Technique Thursday: Distress Stickles

This week for Technique Thursday, we are playing with Distress Stickles.

Yes, these match the inks, stains and markers that are part of the Distress line by Tim Holtz and Ranger, but they also behave much differently than regular Stickles.

While Stickles are dimensional and filled with bright, sparkly glitter, Distress Stickles are more subtle. They have larger particles of glitter, are not as shiny and are not dimensional. When dry, the liquid that suspends the glitter becomes almost clear, leaving only the bits of glitter behind.

With Distress Stickles, less is definitely more. They are perfect to accent a portion of a stamped image or patterned paper or to give a little life to a die cut or tag. Think dew drops on a leaf or the shine on an antique Christmas ornament and you will have the sort of subtlety that comes with Distress Stickles.

They are easy to apply with your finger … just squirt some out and smear it around. Be careful … the tip is larger than regular Stickles and it comes out fast.

Of course, those of us who are impatient love that Distress Stickles can be dried quickly with a heat gun — Do NOT do this with regular Stickles. They will burn and you will not be happy.

Here’s a quick little ATC card I made using Distress Stickles.

I used Distress Stickles in Scattered Straw and Fired Brick to add to the fireworks on this piece of Tim Holtz paper, which I attached with dimensional foam. The card is made with Specialty Stamping Paper and inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and Black Soot. I added a few eyelets for something a little different and then topped it off with stickers from Tim Holtz. I think it took all of 10 minutes — not bad, eh!?

Ready to try Distress Stickles out for yourself? Head over to Capture A Memory in Flint Township from 2-6 Thursday and check them out. I can’t wait to see you there.