IOD Decor Stamps and Rethunk Junk Paint on a Wooden Tool Caddy

If this is your first time using IOD Decor Stamps, your first step is to season them. Use 220-grit sandpaper and go across the stamp a few times in each direction. This helps the medium stick to the stamp surface and makes a cleaner impression. Finish by wiping it down with a baby wipe or lint free cloth.

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If this is your first time using IOD Decor Stamps, your first step will be to season them. Use 220-grit sandpaper and go across the stamp a few times in each direction. This helps the medium stick to the stamp surface and makes a cleaner impression. Finish by wiping it down with a baby wipe or lint free cloth.

Here's Everything You Need To DIY A Wood Tool Caddy Into...Anything!

IOD Grapes Stamp

IOD Brayer

Rethunk Junk Paint in:


Denim Blue


Violet Shadow

Fresh Sage

Clover Field

Wood Tool Caddy (you can make your own or use a thrift store find)

220-grit sandpaper block

Good Quality Paint brush (small size for coloring in images)

Fine mist Water Spritz bottle

Rethunk Junk Tuff Top Finish

Rethunk Junk Dark Walnut Stain Top

Lint free shop cloth (to wipe down project surface)

Baby wipes (for all the drips and spills)

Acetate sheet (for paint rolling)

Step 1: Stamp  Design Layout And Paint Medium

I started with the front of the wood caddy and laid out a rough design across the front. Then I chose the stamped image I wanted in the foreground (a grape leaf) to start.

IOD Decor Stamp Grapes on backing sheet

On an acetate sheet, I poured a small amount of Rethunk Junk Paint in Midnight. Taking the IOD Brayer, I rolled it into the paint and then I rolled the paint off the brayer a bit. (min 3:57) Paint is much different than using ink to stamp. Too much and the paint will “Glop” in between the stamp lines. This can create a muddied image.

If this is your first time using paint with stamps, practice on a different surface until you’re comfortable with the amount of paint and the kind of impression it creates. Then roll the brayer over the stamp you want to start with (grape leaf for me) and press the stamp onto the project surface.

Apply pressure evenly across the stamp with one hand, while holding it down and in place with the other hand. This is the best method to prevent the stamp from slipping, moving, or skidding. But don’t panic - it can happen and it did as I stamped this project. 

IOD Stamp shifted in printing and image muddied

Don’t panic, though, because with this project -  you can fix it!

Step 2: Masking To Layer

The IOD Grapes Stamp comes with an acetate sheet of all the stamp shapes - called masks. When you finish stamping the grape leaf, pull out the mask of the same shape and lay it on top of the stamped image.

Now you can take the next image - for me, it was the large bunch of grapes stamp - and use the brayer to roll it onto the stamp. Lay the stamp on the wood front overlapping the masked grape leaf. (4:40)

Hold the stamp with one hand while using the other to gently and firmly press across the entire stamp. Lift up the stamp and then remove the mask from the grape leaf. You’ll see an impression that looks like the grapes are emerging from under the grape leaf.

That’s the beauty of masking. Without the mask, the two stamped images would be mingled and create a muddy image.

IOD Grapes stamped over masked grape leaf

Step 3: Repeat Stamping And Masking

Continue to use the masks for each image if your design layout calls for an image to look as if it’s behind another image. I masked my first grape bunch impression before adding another, smaller bunch of grapes.

You can also use the brayer to roll paint on a small stem or a portion of one and add these images without masking. Feel free to add as many bunches of grapes, vines, and leaves as you like. Then give the paint time to completely dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 4: Paint Your Stamped Impressions

I started out by blending the Rethunk Junk Paint in Clover Field and Fresh Sage greens to get the perfect green for the grape leaves. Grab the fine misting water spritz bottle and very lightly squirt the first grape leaf.

Take a small bit of the blended paint onto your brush and, with the water already on the surface, carefully lay the green into the leaf. Stay away from your black border and keep your paint inside the impression - almost outlining inside the black lines with the green.

Continue onto any more grape leaves in your design layout. Lightly apply the green to any stems or vines you may have stamped as well.

When the green dries, move onto the Hazelnut. Go back over the leaf and add in the hazelnut as a highlight on the leaf, still avoiding the black outline. Do the same for the stems and vines you stamped.

To paint the grapes I used Rethunk Junk Paint’s Denim Blue and Violet Shadow. Take a minute to decide the source of light on your grapes and choose where you will add the shadow (Denim Blue) and the lighter area (Violet Shadow). Be consistent with this across the entire image.

Rethunk Junk Paint added to IOD Grapes Stamp

Lightly spritz water on the grape impression and lay in the Denim Blue inside the grapes along the edge as a shadow. Don’t paint over the black outline. When this is done for all the grapes, go back with the Violet Shadow and paint it in the rest of the grape. 

Now go back and blend the two colors in each grape. You’ll see that one side of each grape will appear shadowed by the Denim Blue, but the blended paint will make those grapes look three dimensional.

Continue this process on all sides of your wood caddy and then give it all time to dry thoroughly.

Step 5: Add The Dark Walnut Stain

When your project is completely dry, you can leave it as is and seal it. But I went in and rubbed on a thin coat of Rethunk Junk Paint Dark Walnut Stain Top. If you get this on and it’s too dark you can use a baby wipe and rub the stain back. 

Doing this adds to the rustic look of the piece, so don’t hesitate to wipe back as much of the stain as you want - it’s your project!

You can add stain to the handle or paint it a contrasting or neutral color.

Step 6: Seal Your Project

Brush on an even thin coat of Rethunk Junk Paint Tuff Top and allow it to dry.

Be ready to go back over your project with the 220-grit sandpaper block and rough up any area to bring out a rustic vintage vibe!

And Now You're Wood Caddy Is Complete! Load It Up With Wine Bottles, Or Condiments, Or Flowers - Anything You Can Think Of. Then Snap A Picture And Send It To Me. I Can't Wait To See What You Create!

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