Thursday, April 07, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Becca Distress Paints the Town

Sometimes in life you need to let the colors fly. I was looking around my (mess of a) craft room the other day and spotted my much neglected Distress Paints and decided that I was going to play. I'll take you through the steps of this very messy but very fun card!

Step One: Give it a Spray
The background is a full on explosion of vibrant color and it started with a lil' ol' spritz of water. 

Step Two: Give it a Spray & a Dab
I used Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain and Mustard Seed Distress Paint on the wet paper and twisted it all around to let the colors seep together. 

Step Three: Stencil with Some Citron
Twisted Citron Distress Paint is a vibrant, lovely green and I dabbed it through the ARTplorations: Tribal Weave stencil


As you can see in the first picture, I'm working on two backgrounds simultaneously. Because I'm a user - not a waster - I popped the second background directly on top of the painted up side of the stencil before I washed it. This way I got the reverse print. 

Step Four: Texture is your Friend
I used a glossy black Dreamweaver embossing paste through the ARTPlorations: Dots all Over stencil

Step 5: Make some Foliage & Flowers
I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Paint on some watercolor paper then stamped over it with a scripty scrawly text from the Mixed Media Elements stamp set. 

Then, once it was all pretty-like I used some leafy die cuts to make some foliage.

Then I spritzed some white flowers with various colors of Distress Sprays. 

Step Six: Stamp & Glitter
I stamped the butterfly from Blossom Like a Butterfly set and colored it with my most vibrant Spectrum Noir marker before stamping and then glitzing it up with some Wink of Stella. 

I made a sentiment using the Sketchy Alphabet set and a word from the Bloom Sketches set.

And then I started gluing, gluing, gluing to put the whole neon rainbow together!

Love the way these turned out!

I'd love to see what you make with Distress Paint - or with bright neon colors! If you make something inspired by this design, don't forget to link it up to our Spotlight Project ShowcaseEach month or for every 25 entries in the linky, we'll randomly draw a winner who'll receive a $15 gift certificate to the shop.  Plus we'll also pick 3 players whose entries we think stood out and one of  them will win her choice of 5x7 stamp set and a Spotlight Project guest designer spot :o)

Happy Crafting!


  1. Becca, this is amazing!!! I'm certainly digging these bright happy colors and your great little bundle of goodness surrounding this tag. Perfect balance with the white tag! Love this!

  2. Becca, Becca, Becca, This is AMAZING!! Thanks for the tutorial, well done!

  3. So vibrant n full of life.. Loved them to the bits Becca !

  4. So vibrant n full of life.. Loved them to the bits Becca !

  5. WOW - these are fabulous - love the vibrant colours and the contrast of the black dots. So very 'Becca'.

  6. Just love the vibrant colours you've used. Fun projects with fabulous backgrounds. Thanks for the techniques, the tips and the inspiration x

  7. Becca, love the vibrant colors and the black in the background.
    all the elements you added make your card super!

  8. Magnificent NEON...reminds me of tie-dye. You're too young to remember that but I think I had a floppy blouse that was very like this card. Including the black dots. Anyway, I love what you've done here. The best part, you showed us how to replicate it.

  9. Very pretty and I just love the bright & bold colors you used. Awesome sauce!

  10. Love these pretty, bold colors and that gorgeous butterfly!

  11. Holy macerkle! Fantastic inking and stamping and stencils!

  12. Just had to pop over and see HOW you got inky. Awesome result and a fabulous tutorial. Thanks so much Becca. You are just amazing!

  13. wow !!! Das sieht ja mal wieder fantastisch aus !!!
    nur Neon ist ist nicht so meins...
    LG hellerlittle


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