19 March 2013

A 'Tuesday Tutorial'

Hi everyone in Blogland and beyond. As you may have seen from Linda's recent post on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, she has received a pile of new goodies from Ranger, including the new Distress Paints and new stamp sets!!! You can find them HERE at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.To celebrate this fact I wanted to share a step by step with you for creating a quick, colourful, adaptable card using Distress Paints and Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Blueprint Stamps.

First some close ups, then the tutorial.

I chose to use Distress Paints for this because using them to stamp with gives such a great depth of colour and then they are superb for blending without going muddy.
You will also need four squares of white card (mine were 2.25" square) four squares of vellum (mine were 2.5" square) and some white cardstock for the background panel (mine was 148cm square - I know! what can I say, I'm a child of the 70's who had to learn to use imperial and metric at the same time!!)

Choose three colours that will blend well (test the results first if you are not sure). For the first card I used Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean (inspired by Tim's Tattered Florals tutorial!) For this second version I used Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves and Barn Door.
Splodge each paint on your craft mat. Make sure you put your splodges close together so the stamp will be totally covered. When pushing your stamp onto the paint wiggle it around a little to get the colours blending together a little. Then stamp each image onto a separate square of card.

Next put some more dabs of paint onto your craft mat with a tiny spritz of water. Push your large background piece of white cardstock into the paint, spritz with a little water and allow the paints to blend together a little. If you get too much water on at this stage or the colours run too much for your liking you can use some tissue to mop up the excess.
Now dry with your heat tool. It is important to do this as it 'fixes' the paint. You can go back into the remains of your paint mix to fill in any gaps once the first layer is dry without fear of the original layer being affected. Blend/dry until happy.

Put your background card through your embossing machine using an embossing folder. I used the Retro Circles Texture Fades folder, but any highly patterned folder will do (would lay my life on it that the new Bottle Caps one would be perfect - gotta get it!) Don't worry if there is a little overlap when you are embossing your background. As long as it is not along the middle of the card it won't show.
Now distress the edges of the background and the little image squares - doing this seems to give card a thicker feel and the look of handmade paper. Plus it will hide any cutting mistakes!!

Finally make up the card by adhering the background to a square white card base, sticking the image squares onto the vellum, and then layering these little squares on top of the background using some dimensional foam (squares/tape etc.)
Now I'm thinking this card is uber-adaptable. Try different colours (checking their 'blendability' first) and different folders. Then of course you can use any combination of the Mini Blueprint Stamps (as they are all roughly the same size) depending on the card theme/recipient.

So now it's over to you! Please let me know if you have a go with this - I'd love to see some variations on a theme, and trust me, once you've done it once you'll find it is a fairly quick card to put together. I've put links to the products at the bottom of this post.
Take care everyone, and have some rewarding crafting time. Hugs, Jenny x


  1. Love those stamp blends, Jenny - and the colours work so well with those party blueprints.

  2. A super make and fab tutorial...the pics look fab...wish I could get mine side by side! Clever you!! Hope you are okay...a fab tutorial hugs trace x

  3. Hi Jenny, Thank you for your comment on my last post. I had fun doing the alcohol inking. The paints look great and certainly appear to blend well when stamping. Love the design of the card.Again, another fab. tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Cheers, Di

  4. Wow this is terrific and thanks for the tutorial. All I need now is a stash of the paints, maybe some blueprint stamps, and...,and.... So much temptation comes my way!!

  5. Hi Jenny, thank you for a great tutorial. I think I have done everything but stamp with the new paints. You have made those stamps look very desirable! Love how you mounted them onto vellum, another great idea. The card is beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

  6. I don't have the paints Jenny, but I do like what you've done. Great Tutorial too. Hugs Rita xx

  7. Fabulous card, I absolutely love the colours Nd the embossed background is a lovely backdrop for the stamped images . Tracy x

  8. I just love this tutorial and how you used those paints! Very pretty Spring feel and colors! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day! Hugs!

  9. Lovely card Jenny the stamping with the paints is so crisp :)
    must get my hands on some of those :)
    Von ♥

  10. Hi Jenny, Hope you are well. This tutorial is great thank you for sharing. The cards are so colourful with the distress paints, and I like the way you have framed the stamps with the vellum. Your blue card in your previous post is lovely too I have loads of Indigo Blu stamps, love them! so will pop over and have a look at the challenge. Hugs Mo x

  11. Hi Buttons
    this is a really pretty card, the colours in the distress paints looks fantastic when used like this. The background looks amazing after being put through the embossing folder.
    I NEED to get my hands on these paints.

  12. Yummy colours, love the stamps (blueprints are my favourite) and a fabulous step by step. I will bookmark this to come back and have a go at it.

  13. Beautiful Jenny, lovely colours. Chris xxx

  14. Great tutorial Jenny and I love what you've done with the paints and stamps. More money to spend would help!! Hope your week is going well so far.
    Hugs, Juliaxxx

  15. Hi Jenny,
    What a fantastic Tutorial, love all the colours, right up my street.
    Great results you have achieved stamping with paints. Really like the stamps

    Patricia xxx

  16. Fab tut Jenny. I love those paints...just ordered some more colours ....... Not in my usual browns !!!!

    Best wishes

    Annie x

    Thanks for comments earlier x

  17. Perfect tutorial! Makes me want to buy some distress paints. Haven't got any yet and you make them look like soooo much fun! Lots of love from Laura xxxx

  18. Great tutorial, thank you! Been stamping with Frescos which I love, but not stamped with the DPs yet, so this is fab inspiration... LOVE that embossed painty background too - lovely card!
    Alison x

  19. Fabulous tutorial, love the effect using these yummy paints for stamping.. I've just had some delivered.. Beautiful cards.. Hugs May x x

  20. Hi Jenny
    Loving this project 'cos my paints came last week.
    Rosie x

  21. Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial as the paints seem easy to use.
    Hugs Kelly

  22. Wonderful inspiration and deets thank-you Jenny! You have placed those squares with precision engineering! Fab card. Nicola x

  23. Hi Jenny, gorgeous card and a great tutorial. Love the colours and the way you have used the Distress paints to do multi colour stamping. Thankyou so much for your lovely comments, i definitely like the idea of creating our own spring, should be possible with soooo much talent out there xx

  24. Wow! This is a beautiful card! I love the colors that you used! Thank you for the tutorial too! :)

  25. Fabulous results stamping with the paints...just fabulous! Love the rainbow bright look! Perfect for a birthday card...just fabulous!

  26. Fantastic! Love the finished pieces and it's so fun to see your process. Beautiful!

  27. Beautiful card Jenny, I love your painty background. These Distress Paints look sooo tempting but I'm still managing to resist lol xx

  28. What a cool idea to stamp with the distress paints like that! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  29. Those colours work so well with the stamps.
    A wonderful card!


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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