Distress Stain Stamping

Distress Stain StampingArt journal with Sizzix dies and Ranger Distress Stains

I made the tag on this page in a demo when I taught at Absolutely Everything a few weeks ago.  The technique is from Tim Holtz. To get this effect, use Ranger Distress Stains as the colorant for your stamp (rather than an ink pad) and spritz the stamped image with water.

Tags as Embellishments

The tag was so pretty I decided to use it on this art journal page, which I made for Xyron’s blog hop with Core’dinations. This is the large 9X12-ish Dylusions journal, to give you an idea of the size of the page.

I used both the Mustard Seed and the Tumbled Glass papers from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection from Core’dinations. The whole collection matches Tim’s Distress Ink pads – so you know I like every single page in the pack! I ran the blue piece through a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder (“Spotted”) and then lightly sanded the raised areas.

Layered Art journal page with embossed areas and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

After stamping and stenciling, I included a sweet gal from Stampers Anonymous that I colored with Ranger Distress Markers. I cut one of Tim’s pediment dies to give her a seat to sit on, and added a Sizzix Movers & Shakers bird diecut from text paper.  Black Soot Distress Paint around the whole thing, and then…. fed the entire sheet through my Xyron® 9” Creative Station before adhering it into my art journal. Affiliate links are included for product locating at no cost to you.

Including tags and diecuts in art journals (Marjie Kemper)

The bullseye die is one of my favorite Thinlits from Sizzix ~ I used it here, too.  I added one of Tim’s star stamps to the center (colored with Distress Markers to add another pop of yellow) to the page.

Online Mixed Media Class

If you’d like to learn more about the techniques I use working with Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Stains and more…. check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.  Here’s a 2-minute preview video:


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  1. Your colors make me think of Provence… and your composition is lovely with that vast yellow open space perfectly offsetting the grouping.

  2. Love it! I’m taking CC102 this week, and it’s so inspiring!

  3. Great page! I am sure your demo watchers were super impressed! Love the grouping!

  4. Beautiful project Marjie! Love the colours, all the layers and details. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  5. Wow–awesomeness abounds! I love the way those blues jump off of the page in front of the gold. Yikes–the color combo is fantastic. Love this, Marjie.

  6. Very pretty color combination, Marjie!

  7. Great minds think alike! The colors in this page are tried and true, but you’ve made them look fresh and new. I love how our girl is sitting on the shelf…..and all those circles and dots. Love ’em!

  8. This tag is really lovely. The simple backdrop is perfect against those stamped pieces. And I love that cute child! Fabulous, Marjie.

  9. Marjie….Love your page! So colorful and beautifully done. I love that yellow background and then the bold blue and white stenciled rectangles layered on top. Tim’s little girl is such a sweet addition, too…beautifully colored! Don’t you LOVE Kate at Absolutely Everything?! Her store is amazing! I bet your class was awesome! Thanks for sharing your page with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  10. Such wonderful palette and composition! The little gal and the birds are so cute!

  11. Simply gorgeous!!!

  12. TracyM #6773 says:

    Beautiful tag and page – love the colours and pretty detail!!!

  13. Lovely journal page – I really like the watercolour effect you’ve achieved with the distress stains and water. Thanks for joining us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge”.

  14. I really like this technique. I’ve got a Halloween stamp I want to give a try with it. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

  15. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Love how you’ve put this page together! Love all the colors and the individual pieces, too!

  16. Fabulous techniques and composition.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  17. Beautiful card. I love all the stamping. I have never tried this but now I want to. Thanks.

  18. Fabulous page, Marjie! I don’t believe I have tried stain stamping, but I do love that look! Hugs!

  19. Wow, this is absolutely fabulous. Great colours and composition !

  20. This is so awesome Marjie – thank you for sharing – cant wait to try!

  21. I really like this page, the colours and design are lovely!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  22. Carla Hundley says:

    Lovely work! Like all
    the embossing and stamping
    Carla from Utah

  23. Lovely work, great colours – I got here again! Valerie

  24. Oh this is so beautiful Marjie, really loving that bulls eye die, your stamping is wonderful and those colours are a real feast for the eyes…… love it all. Hugs, Anne x

  25. Another beauty.

  26. Fun and so bright and colorful. Cute wings. xox

  27. Loveeeeeeee this!! LOVING the colors and the wings!!!!!

  28. Marjie, I love that you’ve used the tag in your art journal, and the design is really pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  29. Love that background tag and the composition of this Marjie. Hugs, Jenny x

  30. Gigi Black says:

    Great job. I love the “sweet gal”

  31. I am typing in the dark because everyone is sleeping meant to say beautiful..hope I get this right

  32. so brautiful…love this and the little fairy..my fav of course.
    susan s

  33. Great stuff Marjie!