Friday, 25 July 2014

Just Stain It at A Vintage Journey

Wow another trip finished and time to start the next leg of the journey and Jenny is challenging us to Stain It. her brief is – ‘Distress Stains are the best way of getting your favourite Distress Ink colours in liquid form. That makes them ideal for staining flat surfaces/edges and crackled surfaces, painting, dripping, splatting, and so much more. Show us what you can do with your Distress Stains’.

I love the versatility of the distress stains and had fun making another masterboard background for this project and it's the second journal cover from me this week.
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This is a sketchbook journal, you know the ones you can buy for around £2.99 in The Works or The Range.
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I covered a long piece of greyboard with gesso and when dry I rubbed over the distress stains, wiping them away and blending them with a wet babywipe. This gave me a light coloured base on which to do the next step.
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The wrinkle free technique. I sprayed water, dipped and dried several layers until I was happy with the overall effects.
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I had covered a spare piece of greyboard with the gesso and mopped up the inks left on my mat before die-cutting the Artful Arrows. I dipped these in walnut stain and gathered twigs distress stains and dried them before adding a layer of clear distress crackle paint.
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Whilst the arrows were drying I added some crackle paste through Tim's chevron and arrows layering stencils and heat dried it, which produced some crackles but I had kept it quite thin so they don’t show up as much as I thought they would.
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Once the crackle paint was dry on the arrows I dabbed some distress stains in a few areas and wiped them off again bringing some colour back into them.
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I added a few pieces of tissue tape and the arrows then splattered, sprayed with water and dripped stains onto the board until I was happy with the result. I finished off with die-cut letters for my saying, a spray of sealer and a chit chat sticker under the filmstrip.
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Thanks Jenny for the challenge and I have only used distress stains for all the colouring. I think the bit I like most are the arrows with the shattered stains effects on them.
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I hope you will have time to join us at A Vintage Journey before the challenge finishes and please pop over to see the amazing projects designed and created by the talented Creative Guides, there is just so much inspiration to see.
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Have a happy Friday, a wonderful weekend and some creative fun.

hugs Brenda xxx

32 comments:

Bonnie McLain said...

I love the soft colors in the back ground and then the accent pieces in the darker... very nicely done Brenda... Love it for a journal cover...

Annie said...

Wow Brenda :-) your journal cover is fantastic and I love the DS background. The arrows certainly look amazing . Thank you for sharing your inspiring step by step. This is a wonderful challenge theme and the techniques you have shown using the DS are stunning
Crafty hugs Annie x

Nicole Wright said...

Oh ya, this is fabulous!

Buttons said...

Another superb cover Brenda. Love the movement from those arrows and the way the colours have blended. Jenny x

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful Journal Cover, it will be fun using it! Hugs, Valerie

Redanne said...

You really have shown the versatility of Distress Stains with this gorgeous cover Brenda! Anne x

Jane said...

This is so creative Brenda I had no idea that the stains were so versatile. What a gorgeous cover and the crackle looks brilliant x

Astrid Maclean said...

Another fabulous masterboard Brenda! Love your chosen colours and the arrows look fantastic! Great techniques all round, it's amazing what you can do with just a few colours of the stains!

Gram's Treasures said...

Looking good, and those arrows really do look sharp! Great colour combo.
Joyce xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love those colors and textures Brenda! Amazing!

Terry said...

Stain and texture gorgeousness, Brenda! Oh how I want to see this IRL and touch it! Love the staining and that crackle goodness. Love this cover! Hugs!

Cardgenie said...

Brenda, this is gorgeous. I love the colours you've used and the textures you've created. Fantastic! Jean.x

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful journal cover Brenda! love all the texture and earth tone colors!

butterfly said...

Yum - I love those crackly arrows - what gorgeous colours too. Fabulous journal cover.
Alison xx

1CardCreator said...

What a treasure this journal cover is. Love how you make all of them different too. Love all the texture and color you have going on here too. ~Diane

Meggymay said...

Fantastic book cover, the textures look super and it a lovely colour combination.
Yvonne

cheryl said...

Another brilluant make over hun fantastic detail style and colours hugs cheryl xxx

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Wow! Another incredible creation! Thank you so much for taking the time to share such fabulous step-by-step instructions. I always come away from this blog feeling inspired and educated! I really love the rusty look you achieved on the arrows and the splattered background is wonderful!

Julie Ann Lee said...

It's just wonderful what you can do with distress stains! I really must get mine out and play again! I love this cover - so eye-catching, it invites you to look ever closer at all the great effects and colours. Julie Ann xxx

Jan Hill said...

The arrows are really stunning, so grungy, a great technique x

Samantha Read said...

OMG who would have thought such a boring book could look so WOW?? Marvellous Brenda.
Wishing you a lovely weekend, hugs from Poppy and me xxx

Jools Robertson said...

Brilliant! What a transformation!!
Ive just checked out your blog on the master board technique, such a great starting base on projects

Love the way you have used the stains on the background and embellishments and the finished effect with the crackle and colours is fantastic

Jools x

Anita Houston said...

LOVE this!!! The vintage look, the dark stains, the number and words! Awesome awesome texture too!

Inkypinkycraft said...

What a gorgeous journal, love the textures you have created here and the colours are gorgeous .x

Nikki Acton said...

Textures and staining - wonderful! As usual you make it look easy. Great effects and finished product. Nikki xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW that journal cover is breathtaking, love all the details. Thank you for sharing the progress photos,
big hugs Anja

Karen Garrard said...

Beautiful journal cover Brenda! Full of all the wonderful texture that I love. Great color choice too. Karen.x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, you've been very creative during the last few days. I haven't been around for days and enjoy all your new creations. Just wonderful.

Michelle said...

Oh Brenda! This is beautiful!

Pamellia Johnson said...

This is fantastic! I just love all the texture and I really love how you make the rust effect! SO amazing! :)

crafty creations said...

Brenda this a truly an amazing piece of artwork - love all the texture you've created - brilliant

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

That is gorgeous, love the texture and amazing colours from the distress ink.