Thursday 17 November 2016

Throwback Thursday!

It's Thursday... time for a little Throwback! Every Thursday we will be sharing a wonderful project from a past issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.... a full step by step tutorial for you to feast your eyes upon! As a new project for our newer readers, or a reminder for those who have been with us a while... it's sure to inspire!

Our fabulous project today was created by Jenny Marples, and was first published in December 2014! Distress paints are still just as popular, so why not have a go at creating this simply goegeous card?

Jenny Says:

“When I first used this technique I was reminded of the faded glamour of old Victorian parlours, but they tended to use darker, richer colours. By opting for softer, paler shades I was able to achieve a look more suitable for the modern era.”

Distress Paints are fluid water-based acrylic paints which can be used on multiple surfaces. These special paints have been designed specifically to be reactive with water (just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains) so they are perfect for accomplishing a wide variety of artistic techniques.

This technique, used previously by Tim Holtz, is the perfect way to give your projects a vintage style, reminiscent of aged fabrics and wallpapers. Originally demonstrated using black card, here I’ve shown a way of using coordinated Distress Paints to produce subtle, chalky coloured versions.


Stamps Jenny used...
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection: Distress Damask; Simple Sayings

Other materials…
Square white card blank
Thick card
Distress Paints: Wild Honey; Antique Linen; Peeled Paint; Bundled Sage; Aged Mahogany; Victorian Velvet
Distress Inks: Seedless Preserves; Shabby Shutters; Frayed Burlap
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Fern Green
Distress Embossing Ink
Ranger Embossing Powder: Clear
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology: Linen Ribbon; Long Fasteners; Heart Charms; Mini Fasteners
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz XL Die: Jumbo Tattered Florals
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Strip Die: Tattered Floral Garland
Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits Die: Tag Collection
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Dies: Mini Branch & Leaf
Nylon net fabric
Cotton thread
Heat gun
Sewing machine

Step-by-step… Shabby Chic Paint Technique

1 Begin by covering several squares of thick card with a coat of dark coloured Distress Paint, and allow to dry completely.

2 Using one of the Distress Damask stamps, embossing ink and clear embossing powder, stamp and heat-emboss the painted squares as shown.

3 Dab on some of the lighter coloured Distress Paint and sponge an even layer over the whole card.

4 When touch-dry, wipe over the embossed areas with a slightly damp cloth to remove some of the paint.

To Finish The Project:

Repeat the technique using three colour combinations on nine 4.5cm square pieces of thick card. Mat and layer the squares onto white card blended at the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Sew zigzag stitches between some of the squares with coordinating cotton thread. Glue two pieces of Linen Ribbon across the card. Stamp the Simple Sentiment using the Archival Inks and cut using the coordinating die from the Framelits set. Die-cut some flowers and leaves, colour with Distress Inks and shape them. Having cut smaller flowers from nylon net fabric, layer and attach to the card using Long Fasteners. Finally attach the Heart Charm using a Mini Fastener.

We love the shabby chic look...

Thank you so much Jenny, wonderful inspiration!
Check back next Thursday for another blast from the past project! 


  1. Gorgeous creation and accidentally I published a card today from the same magazine. I lifted the card from Georgina Ford with the free stamps (page 34) hihi. This card was next on my list...
    Greetings Miranda