love the warm hues. Nicola x

  2. Frayed Burlap and Crushed Olive would never have thought it and those wonderful tonal Distress EPs had me thinking summer sun as soon as I saw them delightful set of tags. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  3. ooh these look beautiful, thanks for sharing your creative talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

  4. They really do have a warm glow about them, Karen, and the texture from the distress powder is really beautiful!
    Alison x

  5. Gorgeous tags! Thanks so much for sharing them with us over at the 365 Cards Blog!!

  6. Thank you for bringing the sunshine here, lovely tags with beautiful embossing!

    Thank you for sharing with as at Craft-Room Challenge, good luck;-))m

  7. Gorgeous bright sunshiny tags..it's cold here too and these brought a lovely warm feeling..Thanks so much for sharing in my monochrome Challenge at Craft-Room...Esther xx

  8. These are stunning, I love the colours :) Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz x

  9. These caught my eye...gorgeous! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

  10. Wow, these are so beautiful, the colour is fabulous. Thanks for joining in with our Monochrome theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge.

    Maria x

  11. Lovely warm and sunny tags! We are feeling the cold right now too! Love the gold embossing. Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  12. Your tags are so beautiful & elegant!!!

  13. Beautiful tags Karen. I love your use of colour in those muted tones and the embossing powder just works so perfectly.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Anything But A Card for this challenge.

  14. A great set of tags, the bg colours are fantastic and the embossing really fits in well with the whole overall feel. love the addition of the jewelry piece.Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card

  15. I love love love the ribbon scraps used like ribbon. PERFECT TOUCH! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!!! :) :) :)

  16. Beautiful tags, I love the colour. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.


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