Sunday, April 25, 2021

Dream Big Vignette Tray

hello friends,

What an exciting weekend it has been!  The new Distress color Salvaged Patina is spectacular!  Sorta green, sorta blue depending on what surface you lay it over...really, just a dreamy color to add to the Distress palette.  It has been such a wonderful color to work with because it pairs so well with MANY other colors. For the LIVE on Saturday, about 20 samples were made by 4 makers (including myself) which we will be posting over the next few weeks.   If you missed the Live on Saturday you can watch a replay by clicking on the link on Tim's blog HERE. In the LIVE, Tim shows how this new color fits into the current Distress palette, shares the 20+ samples, and then shows a few techniques using the new color.  Totally worth your time.

Lets talk about my first project, a small Vignette Tray turned upside-down, to use the back as the front.  One of my favorite ways to use a tray because it can go directly from my desk to the wall when i'm done!

Lets get started:
Tear Collage Paper and add it to the small Vignette Tray with Collage Medium.  Add layer of CM over the top to create an almost transparent look over the wood tray.
Once dry, sand away the excess paper.

Add a few paint drops of Salvaged Patina onto the surface of the tray.
Wipe across the surface with your finger (you could always use a brush if you don't like touching paint).
Dab with a wet wipe to reveal some of the pattern in the Collage paper.
Flick more Salvaged Patina paint over the surface with a Distress Splatter Brush.

I dried the paint and then added Kitsch Flamingo Oxide Spray (remember to shake it up before use and wipe the nozzle after).  When you slowly push on the sprayer, you get a dribble effect and that is exactly what I was going for.  If you are unsure how much pressure to use, test on a paper towel beforehand.
Just a few sprays over the surface.
Then a just a bit of water with the Distress sprayer.
I used my heat tool begin to dry the Oxide, turning the tray on its side to allow the paint to move.
This is what it looked like after drying and leaving it to sit for a while.
More layers:
This time I dribbled Salvaged Patina Oxide, Fossilized Amber, and Kitsch Flamingo.

Then I started to dry with a heat tool.
Because the surface of the tray was sealed with the Collage Medium (when we added the Collage Paper), the Oxide is harder to dry.  You can see where the hot pink might look dry, but it's not.  

I determined to leave the tray on my desk overnight (which I did). The next day when I came back to it, it appeared dry but if I touched the Oxide it left reside on my fingertips.   Only one thing is going to fit that...

The answer is to spray with a fixative.  I have talked about this product before and really everyone who works in art should own a can because it is a problem solver.  I have linked the Krylon version, but any spray fixative will work.  It can easily be found at any craft store in the art department.

This is what it looked liked once dried overnight and sprayed with the fixative.  What an easy fix!  Literally the time it took to walk to the garage, spray and walk back to the craft room = less than 5 minutes.

Back to the Splatter Brush...this time white paint splatter.  The white makes all the other colors pop!
Building the collage

Adhere the Curio Frame to the right of the tray.

Adhere some shredded cheesecloth and 3 double stacks of foam squares.
Tint the Paper Doll with Distress Crayons (this girl is from the new Solos pack). I used Fossilized Amber for her dress, scribbled directly onto the dress, then rubbed away with my finger till it was almost transparent.  A POSCA Pen with a bullet tip was used to add the white dots and stripes on her clothes.

I die cut the "Scribbly Butterfly" wings using Distress Watercolor paper (love the thickness), then used the Distress Embossing Dabber to coat the wings before adding the Salvaged Patina Glaze. Once melted with an embossing gun, the wings are ready for more color.

I added mica (you could use plastic) behind the butterfly wings, then scribbled Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber Distress Crayon over the mica.  I rubbed the crayon with my finger to make it more translucent so once she is in the collage, you will be able to see hints of pattern through the wings.

Adhere the paper doll to the Curio Frame using the foam square stacks you added perviously.
Choose a Quote Chip and cut to size. I purposely chose a short quote so it would not stick out too much. At this point, she looked perfectly fine and I almost ended this way.  But then decided to add something to add more black to the piece and make you focus on her in came the black and white ephemera from the Layers Urban pack. I love all the bullseye type pieces in that pack!

There is also some added vintage dictionary paper added to either side of the Curio Frame.   
A flower from the Worn Wallpaper Scraps was cut out for an embellishment. I clipped the petals and used the Sizzix Shaping kit to mould the flowers to appear more realistic.
Then to add "a cherry on top" sorta speak, I cut out a small chipboard crown to add to her head.  I covered the chipboard with metal foil tape then added some Alcohol Ink.
The crown was added over her head with a foam square.  Of course you could have stopped once she was on the collage but the added the extras made this really special.

This Paper Doll with the leaning stance is my favorite!  She is just so fun to work with.

I hope you enjoyed todays Salvaged Patina project.  I will be back with more projects this week, so stay tuned!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate all the support in following and reading my blog.
Now carry on,


  1. I had no idea how excited I’d become as the color was revealed. Amazing color and such fantastic samples. Wow!

  2. Dream big is so dreamy! I love how all of the colors work together. Beautiful project, Paula!

  3. I'm looking forward to getting my order of this new Distress color. Often times I try to mimic a patina look (that I love) and have a difficult time. This new color has the potential to make my life easier in this regard!! Thank you for the projects you did for the live. I so enjoy seeing the makes. My favorite part of this project is the crown on the girl's head!! Thanks, Paula, for sharing how you did this.

    1. thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your comment!

  4. Another great tutorial - I like the bunch of bold color! Thank you, as always.

  5. Paula, the background alone looks fabulous (I would never have wanted to cover it up!) and you have decorated it beautifully. I think Salvaged Patina and Kitsch Flamingo will be my new favourite combo... x