Monday, May 6, 2013

Distress Paints meet Distress Stains (Tutorial)

Marjie here, happy to be sharing some techniques I picked up last month at Ranger U.  Two of my favorites techniques Tim taught were Distress Stains as a blended background, and Distress Paint Marbling.  I made this chunky 3" canvas using the Distress Stains on the sentiment, and the Distress Paints on the canvas itself. 

I started by making two tags using Tim's Blended Stains technique. Squeeze a few colors of Distress Stains onto your craft mat, spritz them with water, and swipe a tag through them. It doesn't look like much to start but dry each layer with your heat tool and then dip again, adding additional Stains if desired.  The layers build up very nicely.

You can also dip/press just a tiny part of your tag (a corner, maybe, or the edges... whatever you feel needs more) adding selected colors as desired.

The Marbled Distress Paints work much the same way.  Apply the paints to your craft sheet, drag your canvas through, dry it, and repeat as necessary. Add Distress Inks or Archival Inks to finish any areas that didn't paint as you may have wished.

I stamped my sentiment all over the finished tags so I could pick and choose the words and color combos I wanted. 

I used a combo of paint and Ranger Archival Inks to stencil on some patterns, making sure to follow them around the sides.  I love that I can use the Distress Paint straight from the bottle rather than needing a sponge or applicator.

Here's the canvas all finished and ready for embellishing:

I used a new Sizzix die that I adore, ran it through my Sizzix Dot Matrix Texture Fade, and topped it with some of Tim's Idea-ology:

The sentiment is a stamp from Tim's Way With Words set... there are so many great stamps in that set.  Different fonts, sizes, etc... check it out here.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  Please visit my website if interested.

I look forward to sharing more soon!



Buttons said...

WOW!! Love the colour combos here and what a difference it makes to add such dramatic stencilling - I'd have been frightened to apply so much but it REALLY works. That die is at the top of my list too:) Thanks for sharing this Marjie, hugs Jenny x

daisy said...

WOW - what a dramatic start to the day! It's fabulously vibrant & I love the stencilling.

Kim said...

Oh, Marjie, I adore this canvas! The colors are awesome and that small, chunky style...with the sentiment, embellishments...LOVE!

Claudine C. said...

This is stunning, I love the bold colors. Thanks for the tutorial, I must try this!!

Brenda Brown said...

Wonderful depth of colours and stencilling. Love this Marjie.
Hugs Brenda xox

Barbara said...

Love this, Marjie! Great inspiration. I agree - the die is fantastic. Will have to add it to my ever-growing list!

Kathi said...

Wow. This is totally fabulous!

Thanks for the tutorial and step out photos!

Redanne said...

Oh wow, wow, wow Marjie, this is fabulous! What great techniques (thank you for sharing them) and loving that wonderful die too. A beautiful piece of art. Hugs, Anne x

Katy said...

This is so cool! Thank you for sharing. I have a few paints and a few stencils and never thought about bringing the 2 together. That will all change! ;)

sandi said...

So cool. I will have to try this, looks fun and messy. Thank you for sharing.

Tracy said...

Swooooooon Marjie, my jaw just hit the floor... love it and woohoo thank you so much for sharing how to as well!!

Bonnie Irvine said...

This canvas makes me so happy. The colours are saturated and rich. I love the stencilling and the way you have added the words. The chunky canvas is allows more of the background to show on the sides...bonus! Thanks for the tutorial.

butterfly said...

Such a brilliant canvas - wow!
Alison x

Donna-Marie said...

Great Tut!!! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

Erin Smetak said...

I absolutely love the way you think! Your project ROCKS!!!! WOW! What creativity you have! Love the colors, the techniques, the textures, everything! And it came together so perfectly!

Adrienne Crist said...

This is AWESOME! what a fantastic idea, love love, love!