Welcome to visitors old and new! Today I’m 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. Kim carries all of these products at eclectic Paperie.
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. Shake your paints well, being sure you hear the metal ball moving around inside the bottle. 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 (thank you, Anna-Karin, for enabling), ran it through my Sizzix Dot Matrix Texture Fade, and topped it with some of Tim’s Idea-ology:
I’ll pull a random winner from the comments on this post and share it tomorrow.