Video: Using Ranger’s Distress Stains for Backgrounds

Distress Stains Video Tutorial

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Distress Stains Video Tutorial (Marjie Kemper - Backgrounds)

I've got a quick 3-minute video to share today using Ranger's Distress Stains. You can watch it on YouTube or just click on the image below:

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Distress Stains Video Tutorial (Marjie Kemper - Backgrounds 2)

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Distress Stains Quickie Video #1 (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. butterfly on January 6, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Love Distress Stains so I’m looking forward to watching this. Hope you’re having a brilliant CHA time!!
    Alison xx

  2. Sandra on January 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Gorgeous tags, Marjie! Great video! Love the tips, you’re so great with layering with stencils. Happy New Year! Hugs, Sandra

  3. Corrine on January 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Love your short and informative videos. Sweet techniques and simple instructions. No wonder everyone loves your teaching. xox PS pretty nails.

  4. Kay Wallace on December 31, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for this refresher course, Marjie! Somehow, my stains have migrated to the back of my rolling card so I need to bring them forward again. Love your tags here! Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Marjie Kemper on January 1, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Funny how some of those supplies migrate… I know just what you mean! Happy New Year, Kay!

  5. Michelle on December 31, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Sooooo pretty! Love Tim Holtz products. But I can’t help but wonder . . . because I have dozens of water-based ink pad refill bottles from another company, wouldn’t these techniques work equally well with other water-based inks? If not, please explain why not. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous examples and techniques. Oh! And Happy New Year!

    • Marjie Kemper on January 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Hi, Michelle, and thanks. Couple of thoughts- 1) Distress Stains are the liquid form of Distress Inks. They are not the same formula you’ll find in a re-inker. I’m no chemist but there is something specific in the formula of Distress that gives it a longer dry-time and better blendability. Definitely give it a go with whatever you have and compare/contrast… I hear you on having lots of goodies in your stash from which to pick!

      • Michelle on January 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

        Thanks so much, Marjie, for your quick reply. Appreciate your input!

  6. Lynne on December 31, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Marjie, You are such a professional, so impressed with the tutorial unfortunately I only have two Distress Stains but that is probably not the norm!
    Have fun at CHA, the lovely Renee mentioned you were both meeting up, oh the fun to be had!!!
    Wishing you a Happy New Year – cannot wait to see what you will be inspiring us with throughout 2016!

    • Marjie Kemper on January 1, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Thanks so much, Lynne. Happy New Year to you!

  7. Anne R on December 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing the great tutorial Marjie! Happy New Year and I hope you have a wonderful time at CHA! Hugs, Anne xx

    • Marjie Kemper on January 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Thanks so much, Anne. Happy New Year!

  8. Julie Tucker-Wolek on December 31, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Off to make sure I am subscribed!!! Have FUN at CHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marjie Kemper on January 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Looking forward to meeting you at the next one, Julie!

  9. Gigi Black on December 31, 2015 at 2:37 am

    You always do such a great job with backgrounds and this one is no exception. Maybe a tad bit slower when you speed it up. Not much, just a bit. I would like to see you do a journal page from start to finish. Also, a series of quick techniques for anything ranging from storage to actual art. Lots of time we discover little tricks that we do and take for granted, but would be new for someone else. What fun that would be for us, but work for you, lol. Have a great time at CHA.

    • Marjie Kemper on December 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Gigi. I was thinking the same thing about the FF timing. And I really appreciate your ideas on videos… I’m taking notes!