Vintage Varnish

Monday, May 7, 2018

Vintage Varnish

Wet Ingredients:
  • Ink – Alcohol Sandal, Teakwood; Archival Ground Espresso; Distress Embossing
  • Other – Distress Collage Medium Matte
  • Paint – Black & White
Dry Ingredients:
  • 4 - #8 Heavy Stock Tags
  • Cardstock – Dapper, Memoranda
  • Other – Ephemera (expedition), Found Relatives
  • Embossing Powder – Antiquities Frosted Crystals, Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (clear)
  • Dies – Pocket Frame, Tag Collection
  • Other – Heat Tool, Mixing Cups, Stamp Platform, Steel Wool, Stir Sticks, Distress Storage Jars
  • Stamps – Block Lower (foam)
  • Stencils –  Industrial 



Base Layer 


stir for a full minute; it will go from
 a 'wet sand' look to dry again. 
spread on a scrap paper to completely dry
 then it is ready to store 

Accent Layer 

this also gets mixed for a minute, 
though not all the particulate will take on colour.
you end up with a mixture of large and small bits
 of coloured powder (this is what creates 
the beautifully random flyspecking)
allow to dry and it too is ready for storage.

Vintage Varnish - Technique 

the tag/surface need to be covered 
(it took two applications in some places) 
don't worry about an uneven surface the addition 
of the accent layer takes care of everything
while heating from above sprinkle the accent layer powder
 (unevenly) over the base and melt to fuse the two layers
let cool completely, then bend and press the surface to crack
 (note *the colder the plastic the larger the cracks)

the last step of this technique is to rub steel wool around the edges and random patches on the surface; this mattes the finish creating what looks like rubbed/worn areas of the varnish. 
before & after

Other Colour Combinations
Base Layer: 6 drops of Bellini & 5 drops of Shell Pink
Accent Layer: 1 drop of Black soot

Base Layer: 5 drops of Mushroom
Accent Layer: 1 drop of Espresso


  1. You can wear your shirt now!! So clever and so cool, can't wait to try it out. #253

  2. I’m totally trying this. I’ve been playing with dying my powders. This kicks it up a notch!! When can I buy yours? ��

  3. This is mind blowingly clever!! I am so going to try some of these!!!

  4. Well this certainly looks amazing! I knew I was keeping my empty embossing powder jars for something... definitely trying this out. Thanks for sharing

  5. very cool!! I love this idea. =)

  6. Marvelous Vicki! What a fun time of experimentation in your studio! I definitely want to try this technique! Thank you!

  7. Just takes embossing powders to a whole another level!!! Fantastic! Definitely trying it!

  8. Love the layers and colours you mixed! I tried not to look LOL I just knew I'd need more alcohol inks if I did! :)

  9. FAntastic!!! I'll try for sure!!!! Barbara

  10. Your technique is so cool. And then the word - educe. I had to look it up - to bring out or develop as in something latent or potential. And you have educated us as well. Thank you for your efforts at figuring out this technique.

  11. I had no idea where you were going with this, and then BAM!!! the use of the steel wool, I need to try that, AND then a new technique, and what a great one. The base and then accent layer is so cool, but cracking it all is genius...really makes a spectacular finishing!


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