Distress Paints meet Distress Stains (Tutorial)

Distress Paints meet Distress Stains

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.  

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. 

Layers + Heat

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.

Distress Paint Marbling

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.  You can use the Distress Paint straight from the bottle. There’s no need for 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 hope you enjoyed the tutorial. 

I’ll pull a random winner from the comments on this post and share it tomorrow.


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. stampersuzz says:

    Fantastic design and love the tutorial. Beautiful beautiful project! Glad you joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  2. Such a gorgeous little canvas Marjie! Love the background with the paints and stencils. That die looks perfect here, and great idea to emboss it. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  3. Wow, cool and so colorful! Loved reading (and seeing the photos) of your RU adventure.

  4. Great tutorial! Love the vibrant colors here.

  5. WOW!!. This is a PERFECT balance of richness, quirkiness (I LOVE), steampunk & street art, mystery, boldness and gorgeousness!. LOVE LOVE LOVE, Marjie!.

  6. Oh talk about inspiration! You inspire all of us! WOW!!! Where to start! The die cut sticking out caught my eye first on this chunky guy…LOVE that! Love the stained words, and the canvas itself makes for a fabulous background! Exceptionally bright and FUN, and just plain GORGEOUS!!!! Thank you so much for being inspired this week and sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  7. Ohh, I love this canvas, Marjie. The colors and patterns are a perfect mix. Especially the metal embellishments. Thanks for sharing what you learned. Can’t wait to see more!

  8. I absoloutely love this piece!! The vibrant colors, the blend of the stains on top of the paints and the embellishment. I’m going to have to go look that one up! So fun to see you shining!!

  9. This is pure genius, Marjie…and I have most everything I need to duplicate this! Into Pinterest you go, my friend!

  10. Congrats Marjie with the nice publications!
    And congrats to the winners of the give away, of course.

    This canvas is so nicely coloured and with gorgeous mixed media.
    Great artwork!

    kind regards, Alie ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wow!!! Gorgeous canvas Marjie! x

  12. Love this chunky and cool canvas! Gorgeous color combinations and I love that you are sharing your RU experience :-)) Hugs!

  13. The colors on this canvas are just gorgeous! And, I love the bubble embossing folder on this die! I never think to use them like that.

  14. Pam Hooten says:

    Cute canvas! Love the vibrant colors and layers!

  15. Kathy P says:

    I looooove this. I can’t wait to try these techniques. Thank you for the step by step.

  16. This is fabulous, Marjie!!!!!!!

  17. gorgeous canvas! the colors are amazing – thanks for sharing the techniques! Love the embellies-the finished project is awesome!

  18. wonderful tutorial! Always love your colors. Thanks for sharing those techniques. I just recently pulled out my Compendium II and tried the marbling and love that technique! Really like how you stamped and cut out the words for the canvas – such a great project!

  19. Fabulous quote and a gorgeous canvas.

  20. Absolutely gorgeous canvas, your work was fabulous before Ranger U but this is extra fabulous Marjie, love the colours, the new die, but most of all how you used what you learned and now you are inspiring us! Thank you! Hugs, Anne x

  21. amazing colours!! and love the details too, Debi x

  22. That is beautiful. I have a canvas that has been waiting for some inspiration. Now I’m inspired! Thanks.

  23. Stunning Marjie! Thanks for the walk-through!! I have a silicon baking mat I NEVER use – think I’m moving it into my studio as a wipe clean spritzing mat – thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Caroline says:

    Absolutely stunning & looks so much fun. I am yet to invest in the paints but when I do…..
    Really cool project. TFS ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. This is such a striking canvas, Marjie. Thank you so much for sharing the techniques. Glad you had a good time,

    Lucy x

  26. Fabulous canvas… love the richness of the colours, great stencilling and fab, glowing sentiment! Thanks for sharing some of your Ranger U tips!!
    Alison xx

  27. Thank you for sharing some of the fun you learned at RU! The colors speak to me!

  28. Marjie…what a great piece and a great tutorial to go along with it! I love the vibrant colors you blended with the distress stains and paints. The added stenciling really look fantastic on your chunky canvas. I love that Sizzix die that Anna-Karin enabled you with! ๐Ÿ™‚ And the sentiment that you cut out of the tags and placed on the canvas looks great! Thanks so much for sharing your art and the HOW TOs with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  29. Love it!

  30. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! Great tutorial!

  31. Damn it, girl.. this is so exciting and beautiful. Deep and rich.

  32. this is just amazingly rich, textured, and yet so crisp and disciplined. I think that’s you! I just love all the colors, the sentiment, everything about it!

  33. Fabulous- absolutely fabulous! Love the way you’ve used the Distress!

  34. What a great chunky canvas. So much wonderful color. Great tute, too.

  35. LOVE your canvas Marjie! Distress paint marbling was one of my favorites, too!

  36. Stunning work, Marjie! So pretty! Love the colors very much! Great tutorial! Hugs, Sandra

  37. Beautiful! Love the new techniques and as always love the color.

    – Mary Elizabeth

  38. Hi Marjie ………..Ranger Educator extraordinaire…………will come back later to view your projects and news. This canvas is fabulous and I so love the colours. Very inspiring as always.


    Annie x

  39. Trace metcalfe says:

    Lovethe way you use colour! Hugstrace. X

  40. I absolutely LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE how you put this together! So GORGEOUS!! I love love love love the colors!!!