Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Speckled Egg

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this time. I received some of the Speckled Egg distress products recently and thought I would show you a few ways to use them.

Note: When I ordered the products the actual ink pads for both the Distress Ink and the Oxide were out of stock so I have made do with just the Reinkers.
I created the background for this card by putting some Distress Texture Paste Crackle (Tim Holtz) through a Brick stencil and then inking over it when it was dry with Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Tim Holtz). It warped a bit so I spritzed the back with water and put it under a load of heavy books to dry, which helped but didn't totally flatten it so I distressed the edges to hide the leftover problem a bit.

Next I stamped the large flower from the Blooming Field stamp set (AAll & Create) onto some white card stock twice using Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).
The next step was to paint the flowers with Speckled Egg Reinker, which I treated like watercolours by dropping some on my kraft sheet and adding some water. The centres were painted with Gathered Twigs and Scattered Straw Distress Ink using a Water Brush (Tim Holtz). Once they were dry, I fussy cut them.
The leaves were also stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink using stamps from a Heartfelt Creations set called Open Leaf that was once available in Linda's shop. The leaves were fussy cut and painted with Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss Distress Ink using a Water Brush (Tim Holtz).

The sentiment is computer generated and inked with some Pumice Stone DI. The card was easily assembled in layers using Scor Tape.
This card was created for my husband's birthday, which happens to be today. I started with the background by putting some of the Speckled Egg Oxide Reinker, along with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Oxide (Tim Holtz) on my kraft sheet, spritzing them with water and dragging some white card stock through the puddles.
Using Watering Can Archival Ink I added some stamping with stamps from both The Professor and Dapper sets (Tim Holtz). I outlined the panel with some hand drawn lines using a Micron Pigma Pen.
For the smaller panel, I dragged the card stock through some Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Oxide puddled on my kraft sheet. Once it was dry I added some stenciling with a Harlequin stencil (Tim Holtz) and Watering Can Archival Ink.
Next it was time to create the embellishments. I cut the large gear from cracker box material using a die set that was gifted to me by the lovely Jenny Marples. Then I added some glue randomly on the gear and sprinkled playground sand over the glue to add some texture. Finally I painted it with a mixture of Umber, Tangerine and Peacock Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley).
I stamped the main image from the Dapper set using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and fussy cut it to separate the images. The hat band and bow tie were painted with Speckled Egg Distress Paint and both images were inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).
The light bulb was stamped from The Professor set using Jet Black Archival Ink and then the bulb was inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) before it was covered in Glossy Accents (Ranger). Once it was dry, the base of the bulb was coloured with a gold metallic Gelly Roll pen (Sakura).
To assemble the card I added the larger panel to a kraft card blank and topped it with the smaller panel. Brads were added to each corner and then I added the embellishments I prepared followed by a Big Chat sticker (Tim Holtz).

Finally I decided to make a very soft but structured collage on a canvas board.
I started by covering the canvas board with tissue paper (my go-to instant texture) and then added some Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a Crossed stencil (Tim Holtz).
Next I added some watered-down Speckled Egg Distress Paint as a frame on the canvas. It seemed a bit dark so I used my ratty paint brush to pounce some White Gesso (Dina Wakley) over it to lighten it up.
The next step was to make the various elements. First I took a butterfly that my husband cut for me out of plain card stock and covered it with Distress Texture Paste Crackle (Tim Holtz) and then painted it with Speckled Egg Distress Paste to which I added a bit of Glazing Medium. Note: I put painters tape around my jars of medium to try and keep them from drying out and this time I accidentally ripped part of the label off the jar when I removed the tape - oops.

The body of the butterfly was created by coating a pen nib (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) with Espresso, Pitch Black and Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz).
The panel the butterfly sits on is a piece of card stock covered with a thick coat of White Gesso and before it completely dried I dragged a stylus through to create some texture. Once it was dry it was painted with Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley).
I made a couple stenciled pieces. The first was some tea dyed paper with Speckled Egg stenciling through a Patchwork Hex Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz).
The second was a piece of card stock painted with Speckled Egg Distress Paint and then stenciled with Vintage Photo Distress Ink through a Speckles stencil - how appropriate.
Some natural burlap was painted with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.
Then some seam binding was dyed with Speckled Egg Distress Reinker.
I created a few other elements - a strip of canvas with some stitching, a strip of Kraft Glassine with a rusted metal piece that was in my stash and another strip of Kraft Glassine with breads added to it. Finally I assembled the collage adding a strip of lace and also adding a button to the burlap. The Speckled Egg colour is soft and if I had used black or grey instead of the Vintage Photo shade, it would definitely have been reminiscent of robin eggs.

I hope you managed to stick with me for this super long post and I hope you got some inspiration along the way.

Supplies list:

Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Distress Inks and Paints
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw, Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides - Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo
AALL & Create A4 Stamp Set - Blooming Field #229
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - The Professor
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Dapper CMS267
Tim Holtz Stencils - Crossed, Speckles, Patchwork Hex, Bricked, Harlequin
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks - Pitch Black, Espresso, Copper Mixative
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint - Sand, Umber, Tangerine, Peacock
Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Pad - Watering Can AID39006
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black AIP31468
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - Translucent WVPASTETRN
Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste 3oz Crackle TDA71303
White Jute Mesh (Burlap)
Rayon Seam Binding
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents GAC17042
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers TH93192
Scor Tape
Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool - With 2 Blending Foams IBT23616
Ranger Inkssentials Alcohol Ink Applicator With 10 Blending Felts TIM20745
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pen Nibs
Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf Stamp Set
Sakura Gold Metallic Gelly Roll Pen
Micron Black Pigma Pen
Liquitex Glazing Medium
Button, Brads, Lace,


  1. Cec thank you for showing us so many ideas for using this beautiful new colour both for focal points and for backgrounds. Each project is so different in style and demonstrates how versatile this colour is. From a delicate floral flourish, to a grungy background, to a symphony in blue canvas, you've really put it through its paces here x

  2. Cec these are all fabulous and so many ways to be inspired from the various speckled egg color! The brown and blue together is one of my fav color combo's and your art as always is fabulous!

  3. Cec, all these projects are fabulous!!! They are all so different but each is wonderful!!!!!

  4. Cec, so sorry to be late, but I'm so happy to finally catch up and see all these amazing ways this new color can be used. I especially love seeing it on those pretty flowers and combined with the browns on your husband's birthday card! You are a talented artist who can master any style, and you've shown us just how diverse this line of products can be! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and inspiration!