Hey there, friends!
I hope this post finds you well and enjoying all that is summer! I have been busy behind the scenes making and getting my studio in order before the holiday rush of creative goodness coming very soon! Isn’t that exciting… but before all that, guess what? Tim just introduced a whole new palette of Distress Glazes…wooohooooooo! I’m so excited! As far as I’m concerned there will never be enough colors to create with, and I am so happy to have more colors from Tim’s Distress palette.
When I received the new colors, I went right to making swatches and playing with a few color combos using them. This combo sparked a little make because I loved it so much! I’ll get to how I made it in a few…let’s look at the swatches and all their crackled goodness!
Here are the crackly details…YUM!!!!
Swatching makes me happy and is the perfect way to jump in when you get new supplies. It is a great way to be creative when you don’t know a specific project in mind, and it helps down the road when you are stumped on a color combo. Just grab your swatches and get to mixing!
My swatches were created using Distress Crackle Paste and a combination of brown Distress Spray Stains. I used the small Tim Holtz Mixed Media Tags, Crackle Paste, a palette knife along with the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz small Crest from the #53 MST053 stencil set.
The process was pretty easy but there is drying time before embossing and waiting for the crackle to dry. Simply spread the paste through the stencil, sprinkle the color, then set the tag aside to dry and crackle. Once dry, use your embossing tool to embossed the glaze. It works great if you go through and do all the sprinkling and drying, then emboss them one right after the other. Once they were all embossed, I went back with each one and spritzed the tag with water and a combination of brown distress spray stains, then dried with a heat tool. Viola! A beautiful group of inspiration!
Once I had my color swatches, I began grouping some together to create color combos that I thought would be wonderful together, then I created these! Painting with the powders to create a crackled look is such a favorite technique.
This combo was Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany, Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone.
Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Pumice Stone and Mermaid Lagoon.
Then my favorite… Chipped Sapphire, Crushed Olive, Pumice Stone and Seedless Preserves. This combo sparked the project I am sharing today!
I used my palette knife and spread the crackle paste through the large Crest stencil THS161, then using my fingers, sprinkled a small amount of each of the colors over the wet paste. To distribute the powders, I tapped the bottom of the tag, and moved the powders and added more if I found some blank areas, then set it aside to dry and crackle.
Once the paste was dry, I embossed the glaze, then spritzed the tag with water and some spray stains (pumice stone and walnut stain).
Once I had the #8 tag complete, I jumped into decorating it. I stitched around the edge attaching some scraps of mummy cloth and denim, then sorted through some of my idea-ology things to find some things that would go with the color combo. The idea-ology ephemera packs are a fun dig when you’re looking for just the right embellishment. The stamp was found in there, I just added some scraps of paper behind it to make it look like a stack, then tied it together with a scrap of string.
I cut out some flowers and leaves using the new Brushstroke Flower Minis, then added some vintage lace, denim scraps, and a couple idea-ology Ephemera Snippets.
I found a Photo Booth photo that I thought complimented the background and ephemera and rubbed it with some embossing ink, then embossed it with Antique Linen Embossing Glaze. I rubbed the edges with walnut stain distress ink, then stitched around the edges using my sewing machine.
I hand stitched a couple vintage buttons onto the denim scrap sewn on the side, then began arranging and adhering the embellishments in place.
I adhered the tag to a #8 Etcetera Tag then tied on some scraps of ribbon and mummy cloth into the top. I added some small charms with a safety pin…and with that, my tag was complete!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the peek at the new collection of Distress Glazes.
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