Moment Butterfly Card

Hi Everyone,

I recently got my hands on some new washi tape from My Minds Eye and was keen to have a play.  I am a bit of a collector of washi tape at the moment and I know I am not the only one!  It is a really popular and fun product to use.  I created a couple of quick cards using some red and black washi tapes.  Red, black and white is always a striking colour combo that I think you can’t really go wrong with.  I am sharing one card here and the other one over on the Stefs Paper Crafts blog here.  Both card use strips of washi tape across the card base.

For this card I coloured the smaller Prima canvas butterfly using black soot distress paint and wiped some of the paint off to reveal the resist pattern underneath.  I layered the two butterflies together with some gems, and then added them to the card.  The Moment sentiment was cut from the bar code strip of one of the Pickled Pear patterned papers by Kaisercraft.

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Supplies: White Cardstock, My Minds Eye Decorative Tape -red/black, Prima Canvas Resist Shapes – Butterflies, Black Soot Distress Paint, Gems

Togetherness Canvas

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I have created this canvas for a good friend of mine as a gift and thought I would share it here.  I am loving making canvases at the moment and experimenting with different products to create textured backgrounds.  I have used a bunch of stencils, texture paste, distress paint, inks, stamps and glimmer mist for this particular background.

The photograph I chose had an over-exposed background in one part of the photo so I gave it a darker vignette and then swiped antique linen over some parts of the photo and around the edge.  The ink of the photo slightly interacted with the paint, which gave it a look I was really happy with for this canvas.  I used some flocked paper and swiped that with antique linen to match it to the canvas.  I created a frame around the photo using some wood icons from Prima, to make sure that the photo stayed the focal point of my canvas.

I layered up a bunch of different flowers, a prima vine, some metal flowers, flourishes and other bits and pieces.  I found the metal ‘togetherness’ tag (which I have had for years) and added it to the chipboard heart.

If you have any questions about the canvas or any of the materials, please leave me a comment and I will sure to reply.  I decided the materials list would be ridiculously long to type out but will happily tell you what I used if you are interested.

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Metallic Distress Paint Tag – Life

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We have house guests at the moment, so just a quick post today to show a few metallic distress paint tag backgrounds plus a completed tag.  The metallic distress paints are as fun as I thought they would be and make great backgrounds with the other distress paints too.  The shimmer is just lovely which you can see a little in the picture.


For my completed tag, I decided to go for a tone on tone look with the Antique Bronze distress paint so I used it on just about everything :).  I swiped the edges with the paint dabber and added a little over the top of my metal prima flower.  I also applied the paint directly to the ‘Life’ piece of chipboard (which I had previously cut apart and used the other part of a different project) and also to the Prima wooden leaf.  The effect is slightly different because of the different surfaces.  It was also easy to colour the crinkle ribbon with the distress paint and it dried in a few minutes even without the heat gun.

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Create Tag

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I decided to use one of the tags that I made using distress paints to make today’s project.  I used the tag that I had made with Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar distress paints (you can see the 11 different backgrounds I made at this post).  I stamped the little girl with the flower and the butterfly using black archival ink and then coloured her with distress markers.  I then used the fine tip water brush to blend out the colours a little and also added a bit shading underneath the girl.  I then stamped the definitions stamp by Kaisercraft across the whole tag using black archival ink (but was careful to rub some of the ink off the stamp which gives a more vintage and less overpowering effect).  I then used black soot distress ink around the edges of the tag and added the word create (which was cut from one of the backs of the barcode strip of patterned paper from the Pickled Pear Collection.)  I coloured the crinkle ribbon with Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar distress paints and after it was dry just lightly inked it with Black Soot distress ink.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

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Supplies: Distress Paints – Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar, Distress Ink – Black Soot, Crinkle Ribbon, Archival Ink – Jet Black, Prima Stamp, Kaisercraft Definition Stamp, Distress Markers – Spun Sugar, Aged Mahagony, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye

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,