Camp Scrap Day 3: do distress!

Day 3 of Camp Scrap and I’m back with a quick idea for gift tags. I am a HUGE fan of distress stains. I’m also so in love with the fact that they are now available in the fabulous seasonal colors! But time is really short right now. What’s a girl to do? Make some quick tags, of course!

1. coat with distress stain (or generous amount of distress inks)

2. spritz a few times with water

3. rub some metallic distress stain on the tag

4. spray again – generously – with water and crumple. Flatten back out, let it dry.

5. Stamp with a holiday image

If you use a heat tool this takes a total of 4 minutes.

Don’t have a heat tool or craft iron? Then just set aside, let dry while you run around doing all the other stuff on your to-do. The combo of stains and water on this tag – I just LOVE it. It’s become my “I want my hands inky like NOW but don’t have much time” go-to this week. Can’t get enough!

Want to take it a step further?

Add sentiment stickers + staples once dry. Then rub entire thing down with an embossing ink pad. I mean REALLY get that covered. Then, coat with clear embossing powder and heat set. This will give the whole thing a shiny glazed look that rocks! It was difficult to photograph the shine (without glare) – but trust me it is there and while that doubles the amount of time the tag takes, it’s a great look as well.

You can see this here with tinsel + doily, adorning a package ready to hit the USPS so it can go to its final destination. Before you ‘distress’ about quick ways to add hand crafted love to your packages this year – whip out some metallic + colored distress stains! Here are the supplies I used today:

Speaking of the holiday season – don’t forget my friends at Simon Says Stamp are sponsoring Camp Scrap: Holiday Edition and have a special discount code to share! Simon Says Stamp is offering 10% off your entire purchase. Use code CSCRAP2 when you check out. Please note that the code is case sensitive and it will expire at 11:59 PM on 12/11/12 eastern standard time.

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14 thoughts on “Camp Scrap Day 3: do distress!”

  1. Distress Stains are one of my go-to-friends on the craft table. Great, easy and gorgeous gift tag. Really like that Santa stamp too.

  2. What a cute tag! I LOVE the way that you made your background. I’m waiting on my metallic distress stains to arrive and will definitely be trying out this technique when they get here. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Quick question May – what size tags do you normally use? I want to cut some with my Cricut, but I feel like I make them too small.

  4. New to your blog but love what I see. Found you courtesy of Big Picture Classes and hope to be part of your field guide class.

  5. Done watching football. Now I shall finish my bows for the outside wreaths and then I shall still have time to get inky. What I love about this post is the reminder of what can be done in a short time.

  6. Distress stains are so easy to use…I don’t have many colors, but I love the ones I do have!

  7. Lovin those Distress Stains! I’ve been using them so much I had ink all over my fingers that wouldn’t wash out in time to hold those parent-teacher conferences this year…wonder what the parents thought? LOL!

  8. I really love the look of the metallic stains. They give such a smooth look versus paint or mist. Definitely have these on the post-holiday-shop-for-myself wishlist. 🙂

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