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Fun With Distress Oxides

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Hi Everyone. It’s March 1st and it’s still so cold out. I’m really

hoping it warms up soon. I spent last night in my craft room

where it’s warm playing with my distress oxide inks. I set the

camera up to record all the fun but apparently I forgot to hit

the record button – oops. But I do have lots of pics for you.


I pulled out my distress oxide inks and couldn’t decide which ones to

use, so… I used them all 🙂 I cut a piece of watercolor cardstock to

5 1/8 x 3 1/4″ and set about making the background. The amazing

thing about oxide inks is the colors layer on top of each other.

Normally when you layer as much ink as I did it would end up

looking like mud but with the chemical combination in oxide inks

makes it so they layer. It’s all very sciency and super cool!

To make the background, start by smooshing one color of ink onto a

craft mat. Give it a few spritz of water and start pouncing the water

color paper into the ink. Use a heat gun to dry the ink and then

repeat the steps with a new color of ink. Be sure to dry each color

before adding the next one – this is key to building the layers.

Here’s a close up – check out all those colors sitting on top of each

other – so cool!

I’m really sorry I didn’t get a video for you and hope that the

instructions make sense. If you have any questions, please leave them

for me below and I will do my best to help.

Now for the little guy blowing bubbles – isn’t he adorable. The

stamp set is called Bubble Boy from Penny Black and reminds me

of when my kids were little and spent hours blowing bubbles. I don’t

have the actual stamp but I do have the digital image so I printed

it off, colored him in with Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut

him and the bubbles out. I added a strip of grey cardstock at the

bottom and then adhered bubble boy with some craft foam for

dimension. The sentiment is from Happy Messages by Stampendous.

I performed a little stamp surgery and cut the words apart so I

could easily stamp them in a straight line.  To finish it off I added

the thin strip of black cardstock.


I hope you enjoyed this card and are inspired to create. If you have

any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Be sure to check out the Scrap’n Stamp Challenge Page.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!



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Digi Stamps & Colorables Blog Party – Day 4 – Meet Fynn

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Hello again everyone! Kate here with another great Paper Plums digi stamp to share with you today. Meet Fynn (digi stamp set 4503M) , the mischievous little frog created by Mara Coman.

This is the first in a series of designs from Mara featuring teacups for many different occasions. I love how he’s popping out of the teacup and thought he would be perfect for a Valentine’s card.

After Mara colored Fynn with Letraset ProMarkers I mounted him onto red cardstock and then added an additional piece along the bottom that I had die-cut along one edge with the border die from Spellbinders Lace Doily Accents S5-062. This is a very versatile set with lots of elements that make great accents like the corner pieces that I used on the card I made with Jenna for Day 1 of the Blog Party. Just for fun I added some red punched out hearts with rhinestones in the middle and gold Peel Off Decorative lines.

The sentiment is included in the digi stamp set so I picked a size of Spellbinders Classic Oval S4-110 die that would fit on the card and then I sized and printed the sentiment to fit the die. That’s one of the things I love about digis, you can make them any size you need. I matted this with the coordinating Scalloped Oval S4-111 in green to tie everything together.

I love how Mara colored like a tree frog – very cute! Here’s a list of the ProMarkers that Mara used:

Colorless Blender : Sunflower : Gold : Peach : Antique Pink : Lime Zest : Grass : Pear Green : Pine : Blush : Crimson : Burgundy : Lavender : Plum : Cardinal Red

And here are some more great Marker Tips from Mara…

Tip #1: You can create light, medium & dark tones of each marker color simply by adding layers. If you put on a color in steady strokes and wait for it to dry and go over it again you will see a slightly deeper color. And, if you do it one more time it will reach it’s final color (which is usually the color on the outside of the marker). This layering technique can be used to create simple shading. For a softer look, wait for the first layer to dry a little but not completely before applying a second layer.

Tip #2: Don’t press too hard when you are using your markers as this will damage the tips.  These are not Crayola kids markers, they are art markers and are more prone to be damaged than the ones aimed at kids. If you want a more intense color add another layer after the first one is dry. If you go over the paper multiple times while it is wet you will cause the paper to be over saturated and the ink may bleed beyond the lines of the image.

Tip #3: Although the colorless blender is colorless the white of the paper will change after you lay it down. If you are doing soft shading on a white area it is best to cover the whole area with the blender and then apply your color so it doesn’t look streaky.

Well, that’s it for today. I hope you are enjoying the Blog Party and you get a chance to stop by tomorrow to meet Momo the Fat Cat and his little mouse friend.

PS We’d love to hear what you think about the new digis & colorables so leave a comment for us and we’ll enter your name in a draw to win the digi or colorable of your choice. Let us know what your favorites are or just leave some love for the designers – either way you might be the lucky entry and win a freebie.

Digi Stamp & Colorables Blog Party – Day 2 – Introducing Taryn

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Hi everyone! I’m back again with another Paper Plums Digi Stamp design to share with you.

Today I would like to introduce you to Taryn.

Isn’t she a cutie and she’s all ready for Valentine’s Day.

I used the digi stamp (4509M – Taryn) and printed her  on Bazzill Simply Smooth cardstock so she was 3 3/4″ tall. I made the card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (A2) so I needed her to be printed smaller so that I would have room for mats and some accents. I used a laser printer but you could use an inkjet printer (which is what most people have). All you have to do when you use an inkjet printer let the ink dry really, really well before you color your image or the outline will bleed into your colors. I would recommend leaving your image overnight or longer before you start coloring and avoid going over the black lines whenever possible.

If you would like to get the image already printed so you don’t have to worry about sizing or printing check out the Taryn Colorable image (4509M – colorable). You get four in a package and the image is already sized to fit on an A2 card. Nice and easy and you can get right down to the fun stuff – the coloring.

I had so much fun coloring her with my Letraset ProMarkers. The small bullet tip made it easy to color in even the small details and I just love how easy they are to blend so that you don’t get streaky lines. I have to admit that doing her hair was a challenge for me as it was the first time that I had tried it. Tomorrow Mara is doing a tutorial showing how to color Tori from start to finish and I learned so much watching her color the hair. I think my next attempt will turn out better for sure.

The sentiment I used is from the digi set and I sized it to fit the Sizzix Framelits Circles (1 1/4″) and then matted it with a Framelits Scalloped Circle (1 5/8″). Cutting out sentiments with the Framelits dies is so easy because they cut right along the inner edge of the die so what you see it what you cut. I love Spellbinders dies but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve cut off part of a letter because the words are partly covered by the die so you can’t see exactly where you are cutting.  The Framelits definitely cut down on the frustration and wasted paper.


Sizzix Framelits Scalloped Circles

I really wanted Taryn to be the focus on the card so I kept the other elements pretty simple and only added some rhinestones (if you look closely at her pig tails and shoes there’s bling there too) and Peel Off Decorative Lines. Since this little girl is named after my grandaughter Taryn who just happens to have blonde hair that often is put in pig tails I think this card is perfect for her for Valentine’s. She loves getting cards from Grandma so I can’t wait to see her reaction.

Here are Mara’s Marker Tips for today…

When you are just learning to use markers the most important thing to remember is that the more you practice the better you will get! Don’t give up the first time markers go outside the lines or you don’t get the effect that you wanted. Practice makes perfect and there are sometimes fixes. Don’t panic! Play with your markers and have fun!

Tip #1:

Store your alcohol markers laying flat so that neither tip will dry out. You want to keep them away from direct heat and sunlight and of course make sure that all the caps are on properly when you are finished working with them. If the caps are not on tight the alcohol will evaporate and your marker will dry out.

Tip #2:

To prevent streaky lines and create soft shadows or blending work one small area at a time. If you are coloring a person for example you would want to do one arm at a time and finish that one before moving to the next spot where you are using the same tones. If for example you color all the flesh tone areas (face, arms, legs etc) with the base color and then go back to add another layer or shading you will find that the color has dried too much and you will get more defined lines. By adding all the layers of color to a small area at a time you will achieve better blending and less streaking.

Tip #3:

It’s good to start coloring with your lightest colors first. Generally this will be the skin tones on a person. Once that color is dry the rest of the colors you put around it will bleed less into the area than if there was nothing there.

And now here is Mara’s version of Taryn that she colored for the website. (There are more lines in the hair than on my image. These were added after I had colored Taryn for my card and they are in the digi file and Colorable.)

And here is a list of Letraset ProMarkers that she used:

Ivory : Blush : Orchid : Buttercup : Tulip Yellow : Mustard : Powder Blue : Cornflower : Slate : Baby Pink : Pink Carnation : Blossom : Poppy : Berry Red

Well…that is it for Day 2 or our Digital Stamp & Colorables Blog Party. Thanks for dropping by. I hope you can join us again tomorrow for a fabulous Tuesday Tutorial featuring Tori. Mara is going to show you step by step how to color her and of course she will have more Marker Tips for you.

PS We’d love to hear what you think about the new digis & colorables so leave a comment for us and we’ll enter your name in a draw to win the digi or colorable of your choice. Let us know what your favorites are or just leave some love for the designers – either way you might be the lucky entry and win a freebie.