So let's get started with those yummy Distress Paints (with a reminder that you can click on any of the pictures for a closer look!) Here's a reminder of my challenge piece from last week (there's just time to enter HERE!) - you'll be able to recreate it when you follow my instructions below;
Start with a piece of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock and use a brayer to cover the raised areas with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Dry it out thoroughly with a heat gun.
Blend Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks over the card with a mini blending tool.
Wipe a damp piece of paper or cloth gently over the raised areas of the card to remove any ink traces and reveal the white paint beneath.
Using the Woodland Mini Layering Stencil apply Black Soot Distress Paint with a stencil brush. It's important to use paint for this as it will stop the ink below bleeding through to the next layer.
Now apply Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste through the second layer from the same stencil and allow to air dry. To finish the background I used the smallest amounts of Distress Paint (in the same colours as the inks) to add splatters over the trees.
Stamp a reindeer from the Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland set onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Black Soot Archival Ink, then paint some areas with a diluted mix of Antique Linen Distress Paint. When dry cut out the reindeer.
To finish add some gauze behind the reindeer and mount on a foam pad. Add a strip of Tidings Design Tape underneath the lowest tree and add the reindeer over the trees. Finally add a Christmas Word Band and mount on black card before adding to a card blank of your choice!
So that's it for today... right?... well no, I enjoyed experimenting with Distress Paints so much you've got a bonus tutorial today! Here's what you'll be creating when you follow the next set of instructions;
Cut a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches and stamp the log cabin from the Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland across the bottom third using Black Soot Archival Ink (I extended the design with a few lines using a permanent black fineliner pen). Use some washi tape and scrap paper to mask off the design below the snow line. Spritz the uncovered part of the card with water and begin by adding dilute Iced Spruce Distress Paint to most of the background, concentrating particularly around the trees and along the washi tape. Dry with a heat gun.
Repeat the application of watery Distress Paint, using the following colours from light to dark, and layering them in smaller and smaller areas so that it looks like the colour has faded around the edges and concentrated around the trees; Evergreen Bough, Weathered Wood, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, and finally Pine Needles. Make sure you dry thoroughly in between each layer of colour - as it's acrylic paint it will fix when dry. With the watery background complete splatter a little dilute Festive Berries Distress Paint over the image.
When dry add more splattering with the Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry paints. Remove the tape and paper to reveal the contrast between the coloured and white areas.
To finish stamp on your sentiment of choice from the set before layering over coordinating card. Stitch around the edge and add some of the green Deco Tape from the Tidings Design Tape set at either end of the design. Finally add Mirrored Stars and mount your design onto a card blank of your choice.
So that really is it for my Friday Focus. I hope you play along and make yourself a couple of colourful Christmas cards using those wonderful Distress Paints. Make sure you stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and grab those colours you know you need while they are discounted so much. While you are there check out the Clearance section as well as Christmas and New Arrivals section. There are lots of goodies there to tempt you :)
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx