10 Distress Paint Tag Backgrounds

I got some of the new Tim Holtz distress paints this week and have had some fun just making some backgrounds so I decided rather than share a completed project I would share some of the tag backgrounds I have made and the colours that I used for each one. So far I am really enjoying these paints and can see me getting lots of use out of them.  As well as making the backgrounds I made a card for the Stef’s Paper Crafts blog (you can see it here) where I used it on a wood piece by Kaisercraft.  I was really impressed with the coverage of the paint and how quickly it dried.

The basic method for making the backgrounds was to apply a bit of each paint to my craft sheet, mist the paint with water and then swipe my tag through until I was happy with the look.  I sometimes did more than one coat after I dried the first one with my heat gun.  Sometimes I misted the tag before heating it and just generally experimented.  It is important to remember than often this is only part of what would be a finished background.  I would probably add at least some ink around the edges and probably would stamp on the backgrounds or use a stencil too.  Sometimes as I was heating the paint it bubbled and pop which left quite a nice texture but you would want to be careful with this so you didn’t burn your paper!  You will see from the photos that you can get lots of different colours and no 2 backgrounds are the same.  I included the light coloured tag to show that you can also make soft and pretty tags if you want to.



Tag 1 – Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Barn Door, Tag 2 – Bundled Sage, Snow Cap, Spun Sugar, Tag 3 – Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut stain



Tag 4 – Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Tag 5- Barn Door, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap,

Tag 6 – Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Barn Door


Tag 7 – Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Tag 8 – Broken China, Black Sott, Weathered Wood, Tag 9 – Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage



Tag 10 – Broken China and Walnut Stain.

Both these tags used the same colours (so technically I have shown you 11 tags 🙂 The second one was made after I had finished the first and I spritzed more water onto the craft sheet.  You can get a totally different look.  The second one reminds me of stormy skies at the beach.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end!  I hope this gives you some ideas of some colour combinations you could use if you decide to dabble with the distress paints.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Have fun,


4 thoughts on “10 Distress Paint Tag Backgrounds

  1. Your Tags are beautiful and the colors wonderful cant wait to get to stefs shop and start my collection..Many thanks Ginger from albany..

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