Posts Tagged ‘Distress Oxide Inks’

Simple Sentiments and Colourful Backgrounds

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope that you are having a great weekend!

Today’s cards are the product of me playing around in the craft room and creating cards with simple sentiments and colourful backgrounds.

I find that with so many exciting new products on the marked we can sometimes forget about the products we have already purchase and are sitting in our craft rooms.  I’m not going to lie, I want to buy all the things too….but, sometimes you have to resist!  So, I challenged myself to go back to the basics and create some simple, fast and func cards.

I started off  creating some watercolour splash backgrounds.

To do this, I colour the Zig Real Brush Markers onto some acetate, spray with water and “smush” onto some watercolour paper.  It’s a simple technique with some great results.  The only thing you need to be careful with is with what colours you lay next to each other so that they do not become “muddy”.

I also pulled out my watercolour pan and played with wet on wet technique and dropping colours to create the “splash” look.

While those were drying I moved on to creating some backgrounds using Distress Oxide Inks.  The colours I chose to use are Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers

I taped of different shapes using some Purple Thermo Web Tape as well as some wider painters tape that I had on hand.  Just remember to be very careful when pulling up the painters tape as I did have some ripping.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple.  I pulled out some of my favourite MFT sentiment stamps sets: Hello Beautiful, Anything but Basic Friendship, Kind Words (Retired), All Smiles and Anything but Basic Encouragement.  These sentiment sets are so versatile.

I also pulled a view image stamps from an older Tim Holtz Stamp /Stamper’s Anonymous Set called Fancy Flight as well as a Cling stamp from Stampendous called Cling Tree Poem.  The silhouette of the images on the colourful backgrounds is so simple, but pretty and I got a great crisp image by using the VersaClaire Nocturne Ink.

Check out the video here to see the techniques.


 I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and that you are inspired to use products you have and create fast, fun and simple cards!





Zippy Zebras Fun

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Hi crafty friends and welcome back.  Sandi MacIver here and I have some Zippy Zebras Fun to share with you today.  This adorable Zippy Zebra stamp and die combo is from our friends over at My Favorite Things.  Their stamp artwork is always adorable and uplifting and this set is no exception.  Who can resist a Zebra on a scooter?  NOT ME!   haha.

Zippy Zebras Fun

I started by blending the background in Peacock Feather and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks for a bright playful look.  Next, I splattered with water for some distressing.

Zippy Zebras Fun

The black and white Zebra stamping is super easy and you can use Copic Markers Co and C1 (light grays) to add a little shadow down the side for depth.

I colored the scooter with Copics in Blues:  BG11, BG13, Bg49 and the tires in C5 and C6 with a bit of White Gel Pen to highlight.

Zippy Zebras Fun

There are sweet butterflies and flowers in the stamp set too, as well as coordinating dies which I have used to cut out my Zippy Zebras (love that name).

Next I cut out my “Hugs” from white card stock using Alpha dies.  The final sentiment is white heat embossed on black.

The large letters and Zebras are mounted to the card with Foam tape to add depth and extra interest to the card front.

This stamp set is fast and fun, would look great with any background and works for all occasions ….a must for your stamping stash.

That’s it for me today, Hope you enjoyed the card and here is a list of the supplies I used.  Clicking on them will take you to the Scrap ‘N Stamp Store where you can see a larger image and add them to your shopping cart.

Until next time – Toodles!

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Hi Crafty friends and welcome back. Sandi MacIver here and in keeping with our monthly Distress Oxide Challenge, I created some Christmas cards to share with you today.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

I won’t go into too much details as I share a video below walking you through the steps to create these fabulous backgrounds.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

I did start by Smooshing Distress Oxide ink onto Watercolor paper. On some backgrounds I added a second layer of colour with the Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

Over that I did a bit of stenciling again using Distress Oxides. Once all the backgrounds were finished, I die cut frames using the Penny Black Leaf Stitched Frames and snowflakes with the My Favourite Things Layered Snowflakes Die-namics.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

Finally the sentiments are from Concord and 9th Happy Holidays Label dies above. the “JOY” is from My Favourite Things and the other sentiments are My Favourite Things “Birdie Brown – Greetings Galore.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

I used a few jewels and sequins as my final embellishments.

You can watch the video in HD over on my YouTube Channel

That’s it for me today, I hope you enjoyed the cards and will give this fun background technique a try. I have listed the products used for the Distress Oxide Christmas Cards below for you with links to the store.