video: distress stain ideas…

happy holidays bloggers… i’m excited to share a new video featuring some ideas using distress stains.  of course i love that i have the 12 new colors to work with and this holiday tag/card was the perfect project to showcase them.  i wanted to post a new video to  share ideas for distress stain and how i’ve been using them for quite a while now.  in fact it’s given me a completely different look and use for one product – i love that.   i created this tag/card that is actually made from the tag itself.  it’s not the usual #8 tag that i like…instead it’s a huge #12 tag that ranger released this year.  they are pretty cool to just fold in half and bingo – instant card…

supplies: craft sheet, distress stains/festive berries,/squeezed lemonade/salty ocean/evergreen bough/iced spruce/gathered twigs/brushed pewter/picket fence, mini misters, distress ink, ink blending tool, black paint dabber, glossy accents, rock candy distress stickles dry glitter, christmas cardinal die, mini snowflake die, grungeboard, chitchat stickers seasonal, crinkle ribbon, mask sheets, christmas adornments, drill punch, jump ring, scissors

so let’s get stared with the video:

now on with the steps to put it all together…

step 1: die cut the christmas cardinal from grungeboard and paint the eye stripe with black paint (i find it easier to do this first in case i mess up, i can sand it off and start over…lol).

step 2: color the grungeboard simply by swiping the festive berries distress stain over the grunge.  *note: coloring grunge this way will give a more intense coloring over a distress pad with blending tool – and faster too…

step 3: color beak with squeezed lemonade – notice the colors start to blend. *note: don’t worry about contaminating your stains since the bottle is not designed to absorb color, just dispense it.

step 4: dry the inked cardinal with a heat tool to set the colors.

step 5: color greenery with evergreen bough distress stain.

step 6: color branch with gathered twigs distress stain to allow colors to blend a little.  dry everything completely with heat tool.

step 7: fold finished tag in half and crease with bone folder. *note: if you didn’t watch the video yet, you might want to see how we created this cool tag…

step 8: ink the edges of the tag and cardinal with distress ink using an ink blending tool.  one thing that distress ink can do better than stain is blend with a soft shadow look.

step 9: stain crinkle ribbon by misting ribbon with water and swipe various colors of distress stain over it.  the inks will instantly blend since the stains are reactive with water.

step 10: crinkle ribbon into a ball and set aside to dry or dry immediately with heat tool (which i admit i always do).

step 11: tie ribbon around folded tag card as well as through the hole in the tag as shown.

step 12: to create a snowy effect i misted the cardinal with picket fence distress stain mist.  note: be sure to dry it immediately with a heat tool to keep a more opaque look.

step 13: apply glossy accents to various areas on the branch and color with rock candy dry glitter for an icy effect.  let dry and adhere cardinal to tag with foam tape.

step 14: swipe metallic brushed pewter distress stains along various edges of the tag card – be random.

step 15: select words for your card from the seasonal set of chitchat stickers (i love the fact i can create whatever saying i want to with these…).

step 16: ink the edges or each word with distress ink and adhere to the tag/card.

*the details: i love the speckled layered effect using distress stains in the misters.  see, an entirely different look using the same product…so cool.

well bloggers i hope you enjoyed this holiday tutorial and you start filling those mini misters with your distress stains and use them to accent your other distress backgrounds. i’ve been sharing lots of holiday inspiration this month on the blog and i hope you’ve had some time to enjoy this creative christmas season.  so how about spreading a little holiday cheer of our own???

i’d love to hear what you’ve been working on, so post a comment on the blog today sharing what you’ve been making for the holidays, and we’ll pick some winners tomorrow and send you some seasonal goodness of your own.  see, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year…t!m

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