Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Focus - Distress Stains

Welcome to our second Friday Focus! Marjie Kemper here, hosting this week's product focus on Distress Stains by Ranger. Each week the product featured on our Friday Focus will be on sale 15% off at The Funkie Junkie's Boutique. The price is already a low $4 for a product with an MSRP of $4.99. At 15% off, these stains are only $3.40 this week! Linda received a huge shipment this week and has over a dozen colors already on the shelves, so head on over!

I use Distress Stains nearly every week. They're so versatile that I had a tough time deciding how to showcase them. The most convenient thing about Distress Stains is how quickly they can cover a surface. You can cover a tag, art journal page, canvas, etc. in no time flat.

You can use them on their own, in combination with other stains, inks, paints, gesso, or water. I made this tag by blending three colors (pine needles, mustard seed, and tea dye) with water:

After drying with my heat tool, I stamped over it with Jet Black Archival Ink. I also dyed the flowers and ribbon with a combo of pine needles and mustard seed. Here it is in process:

There are so many options with Distress Stains it would impossible to show them all in one post. I decided to stick with a single color (Mustard Seed) and show it to you on different surfaces: (1) Glossy Paper, (2) Watercolor Paper, (3) Manila Card Stock, (4) Sticky Back Canvas, (5) Kraft Resist Paper primed with Picket Fence Distress Stain, and (6) Kraft Resist Paper (bare). Here they are, each with a single coat of Mustard Seed:

Isn't it amazing how different the color looks based on which ATC surface was used? Here they are finished off:

To the bases I added:

#1 ~ Jet Black Archival Ink
#2 ~ Manganese Blue Archival Ink
#3 ~ Sepia Archival Ink and Vintage Photo Distress Ink
#4 ~ Pine Needles Distress Stain on flourish; Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, and Fired Brick Distress Stains as well as Vintage Photo Distress Ink on Flowers
#5 ~ White Picket Fence on grid stamp; Black Archival Ink on face and word
#6 ~ Vintage Photo Distress Stain on edges and to dye corrugated cardboard strip; Antique Linen & VP Distress Inks on person; VP Distress Ink on letters and background hearts

Thanks for visiting for our Friday Focus. Remember, those stains are on sale at The Funkie Junkie's Boutique until next Thursday. Hope you're joining in with our weekly challenge!

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  1. How fabulous to learn this Marje. I have a few of the colours, as yet unused because I had no idea what to do with them. I so appreciate your Tutorial. Have a lovely Easter. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

  2. Thank you Marjie, this is a wonderfully informative tutorial.
    Your finished ATC's look great.

  3. Thanks from me to Marjie, it is amazing how different they look on different surfaces. I love using mine but your tutorial has given me some much needed inspiration. Happy Easter from England!

  4. This is great, Marjie! Thank you so much for all this valuable information on the stains. I too am just learning to use them and this gives me a jump start.

  5. Thanks Marjie for the example on different surfaces. Beautiful finished projects as always

  6. oh this is one,super write up Hun and just love those stains,they are just brilliant super work,and detail hugs Cherylx

  7. What a fab tutorial, Marjie! You have put so much work into this and it is really great. Love seeing how the different surfaces absorbed the Distress Stain,

    Lucy x

  8. Great job on the tutorial Marjie!!! I'm just starting to play with all the distress stains, inks, etc., and hadn't thought about how papers affect the colors. Thanks!

  9. A great tutorial.
    You've made me wish I had some distress stains :)

  10. Great write-up Marjie. Love the way you have shown with the DSs. TFS.
    hugs {brenda} xox