Let’s get (Di)stressed Blog Hop


Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp October Blog Hop! We are thrilled to have you join us as we (Di)stress a bit this month… by having some inky fun with Distress Oxide Inks & Sprays! The Design Team has some gorgeous projects ready to inspire you AND this weekend you can save 10% on all things OXIDE (even the new sprays!) with coupon code “OXIDE10” (fine print: not valid with any other coupon, sale or promotion. Valid on in stock items only. Expires Oct. 6 at midnight)

Win Prizes

As you know, we love when you leave us some love by way of comments… so will once again be randomly selecting a commentor to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store! (winner will be announced Oct 22) Be sure to comment at all the stops along the way- the full link up is at the end of this blog post!

Be Inspired

It’s my privilege to kick things off once again with my project! I use Distress Oxide Ink probably on about 80% of my cards these days. But the funny thing is, I was a bit stumped with what to share! Thankfully, I found some time to ink up something autumn inspired. I also got to use the die cut letters that were left from the project I shared on Tuesday– bonus!

My card features a resist technique on book print paper, which I’d never tried with Distress Oxide Inks before. It was a bit touchy adding water to such thin paper, but it was fun to see it all come together! I started by clear embossing leaves from the Sketchy Flowers stamp set by MFT. I then added my first layer of ink with my Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios.

(Di)stress with Distress Oxide

One of my favorite things about Distress Oxide Inks is how the colors layer over each other, especially when you add water to help them oxidize! I brushed on another layer of color, then rubbed and misted some Spiced Marmalade onto my kraft sheet and dabbed it over the surface. I used a slightly damp rag to wipe the ink off the embossed design, revealing the white leaves. It felt like it needed just a bit more colour, so I used the coordinating solid images to help my design stand out.

My card base was made from a scrap of brown cardstock, sized approximately 7″ square before I scored it. I heat embossed one of the leaves on a lighter brown cardstock in metallic teal and copper. I love the look of two-tone embossing, though it’s been a long time since I’ve done it! Details like twine, bling and some splatters of Distress Oxide Spray in Spiced Marmalade and Distress Spray Stain in Antiqued Bronze finish off my card.

I really love how the Old Paper Distress Oxide ink plays so well with the alcohol ink colors in my letters! It also really softens up the brightness of the other colors.

I hope you like my card, and I know you’re gonna love the rest of the projects in this Blog Hop! Next up you are heading over to see what Kia has for you! Below you’ll find the full list of links for the team.

Hop Along

Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,


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17 Responses to “Let’s get (Di)stressed Blog Hop”What You're Saying

  1. Beautiful Tara … love all the beautiful pieces you have used to put this together.

  2. Susan Powell says:

    oh my gosh Tara – this is gorgeous!!!

  3. Beautifully done Tara, so many beautiful elements on this card

  4. Jane McGill says:

    Distressed oxides look like they would be so fun to use. I like the idea of layering them.

  5. Another beautiful card, Tara! I love the layers & details – and of course the gorgeous fall colours 🙂

  6. Darlene Fellows says:

    I love your colour choices! Using the text as part of the background is beautiful.

  7. Nancy says:

    This is beautiful Tara, awesome

  8. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I love this Tara! That rustic look with the teal! JUST FAB!

  9. Cindy Holmes says:

    Absolutely gorgeous card! I really love the color combinations and the distressing is amazing too!

  10. Shawn Dobbie says:

    Wow what a collection of techniques you used! I love experimenting also. Turned out great.

  11. Denise Bryant says:

    Pretty colors and textures! Love the embellishments!

  12. Sue McRae says:

    Love the mix of blues and browns and all the textures and layers!

  13. Connie says:

    Love! Love! Love! the mixed media feel that you gave your card!!! It’s stunning! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  14. Mary-Anne V says:

    This is really pretty…love the use of blue with these fall tones.

  15. dolly/scrapthat says:

    Very pretty! Distress has been a LONG time favorite of mine! (actually anything Tim Holtz/Ranger!)
    TFS your very pretty card 🙂

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