Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge | Distress It

Hey lovelies, I hope you are having a great day, it is Wednesday which means...


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is

Distress It  

We are showcasing some fabulous Tim Holtz Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used!

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! 


Well I hope the weather isn't melting hot for everyone, I haven't been able to get my craft room for ages now because it has just been too hot and the heat flares my arthritis up. But today there is a lovely cool breeze and I am thankful that I can craft :) 

On to the challenge. I dug out my Distress Ink minis for this challenge, I neglect them a lot since the Oxides came along and yet playing with them again don't know why as they really are totally different inks. 

I have used an old favourite technique of mine for both these cards, Water stamping. 

This is exactly what it sounds like and works with any water reactive medium. 

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I used various Distress Inks (all are listed in the supply list below) and inked up two panels of Neenah Solar white, I kept the colours quite soft.

I then took Simon's Cosmos Background Stamp and misted over it with some shimmer water...I make this by adding some Mica powder to water in a spray bottle, it gives a gorgeous effect as you can see here.


I then stamped the panels and leave the stamp in place for around 20-30 seconds, lift the stamp up and gently blot any excess and leave to dry naturally. It is a technique i don't use often and wish i used it more as it really is a firm favourite.

I used a few different SSS word dies and stamp sets to finish both the cards off.

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Complete shock horror I didn't use any sequins or was tempting though. 

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven't subscribed by email you may want to so you don't miss out

You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

New creations only, please don't link projects published before the start of the challenge, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw

PLEASE NOTE - Some people have been linking to old projects, all projects need to be new. A fill list of the challenge rules can be found in the sidebar on the  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you all have a great day. 

Happy crafting. 




  1. Love the subtle effect the water leaves behind, Tracy - gorgeous blending, too!

  2. These are so beautiful, Tracy. Love the subtle patterns and soft colors. Very pretty CAS cards!♡

  3. 2 gorgeous cards Tracy, I love the technique you used, the background is beautifully dreamy with the shimmer spray, so pretty :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. inkyfingersandribbon8 August 2018 at 15:58

    Thanks so much Lols ❤️

  5. inkyfingersandribbon8 August 2018 at 15:59

    Thank you lovely

  6. inkyfingersandribbon8 August 2018 at 15:59

    Thanks so much Lin ❤️

  7. These are so beautiful, Tracy! I keep meaning to try water stamping again, as my first attempt long ago didn't turn out. You've inspired me!

  8. […] Tracy used Distress Inks – Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw, Milled Lavender. […]

  9. inkyfingersandribbon9 August 2018 at 19:21

    You really should try again I know you'd be amazing at it ❤️

  10. Talk about a swoon-inducing duo, Tracy! Your panels are stunning...delicate...dreamy! Perfect for your pretty die cut sentiments. I believe I'm in wait, I am for sure in love!

  11. Hi Tracy! The softness of your cards have such a calming effect! I absolutely love the minimalistic design on both the cards. Gorgeous. Have a great day! xx Ankita

  12. Stunning color blending, Tracy! The touch of sparkle is just right!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. inkyfingersandribbon10 August 2018 at 19:52

    Mwah thanks my lovely

  14. Tracy these are both amazing! I can't get enough of the beautiful pastel colors you used! LOVE!

  15. Such beautifully blended backgrounds. I love the soft colors and the placement of the sentiments. Very nice work, Tracy.

  16. Gorgeous work Tracy! Lovely effect~


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