Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Stamp and Distress Stain Tutorial

Hi all,

Here's my first tutorial for Scrap Everything. I was actually inspired by Katherine's tutorial on Scrap Everthing's blog where she discusses using Ranger Distress Stain to stain wooden Off The Page projects. I'd like to take this one step further and show you how to decorate and enhance wooden and chipboard pieces using stamps, ink and Distress Stain.

Take any wooden or chipboard item. I'm using a chipboard frame here.

Using a strong coloured ink, stamp any image you like randomly over the item. I find black StazOn ink gives a good, clear image but most inks will be fine.

Make sure the ink is dry then apply a light coat of Ranger Distress Stain. For best effect, make sure there is a strong contrast between the stamping ink colour and the Distress Stain colour.

It depends on what you're creating, but I often then like to apply a good coat of Glossy Accents to finish it off. Leave this to dry for at least a couple of hours and preferably overnight. And there you have it - your own unique embellishment!

Here's a variation on the same theme:

I've taken a wooden Kaisercraft balloon here. I was looking at my stamps and realised one of the Kaisercraft stamps had a circle pattern on it about the same size as my balloon. I inked up the stamp and just stamped the circle part of the image onto my balloon.

I then applied Distress Stain to the balloon part of the piece. I then took a second Distress Stain and applied that to the basket. I didn't want a glossy finish to this piece so I left it at that.

How good does that look? This took me a total of about one minute to create!

And you can even take this a step further by embossing your stamped pattern if you prefer.

Next time you want to use wooden or chipboard embellishments, have a think about how you could apply this method to them. It's such a fast and effective way to transform them to suit your page perfectly.



  1. It looks very cool Heather! I don't use my stamps nearly enough.

  2. Wonderful idea.. thanks for sharing!!

  3. Love this Heather, on my list to try, clever thing you!

  4. What a clever idea Heaher! Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. This is fabulous! Thankyou so much for sharing. I have quite a few chipboard pieces but never usually use them...think I shall now!

  6. Wow Heather this is awesome! I'm off to try it out right now!!!!! I LOVE your work so much!