I hope that you are having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. I’m back today with a tutorial for a patriotic vignette. I’m excited to pull out more of my red white and blue things for summer. All year long I have patriotic corner of our family room dedicated to those in our family who have served. My father-in-law, grandfather and great uncle all served our county. Two in the Navy and one in the Army, and sadly we now have all three of their memorial flags. I was lucky to get to know each of them and am very grateful for what they did and for all those that serve and protect our county.
If you haven’t heard, there’s a new Distress color in town, it’s called Speckled Egg. I just couldn’t resist using it in a combo with red, white, and blue. It goes so well together with that theme and has a very vintage moodiness to it. I’m addicted and it has been a bit of my muse lately!
For this particular project I used the Speckled Egg ink, oxide ink, distress paint, spray stain and embossing glaze.
So let’s get to making!
The background papers…
I started by making the floral patterned paper. I inked up the Vines background stamp with the Speckled Egg Distress Ink, then dabbed the flowers with the Fired Brick Ink pad. After the red was on the flowers, I dabbed Black Soot Distress Ink and focused on getting the black in the centers of the flowers and on a few of the vines. No worries, you don’t have to be precise.We’re going for a watercolored look.
Next, I spritzed the stamp with the Speckled Egg Distress Ink.
Then a light spritz of water, and stamped it onto a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper and dried it with my heat tool.
I blended the paper with some Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Then, smooshed some of the ink onto a craft mat, spritzed it with water and dipped the paper into some of the drips, then I dried it with my heat tool.
Then I inked up the background stamp from the Entomology Stamp set with Black Soot Distress Ink, spritzed it with water, stamped it onto a scrap piece of paper, and then stamped what was left on the stamp, randomly around the paper. I stamped onto the scrap paper in order to have less ink of the stamp and therefore to have it lighter.
I did this several times, and sometimes differently..sometimes with more water, sometimes with more ink…I played and made several backgrounds. That one right there on the top of the pile is the one that I chose to use in this project.
It was then trimmed down to fit a #8 Etcetera Tag.
The woodgrain paper…
Using the 3D Lumber Texture Fade, I embossed a piece of watercolor paper. Then I spritzed it with water and some Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain and dried it with my heat tool.
After it was dry, using my finger, I rubbed a small amount of Antique Linen Distress Paint very randomly onto the paper, then dried it.
I did the same with the Chipped Sapphire and then the Speckled Egg until I was happy with it. Then I scribbled some areas with the Chipped Sapphire and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons, and rubbed the color into the paper with a damp finger.
I trimmed the paper to fit a Mini Etcetera Tag and blended the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
The Frame and Etcetera pieces…
I blended a Baseboard Lace Frame with Speckled Egg Oxide Ink then spritzed it with the spray stain, spritzed it with a little water and dried it with my heat tool.
I rubbed the Etcetera Tag reinforcement with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then dabbed on some Distress Embossing Ink with the Dabber, sprinkled it with Speckled Egg Glaze and embossed it with my heat gun.
Then I used steel wool on the glaze, to get rid of some of the shine, and rubbed it with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and a damp finger.
I dabbed the embossing dabber onto the edges of the frame, sprinkled it with the glaze and embossed it with my heat tool. The edges were rubbed with the steel wool and then it was rubbed with a little walnut stain distress crayon.
I trimmed a pinked Etcetera Trim to fit the #8 Etcetera tag, painted it with a light coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint rubbed it with the embossing dabber, and did the same treatment with the steel wool and crayon.
The idea-ology bouquet flowers were spritzed with water and then spritzed with Fired Brick Distress Ink and dried. When dry, I colored on the center and stem with Black Soot and Peeled Paint Distress Marker, spritzed the flowers with a little more water to blend the colors and dried them again with my heat tool.
I then added some sparkle to them using some Distress Mica Flakes and Clear Rock Candy Glitter. I have a supply in my stash that has been treated with Mushroom Alcohol Ink to give it a more grungy and vintage feel. The flowers were rubbed with a little Collage Medium and then dipped into the glitter and mica mix. Then they were dried with a heat tool.
I trimmed some greens by using the Funky Florals 2 thinlet set and some paper that had been treated with some Distress Inks and sprays. The leaves were then rubbed with a little collage medium and dipped into the mica and glitter.
Everything always needs a little sparkle…even if its a grungy sparkle! Thats my favorite!
The idea-ology stars..
Using my finger, I blended on a little Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen Distress Paint onto each of the stars. After they were dry, a drip of Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol Ink were added and then finally a little dab of Black Soot Distress Paint.
The paper doll…
She was colored by using Chipped Sapphire and Fired Brick Distress Crayons and a Detail Water brush.
Then I began arranging the layout of the tags…I found some vintage fabrics in my stash and added some idea-ology Mummy Cloth that had been tinted with a little Antique Linen Distress Ink and water.
I stitched around the #8 tag with my sewing machine and blended the edges of the tag with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink.
Then both the wood patterned background and floral backgrounds were applied to their corresponding Etcetera Tag with collage medium.
I stitched the scraps of fabric with my sewing machine. A scrap of old jeans was trimmed to fit the bottom of the #8 tag.
I stitched on a few vintage buttons with a needle and thread.
The piece of trimmed denim and the pinked trim was adhered with collage medium and the layout started coming together.
I added a tiny scrap of the vintage fabric to the bottom of one of the idea-ology stars and attached it the the little girls sash, then I began layering and arranging the pieces to create the vignette.
and with that, my vignette was complete.
Isn’t Speckled Egg awesome in a patriotic combo? I just think it goes perfectly…
Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Vines and Roses CMS298, Entomology CMS328, Etcetera Tags, Mini and #8, Pinked Trims
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Funky Floral 2, 3d lumber
Tim Holtz/ idea-ology- Stars Adornments, Baseboard Lace Frames, Paper Dolls, Bouquet Flowers, Mummy Cloth
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Distress Sprays- Walnut Stain, Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, Fired Brick,
Distress Paint- Antique Linen, Black Soot, Speckled Egg, Chipped Sapphire, Fossilized Amber,
Distress Ink- Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Black Soot, Speckled Egg
Distress Embossing Glaze- Speckled Egg, Embossing Dabber
Distress Crayons- Chipped Sapphire, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools, Distress Collage Matte Medium, Gold Mixative, Mushroom Alcohol Ink, Clear Rock Candy Glitter, Mica Flakes
Other- vintage buttons, fabric, thread, ribbon, sewing machine
Stacy, fabulous as usual. Thanks for sharing.
Debbie F. says
Oh … my … gosh!!! How FABULOUS is this project?!! I ordered some speckled egg product and am waiting for the order to ship and arrive (not so patiently I might add!!). Can’t wait to get cookin’ with it. Until then, I am so enjoying seeing what people are doing with it. Love the way it goes so well with the chipped sapphire, etc., and I adore the watercolor background and I absolutely LOVE what you did with the wood grain. Have that embossing folder and I SO appreciate seeing another way to use it. Thank you so much for sharing this project. Will “regular” Distress Ink work to colorize the baseboard frame? I assumed the frame would be too slippery to hold ink? Looking forward to the crayon to come out!!
Laura Corkill says
For so long, I have seen all of these products and wondered what you’re supposed to do with them. Sure, there are basic videos out there but they don’t seem to get as in depth as you do right here on your blog. I’ve been lingering for a while and admiring your work. I appreciate, so much, your step-by-step photos and the explanations of how you used and applied them. Now I really want to try some for myself. I just love your creativity and your projects are so gorgeous.
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Jan Francis says
Just WOW!!! Happy Memorial Day and God Bless America AND you!!!
You are exceptional.
I love to create i spired on your creations. Thank you for sharing.
Amazing tag. The detail you put down is really incredible and how to get the effects you are after. I thank you for sharing such great pieces Stacy. Really great at keeping us sane out here. Stay well.
Nancy Wethington says
That tiny piece of fabric on the button. The badge you made this little girl. The background flower stamp. The twisted fabric. All so very unique and clever. WOW – another masterpiece.
Happy Memorial Day, yes we owe a lot to our Veterans. I have been married to a Viet Nam Vet for 46 years now. Let me just say his memories are as vivid today as they were when it was happening…War is not kind to Vererans.
Amazing project, love all the details and seeing how you bring everything to life. Thank you for your time.
Happy Memorial Day, yes we owe a lot to our Veterans. I have been married to a Viet Nam Vet for 46 years now. Let me just say his memories are as vivid today as they were when it was happening…War is not kind to Veterans.
Amazing project, love all the details and seeing how you bring everything to life. Thank you for your time.
joy meadows says
Very unique and very creative, Stacy! You always go into such detail with your description of how your make these products work for you. This piece is outstanding!!
Wanda Hentges says
It’s a gorgeous tag, Stacy!!!!!!!!!
Jill W. says
Just awesome! My favorite detail is the star and scrap of fabric added to the sash to make it come alive…..just love it!