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Sept tag swap-pumpkins & distress products-sent to LeighAnn

I designed this layered tag to show some of the qualities of distress paint, stains, and inks. Understanding the different properties of each medium helps make layering fun.

Distress Paints are an ink-acrylic hybrid and act as a resist like other acrylic paints. Tapping the paint through a stencil tap through a stencil with a sponge is the best method to prevent oozing under the stencil. Once dry the distress paint is very smooth.

On the tag I used the distress paint for the background dots (salty ocean), leaf vine under the pumpkin and the green on the bottom leaf (mowed lawn) and copper on the veins in the larger leaf. You can see the paint pops through when stains and inks are added on top. The paint will retain more of its original color when cleaned with a damp rag.

Bright multi-colored backgrounds may look messy but adding a dark edge helps unify the look. Like many handmade backgrounds the look is far more pleasing once black images are stamped.


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CarefreeSadie   [Sep 30, 2014 at 01:47 PM]
I really like the leaves, the ones on the bottom and the one on the top. The pumpkin is wonderful with the stencil like swirl on it. Thank you for sharing.
Looser   [Oct 01, 2014 at 08:33 AM]
What a beautiful tag, Jan! TFS!
lovepug2   [Oct 01, 2014 at 11:15 AM]
This tag is even more beautiful in real life! I love all of the fall colors and fall themed images on the tag. So much detail and I learned a lot about distress paints from this pretty creation. I've got it displayed with my pumpkins. THank you Jan Smile
lovepug2   [Oct 01, 2014 at 11:15 AM]
This tag is even more beautiful in real life! I love all of the fall colors and fall themed images on the tag. So much detail and I learned a lot about distress paints from this pretty creation. I've got it displayed with my pumpkins. THank you Jan Smile
howdyheidi   [Oct 01, 2014 at 07:53 PM]
This is a great tag! Thanks so much for the tip about adding the black stamping. I really like the black flourish that grounds the pumpkin!
yellowcherrios   [Oct 13, 2014 at 02:11 PM]
Pretty tag Jan! I TY for the info on distress inks. I did not know they act like a resist. I am going to experiment thanks to your instructions. I love the colors in this tag and that jute thread is great accent! TFS!

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