Posts Tagged ‘Distress Oxide’

It’s a Polka-Hop! {April 2021 SNS Blog Hop}

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Excuse me for getting a little bit silly… but we just couldn’t help naming our April Blog Hop, which is all about Polka Dots, a Polka Hop!

There’s something about polka dots that can’t help but make you smile, so I hope you’re ready for a cheerful blog hop!   Please leave some comments along the way and be sure to check back later this month to see if you won!

I actually made two cards to share, both use the same materials but have very different vibes. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite and speaks more to your personal style!  Here’s the first card which is very simple, but playful and colorful!

I’m using the Heffy Doddle Dotty Lottie Stencil together with the mini Hoppy Easter stamp set by Lawn Fawn and assorted Distress Oxide Inks.  (Twisted Citron, Kitsch Flamingo, Speckled Egg, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade).  I wanted the star of this card to be the fun polka dots from this stencil, which I taped over white Cardstock and applied color with some Life Changing Blender Brushes.   I did one color at a time, inking about four dots per color and it actually worked out pretty balanced for me!  This is a really fun stencil, with assorted sizes of dots that are not perfectly round.  I love that they are a little bit wonky!  (By the way, this stencil is also included as part of the Spring Fling Kit that is new in the store!  Check it out!). I chose to use Distress Oxide Ink here because I wanted that soft, opaque, chalky like finish you get when blending with them.

Once I had my background (and set it aside to dry for a bit so I wouldn’t smudge it!) I stamped my bunny and sentiment on some scraps of paper.  I chose a light Kraft card for the bunny and a strip of a minty green for the sentiment.  Since I had talked about trying the Mini Slimline size recently, I decided this was a good chance…and happened to find a piece of card stock that was the perfect size, ready to go!  My card is folded on the left side and is 3.5×6 inches.  As it happens, this is exactly the size I cut off a 12×12 sheet of card stock when I am trimming it down to make A2 cards!

I used watercolor pencils to color my bunny, then blended with a Spica glitter pen for a bit of shimmer that you can’t see here.  I also added shimmer in the pink layer between my dots and the base card.   I hadn’t stamped the bunny in a spot that allowed me to cut a full circle around him, so I decided on a corner cut and planned my card design around that!

My second card uses the rest of the piece I cut that first bunny out of… together with a dotty background made when I was cleaning off the inky stencil!  Isn’t it funny how the cards you make from leftovers sometimes turn into your faves?  Or am I the only one that does that?

This background though… it started with a spritz on the inky stencil, which I smooshed face down on some white Cardstock.  When I lifted the stencil, I liked it, but since there were a lot of white spots, I spritzed again and repeated the smooshing.  While the stencil was hanging out there, I pulled out a brush and started applying  some ink through it.  The colors blended together giving a bit of a brownish hue, so I decided to stick with one color (kitsch flamingo, if you can believe it!) and work with that. There was a bit more brownish blending and some oxidization from the water I’d spritzed… but it had a sort of vintage vibe that I really liked!

The bunny was already stamped in this spot (I typically stamp things I’m going to color twice in case I ruin one of them) so I designed my card around it.

His ears were already colored with a pale pink hue (I cleaned off my wet brush on this image between colors!) so I continued that feel adding a brownish yellow, a bit of white and some blue for the egg and the ground beneath him.  I added some Nuvo Dots for a bit of bright white and glossy texture.

I think I used every stamp in the mini set on this card! (except the exclamation point) and had fun adding bits of color to the words & images.   I’m a sucker for anything Kraft, and this soft one gives a nice touch for spring.  I really like how it works together with my background which is inky & imperfect.  I hope you like it too- but I know everyone’s taste is different, so please let me know which of the two cards is your favorite!

Next up on the hop you’ll pay a visit to KIA– she’s sure to have something fabulous and colorful to share with you!

And here’s the full hop lineup:

Don’t forget, each comment you leave along the hop is a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to shop in the SNS online store!  Happy hopping!

Inky hugs & HOPPY Easter!

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 293} fresh growth

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s FRESH card is actually a throwback to one of my favorite cards I made a couple of years ago… I’m so enjoying this spring, the warmer days and the fresh growth in flower gardens and seeing leaves & flower buds on trees!  So enjoy this tribute to fresh growth, both outside and in!

Throwback to 2019…

BRING ON SPRING!  I am so ready for some sunshine and to start seeing more green things popping out of the dirt!  Since I still had the same stamp & die sets by Tim Holtz I featured last week out on my desk, I decided to keep working with them… there’s so many fun elements to create with!  I’m embracing green this week though, using the leafy designs on each set together because they remind me of spring!

I started by inking up the white die cut foliage in Distress Inks: cracked pistachio and twisted citron.  I then took a cream card base and stamped the leafy stem as a background alternating with the two colors.  I used a water brush to pull color from the stamp and lightly color my images with the opposite color they were stamped in.  I then took one of the smaller images from the Media Marks stamp set and inked only a portion of it to fill in some of the empty spaces and finished off the card base by adding some twisted citron to the edges of the card.

I cut a strip of craft card stock to go the full height of the card and stamped the sketchy stripes in cracked pistachio Distress Oxide.  I then adhered the foliage with some glitter glue, knowing it would ooze out behind the design a bit and I wanted to add some glitter.  I smudged the glitter with my fingers and since I liked how it was looking I grabbed my tub of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste and decided to brush it over the entire strip and foliage. It’s a very thin layer, but has lots of sparkle that really picks up the light!

Once dry, I assembled it and added another sentiment sticker- because the white letters didn’t match my cream card, I rubbed some twisted citron distress ink over them.  I added a thin strip of foam adhesive behind the stickers to give a bit more dimension and stability.

I hope my card brings a bit of spring… or hope for spring to your day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Ink-Blended Happy Birthday – and a Giveaway!

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Happy Friday! Lindsey here with my first ever post for Scrap ‘N Stamp! So it’s a happy day for me, and I hope it is for you too, as I have a colourful birthday card to share… and a chance to win some fun paper crafting supplies! Here’s my card:

Rainbows and gold are hard to beat, even if it is after St. Patrick’s Day! I’d never attempted ink-blending a panel before hot foiling, so I decided to give it a try. For my rainbow, I used distress oxides in spun sugar, festive berries, wild honey, bundled sage, mermaid lagoon, and wilted violet.  My favourite part is flicking water onto the inks and blotting with a tissue to get all the fun splotches. Going all out, I also added some gold and black spatters, as well.
Once my panel was dry, I let my Gemini FoilPress heat up, and foiled my sentiment with gold, adding the little “to you” underneath. It still wasn’t sparkly enough, so I matted my rainbow panel on some Concord & 9th glitter cardstock. My last step (which now I realize might have been one step TOO far, LOL) was to add some black Nuvo drops on either side of the sentiment.

Have you tried heat foiling? I have a giveaway today of the Glimmer faux script happy birthday die I used for this card, as well as two rolls of Gemini foil, in gold and silver shimmer. For your chance to win, leave a comment here on the Scrap ‘N Stamp blog as well as on my blog, Bashful Blogging! You can enter until March 31st.
Thanks for checking in today, and I hope you enjoy a crafty start to your weekend!