Posts Tagged ‘Distress Oxide’

Tuesday with Tara {take 251} Feathered Friend

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a simple card that showcases a fun little mixed media bird from Tim Holtz’s Feathered Friends die set, all ready to build a nest.  There are two birds in this die set and I love them both!  If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve used the larger bird on my beach scene card for our June Perfect Pearls Blog Hop.  (Check it out HERE– and be sure to visit the rest of the blogs too, there’s some great inspiration from our fabulous creative design team!)

I honestly just grabbed some scraps I had on my work space to die cut this cutie and added a bit of ink.  I love the combo of colored card stock, kraft & book print for her.  The ‘twig’ in her mouth was also a scrap I had from another project, I just added a few touches of perfect pearls to make it shine a bit 🙂

The background layer from my card was an inky mix of Speckled Egg and Old Paper Distress Oxide, mixed together on the same surface that had bits of turquoise Perfect Pearls left on it…  I love how the smooshing gave a bit of a marbled effect with the shimmer.  It’s subtle, but it shines when you hit it with the light!

A piece of frayed canvas gave me both a surface for the bird to stand on and some extra threads for it to carry.  Perfect little additions for a card that is on it’s way to my Mom (Happy Birthday Mom!).

I finished the card off with some heat embossing in a powder that is similar to kraft.  The color is almost too subtle to really pop in a photograph, but I still think it works!  My sentiment is by Gina K.  It’s a beautiful but simple script that works with so many designs.

I hope you like my little feathered friend!  Have a fantastic week 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 249} Kind Wildflowers

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  We are in our final week of the May Random Acts of Cardness Challenge, and everyone who is participating over in the facebook group has been just amazing!  Today’s theme is TEXT, and I thought it a perfect one to use for this cheery graduation card I made.  I’m featuring some of Tim Holtz’s wildflowers dies inked in vibrant hues of Distress Oxide Ink over a book print background (literally a page from a thrift store paperback novel, trimmed to size).

The Wonderful World Stamp set by Taylored Expression is a great (sold out) one, with this ‘be kind’ sentiment and several others that are perfect for graduations.  I chose white embossing powder for the sentiment to keep things subtle, perhaps a little too subtle!

I inked the edges of the book page with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, as that was the color of the largest flower in my bouquet.  The ink helped the sentiment stand out a bit, and I added to that with some fine pink lines around the part.  I finished off the card with a purple layer and some purple crinkle ribbon, which I had inked up previously.

Using cut or torn pages from books is one of my favorite ways to add to text elements to my cards!  They don’t have to be expensive or ‘vintage’ books or papers to look great!  I grabbed this one off a bargain shelf at a thrift store and just tear pages out as needed- just double check first for questionable words that might show up!  (I have a larger book I use for bigger projects that is about a murder investigation… some pages just have to be skipped altogether.  LOL)  I can’t wait to see your TEXT projects over on facebook!

Inky hugs,


Stamps, Stencils & Dies- Oh My! BLOG HOP

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Welcome to our May 2020 Blog Hop!   This month the team is show-casing some great sets by Wendy Vecchi which include coordinating stamps, stencils & dies.  The sets will be 20% off in the SNS online store until May 7.  You can see all the current specials, including this one right HERE.

As always, we encourage you to please leave us some comments along the way!   We will be selecting one person from the comments to win a $50 gift certificate to spend in the SNS online store (to be announced May 14).

I am using the “A Million Thanks” set, and since I’ve shared cards with it before (see them HERE) I decided to challenge myself and use parts that I hadn’t worked with on my other cards.  This meant working with the butterfly stamp & die, a sentiment I hadn’t used yet.  I also challenged myself to use the background stencil pattern.  I had a good sized scrap of water color paper which I had inked up doing some clean up on my work space (I’ve been using Wendy’s Make Art STAY-tion and it’s pretty great!) and I decided to work with that.  I inked up the stencil with some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide and since it’s small, I repeated it to cover the strip.

I decided since I was working with small images, I should go add some texture to keep it interesting.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of canvas  I had and set it aside to dry for a while before I trimmed it down and frayed the edges.  The butterfly was also stamped on water color paper in Distress Oxide Ink, then blended with a water brush.  After I had all my pieces, I tried several layouts before I settled on this one, which allowed me to add more texture with some fringed ribbon and twine.

And that’s it!  It’s a pretty fun set with some neat elements, I think you’ll see them used somewhere else along the blog hop… but you can also look at my previous post to see what else this set includes!  You can see all sets, which are on sale until May 7, right HERE!  I know I have a  few on my wish list, I’m sure you will too!

Next up on the HOP is Nancy, and I think she’s actually featuring the same set as me today!  Here’s the full hop order- PLEASE take a moment to leave us some comments, it encourages us so much!



Inky hugs,