Butterfly Tag using New Distress Stains

Hi Everyone,

Over the weekend, I was able to get my hands on some of the brand new Distress Stains from Ranger.  The new colours are the same as the old seasonal distress inks (which have been added to the Distress Ink line permanently, so now you can get them and the re-inkers anytime).  Some of the new colours are a lot brighter than the other distress stains, but you can use them in the same way and can easily tone them down with other colours.

For this tag, I made the background on the tag by using a bit of a mixture between Tim Holtz’s  techniques Blended Stains and Marbled Stains.  When the background was dry I stamped the Happy Definition stamp by Hero Arts over it using snow cap paint and then dried with the heat gun.  If you leave the paint to air dry it will pick up more of the colours of the background underneath as they interact with the moisture of the paint (all distress products interact with water which is why you can blend them etc).

To colour the chipboard I applied the Picked Raspberry stain directly to the butterfly section. I used a snow cap paint dabber to colour the rest of the chipboard and then when it was dry I painted the butterfly with glue and seal and then tipped rock candy dry glitter over it.  I am in love with this glitter at the moment!  I made a pearl paint by mixing white liquid pearls and mixing it with a little of the Picked Raspberry Distress Stain, then painted it onto the flowers.

The tag was finished off with a flower, some ribbons, some washi tape, some bling and some twine that was coloured with the stains to match the tag.  The flower was left over from a different project and had been sprayed with Dylusions Spray Ink – Bubblegum Pink.

If you have any questions leave me a comment and if you are interested in more information about distress stains Tim Holtz has some great videos on his blog.

Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies:  Manilla Tag, Distress Stains – Picked Raspberry, Gathered Twigs, Seedless Perserves, Manilla tag, Colour Me Crazy Chipboard by Petaloo – Butterflies, Adirondack Paint Dabber – Snow Cap, Twine, Washi Tape, Ribbon, Hero Arts – Happy Definition Stamp, Liquid Pearls – White opal, Gem Strip.

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