Card Making

Making Cards Using Distress Icicle Texture Paste

Hi Everyone! Hope you have been well. I’m back with another crafty make 🙂 In today’s post I’m making cards with backgrounds I made using Ranger’s Distress Icicle Texture Paste. The Icicle Texture Paste gives a wonderful, cracked ice effect and was really easy to use.


Snowflake Card


For my first card I made an inked background panel by blending Distress Oxide and dye inks in shades of blue and purple, drying between the layers of ink with a heat tool. Note: I use one set of brushes to blend the Oxide inks and another set for my dye inks to prevent contamination of ink pads.


Next, I decided to add some Distress Mica Stain to this background by spraying the stain on the inked background, then spritzed with a bit of water to blend and move the mica stain around, then blotted the excess off on a paper towel. Finally, I dried the background with my heat tool.


It was now time to add the Icicle Texture paste! Using the Tim Holtz small pallet knife, I applied the texture paste on the inked background. I applied the paste thinly is some areas and thickly in others to vary the look of the ice cracks. I let the background panels air dry in this step, because I’ve heard that when you use a heat tool, the results aren’t as good and the paste smells really bad.


I learned this tip, for accenting the cracked ice, after watch a Tim Holtz Demo on the Distress Icicle Texture Paste. Using a Distress Crayon, apply color then smudge and rub into the cracks. Repeat until you receive the results you’re going for.


I then cut the two smaller snowflakes from the Elizabeth Craft’s Ornate Snowflakes die set. I cut each snowflake three times with inexpensive white card stock and a fourth time in holographic cardstock. Next, I glued the three white snowflakes together, then glued the holographic snowflake on top, making dimensional embellishments for my card front.


To assemble the card, I cut a piece of holographic cardstock using the largest rectangle die from Gina K’s Master Layouts 1. I then matted the inked, textured background to this piece of cardstock. Next, I cut and scored a piece of Hero Arts Amathyst card stock to make an A2 card base. I glued the background to the card base, then glued the snowflakes on the front of the card.


For the sentiment, I foiled a strip of the purple card stock with the “Hello Friend” from the Spellbinders Everday Sentiments 2 hot foil plate. I cut the sentiment out using one of the Gina K Sentiment Strips dies. I also cut three more of the strips in white card stock, glued all the sentiment strip layers together, then glued the sentiment on the card front.

To finish the card and add a bit of sparkle, I glued some iridescent pearls from Trinity Stamps.


Copper Geometric Card

For this card I used a background inked with dye inks in shades of blue and green, and the Tarnish Brass Distress Crayon.


Using the Waffle Flower Tile Panel die, I cut three in white card stock and one in metallic copper card stock, and glued all the layers together. Next, I glued this to the inked background.


For the sentiment, I first cut the “Enjoy” from the Gina K Time to Coast kit four times in white cardstock, stamped one of the die cuts with the coordinating stamp in black ink, glued the layers together and added Ranger Glossy Accents over the stamped “Enjoy”. Finally, I placed the sentiment on card front, and added a pre-printed sentiment strip beside it.


As an embellishment, I found some copper-colored screw top brads in my stash. I cut the tips off the brads and glued them onto my card front.


Gina K Snowflake Cover Plate Card

For my third, and final card, I used a background inked with the same inks in my second card. Although I used the same inks, my end result was completely different!

I cut one of the Gina K Snowflake Cover Plate in her Tranquil Teal card stock, and three in white card stock, then glued all four layers together, and glued this to the ink background.

Next, I cut a piece of the Tranquil Teal card stock to slightly smaller than 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 using the Tim Holtz Deckle Trimmer. I glued the background panel on this mat, then glued the entire piece onto the front of a white A2 card base.


I decided to finish the inside of my card by cutting another piece of teal card stock using the Deckle Trimmer again. I cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than teal piece and stamped a small swirl design using the Gina K Tranquil Teal ink, on the bottom. I then glued the teal and white layers together and glued the panel on the inside of the card base.


For the outside sentiment, I used the Hello Honey Cuts from Honey Bee to cut the word “Hello” and the pierced shadow layer from the Tranquil Teal cardstock, and the plain shadow layer from white card stock. I glued the layers together, then used a few pop-dots to apply the sentiment to the front of the card.


To finish the card up, I glued some teal-colored gems to the front of the card.


I hope you found this post helpful, and you’ll give the Distress Icicle Paste a try. To watch a video of how I put these cards together, I included a video directly below this link. I’ve also included a list of the supplies and tools I used at the bottom of this post.


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