Monday, July 10

Listen for the Earth's Music

Welcome Monday friends! I hope you have had a creative week and are ready for our new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - DISTRESS IT! Just think of all the products and ways you can take this - from inks, to paints, to sandpaper! It will be fun to see what you create!

The Earth has music for those who listen

Have you ever heard the music of the Earth? I've read about scientists who have recorded the sounds the planet makes, and musicians who interpret it. I believe we also hear it in the wind, birdsong, insects buzzing, water burbling and so much more that surrounds us - sometimes we just have to be quiet enough to listen. 

I decided to "christen" a new from my stash  (Prima Vintage Vanity Art Journal) art journal this week with Distress Oxides and embossing. I started off thinking I was going to make a card with this, and by the time I finished, I wanted to put it into a more permanent place. 

First step - heat embossing with Simon's clear embossing powder and Distress embossing ink. I heated each image separately.

Time to add color with Distress Oxides. I wiped them onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and laid the card stock into it. I heated it a bit, then used a baby wipe to wipe it down. 

Then, I took a Peeled Paint re-inker and did the same thing.

Repeated the step with orange and pinks...

I like the texture that comes through with the Distressed Watercolor cardstock. These Carabelle Studio stamps by Birgit Koopsen work beautifully with the distress inks. 

I decided I wanted a bit more of a pop of color, so used a water brush and Dylusions sprays to brighten up a few spots. 

I stenciled in some music in the background with the walnut stain. I really like how the oxide inks can fade into the background.

Time to stamp the saying with my MISTI. I wanted to be sure I had the words straight, so laid a piece of scrap over where I wanted to stamp to test it out first, removed that and stamped onto my piece. It's kind of like that measure twice, cut once saying...and I didn't want to mess it up at the end.

details, details....

I like the way the clear embossing powder kept the white paper showing through. 

I hope I've inspired you to join us in our Distress It challenge this week! I'm looking forward to seeing your creative take on it! 

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By now, I'm wondering how the rest of the DT interpreted this week's challenge. Be sure to head on over to see their awesome creations! 


  1. Gorgeous journal cover Maura, the background is so pretty and I love the flower design, beautiful! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. What a gorgeous cover for your art journal, Maura! I love the design and can't wait to see what beautiful things you create inside. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  3. This is cool. SO cute use of distress reinkers. I love the embossed flowers and music notes on the background. Hugs, Macarena

  4. what a really pretty journal cover and I love the sentiment too!

  5. Gorgeous journal! I love the soft blended colors :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. What a super-cool project! I am in love with the tones you used and how this has a totally unique and refreshing rustic natural vibe. It is like the very best side of nature! I also adore that sentiment and how you used white so effectively.

  7. Such a fun piece, Maura! Love the colorful mix of inks, oxides, reinkers and spray! The white embossing really pops, it's so pretty. Hugs, Sandra

  8. Love the gorgeous journal cover you designed, Maura. The colors and the sentiment are fantastic! :)

  9. This is such a gorgeous journal cover, Maura and I love the mix of colours and the earthiness of the whole project, it's perfect! Have a great weekend... Hugs

  10. Super pretty journal cover Maura! I love the background and all the layers, and that sentiment is really wonderful.

  11. beautiful cover the white flowers against that gorgeous DO background and a great sentiment too...hugs kath xxx

  12. Beautiful Cover Maura, I absolutely love your mixed colors - this is a wonderful journal!!

  13. I am in love with Carabelle stamps (so pricey here in the U.S. - boo hoo). You've showcased the roses perfectly!

  14. Love when you mix different kind of colors, style and stamps! Goregous Work! barbara

  15. now having see this I need to buy the inks to go with my pads. amazing :)

  16. I love this gorgeous resist! <3 <3 Hugs, Autumn


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