Posts Tagged ‘Distress Oxide’

Tuesday with Tara {take 149}

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I recently picked up some of the fun Color Layering stamps by Hero Arts and thought I’d share with you a quick little card I made with the results of my first trial run 🙂  This set includes all the stamps you see on my card… and I have to say I impressed myself because I used every single stamp in the set- a very rare thing!  The fish are stamped with two layers plus a third detail layer for their faces.  I decided to try out Distress Oxide inks, working with Spiced Marmalade & Abandoned Coral for the fish, Cracked Pistachio for the seaweed, Peacock Feathers for the bubbles & sentiment and a bit of Iced Spruce for the stones.

I added a bit of Nuvo Glitter drops for some shimmer…

A light wash of Scribble Sticks scribbles was added for a watery look… I stamped on a white background and hadn’t really planned to make it a card, I was just playing around with new stamps 🙂  I decided to trim it down and finish everything off with some twine and some seed beads.

Just some simple creative play… these stamps made it really fun and easy and I look forward to trying some more color combinations!  Check out some of the other stamps in the series that are in stock online- my faves are the sea turtle and the poppy!  But just do a search for ‘Hero Arts Color Layering’ to see all the pretties that are in stock 🙂

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,



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Tuesday with Tara {take 144}

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Is it feeling a bit like spring where you live?  I’m seeing photos of flowers blooming (between snowfalls) all across Canada and the US- and I’m hearing birds chirping regularly in my own back yard!  I decided to pull out some of my favorite stamps, these scribbly birds by Dina Wakley, and make a springy card.

I wanted to try a reverse watercolor technique, but mixed it up a bit by using Distress Oxide as my ‘paint’ for it.  (I rubbed the ink pad on my craft sheet and misted with water, then painted with a water brush.) It gives a unique milky sort of look, but the color is so pretty and vibrant!  The birds were stamped in Archival Ink on a heavy white card stock, so I didn’t want to use too much water and warp my paper.

The background of my card features a large background stamp I forgot I owned (love finding those treasures!), which I inked up with Distress Oxide as well since it’s so amazing stamped on kraft… I love the mottled look I got by splattering it with some water afterwards!  I finished it all off with some splattering of ink in both the ink colors (peacock feathers & abandoned coral)

Whenever I’m trying something new I tend to do it twice just in case one of them looks awful… both my stamped panels turned out, so I decided to make a second, smaller card as well.  This one has a slightly smaller front panel with a stamped detail along the right inside panel.

This distressed dot border is also by Dina Wakley.  Love it with Distress Oxide on Kraft!

Here’s my two cards together- they’re very similar, but make a nice little card pair for spring!  I hope you like them!

Wishing you sunny days and chirping birds… and a spring that starts to feel like spring real soon!

Inky hugs,



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Tuesday with Tara {take 134}

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I woke up this morning to find snow on the ground again… so I’m sharing with you a winter card which includes a hint of spring (or summer) that many of us are dreaming of!

Yep, Snowflakes & Butterflies!  I love this saying and when I pulled this stamp from one of my storage folders (I love the Stuftainers by Stampendous for my cling stamps) a card concept started forming for me… I wanted a wintery colored card with this design, a snowflake background and these awesome layered “Beautiful Butterflies” stamp & die sets by My Favorite Things.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who makes the sentiment (it’s a problem with cling stamps!  I usually try to organize them by brand, but this was in a misc. Christmas/winter folder).  If it looks familiar to you, please let me know and I’ll update!

My card is very simple- a gorgeous embossed background on pearl white card stock with the sentiment stamped in grey archival ink on a dusty green card stock.  The butterflies were stamped primarily with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink & Distress Oxide- it was fun to see how the two variations of the same color played together.  The larger butterfly has a layer of Broken China Distress Oxide to add a bit of pop.  The final detail layer was stamped in the same grey as my sentiment, then a bit of glitter finishes them off.  I added Nuvo Glitter Drops (in Blizzard, of course!) to the butterfly bodies and a few spots on the snowy background as well.  A touch of Rock Candy Distress Stickles adds that extra touch of shine.

It’s nice to know I can use my butterflies year round… even though I’m done with winter, I don’t mind looking at them on this wintery card 🙂

Thanks for visiting (and reading to the end)!  I’m excited to announce that we’ll be back on Saturday with a fun BLOG HOP for you!  Hope you’ll plan to join us starting right here on Saturday!

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

My Favorite Things Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set & Dies

Sizzix 3D Snowflakes embossing folder

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio & Broken China

Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio

Archival Ink (mine was from the Archival Distress Color Mixed Media Palette)

Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard

Cardstock & Adhesive