Friday, 25 July 2014

Time to Stain It

It is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the theme this time is chosen by the wonderful Jenny who has selected 'Just Stain It'. I have created this montage of photos to go through my process.

1. I started by adding distress stains to my craft sheet - gathered twigs, black soot and picket fence. I swooshed my tags through it until I was happy and then let it dry. Once dry I added some distress inks too - black soot, vintage photo and pumice stone.
2. I added some remnant rubs and tissue tape.
3/4. Next I embossed the tag with the clocks texture fade and highlighted areas with the same DP's as above.
5. Happy with my tags I started work on my die cuts.
6. As step 1 above I added some distress stains to my craft sheet and spritzed with water.
7. I lightly dipped my clocks (Heartfelt creations stamps and die) into the stain - trying to only partially pick up colour. I wanted them stained and aged - not completely coloured.
8. For the grungeboard arrows and chipboard text I used the stain directly from the pot.

That is just about it - of course there was a bit of inking edges etc and I also took my water brush and some stain to highlight the clock cut from Tim's paper.

Here are a few close ups:

Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what the rest of the Design Team have stained for this challenge!

Thanks for looking


  1. Stunning tags Nikki and a wonderful recipe and photographs. The colours are fabulous and the block letters really pop.
    TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  2. Superb tags Nikki and it's great to see how these came together. Love the bright coloured letters against the neutral textured background. Jenny x

  3. Your tags are beautiful Nikki and really show the versatility of Distress Stains. I love your beautiful embossed backgrounds and also the way you have added your letters and arrows, they stand out beautifully! Anne xx

  4. Such fabulous details and interest on your tags Nikki, the techniques, colour palette and your creative ideas have produced two beauties. xxx

  5. Oh wow Nikki, two fabulous tags! Fantastic techniques and great ideas on both of them and I just love the sentiments on each one!

  6. Gorgeous tags Nikki,lovely words too :)

    Great weekend
    Donna xx

  7. Nikki I love your work. These tags are just fabulous. Thank you for the great mini tutorial !!!!
    Thank you for sharing !!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  8. These two tags are amaaaaaaziiiiing! (yes, I was singing it... ) Love the texture and colour combo! Just brilliant!
    Have a great weekend, Nikki!
    Ingrid xx

  9. Nikki, the stained background is gorgeous! Love the neutral colors with the reds and blues. Wonderful time themed tags with great layers! Enjoy!

  10. Nikki, love your projects! I adore the backgrounds and the sentiment. Fantastic! Jean.x

  11. What wonderful texture and colors on both of these lovely tags Nikki!

  12. These are brilliant, Nikki - I love how they work as a pair, with the time motif travelling across, and I love the finish on those letters.
    Alison xx

  13. Fabulous tags, love the colours and the Time details.

  14. Nice tags Nikki... I love the background work... or play and the bright color on the WORDS... nice contrast...
    Love, Light and Peace... Bonnie

  15. Cool tags, so very Tim, I love them!

  16. Wow! such amazing backgrounds, so many layers of texture, patterns and subtle colours
    Contrasting beautifully with the word colours

    Brilliant photo montage too!

    Jools x

  17. wow Very well done. and such detail. I congradulate you on your beauty of your work

  18. Brilliant tags Nikki, love the way the arrows take your eyes around the wording, a great use of the stains. Mo x

  19. May I just say..... LOVE these!?!??! Off to pin!

  20. these are wonderful, love the colours and a fabulous pair of tags x

  21. Beautiful tags, Nikki! Thank you for visiting my blog. I am Basingstoke,

    Lucy x

  22. Stunning tags Nikki,love them

  23. Nikki...your art is amazing! I am so happy that you are a member of the Vintage Journey team because your art really brings alot to their creative table. :) Thank you so much for the very kind comment you left on my blog. That means alot to me. These tags using Distress Stains are awesome! You have such wonderful technique and your creative eye is very keen. I always enjoy seeing and being inspired by your work. <3 Candy

  24. Hello Nikki,
    Both Tags are delightful, you seem so organised for an artist; usually people of such talent work in a mess; you appear to be the contradiction to the belief. Thwe work here is amazing.

  25. Love your tags a Nicking, the colors are wonderful and the background full of texture and interest. Love them! Karen.x

  26. I'm missing words, it's a fabulous set of tags, both are great. Love the idea of a matching couple.

  27. WOW, this is just amazing! So many details and I love them all :)

  28. Wow from me too an amazing set of tags with wonderful texture Nikki and thanks for sharing the process

  29. Wonderful tags, love the background embossing and all your details!


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