Video Tutorial: Painting with Distress Stains

Stopping in today with a *gasp* video tutorial for you! I had this idea and was just going to do a photo tutorial and then remembered that there’s this thing called YouTube. Ha! Let me introduce you to another in a long line of distress ink obsessions, painting with distress stains.

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Here are the two finished cards. The video would’ve been FOREVER long if I made the cards on camera, so I’ll talk about how I finished them up here. For the circle background, I wanted to have as much as possible show through, so I went with some Quinn’s ABCs embossed with white embossing powder on vellum cut with this rectangle label spellbinders die.

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The twist here with the embossing on the vellum, of course, is a little more painting with distress stains. I just dabbed some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain (my favorite color!) onto my craft sheet and used a smaller paint brush to paint within the lines. That cute heart, by the way, is from the Lawn Fawn Here’s the Scoop.

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The second card is even more simple, but with the graphic background, this one didn’t need any help on the graphic elements front.

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This sentiment is from the Rad stamp set by Kelly Purkey and embossed with the wonderful Wow! Platinum Sparkle Glitter Embossing Powder. That stuff rocks so much that I couldn’t resist also dipping some Studio Calico wood veneer hearts in some versamark and then embossing them as well.

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I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial for today. I’m teaching myself how to edit with Adobe CS6 Premiere, so the process is a little frustrating. It took me about 4 hours to edit a video that I could’ve done in iMovie or Final Cut in about a half an hour. Why am I switching? I’m upgrading my creative suite anyways and like that Premiere can be used by both Mac and PC users. It’s something that’s good for me to know and will be great for teaching purposes in the future.

Oh! And does this mean the return of weekly video tutorials? Well, no. At least not for now. But I am hoping to do more throughout the semester when the mood strikes. I know how much everyone likes the videos, trust me. :)

Classes so far are going pretty well. I’m a little angsty and grumpy about the whole actually going to class thing, but I know I’ll get over that once I get into the rhythm of the semester. I have my first project due tomorrow already. Yup – I guess we’re moving fast now.

See you soon. :)



Filed under Cardmaking, Tutorials

5 Responses to Video Tutorial: Painting with Distress Stains

  1. Marilyn Mae

    Thank you so much for making this video. Absolutely fabulous cards and I am inspired to try this technique with the distress stains on watercolor paper. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Jeannie L

    Thanks for the tutorial. It doesn’t look much in the beginning like you said but both cards turned out gorgeous. Really love the look of the watercoloring. Shall get some metallic paints into my collection.

  3. SandiL

    I love your tutorials they’re always so informative with fresh creative twists on how to use each product! I’m distress stains to my wish list now :) Thanks you

  4. Barb Ghigliotty

    Both of your cards are just beautiful…I love the effect of these stains! LOVED your tutorial, too…thank you so much!!!

  5. Thanks for this tutorial Britta! I make a card using this technique. I blogged about it here:


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