Friday, 25 July 2014

A Vintage Journey Challenge- Just Stain It

A Vintage Journey have a new challenge 'Just Stain It'
use Tim Holtz Distress Stains any way! on any project!!

Here's what I did with them

I love distress stains such an instant easy application and to so many surfaces creating multiple effects
I decided to decorate a Tim Holtz Configurations Book

I made the paper covers by applying the ink to water colour paper, I wanted a vintage damask effect so started by layering lots of different stencils and colours
Bundled Sage, Stormy Sky, Honey Gold, Peacock Feathers,Rusty Hinge, Pumice stone my favourite as It casts a warm grey edge to other colours

I used Tim Holtz honeycomb, Prima damask and Heidi Swapp trellis along with stencil made from Tim Holtz framework trellis die
Rubbing the inks through really quickly and at times lightly to get more texture and spritzing with water and dabbing colours back with a baby wipe and Kitchen paper

Once dry I took a large damask stencil CWS Brocade and coloured through with Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Chipped Sapphire

Then applied the same stencil but sifted slightly and applied metallics distress stain Burnished Brass to create an overlay with a shadow

Then splattered walnut stain spritzed with water and the stood up to let the drips flow
This created a really soft watery distress look, all the effects are much softer on drying
I used the Birds & Baubles Wallpaper & Wood Weathered textiles Tim Holtz stamps on the covers
 Same technique used on the back cover
I painted the areas of the box that would be exposed and then applied the papers with glue and distressed around the edges with Pumice stone and Walnut Stain Distress Stains and blended with a wet wipe
A piece of braid to hide the join on the spine and coloured this with Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain and Burnished Brass distress stains

The front cover was decorated with a frame and flourishes covered with metallic embossing powder

The interior of the box was sealed with washi tape, covered with DecoArt Media Matte Medium and painted with Quinacridone gold, Burnt Umber and Carbon Black, the base of the compartments were lined with papers using Tim’s Faux suede technique using the same colours as above but with more green tones

A variety of embellishments were covered with DecoArt Carbon Black, then highlighted with Burnished Brass distress stain

The Background of the Heart was created using the Guilded Kraft Glassine technique using Distress Stains 

The Oval and Heart embellishment crackle effect produced using the DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze and then a coat of Media Ultra-Matt Varnish which removes the shiny gloss effect

I hope you have enjoyed my project, any questions please ask
Please pop back to A Vintage Journey and check out the other Design Team Projects and we look forward to seeing your Challenge Projects

Jools x


  1. This is elegantly created... love it all Jools... really magnificently done... love the colors, design and the themes... the metal works are lovely too... the whole project is WONDERFUL... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  2. Such a fabulous project Jools, incorporating so many techniques using the DS. The exterior of the CB looks great but the interior is beautiful. TFS and hugs Annie x

  3. You are truly inspiration to me Jools. You keep pushing your limits...

  4. Beautiful! Another stunning make Jools!
    Amanda x

  5. This looks so incredibly aged! Love that mix of stencilling and the way the Walnut Stain drips soften the whole look. Fabulous Jools. Jenny x

  6. Stunning effects Jools, the blending of patterns and colours along with the watery stains has created the most wonderful background and the inside looks fantastic too. Love it xxx

  7. Beautiful work Jools! I love how you took us through the stages, showing us how you created the wonderful cover and the inside is equally beautiful. Anne x

  8. Another total WOW project Jools!!! Love the effect of the stains through the stencils, love the dreamy softness. Te inside of the book looks totally stunning too, love the effect of the metallic stain on the black Decoart paint! A totally stunning project from beginning to end!!

  9. What an absolute treasure, Jools! The "wow" factor in this project is well over the top! Love those vintage elements both inside and outside of the box. You have definitely "Stain Master" status!

  10. Over here drooling, Jools! Love the richness of the colors and stains. The shadow effect you created with the stencil and stain is amazing! Love this altered book!

  11. Wow Jools, this is gorgeous. Love the colours and the depth you've achieve using the stains. Fantastic! Jean.x

  12. What a beautiful box Jools! love all the texture and color AND drippiness of this wonderful creation!

  13. Jaw-dropping yet again, Jools - an absolute masterpiece of colour, layering, texture and technique... and it's a work of art into the bargain. I'm in awe.
    Alison xx

  14. Another amazing piece, like no other! All that time, those techniques, add up to a fantastc finished piece of pure beaugty

  15. What an incredible transformation! You did an amazing job with the stains and I love your concept of where to take this piece of art. Really incredible and a feast for the eyes! Thanks for sharing your skills so the rest of us can feel so inspired!

  16. Wow! I thought the stains would be too runny to use with stencils and would seep underneath. I love the look you created and have got to go and play x

  17. What a amazing project Jools! Fabulous effects of the background and lovely embellishments.
    I have to mark this post, thank you for share of us xx

  18. this is gorgeous , love how you have used such range of colours to create a gorgeous effect x

  19. Stunning use of stains and colour Jools. You have such a knack of creating light and dark in your work which really draws me in. Nikki xx

  20. Jools this is Such a stunning piece. Love e tones and flourish. Beautifully done. Karen.x

  21. I am in awe! I am so in love with the background of this, Gorgeous! The metal embellies are such a perfect touch! :)

  22. Absolutely stunning - love everything about it - you are so talented - thank you so much for sharing

  23. Beautiful! Love the watercolour effect of the distress stains through the stencils.