Friday 21 June 2013

Make your pattern papers with Tim Holtz distress paints

Hi All,

It's Priya here to show you some cool effects using distress paints.. These are thick opaque colors water based color which are highly reactive with water.. However, once they are dry, they set like any other paint.. so you have both the properties of distress inks and paints.. You can achieve various effects like marbeling, ombre, gradient, etc using these paints..
I will show you how you can use these in paper crafting and card making.. I tried to make pattern papers using these paints.. .

Supplies Needed:

1. Distress Paints of various colors
2. Stamps
3. Crafter's Workshop Templates
4. Embossing Powders
5. Versamark ink
6. Paper Towels

Now lets have a look at the PPs I created using these supplies..

1. Ombre effect with heat embossing using template:
For this I am using 3 distress paints of same color family, Vintage Photo, wild honey and mustered seeds.. I have also used Herlequin stencil from Crafter's Workshop and Ranger super fine gold embossing powder..

1. Stick the template firmly to the paper and surface..

2. Tap the embossing ink directly on to template.. Make sure the exposed paper is fully covered by the ink..

3. Sprinkle the embossing powder and heat it..

 4. Paint through the paper using inbuilt dauber..

5. Sprinkle some water to make colors more liquidy.. User your fingers to spread and mix the colors till you get the desired ombre effect..

I made a card using this PP..

2. Vibrant Pattern paper:

1. Draw straight lines of different paint colors.. using the inbuilt dauber..

 2. Let the colors air dry for 15-20 mins..

3. Using Picket Fence color, just dab the color out and make impressions at various places.. don't move the daubber around.. it will give around 1/2 inch nice, solid white circles.. Use it the way you like..

3. Stamping and embossing with paints on Kraft paper:
Unlike distress inks and stains, distress paints give nice solid colors on darker surfaces because they are opaque and thick..
1. Use a lighter shade of distress paint as ink and stamp onto the paper.. The color will just pops out.. I have used Spun Sugar Distress paint here..

2. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle some clear glitter embossing powder..

3. The embossing powder will stick to the wet paint and we can then just heat the powder to melt it..

Here is the complete card.. it's looks so b'ful in real..

4. Layered Stamping with Distress Paints:
You need 2 distress paints, one dark color and one light color of same or different families.. I have used Spun sugar and picked Raspberry..

1. Stamp the image with dark color (picked Raspberry)..

2. Let it dry for some time. Make sure to remove the paint from the stamp after stamping. Otherwise the paint will not come out once it's dry..

3. Stamp with lighter shade of color.. (Spun Sugar here..)

 4. Stamp it little further, around 2-3 mm.. this will give a nice effect.. the dark color will look like a shadow..

There are many more techniques to use distress paints... the list is endless.. keep trying as the possibilities with are endless..
You can buy distress paints from Crafter's corner..If you have any queries regarding any of the products used please leave me a comment here or write to us at
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  1. Lovely post Priya... and the PPs you have made are beautiful. You are tempting me to buy the paints...:)

  2. Wow Priya. All the 4 techniques are fabulous!! I will surely try them out.

  3. Wow!! Lovely post Priya! Thank you so much.. :)

  4. Very informative post.... Thank you so much.

  5. Fabulous post Priya ..I love the way you have highlighted the different ways to use these distress paints .. Your cards and the PP's you have made are beautiful :)...Such lovely BG you have created using these paints and stencil ..I think i seriously need to invest in these now :)

  6. WOW !! Priya ..
    I am so impressed with your creativity. You are just mindblowing ! :)
    i am extremely inspired..

  7. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post...

  8. Great post Priya! :)

  9. Wonderful post Priya ! The pps are just amazing !

  10. I so loved your post.Every background you made is pretty.Great job!

  11. very informative, thanks priya

  12. wow priya....I love your papers very much....beautiful effects u have created by using paints it was fab....I loved the one u did with versamrk....great job.

  13. thanks for this post priya..loved the first BG..


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