Hello friends! Welcome!
Happy Saturday and Happy New Distress Day!! I am so very excited to share this beautiful new color, Lost Shadow, with you today…
What an AMAZING live it was today! (To watch the replay CLICK HERE)
You can’t help but get excited while watching Tim introduce the color and all the wonderful ways that you can use it. Plus, seeing all the beautiful things that Paula, Zoe and Cheiron created, makes me so excited to play and get inky with it some more!
Can we ever have enough colors of Distress? Nope, I don’t think so!!
Here’s a peek at the projects that I created using this fabulous new color.
And a look at Lost Shadow…
I went in several different directions with these projects, and once I started playing, I just couldn’t stop.
You would think that a neutral color, like Lost Shadow, would get lost in the background (hence it’s name) but it totally doesn’t!!! It stands out and really is a color that we have needed all along! I hope that by seeing everyone’s samples today, you will agree!
To create this project, I used Lost Shadow Distress Spray Stains, Embossing Glaze, and inks, along with a selection of other distress colors. I haven’t created with the Distress Crackled Glaze technique in awhile, so I dug through my stencils and found the perfect one.
The Crest layering stencil (THS 161) was released this past Halloween and became a beautiful way to highlight Lost Shadow. The gray sprinkled and embossed over the urn and highlighted in the background is just gorgeous and gave me a royal feeling!
I started by adding Distress Crackle Texture Paste through a stencil onto a #8 mixed media heavystock tag, then while it was still wet, pinched and sprinkled on Lost Shadow, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, Rusty Hinge and Unchartered Mariner Glazes, tapped off the extra powder onto a scrap of paper, then set the tag aside to dry and crackle. You’re basically painting or coloring with the powders, giving the piece a very organic and beautiful look. I love the fact that Distress Glaze is transparent and becomes like crazed glass once it is embossed.
Once it was dry, I embossed the powder and it turned into this!
Yumm-o, I never get tired of crackle and the effect the powder brings to the look!
I then spritzed the tag with water and spritzed on Lost Shadow Spray, Oxide Spray and added some drips and spritzes of Antique Linen Spray stain, then dried the tag with my heat tool. The combo of gray and drips of antique yellow gives the tag a very aged look.
Next, I rubbed a combination of Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso Distress Ink along the edges of the tag using a blending tool. I did this very lightly as I didn’t want to cover all the beautiful gray-ness up. Then, once the color was blended on, I took my Distress Sprayer and dripped water onto the areas that I had blended with ink to create a mottled look. The combo of Lost Shadow, Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso just tugged at my shabby loving heart, and I will definitely be using this combo AGAIN!
You can see in the photo below how the Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso combo, plus drips of water created a beautifully aged look.
The bee..moth..her royal bug 😉
Some people may see this bug as a moth, but my interpretation of it for this piece was most definitely a bee. The Entomology Stamp Set (CMS328) was the first thing I grabbed after I had created my tag and I knew the size of bug that I was looking for, and this one fit the bill, I just love how she turned out.
I blended some Lost Shadow distress ink, using both regular and oxide, onto a sheet of Distress Watercolor, then using Distress Embossing Ink and Gold Embossing powder, embossed the bee with my embossing gun. Then, using the Entomology Framelit set, cut her out.
I cut out 3 layers of the bee, one embossed with the details from the stamp, and the other 2 layers to place behind. This way I knew that she would really pop and be the center of attention.
Using a detail water brush, I added highlights onto her wings and body using a bit of Decayed Distress Mica Stain, that I brushed on to give her a blended and watercolored look and it also added some shimmer to her. I dried it very quickly with my heat tool (as to not re-emboss her body), then blended Ground Espresso Distress Ink over her legs and edges of her wings. This was done to all 3 layers of her, then she was adhered together.
I placed two tiny pieces of foam tape behind her first layered wings, then adhered her together with collage medium focusing the glue behind the center of her body so that when she was dry, I could ruffle out her wings and be sure that she would pop on the tag.
To add to the royal feeling of the project, I stamped, very randomly, some handwritten areas onto the background of the tag using embossing ink, sprinkled it with the Gold Embossing Powder and embossed it using my heat tool.
This handwritten font is from The Poinsettia Stamp Set (CMS426), but any handwritten background would work that you might have in your collection. If you’re like me, you have many handwritten backgrounds to choose from..they add the perfect vintage shabbiness to your projects!
Next up, I cut out and embossed the round seal (Sizzix Seal Switchlit Embossing Folder) using the pinked edge onto pieces of Distress Kraft Heavystock. I cut out 4 layers from Kraft Heavystock and 1 layer from watercolor paper that had been spritzed with Lost Shadow Spray Stains.
I blended the edges of all the seals with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a blending tool.
For the watercolor seal layer, I used my finger and lightly applied “Gilded” Foundry Wax onto the pinked and dotted embossed edges, then heated it to set the wax.
I adhered the other round seals together using collage medium, blended the edges with Ground Espresso then applied Guilded wax and heated it up with my embossing gun to set the wax. I added a “Gilded” cross to the bottom (from the idea-ology Milagros adornments) by punching a small hole and using a jump ring then adhered a small vintage gem to the cross.
The crown of the bee is a tiny vintage seal that I had in my collection, thanks to a junkin’ trip.. 🙂
Here’s a close-up look at the seal in the photo below.
You can really see how the layers of the bee and seal make a bold statement and show off all the royal like details of the tag.
I adhered a tiny number sticker “154”, from the idea-ology clipping stickers, then, applied a bit of the Decayed Mica stain around to frame it by using a detail water brush.
The phrase “her immortal beauty” (from the Tiny Text Halloween CMS409) was stamped using Black Soot Archival Ink, onto a scrap of paper, trimmed and placed on top of her little layered wings.
I love how the tiny crown looks as though it is hovering right above her and that she is reaching to place it upon her head!
I spritzed some seam binding ribbon with water, then spritzed it with both the Lost Shadow Spray Stains, Decayed Mica Spray and some drips of Antique Linen, then dried it with my heat tool. While drying it, I crinkled it with my hands to give it an aged and worn look. If you’re looking for a more detailed tutorial about the seam binding ribbon CLICK HERE. It is my favorite way to create matching ribbons for all my projects.
Using my sewing machine, I stitched the ribbon very randomly around the edge of the tag leaving lots of whispy threads behind, then adhered it to a #8 Etcetera Tag. I tied some of the additional ribbon to the top of the tag in a bow, then added the seal and bee to the front using foam tape.
I crinkled up the thread bits and ribbon edges by rubbing my fingers with a little collage medium, then rolling the string and ribbon in-between my fingers to create the tattered look. This is a great way to keep the crinkled distressed and shabby look.
With that, my project was complete! I hope you enjoyed reading through the steps and give Lost Shadow a try! I don’t think you will be disappointed. It is just a beautiful addition to the Distress family and will surely be making more appearances throughout my future makes.
Also, be sure to stop by again as I’ll be sharing more of the projects that I created for the LIVE very soon!
Have a great weekend!
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