Hello friends! I hope that you are well…it’s been a bit! Life, as usual, has picked up to crazy and add in the secret time that I’ve been spending in my studio and you’d understand why I’ve not been posting too much. Whew! It’s been something…but it’s good to stay busy and be busy doing the things that you love to do!
Today I’m back to share a make that was created for the Tim Holtz Ranger Ink New Distress Color release…can you believe it’s time for another new color already?
It is NEVER soon enough for me! I am ALWAYS ready to add a new color to my Distress color combos and Tim and Ranger NEVER disappoint! Let me introduce you to, drum roll please…UNCHARTED MARINER! A fabulous new blue that joins the distress family today. It is AWESOME…and as always, a new color that we never knew we needed! I made a few projects with it and will be sharing them over the next week or so.
Today, I’m sharing a Etcetera tag that was made with it. This color is one of those Chameleon colors, it can either go in a dark, teal direction or when combined with water, a brighter turquoise tone. In this project, I did a little bit of both..either way, I think you’re gonna love it just as much as I do!
Here’s a look at the color all arranged on a vintage platter from my collection…isn’t it dreamy?! It is the perfect vintage blue..and you know I love a good vintage hue!
Want to see what else I made using Uncharted Mariner? Here’s a little peek… I’m telling you, so versatile and a perfect addition to the distress family.
Now, on to the details of this project…
As always when the new color lands at my door step, I instantly think about color combos and which I’ll start with first. This project started with a background that I created using a group of distress colors. But we’ll get to that down the way..let’s start at the beginning.
I decided to make a collaged background using an Embossed Resist Technique with Embossing Powder.
Using a couple of the new TH Stampers Anonymous stamp sets (Floral Elements CMS445 & Eccentric CMS448) and an old favorite (Entomology, CMS328)I stamped randomly onto a piece of Distress Watercolor paper using Clear Embossing Ink, then sprinkled and embossed with white Embossing Powder. I would stamp, sprinkle, emboss…stamp, sprinkle, emboss until I had my background complete. It’s hard to see in this photo, but if you scroll to the next, you’ll get a better view.
Oh, how I love a good collage…and the Eccentric Stamp set is a new favorite, just for that purpose! Here’s a good look at the finished embossed paper before I started adding color.
Next, I gathered my spray stain colors which included Uncharted Mariner, in both regular Distress and Oxide & Hickory Smoke, Aged Mahogany, Saltwater Taffy, Rusty Hinge and Salvaged Patina in Oxide…
I spritzed my embossed watercolor paper with a couple mists of water, then randomly spritzed on the colors, being sure to aim the colors into certain embossed areas. You’ll see that I wanted some gray blue flowers, so I aimed those colors in that direction, then I dried it with my heat tool. Once I had the background to my liking, I went on to the next step…removal of the mask (embossing powder).
Here’s a peek at it before the embossing powder removal. See how you can see the white embossing powder surface area?
Removal of the embossing powder can be done the old school way which involves a few sheets of computer paper and an iron, or if you’re a tool geek like me and have a Heidi Swapp Minc, you can use that. I layered 2 pieces of scrap computer paper over the top and bottom of the embossed watercolor paper, inserted the paper into a transfer folder then ran it through the Minc to remove and melt the embossing powder.
***Be sure that your scrap paper/computer paper, covers the entire piece of embossed paper as the embossing powder will melt onto whatever the embossed area hits.
After the paper comes out of the Minc, carefully remove the scrap/computer paper from the watercolor paper while it’s still warm. The embossing powder will now be stuck to your scrap paper and you will have created a beautiful resist!
Here’s a look at the after when the embossing powder has been removed…YUMMMM! The rounded embossed surface area is gone and a ghosty look is left!
I cut the paper to fit a #8 Etcetera tag, & rubbed the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, & using my sewing machine and white thread, stitched around the edge to give it a finished look. I rubbed the Etcetera Tag washer with Black Soot Distress Paint, then sanded a bit of it off, after it was dry, to create a vintage look.
Using a detail water brush and some of both the regular Uncharted Mariner distress inks and oxide ink I watercolored a Wildflower then dried it with my heat tool. I colored the stem using Peeled Paint ink, then spritzed the leftover ink, and dipped the flower in to pick up some of the tiny dots of color.
I embossed a sentiment from the Tiny Text Stamp Set (CMS394) using the Uncharted Oxide Ink and Embossing Glaze. I embossed the phrase, then using the detail water brush again, added a wash of color to the phrase, then dried it.
To give the embossed phrase more of a vintage look, I lightly rubbed the phrase with some Statue Distress Foundry Wax, then heated it up to bring out the shine. The phrase was then trimmed into a strip to fit the tag.
I stamped a scrap piece of paper with one of the Eccentric phrases using Black Soot Archival Ink, then watercolored in a bit of color into the open area of the font.
I began arranging bits and pieces of denim fabric scraps from my stash, then carefully transferred the arrangement over to the stamped background then randomly stitched the pieces into place onto my tag. Once the stitching was complete, I adhered the tag to the hardboard Etcetera tag.
I stitched around my chosen Photo Booth photo, isn’t he the cutest? Then began arranging all the other embellishments and adhered them to the tag using collage medium.
To finish it off, I went to my trusty grungy button jar and selected a few buttons that went right along with that cute little guy and his overalls. A metal “kiddies” button, a white pearl and a textured button fit the bill perfectly. I can imagine that the “kiddies” button lived on a pair of overalls maybe just like his.
With that, my project was complete! Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking the time to check out this new famous color, and be sure to stop back over the next few weeks as I’ll be sharing more surprises and makes very soon.
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Uncharted Mariner Distress products, Eccentric Stamp Set CMS448, Floral Elements Stamp Set CMS445, Entomology Stamp Set CMS328, Tiny Text CMS394, #8 Etcetera Tag, Distress Watercolor Paper, Distress Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Statue Foundry Wax, a variety of Distress Spray stains in both regular and oxide, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, Blending Tools, Sizzix Wildflower Stems #3, idea-ology photobooth, denim scraps, sewing machine and thread.
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The colours you used in this are a revelation they are so very beautiful with each other. I so admire your ability to just play with them I am a terrible planner. Lots of lovely stamping and colouring and a beautiful result – no surprise there 🙂 Thanks for blogging so faithfully xox
Carol Burnette says
Creative, Rustic, & Beautiful
Susan Shintaku says
I’m not sure what cave I have been living under by why did I never know you could do this with embossing powder and the minc. Oh wow…I can’t wait to try it!! Love the new color. Just love what you have done – thanks so much for all the inspiration!!!
OMG Stacy! I come here for inspiration and you always deliver! Just stunning!!! Can’t wait to see what else is up your sleeve.
Lisa Vice says
Oh my gosh-I am going to try the technique you used for that background with your Minc since I have everything (except the new colors which I just ordered). I love the way you combined everything together. GENIUS!!!!
Nancy Wethington says
Your art is always so perfectly designed, blended, layered and meticulous. These are gorgeous!
Jan Francis says
Stacy, I SO wish you’d video your techniques for getting such deliciously, grungy, speckled papers. I’m always too heavy handed. I just adore EVERYTHING you make. Thanks for all of your inspiration. Be blessed!
Theresa Lummer says
Wow! This is absolutely awesome! So inspiring! Thank you for posting your process!
Linda E says
Oh my goodness! I just subscribed to your blog and your artwork just takes my breath away! I can see so much wonderful inspiration for my cardmaking. Also inspiration for lots of new stuff for me to buy! Thanks so much and lots of happiness to you.
jaimie sander says
Love the background and the denim patchwork! Beautiful work!
jaimie sander says
I really love the background colors and the denim patchwork! Beautiful work!
Stacy, you combine all the many and varied elements so well that it’s as though it’s the way it was always meant to be. I truly admire your talent! Uncharted Mariner is definitely a great addition to the Distress family.