that's right bloggers - distress stickles have arrived! i have to tell you how happy i am to finally have a distress version of stickles. i know many of you are probably thinking - wait a minute...tim holtz...glitter...seriously? yes - seriously. of course as you can imagine, if it has to do with distress, it's definitely going to be something unique. to be honest, distress stickles is almost 2 years in the making because i wanted to find just the right look i was going for to achieve a chunky glass-like texture, and nostalgic shimmer of mica...the result - pure distress! the glitter in distress stickles is not a metallic glitter like our original stickles, it has a timeless sparkle of vintage glass glitter without the glass! so i wanted to share some of the samples i've done using them, and tell you a little more about what makes them so different, so textural, so addicting, so distress. available in 12 of the 24 distress palette (so far...) these colors coordinate with the popular distress line. i started with a few of my favorites - oh who am i kidding, ALL 24 colors are my favorites, but i had to start with 12! trust me it was a difficult choice...
from left: (worn lipstick, fired brick, spiced marmalade, scattered straw, peeled paint, broken china)
from left: (faded jeans, milled lavender, antique linen, frayed burlap, vintage photo, walnut stain)
you'll notice a distinct difference in the tips of the bottles - since distress stickles have various particle sizes of glitter making them "chunky", we needed a larger opening in the tip so there's no clogging at all...yeah! (left: stickles - right: distress stickles)
still wondering how you can possibly use glitter on your projects and still make them look distressed, grungy, or vintage??? well, check these uses out...look familiar?
here i stamped my postale and french postage stamp, and embossed with distress embossing powders. i inked the card with distress inks, then i added distress stickles over the postage stamp (fired brick), and along the torn and inked edge of the card (walnut stain)...
this card was stamped with my santa stamp and also embossed with distress embossing powders. then i inked everything with distress ink using the ink blending tool, and went back and accented the card with distress stickles - (antique linen) on santa's hat, (peeled paint) on the holly leaves, and (fired brick) for the berries - a little festive shimmer huh?
on this card i stamped the sheet music stamp on the cardstock and inked the edges of the card with distress ink. i sprayed a grungeboard flourish with perfect pearls and distress reinker from my mini mister. then i stamped the grungeboard reindeer from the new seasonal set with jet black archival ink using my mini harlequin stamp, and then inked it with distress ink. next i applied (frayed burlap) distress stickles and spread it out with my finger across the entire shape. the snowflake was painted with white paint dabber, inked with distress ink, then accented with (antique linen) distress stickles - this card looks like it's been accented with vintage mica snow, i love it!
for this tag, i inked the tag using distress inks and misted on some perfect pearls and water from my mini mister. i stamped the live in the moment stamp with black soot distress. then i inked some grunegboard from the new nature set with distress ink and then accented them with the coordinating distress stickles colors (worn lipstick, scattered straw, broken china, spiced marmalade) on the flowers, and (faded jeans) on the butterfly - almost glass like, incredible...
so there you have it - some ideas and inspiration and hopefully a little explanation of what makes distress stickles completely different than original stickles. if you're into distress and still like a little shimmer here and there you will simply love these...i sure do, and i'm all about sharing the love so i'm giving away 3 full sets of NEW distress stickles to 3 lucky winners! to be entered into the drawing, simply post a comment below and let me know what you think of distress stickles. comments will close at 12:00noon tomorrow pacific time and winners will be announced shortly after - good luck!
you see...a little bling is not so bad after all...t!m