Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Technique Tuesday ~ Distress Stains by Judy Cantrell

Welcome to Technique Tuesday!

This week I'll share how easy it is to make
a one of a kind background
using Tim Holtz Distress Stain.
Distress Stains are water based dyes
for paper and porous sufaces.
They can be mist with water to lighten to give beautiful results.
They come in 37 colors.

By pressing the dabber top down onto surface, the valve opens and fluid releases. Lifting the dabber away from surface stops the fluid flow.

1. Choose three or more colors of distress stain.

2. Press the dabber top down onto craft sheet the valve opens and the fluid
    releases. You will need three or four colors in a row but don't let colors
    mix yet.
3. Drag your tag through the inks. Lift up. If you added enough color one pass
    will cover the tag. Heat set each time you apply the colors of distress stains
    or wipe craft sheet clean and start over with new stains.
4. When you are happy with the results. Heat set to dry and stamp
    over the distress stains.


14pt filer folder (used with tag die)

I used dusty concord, fire brick and a little broken china distress stains on the tag and then inked and stamped the papillon background with Archival Black ink. Below is my finished tag using Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi stamps. A small drip of fire brick distress stain was used to color flower and lip. I used a foam applicator to apply Antique Linen ink over the woman image.

Thanks for looking!!


  1. Fabulous Tag! Thanks for the info on Distress Stains.

  2. What a wonderful color combination you chose Judy. I love the look.


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