Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Few Steps Further...

So many people have liked the distress stain technique from last week, thanks for all comments everyone!  Today I wanted to share what one of our readers, Anne Voss sent me.  Lets just say, Anne took it a few steps further than I did!  Love it.
She followed the same basic technique (white paint then distress stain) on the wood disk but changed it up using a Distress Crackle -Rock Candy instead of Glossy Accents.   I am trying this once I get more wood disks.  The local Michaels store has now shifted everything and the darn disk packages are gone (you and I both know they had been there for 30 years).  So today might just warrant a trip to JoAnne's to see if they have them. 
I asked Ann if she would give us a detailed description of how she did this (which you will find below) and she was happy to share.  Man, I saw the ornament hangers on the after Christmas sale...why didn't I think of this?
After the Distress Stain was dry, I cut the picture from an old advertising sticker (maybe Easter Seals?) using my die cut machine and a scalloped oval die from Spellbinders.  I glued the picture on with Glossy Accents.  Once dry, painted the disk with Distress Crackle - Rock Candy.  After that dried, I used Distress Ink in Vintage Photo over the top and edges, but wiped it off the surface so it was just in the cracks.  I also left it where a few of the pieces of crackle paint popped off (which I "encouraged" a little by using a die pick to loosen them).  I added a little more ink around the edges to make them a little darker, trying to not get too much over the actual picture.

I drilled holes in the wood using my Dremel, and then cut ivory color ribbon into a thin strip.  I also colored the ribbon with Distress Inks by pulling it over the pad a few times and squishing it and misting a little with water to get the right color.

Using one of Tim's Charm Clips in one of the drilled holes, I threaded the ribbon through and then attached it to the rusty heart (from my stash) by tying a bow on the back.  The butterfly, again from my stash, is attached with a metal brad through a hole in the body and the wood.  The copper-ish
wire and clip are from some old electronics, stripped off the rubber.  I used Alcohol Inks - Slate and Sandal and Metallic Mixative to color the clip and wire.  After drying, I wound the wire around a Q-tip then used black and grey Copic Markers to color here and there over the wire and clip to dull the color just a little.

The Bunny is die cut (QuikKutz) out of cardstock.  I painted it with a crackle medium and let it dry completely.   Antique gold/brass embossing powder was applied after covering the bunny with Perfect Medium.  I did not fully melt the embossing powder, since I wanted it textured.  I went over that with the Black Soot Distress Ink, again wiping off the surface, leaving the black in the "pits".   The hanger on the top is from Target (after Christmas sale), it is an ornament hook.

So many good techniques in Anne's description.  Love the bunny...and who would have ever thought to add stripped wire to a piece?  not me.
Thanks go to Anne for sharing her talent today at One Lucky Day.



  1. Love the bunny too, how nice you inspired others with your work!...TFS! Niceblog~ Happy March :)
    (p.s.can you turn off the word verification? it makes it difficult to comment)

  2. Love it! I can imagine doing them with a vintage holiday theme and decorating an entire tree at
    Christmastime with the!! I hope some place here has the wooden disks....and a LOT of them! I know what I will be doing this summer!!

  3. Beautiful. I think I'll try some Easter decorations with this technique.

  4. Love the little bunny! Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  5. This is great! I love this technique.

  6. Need to add trying the Rock Candy distress to my list of things to try!

    Agree with turning off the word verification! Please!! Sometimes having to try multiple times to "get it right."

  7. I figured out how to turn off the word verification.
    paula :)

  8. OMGosh, that's a cool piece! Thanks so much for including it and the instructions (thanks ANN) in your blog, Paula. I'm lovin it and it gave me awesome ideas. :)

  9. Paula, I love what youv'e done. Fabulous and its so effective. Hugs Rita xxx