Posts Tagged ‘Distress Oxide Inks’

Background Check Blog Hop

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp April Blog Hop!  We are so glad you are here with us today to get some inspiration on a fun variety of ways to create backgrounds using the Life Changing Blender Brushes that are new in the SNS online store!

Here’s the full hop order!  You’re at the beginning with me (Tara) and my card!  If you get lost anywhere along the way, just pop back here for the next link 🙂  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win fabulous prizes… we are giving away 8 Background prize packs and one $50 gift certificate to random commenters along the way! BONUS: You can have 20% OFF the brushes this weekend using the coupon code BRUSH20 (ends Sunday!)

I made two similar cards for today’s hop- here’s a look at them together:

For these cards I wanted to feature a simple ombre type background to let this HUGE stamp shine- it’s Glorious Garden by Tim Holtz and it comes with four simple sentiments and a grid block big enough for the design (I was super excited to see that, though I used it with my stamp platform).  I am brand new to these brushes and a pretty die hard fan of the Ranger Blending tools, but I found these easy to work with and create smooth ‘line free’ blends with my Distress Oxide Inks (for both cards I used Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers).  They were also really easy on the hands, which I’ve heard from a lot of people who struggle with gripping tools.  There are several smaller set options if you aren’t ready for the full set of brushes (or don’t have the budget- I totally get it!).  I think the 2 pack sampler would be a great start!

My ‘before’ photo of my first card is actually the graphic for the hop, but here it is again so you can check out those smooth blends… I only misted a tiny bit of water to add a bit of oxidization.

Here is what the stamp placement looked like in my stamp platform.  I used Versafine Clair and stamped twice to make sure my impression was perfect.

I wanted to keep these cards really simple, so just added a bit of ribbon with some lace behind it.  When adding ribbon to a top layer like this, I have a little trick I use to keep the knot (or bow) in exactly the right spot.  First, I cut the ribbon so it’s plenty long (at least 3-4 times the width of the layer, ) and tie the knot/bow in a loop, like this:

Then I find my perfect spot and snip the ribbon so it has overhang on both sides, which I will adhere to the back of my card.

The amount of overlap doesn’t really matter, as long as there is enough to tape securely (it may be 1/2″ on one side and 3″ on the other… nobody will know!)  Here’s another look at that card:

For my second card, I did a diagonal ombre and added a bit more oxidization with some wet, inky layers on my craft sheet.  I wanted the yellow to be in the big blossom this time, with the design coming up from the bottom right corner.  Here’s a peek at my background before I stamped on it.. love that subtle oxidization!

And here’s the finished card!

I went for yellow twine and a Tim Holtz charm to finish it off:

The cards are very simple, but the fabulous backgrounds and that gorgeous floral stamp really shine.  I hope you like them!  I’ll have a similar card design on a very different background to share with you on Tuesday, so please check back!  If you are ready to try your hand at creating fabulous, inky backgrounds, please join us on our Challenge Page!  We’d love to see what you create (and you’ll get another chance to win a gift certificate!).

 

Hop on over to see what Nancy E. has created next!

Have fun hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Flying by

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Kia here with this sweet image by Picket Fence Studios. For this card I decided that I would base the image on bees that are different from what we see here in Canada. I found this beautiful bee to use for my inspiration. I just used the blues in the body, and the brown wings, as I knew I would have a lot of colour up top.

I water coloured using Zig Clean Color Brushes in several colours. I have done a video which I will post sometime tomorrow, which has a list of the colours that I used. My thought process is that the bees pollinate flowers as they go about their business, so I did the head in bright colours which represent the flowers. They spread sunshine wherever they go, hence the background I did using my cloud stencil and Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade. 

I die cut the cloud panel with Penny Black’s Stitched Stackers and attached it to my card base. I then die cut two different size circles using MFT Stitched Circles using 36lb Vellum. On the smaller circle I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Manganese Blue, then heat set with clear embossing powder, attaching the vellum using Vellum tape. I attached my “Bee” on foam squares, then applied Clear Wink of Stella to all the flower colours, along with the bees wings, and finished with a few gumdrops.

Here is the video for this card.

Following is a list of the products I have used for this card.


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!

Susan

 

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