Friday 23 September 2011

Week 38 Challenge - Distress It

GIVEAWAY WEEK!...Wooohoooo!

The lovely peeps at Letraset have kindly donated a Set of their fantastic brand new Flexmarkers to us this week for one lucky winning entry!

PRE-ORDER!!*Flexmarker 6 pack - Set One

So make sure you get entering this week's challenge to be in with a chance of winning these lush pens - if you don't know about Flexmarkers 1) where have you been? and 2) check them out here. Flexmarkers are the new sister product to the Promarker and Triamarker alcohol based family of pens from Letraset and are just amazing for blending!

Use them alongside your Promarkers to achieve stunning soft blends with the new flexible brush tip and a gorgeous array of brand new colours. The lucky winner will receive Set One which are the palest of pale shades perfect for skintones (brand, brand new colours and these will not be available in Promarkers). We also have another freebie download for you: Nikky has been working with Letraset to ensure that everyone is priming their Flexmarkers properly - some of the colours are so pale that until you allow them to dry it looks like the pens have no colour in them and some people don't quite prime them enough. So they put their heads together to find an easy solution and Nikky discovered if you colour these swatches in the pens are primed perfectly, so Letraset have made this into a swatch download for everyone. You can get the download here - the one you need to use to prime is on the right, 2nd row down the page: download it here.

Rules of the giveaway are that you MUST follow our challenge rules - please ensure you follow the standard rules or you will not be included in the draw! The winner will be drawn at random from the entries for this week, so it doesn't matter how good you are at colouring you still have a chance of winning! The winning entry will be announced on the blog along with the challenge winner as normal.

Letraset will also be running a colouring competition on their blog on Wednesday 28th September using a lovely Polkadoodles image, so head on over there to have a look and get yourself a fab free Polkadoodles download to boot - more freebie goodness!

Back to this week's challenge!

Hello there, Emma here to set the challenge this time. So, you can really have some fun this week scrunching, inking, tearing, sanding, infact whatever distressing technique you love, we want to see it, I hope you will join us in this 'Distress it' challenge.

Before we move on, the top three from challenge 36 which was Setting the Scene are:

First Place: Michaela
Second Place: Julie W
Third Place: Nelly S

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download and please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

The Polkadoodlers have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs:

1. Please follow the challenge!
2. Only enter your creation into a maximum of 10 challenges including Polka Doodles.
3. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the blue frog - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry.
4. And please no back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our top three voting.5. If you have comment moderation and word verification on your blog it really does slow us down when leaving comments - please consider turning word verification off especially now that comment moderation has a spam section.

The challenge is open until Sunday 2 October at 12noon and any entries that do not follow our challenge rules will not be eligible for any prizes so please read them carefully!

If you want more detail on how the Design Team have created their projects, just click on their name and you'll be taken to their blog.

Daniele, for this weeks card I used the sweet stamp set called Babsie, I have used Dusty Concord and sage to distress the edges of the image which was coloured with Prisma pencils, the papers are from the new Cd called Pretty Sweet.

Emma - Hello there, I had fun distressing my card this week. The image and paper I used are from the Magical Winter volume one CD. I coloured this fun image with Letraset Aquamarkers. I sanded all the edges of my card and inked them, I then ripped sections to distress further and quite liked how distress finishing can still look pretty.

Ruth: I've used a scrap of paper (distressed with scissors) from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft - I've printed it at A5 size for a smaller pattern. The cute mushroom house is from the Garden Neighbours rubber stamp set, and I've coloured it with Aquamarkers. Everything else is from my stash.

Audrey... For this card I used the CD All Around And Everywhere. I used my S.U. cupcake punch for the cupcakes and used 3D Dots to give them dimension. For the distressing I ripped the green paper and inked everything with S.U. Chocolate Chip ink.
Fliss - I've made a vintage style collage card as the theme is perfect for this. I've used the gorgeous bird cage and shabby paper from the Paper Boutique Vol 3 CD. I tore the edges of the background paper and added this to a kraft card. I printed out the cage and then coloured just the scroll pattern sections on one with Promarkers. After cutting the second one I inked with Versamark and embossed with tarnished gold powder. I added die cut leaves and a bird, together with punched flowers all coloured with Distress inks. I finished off with butterflies punched from the paper left after sponging the leaves as it was too good to waste!

Saskia - Lots of inspiration on the Magical Winter Part 1 cd-rom! I printed out this cute birdie and coloured it with Promarkers from the Polka Doodles Shop! All papers are from this great cd-rom! I added some Glimmer Mist for the 'distress look'.

Hi Louise here with my card for this week. I have used the new 'Pretty Sweet' cd which is gorgeous and distressed my edges.

Claire I have also used the new Pretty sweet cd to create my exploding box with lots of distressing of the beautiful papers!

Diane I have used an image and paper from the wonderful Pretty Sweet CD - the sentiment is also from that CD. I'm not sure that all the distressing is very visible because I've almost completely covered it with Stickles!

Dee: All papers and the image are from A Magical Winter CD for this weeks card. Lots of inking with a distress ink pad, tearing, sanding and water spotting.

MiriaThis week I chose a Halloween preview for my distressed card. Images, coloured with Distress ink pad and Kuretake Wink of Stella, and sentiment are from versatile Sundae of Seasons. The background is recycled cardboard then I added brads, rafia and thin wire.

Colette This week I have used the gorgeous Pretty Sweet CD Rom. I have sanded and inked the edges of the papers, used a Cheery Lyn die for the doily and Tim Holtz tattered florals die for the flower. The doily and flower have been scrunched and spritzed with glimmer mist and I drew faux stitching around some of the papers.

Alan..... This is my 1st entry into the challenges. I have left a complete how I made the card on my blog. The Images came from Not for Girls Definitely for Men and I took the bike into photoshop and layerd two parts of the image onto each other. Then after I had printed the main image I then printed the same image onto non printable vellum. Ripped the vellum to fit. Gaffer tape was used to edge the card.

Good luck with the challenge - please remember all the rules (you don't want to miss out on the Flexmarkers!) and the challenge ends on Sunday 2 October at 12noon GMT.


  1. Amazing and exquisite work from the DT girls! Lovely variety!!

  2. Thanks so much for placing my card in second place.
    Fabulous creations by the DT.

    Julie W x

  3. OMG thank you very much for picking me as a winner. x Michaela XXX

  4. Oh what beautiful pieces from your design team!!!!

  5. Wanted to let you know that the link for this wk#38 challenge is pointing to Allan Scott's blog with his Happy Bikers Birthday Card. I have nothing against the card & find it to be a cool card but the link is not correct. Please correct.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"


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