Thursday, 9 October 2014

Distress Sprays for Speed Craft Challenge and a little exercise

It is time for the fourth Speed Craft Challenge!

The idea is simple - do anything around the theme in just ten minutes. It doesn't lead to our most thought out projects and certainly mistakes happen (see below!) but it is fun to see what can be done in a short time and I find it great to let go of having to be a perfectionist as I am up against the clock.

I chose the theme this time - Ink sprays or spritzers - and decided to try out Distress Sprays. I took a tag and added some tissue tape before stamping umbrella man in archival. I then ran downstairs to the garage to my sophisticated spray booth (ie a pizza box on a table covered in newspaper). I spritzed my tag in yellow then ran up the stairs to blast it with my heat too. Back to the garage and I had some circle shapes lying around and placed these randomly over my tag before adding some blue distress spray. Back upstairs and another blast (they dry very quickly on manilla tags - good job).

(Meanwhile the cat is looking a little bemused at my frantic stair climbing activity)

Took a baby wipe and wiped ink from the tissue taped area and quickly stamped my words and embossed (dreadful idea - some ink still damp so embossing powder not just on the versamark stamped words!)
mmmm 3 minutes left and it needed more. Some pre cut grunge board arrows were on my desk and madly I decided to emboss in gold powder. I did manage to do this before my alarm went off but also managed to frazzle my fingers a little bit and create a mess.

Ok, I confess I had to add the arrows and the seam binding after the ten minutes. Not sure I really like my tag, but it was fun and good exercise!!

Do play along and see what you can do in ten minutes.....



  1. Wonderful tag Nikki! I'm so glad you went over the 10 minutes...finally, I'm not the only one! I love umbrella man and the washi tape is fantastic! big hugs :)

  2. Great tag Nikki,why couldn't the cat have gone and got it for you,honestly they are soooo lazy :)

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  3. Fabulous tag Nikki love the spray effect. I think we all have one of those sophisticated spray booths lol.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  4. Gorgeous work as usual when you share something with us. Love your tag and the Umbrella man, the colors and your technique !
    Thanks for sharing . Hugs Monica... Spain

  5. Terrific tag in such a short time. Thank you for sharing the ideas

    Love Chrissie x

    Love Chrissie x

  6. Your tag is fantastic! Love your design! X


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