Sunday, March 10, 2013

Painted Easter

We're kicking off a week of Easter cards at Card A Day Blog and I've been playing with paint!

I admit, I love all things Tim, but with the wedding fast approaching, I'm really trying to rein in my craft spend.  So, while I keep seeing these wonderful blogland posts on the new Distress Paints, I just can't bring myself to purchase them when I have a whole rack of acrylic paints languishing in the studio!  And though I'm sure DPs are magical, I thought I'd see what I could do with those abandoned ordinary, non-Tim paints...

The Details:
  • That's right, I'm starting with the details before even showing you the end result...I'm building drama!  LOL!  Plus, I actually remembered to get the camera out while in the process of creating, not just at the end.
  • I've seen a lot of stamping and background work with DPs, so I decided that was a perfect way to start my paint experimentation.  I made my card base from spring moss stock, then added some "swoops" of yellow ochre using a make-up sponge (I love using make-up sponges for paint because they do a great job and are cheap enough that I just toss 'em when I'm done). 
  • Next layer was a postcard background stamped in buttermilk.  I also lightly swiped the edges and corners with buttermilk.
  • Paint gives the image such dimension and texture...I love it!
  • Final paint layer was some rouge fly-speckling using a toothbrush.  The more water you add to your paint, the larger the speckles will be.  Always test on a scrap before flicking onto your project.

  • Something I haven't seen DPs used for (yet) is coloring ribbon.  I didn't have the right shade of ribbon to match my card, so I decided to dye my own using yellow ochre acrylic paint and water.  It turned out lovely!    At first, it's really matte and heavy looking with the paint pigment.
  • But then, when you squeeze it in a paper towel, the distressed look comes through and you get highs and lows of color.  It has a softer, more chalk-pastel finish than when using ink pigment.  Perfect for spring...reminds me of the finish on an eggshell.
  • I had this perfect Easter image from K&Co. with a not-so Easter-y sentiment.  "You're invited"?  Seems like an odd choice on their part, but I can fix it!
  • I punched a photo label from cream cardstock and stamped "Easter" in Crushed Olive DI.  After tattering the edges with a Tim Holtz paper distresser, I used the same make-up sponge to add color to the edges.  It's subtle because I didn't re-apply any paint to the sponge, I just used what was already on it.  I then mounted the finished label over the unwanted sentiment using foam tape for dimension.

Okay, I think I've taunted you enough!  Here's the finished card.  I used just a touch of patterned paper behind the bunny and flowers image.  I'm really pleased with the background and am sure I'll continue my paint experiments.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Spring Moss’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Naturals Ivory’
Patterned Paper:  Authentique ‘Blissful’ 6x6
Stamps: SU! ‘All Year Cheer’; Unity Ippity ‘Thoughts from the Past’
Inks: Acrylic paint Americana ‘Yellow Ochre’, ‘Buttermilk’, Delta Ceramcoat ‘Rouge’; Distress Ink ‘Crushed Olive’
Embellishments: K&Co diecut ‘SW Spring Blossom Seed’; Hug Snug seam binding ‘Ivory’
Tools:  Scallop edge scissors; Stamp-a-ma-jig; EK Success punch ‘Photo Labels’; 3M foam tape; mister; heat tool; Tim Holtz paper distresser; make-up sponge; toothbrush


  1. Oh that is so beautiful!!! Love your background too......absolutely perfect!!!!

  2. Wow that is a stunning card, love the process unfolding too a great idea.

  3. Your card is great, thx for sharing your techniques, love the ribbon E

  4. Stunning card and technique.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge.


  5. Great technique and what a beautiful card for the end result! Thanks for joining our challenge at The Squirrel & The Fox :)

  6. This is lovely and thanks for joining us over at Allsorts this week
    x catherine

  7. Gorgeous! Thanks for the paint tips...I've got a "few" bottles of my own laying around!!

  8. Beautiful creation.
    Thank you for joining us at crafty ribbons
    Hugs Kelly.

  9. Gorgeous card and great Tutorial.! Thanks for linking up with Aud!

  10. Love your background, thanks for showing how you acheived it - great inspiration (I knew I kept my old toothbrush for something!!!). Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

  11. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talent with us in the Aud Sentiments "Easter/Spring" Challenge!
    Leslie, DT

  12. Oh my gosh, this is lovely! I want to try using paint myself now! Thank you for adding the steps of how you created it, I also love that you weren't thwarted by the sentiment and really made this just sing! BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for participating with us at Opus Gluei, I hope we get you to come back for our latest challenge!


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