Making Christmas


Stained small and mini trees from Tim Holtz and Idea-ology with Bundled Sage and Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain. To be continued…

Distressed paper source


A while ago I experimented with zig clean color markers on this letterpress card I received in the mail that was purchased at Paper Source. I decided to continue the experiment by putting some distress micro glaze over the pink flower to keep it bright and then adding Distress stain and ink to the rest of the card. I finished it off with some shimmer spray just to see what it would look like.

Creative Chemistry 102: Stamping Resist

Today’s project from the Creative Chemistry 102 series in the Online Card Classes involved stamping with paint. Instead of using the Sticky Back Canvas we used in 101, we stamped the Distress Paint directly on the manila tag. Making sure it was dry, we then applied various colors of Distress Ink over the image. Distress Stain will work too. Finally, we sprayed a bit of water over everything, wiped it and the painted image appeared.


Love it!


Creative Chemistry 102: Colored Crackle

Similar to a project we did in the Creative Chemistry 101 series in Online Card Classes, we used the amazing Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint but instead of staining it we colored it. I cut some leaf shapes using Grungeboard (you can also use chipboard) and put a thick layer of the crackle paint on the leaves allowing them to dry overnight to achieve the best crackle. I then used Distress Paint over the leaves, heated them dry, and repeated with additional an additional layer of color. I heated that to dry and then added some Distress Stain to really bring out the crackle. I then dried them again and adhered them to a tag that I inked with Distress.


Unlike the previous project where we stained over the crackle only to create a glass-like surface, this had a matte finish.


Creative Chemistry 101: Shattered Stains

Another project in the third week of the Creative Chemistry series in Online Card Classes gave us another opportunity to play with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Die cut your shapes using Grungeboard or chipboard and put a thick layer of the crackle paint on the shape allowing it to totally dry. Stain your shapes, heat them up, repeat with additional colors.  Adhere them to a tag  you have already inked.


If you zoom in you can better see the stained glass effect of this technique.  So cool!

See you in the studio,