Technique Challenge – Distressing

Zoe October 13, 2010 7

Hi everyone,

I am excited to be back with the SECOND Technique Challenge. The technique challenges are where you can learn or improve on a technique and we will provide you with genuine constructive feedback.

I received great feedback from the first technique challenge on Creating a Scene. Those who participated really appreciated and looked forward to our feedback so I am really happy to know that this type of challenge has been welcomed.

Welcoming news!

I am really happy to announce that we have some new faces joining the team to play along with us during our fun challenges and on occasion they may even have some inspiration for the technique challenges.

Please welcome



Beccy, &


to the team!

Drop by with a hot cuppa in hand and kick back and let your jaws drop! hehehe
These lovely ladies will be designing up a storm of inspiration for you for our next fun challenge!

The Technique Challenge!

Over the following two weeks our delightful, and charmingly French, ‘Mag la Magnifique’ will be hosting and sharing one of her fabulous techniques on creating a distressed background using water based distress inks.

Distressed background Tutorial: You can find all the details on Mag’s tutorial in our techniques section.

The challenge itself is to create a project that has distressed elements on it. Whether it be using the technique Magali has shared, distressing the edges of your paper with a tool or inks or sanding your card stock; anything that displays an old vintage distressed look.

A new group will be set up in the ‘Learning Community‘ where you can join and ask questions about distressing, share ideas and request feedback before submitting your project to the challenge. You can also use the gallery there if you don’t have a blog or would prefer our ‘real feedback’ is private and not on your personal blog.

Where ever you post your creation just make sure you link to it here using the Inlinkz at the bottom of this page.


This means that you may receive feedback that you were not expecting or even wanting to read.
The designers will try their best to offer their suggestions in a respectable understanding manner.

Let’s get Inspired!!

Many of the ladies this week tried Mag’s tutorial on distressing the background and WOW what awesome results. It was new to all of us and we had a ball.


View Mag’s Tutorial on how to create this fabulous background

Distress inks, Fancy Tags


Free Halloween Zombie, Crooked Picket Fence, distress inks


Whimiscal Mushroom, Magical Sapphire, Distress Inks


Aussie Outback Shack, Distress Inks


Distress Inks


Distress Inks, Color Me Crazy White Flowers


Distress Inks, Halloween Charms

Maria is also giving away this fabulous card as part of her blog candy!
Make sure you drop by to find out all the details.

And of course we need some prizes don’t we!!

Being a technique challenge there will be a few prizes up for grabs!

I am very excited to be offering an…

Encouragement Award!

To be eligible for the encouragement award you must be a member of the ‘Distressing’ group in the learning centre and have requested assistance in learning the technique. I hope that this will encourage those of you who are umming and ahhing about whether you should ask for advice. 🙂

  1. The winner will receive a surprise gift plus a special ‘I learnt it’ badge.

I am also going to have a ‘Zoe’s Pick’ award

These will be designs that grab my attention for one reason or another. It could be that I find it very appealing to my eye or it could be because you wrote about your experience in learning about the technique and I thought the result was fantastic. I need to see what happens but I will not be using to select winners during the technique challenges.

  1. Winner will receive a Tim Holtz paper Distresser and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink pad plus an ‘I won it’ badge
  2. An additional top 2 who will each receive 1 digi stamp of their choice plus an ‘I topped it’ badge

Winners Prize

Last things to remember before entering

IMPORTANT BEFORE ENTERING: If you do not want to receive feedback that you may not particularly like. DO NOT ENTER!

  1. All projects must be new and follow the theme of ‘Distressing’
  2. A maximum of THREE entries are allowed (additional entries will be deleted)
  3. You must link back to this blog and mention us in your post if you are entering via your blog.
  4. You can enter as many other challenges as you like.
  5. You can use any stamps you like – you do not have to use Make it Crafty digi stamps
  6. Be prepared to receive constructive feedback on your work – If you do not want to link directly to your blog (for feedback) you can upload your project to the Learning Community Gallery and copy and paste the link to your uploaded photo.
  7. Submissions end October 26th at 11:59 AEST (Australian time)

We are all looking forward to seeing what you share with us over the next two weeks!

Happy distressing!!


Zoe xxoo


  1. carisa October 14, 2010 at 2:24 am - Reply

    wow, the DT really did amazing job with this challenge! i took my fair share of double & triple takes. 🙂 i just love distressing and all the different looks you can achieve with it. i can’t wait to see what beautiful entries we get.

  2. maria October 18, 2010 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Just discovered your site. Looks like a good one. Thanks for the challenge and useful prizes.

  3. joanne (cardology,etc) October 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I, too, just found you via a DT member in the UK. Can’t wait to see what you say about my distressing!!! Constructive criticism is what I need!!!! Thanks for the challenge and a chance to win a prize!

  4. Nancy T. October 26, 2010 at 2:30 am - Reply

    I absolutely just love this technique….all of the projects from the team is simply adorable…thanks for another great challenge….

    Nancy T.

  5. tgerber October 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to thank you Zoe for these really fun challenges, a chance to learn something new and to get inspiration from the DT’s stunning cards!!! lotsa luv Theresa

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