GrungyMonday24This week at StudioL3, Linda presents a Perfect Distress challenge as demoed here by Tim Holtz:

Perfect Distress

I hit a block on this one and made about ten attempts before throwing in the towel.  I tried using fat brushes and skinny brushes and had a whole lot of Goldilocks moments.  Never quite got to “just right” but rather “right enough.”

I used Tim's technique on the top flourish and had a blast coloring the tag, but then I realized it was a bit too dark (because of the green circles) for a sentiment to show.

At that point I had really had it so decided to stamp my sentiment on clear packaging and use the existing tag.  I diecut a tag out of leftover packaging, stamped in black Archival ink, and adhered with a few brads.

That's it!  I'm also putting this in the color challenges this week at Hels' Sunday Stamper and Sarah's Inkurable Stampers.

Hope you have a great weekend.



  1. Mim on November 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Fantastic use of stamps in the background – I think you could see something different every time you look at this!

  2. Linda Ledbetter on October 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    SO beautiful, Marjie! I think you’re having one of those experiences we all have, where you’ve tried so many versions you can’t see just how awesome your finished piece really is. I love all the texture you created with the layering of images and the colors are gorgeous! Great idea to stamp on the packaging– the text really pops. Whether you see it or not, your Perfect Distress is, indeed, perfect!

  3. Sam on October 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    This is lovely and with a great background.

  4. Sarah on October 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Love that sentiment and it looks great being so bold against your lovely background. Great colours and stamping! And a big well done on Papercrafts TV – Cardiff????? I’m on the Welsh border – so do pop over!!!!

  5. Hels Sheridan on October 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

    oooh gorgeousness indeedily… thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  6. Terry on October 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Well whatever you did, you did it perfectly! The background and all the stamped images work so well together! Love this! Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Silvia on October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Fantastic background colors.

  8. Maggie on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Great tag gorgeous background The King of grunge makes this technique look so easy….. guess that’s why he is King!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog

  9. Sandra on October 28, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Your tag is gorgeous! Love all the colors!

  10. Lynne Moncrieff on October 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Hi Marjie
    I have added your Giveaway button to my sidebar.
    The colours you built up on the tag are rich but there is also a softness to them, diffused almost.
    You are the Queen of Grungy Tags.

  11. lacyquilter on October 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful. What a wonderful background.