Tuesday, January 23, 2024

With all My Heart

Hello friends,

Happy to be here today with another project featuring Scorched Timber. This is a very easy project using an Etcetera Panel as the substrate. I love how Scorched Timber mixes with bright Distress Colors to make such a great background.
Lets start by gathering some supplies... you'll need Distress Watercolor Paper cut to the size of the substrate you are using. As I said above, I'm using a rectangle Etcetera Panel (6 x 8.5") . The pack comes with 4 panels: two 5.25 x 7.25" and two 6 x 8.5" so its a very good value!
I'm also using the Stamper Anonymous Sketchy Leaves Stamp set (CMS467) and a Grid Block for stamping.
NOTE: before stamping the leaves, I sprayed the Watercolor paper with Antique Linen Distress Stain and wiped it away.  I just wanted to take the edge off the white Watercolor paper before stamping the leaves.

I pressed the three ink pads (Scorched Timber, Worn Lipstick, and Fossilized Amber) onto a craft sheet (very near each other), then sprayed the ink with water. I pressed the stamp into the ink once or twice, then stamped the paper. 

While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled Embossing Glaze into the ink puddles in the leaf, then dried the ink with a heat tool, thereby melting the tiny crystals of the Embossing Glaze. I repeated the process till the paper was covered in leaves. I love how each of the leaves turns out different. Some with more Scorched Timber, some with Worn Lipstick.
You can better see the Embossing Glaze crystals in this photo.
I needed a centerpiece for the collage so I cut a piece of paper from the Backdrops 4 pack.
I used the stencil "Stitches" and Texture Paste Opaque to create the pattern over the paper. Once that was dry, I painted Collage Medium over the entire piece, then sprayed it with Iced Spruce and Scorched Timber Distress Spray Stain and a bit of water to make the ink move around.  Using a heat tool, I dried the paper, thereby embedding the Distress Ink into the Collage Medium as it dried. It was only after I finished all of that, that I went to the sewing macing to stitch around the edge.
Next step was to add a piece of Chipboard to the back, so the paper becomes sturdy foundation piece to build on.

Collage- Here is the stack - from the bottom up
vintage crocheted lace
Photo Frame splattered with black paint
Library card (Layers Organic)
pink rose (Layers Organic)
Clipping sticker

Simple, simple, simple. But the result is beautiful. I just love the pink and the brown together! Scorched Timber for the win!

One more Scorched Timber project to go. Hoping to have that up on the blog by Friday!
Carry on now, 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Kind Words Vignette Tray

Hello Friends,

Gosh, my week has gotten away from me. I had to have one of my wisdom teeth extracted (yes, I still had them all until Monday!) so Monday and Tuesday were all about taking it easy. I read a book I got for Christmas, organized a few drawers in my craft room and watched some episodes of Top Chef (like in the daytime!). For me, that's taking it slow and easy. But now I'm good and back to business (although still eating soft foods).

Another project today featuring the new Distress Color, Scorched Timber. I did not take photos of how I made this project so what are seeing today is me recreating the inked background I made for the project. I've also added some other information and a variation, just because wanted to try it. So lets get started!
I am using the small Vignette Tray which is about 9" tall and 4 1/2" wide.  I use Scorched Timber Distress paint to paint the entire Tray, except for the center of the tray that will be covered with paper. Once the paint was completely dry, I lightly sanded the edges, then added a coat of Collage Medium to give the wood a more finished look.
While the paint was drying, I cut a piece of Distress Watercolor cardstock just bigger than the opening of the tray (9 x 4 1/2") - I will trim to fit before adding to the tray.
I am using the Tim Holtz Crest Stencil and Distress Grit Paste Opaque for this project. I spread the paste over the crest image from the bottom to the top, because this stencil has tiny parts in the leaves that will bend the wrong direction if you pull the paste down. So just spread the paste upwards!
Wash the stencil and palette knife immediately or place in a water bath.  You will need let the Grit Paste dry (at least 20-30 minutes) then repeat the stencil on the right side.
Since I needed to wait for the paste to dry, I cut another piece of Watercolor cardstock and repeated the stenciling, but this time I used Texture Paste Opaque.
You really can see the difference in the two pastes in this close up. 
I wanted to try this comparison so I could see how the two pastes react to the ink that will be added once the paste is completely dry.
Gather the supplies you will need:
Distress Spray Stain: Antique Linen and Scorched Timber
Distress Sprayer full of water
Multiple Paper Towels
Heat Tool
*I will add my Media Surface Mat over my Glass Media Mat before I start.
I wanted to show you this image (It won't effect what I do when I start with the sprays). I just wanted you to see why sprays are important. If you use an ink pad, it's very difficult to get the ink around the paste Especially in this case, where there is a lot of tiny spaces to fill.  Just something to remember when using paste. Now on to the real deal...
This is really about layers so when you spray in the ink, don;t cover the entire surface of the Watercolor cardstock.  Much better to spray in layers!
  1. Spray ink (I like to spray the ink, then spray with water to move the ink)
  2. Dry with heat tool (don't cook the paper, just dry for 30 seconds or so between layers)
  3. Blot of excess ink 
  4. Repeat steps (probably 3 times)
Round One
Round One when dried and blotted.
*only Scorched Timber
Round Two
More of a splatter, rather than a spray (done by pushing down slowly)
Also spraying Antique Linen over any white areas.
Round Two when dried and blotted.

Round Three
Another splatter of Scorched Timber
Round Three when dried and blotted.
And just because they were there... I pressed the paper into some of those small ink droplets on the right. Then dried the paper again.
So here is the final layered paper.
I repeated the steps with the second Texture Paste card.  Scroll down to see the difference in the two pastes. Absolutely fascinating...
The Grit Paste works as a resist to the Distress Ink and the Texture Paste soaks it in.  Same exact steps leading up to this result. Both are great and either would work for the next step with the Foundry Wax.  I think you could use less Foundry Wax with the Texture Paste or at least more random. 
I'm going to continue this project with the Grit Paste background. 
*I will save the Texture Paste background for another project, since its way too grungy good to pass up. 

For the next step, you will need a thin brush, Foundry Wax (I'm using Statue, but Gilded will work too), a wet wipe and a bit of Isopropyl Alcohol to clean your brush.
Shake the Foundry Wax until you hear the mixing ball. Squeeze a small amount on the Media Mat (it will not damage your mat).  Foundry Wax dries quickly so it's important to work with a small amount at a time. Use the small brush to add the Foundry Wax over one area. As you are painting the paste, you will notice a build up of Wax on the brush. Just wipe it off the brush using a wet wipe, then continue painting.
Melt the Foundry Wax with an Embossing Tool. It melts very quickly so keep your eye on it. I like to tilt the paper to the light so I can see when it turns from dull to shiny. 
Repeat the steps to paint the entire image:
  1. Shake (always with the cap on)
  2. Pour out a small amount
  3. Paint quickly
  4. Wipe off brush when there is build up
  5. Use Embossing Gun to melt
Squeeze out another puddle of Foundry Wax. You will also need your Splatter Brush.
Use the Splatter Brush to add splatter over all dark areas of Scorched Timber. It's hard to see here since it has not been embossed yet.
But once it has, it's like magic. Dull to glowing gold!
Use Isopropyl to clean the brush. So EASY!!
*You can see under the yellow cap that my Media Mat has soaked up the isopropyl.  Don't worry, as soon as the area dries, it will be gone.
Next, I used Scorched Earth Distress Crayon to scribble over the image. 
I have just scribbled over the leaves on the right.
On the left, I have scribbled and rubbed it into the image. If you get to much, just pounce with a wet wipe. 
Just as a comparison, you can see the image on the left is done and the image on the right has no crayon added (yet). Both work, it just depends on what kind of depth you want.
At this point, the paper was trimmed to size and added to the center of the Vignette Tray with Collage Medium.
Next step, the collage.
These are some of the pieces that are found in the collage I created.  You will be able to spot them when looking at the final photos.

  • I cut the clouds out and placed behind the Quote Chip Label. You could use as is but since I was highlighting the background, it made since to fussy cut the clouds.
  • In the final piece, the Quote Chip is underneath the transparency.
  • I also fussy cut the bird to get rid of the white edge.
  • The Etcetera Trim was painted with Scorched Timber before being added to the bottom of the Window Frame with Scor-tape.
  • To color the Mummy Cloth, I made a Scorched Timber ink puddle. I shredded the Mummy Cloth and lightly set it in the ink for a second or two before drying. My goal was to only get the ink in random places.

I added the transparency to the frame.  Then added the Etcetera Trim piece at the bottom of the frame (you can see this in later photos).
The fussy-cut clouds have two thin foam squares to raise it just a bit from the background. I also peeled off a bit of the chipboard backing of the Quote Chip, so it would fit between the Transparency and the clouds.
The frame was raised from the back with multiple sets of double stacked standard 3D foam squares.
The cluster with the bird is very loose, meaning anything goes. I wrapped the vintage lace around the stick, then added the stick to the frame with Collage Medium. Once secure, I added the Mummy Cloth, then the dyed flowers, more lace bits and the pearls. The bird and another Curator label were added next.
The vintage button was added with hot glue.
I stitched the tiny Curator labels, leaving the strings long. I used Collage Medium to add them to the background, then hammered a nail right into the wood tray.
This is a special piece. I love the depth that Scorched Timber gave to the overall feel! It will be fun to think about what I want to do with the Texture Paste sample I have leftover from the experiment. Time will tell!
Now carry on,

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Scorched Timber Panel

Hello Friends,

Nice to see you today!
We are celebrating the release of the new Distress color, Scorched Timber!

My first project is a grungy 9 x 9" Vignette Panel. The Scorched Timber Embossing Glaze is the star of show here! Let me tell you how I created this fun piece!

First, I gathered a few supplies: the Vignette Display Panel and TWO PACKAGES of Etcetera Large Tiles. Each package of Large Tiles comes with 9 squares, but I used 12 squares for this project.

Here was my set up. I added an extra tile to 3 squares to give depth to the over all piece. The doubled tiles are specifically placed so they raise the center collage. from the panel.

Once I had my plan, I separated the tiles from the panel so I could painted the edges of the Panel with Scorched Timber Distress Paint. 
Once the paint was dry, on the Display Panel edges, I used Collage medium to add Backdrops from the neutral pack to the front of the panel.
I also wanted to add Scorched Timber splatters over the paper. I could have gone the easy route and used Distress paint, that would easily dry over the Collage Medium. But I decided to see if I could use my technique of quickly painting the surface with Collage Medium, then splattering Distress Spray Stain into the wet medium.  The Collage Medium has to be wet for the ink to embed into the glue as it dries. Lucky for me it dried (remember most of the paper will be covered with tiles in the end).
I also used Scorched Timber Distress Crayon on the edges of the panel!
For the Tiles, I gathered:
  • One piece of Distress Watercolor cardstock (cut in half to create two 8.5 x 5. 5" pieces)
  • Stamps from Stampers Anonymous: Lumberjack (woodgrain) and The Inspector (alphabet)
  • Scorched Timber Embossing Glaze 
  • Distress Embossing Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Anti-static Powder Tool - I love this little tool! So much better than the old bag of powder that gets everywhere!
I used the Anti-static Powder Tool to brush across the smooth side of the Watercolor paper. Then used Embossing Ink to stamp each image (alpha + woodgrain). You will need to stamp each image twice per sheet before melting with an embossing gun.  
I did not take a photo of inking the paper, but all I did was pounce large size pads of Distress ink (scorched timer, antique linen and crackling campfire) over the surface mat. I sprayed it with water and pressed each piece of embossed paper into the ink. Dry with a heat tool between layers of ink.

You will have enough paper to choose how many pieces you want of each pattern.  In the end, I had 3 woodgrain and 6 alphabet. The center Tile gets covered so that one doesn't really matter, either pattern will work.

Once the Tiles are covered with the embossed cardstock (Collage Medium),  use a craft knife to cut around the edge, removing the excess. The next step is to adhere the tiles directly to the panel with Collage Medium. Let dry before adding the collage.

You can easily see the double stacks in this photo

For the center collage, 
  1. Cut the Window Frame in half with a craft knife.
  2. Wipe white paint on metal leaf. Wipe watered-down Scorched Timer paint over parts of the leaf.  Wipe away any excess.  Splatter with white paint, let dry completely.
  3. Add Gathered Twigs Ink to mat, add water to make a puddle.  Press Quote Chip Label into ink and dry immediately.  Repeat.
  4. All ephemera is from the Memoir Ephemera Pack. Add ruler image to chipboard and cut out.
  5. Add all pieces to the panel, including a piece of string (also dyed with Scorched Timber ink).
  6. Cover the face of the man, then splatter with white paint using the Splatter Tool.
* I created/assembled all the pieces for the collage (took a photo for reference), then glued them to the panel as quickly as possible, so I could easily manipulate before the glued started to dry.

I sure hope you like this project as much as I do.  Scorched Timber is just perfect with the other colors. So rich and wonderful!  Keep watching for more projects next week!
Now carry on,