Thursday, January 14, 2010

CD Calendar - September - Distress Embossing Powders - Mixed Up Powders!

Hey guys!

I figured out that I had two July titles on my posts last night. Yesterday was actually August's page in all ways except the title. We're still on track, so no worries ;)

Today's page is made using Distress Embossing Powders. I know many people have been worried about trying/using this particular type of embossing powder because it is so different from ordinary embossing powders. The biggest complaint I hear is that people can't tell when it's been heated long enough. My can't over heat it so just keep going! After you've played with it a bit you will be able to see a slight change in the colored particles of the has a slight color and texture change but you have to really pay attention to see this change. You'll get the hang of it ~ just takes a bit of practice :)

CD Calendar


Distress Embossing Powders - Mixed Up Powders!

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Distress Embossing Powders

Embossing Ink

Heat It Craft Tool


Rubber Stamps

(optional) Ink Blending Tool

(optional) Distress Ink



1. Stamp the image using Embossing Ink.

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2. Shake up each jar of embossing powder to mix the release crystals and powder. Using your fingers, add pinches of various colors of Distress Embossing Powders to different areas of the image. This is really fun because you can mix and match as much as you like. Since I'm working on an autumn page I used Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Scattered Straw.

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3. Shake off excess powder. You can save this powder and put it into a seperate container and use as a potpourri mix.

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4. Heat...and heat some more! As I mentioned before if you pay close attention you will see a slight color and texture change but if you can't see it just keep heating. Test it by rubbing your finger over a small area to see if it rubs off...if it does, continue heating.

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5. VERY IMPORTANT - Let the powders cool.....You will rub the warm powders off and burn the heck out of your fingers. Count to 100 or go get a drink of Diet Coke or grab one of those yummy Simply Caramel bars (that was for Cher and her darn diet - tee hee hee).

6. Once the powder has cooled, rub off the release crystals. cd calendar - Sept 009

This will give you an awesome distressed image.

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7. (optional) Now you could use the image as possible or you could apply a layer of Distress Ink over to add a bit of zip.

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8. Embellish as desired and mount on the cd page.

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There you have it!

September down...three months to go!

It's really great to hear about your pages and thanks to those of you who have shared links to your own creations!

It's so much fun to see everyone's personal touches!


  1. Love that background! Since Santa brought me some colors of Distress EP I'm going to have to give this a try!!!!

  2. Beautiful work on all your pages but this is my FAVE yet!
    'Scuse my ignorance but what is the name and maker of the stamp??

  3. oh yessssss this is sooooo pretty....great stamp! I only have a couple of these powders...but...I guess I will wait as my guess is Ranger will have MORE for me to buy lol...ya...and I will have you know 2 stores I visited today...did not have that candy bar...and looked at me like I was an alien...a fat alien, but I was sorta secretly glad cuz I soooooooo wanna try it! lol...will let you know when I find one for sure xox Luving this calendar.. cher

  4. I've just been playing a bit with the distressed powders - now I need some more colors! Thanks for another great page.

  5. beautiful background!!

    thanks so much fir the tutorial

  6. I must find my powders and have a go :)

  7. Roni -

    I think this may be my favorite page so far. I love it, the embossing powders give a wonderful affect.

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    Elaine Allen

  8. WOW, this is fabulous!! So very pretty, what a great technique! Thanks so much for your continuing tutorials - I very much appreciate them! :)

  9. Wow Roni, I just love the look of the mixed Distress powders! You always have such cool ideas!

  10. I thought I could use some powders I already had, no go. I must go shopping to do this page. I know it's a hardship but what ya gonna do?LOL I am also on the look out for the new candy bar, no luck.

  11. Wow Roni, you make this look so easy. please can I just ask how you attached the card to the CD? I have tried this before and the card always comes away from the CD when the adhesive drys? Is has me stumped im afraid, Thanks Jaqi


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