Posts Tagged ‘Distress Oxide’

Tuesday with Tara {take 197}

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  As I was reminded of a project I shared here back in 2017, decorating Easter Eggs with alcohol ink, I thought it would be fun to use my paper crafting/ art supplies in another way on eggs.  This time I decided to start with simple plastic eggs, available almost anywhere this time of year and to do some simple decoupage on them.  I started with a matte gel (mine was by Prima, but this one from Ranger, or any ‘matte medium’ will work just as well!) as my adhesive to adhere torn strips of book paper to my eggs.

I worked in two steps, first covering about half the eggs, then finishing it off once the first part was dry.  This gave me a dry spot to hang onto while I worked and kept me from getting quite as much stuck to my fingers 😉  The eggs dried fairly quickly, though I let them sit overnight before moving on to the next phase…

I decided to experiment with different coloring mediums, but primarily wanted to see how Distress Oxide sprays (you can save on the new set of 12 sprays here) & ink pads would work!

I started by spraying some of the original Distress Stain Spray onto a couple eggs, then quickly realized I would need to start with a coat of gesso to make it work best, so I wiped off my eggs with a cotton cloth and applied white gesso to all my eggs, misting with water to make it less opaque so I could still see the text.  This was also a great time to apply a bit of gesso thicker to a few spots where words I didn’t want on my eggs had snuck in… )note to self, maybe don’t use a murder mystery as your collage paper next time. lol).  I didn’t snap a photo of this stage so you’ll have to use your imagination!  I applied the Abandoned Coral to two eggs, then sprayed one with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Spray and the other with Picked Raspberry.  I rolled them around in a box to capture all the angles, heat them with a heat tool, misted some water to get it to oxidize… and eventually finished them off by blotting again with a cotton rag.  I love the soft chalkiness of the color and the fun mix I got where the original spray shows through!  As a bonus, my fingers were nice and inky (though I did wash my hands between colors to keep my colors more pure).

Next I decided to see how the Distress Oxide Ink pads would compare- so I used a foam blending tool and picked my colors.  For this, I just applied ink & blended, then misted with water, wiped dry and added another layer.  Both techniques worked fabulous!  This photo shows that the colors are just as intense, though the inking is more mottled and organic looking on the eggs that I sprayed.  Whatever you use, be sure to mist with water as this will help set the oxide ink and keep the color from spreading over the other eggs (and onto hands that pick them up to have a closer look!).

I had some collage tissue I wanted to try as well, so I did some simple decoupage of torn tissue onto my colored eggs.  I thought about adding more to these, but decided to leave them as is to let the design and color of the eggs show through!

The tissue technique was much faster since it only took one step, but the final look will depend what color your original plastic eggs are 🙂  here’s a peek at my little basket of eggs-

I hope this inspires you to pull out your supplies and have some mixed media fun for Easter!  The possibilities are endless…

Inky hugs,



Tuesday with Tara {take 195}

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a card and told you I had another similar one in the works that I would share soon… well, today’s the day!  My previous card was in purple, today is a GREEN card, which I hope will send some good vibes your way 🙂

Like before, I die cut one of Tim’s new Wildflower Stems, this time out of a scrap of green cardstock I had which I thought would match the Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide I was planning to use.  I selected a stitched circle die to cut in a size that would give a nice overlap. I then selected a sentiment from Concord & 9th to fit the window.  I chose a grid stencil by MFT and instead of the sponging with a mini ink blending tool  I decided to try out one of my new Life Changing Blender Brushes.  (look for more about these in our upcoming blog hop this Friday!) I inked through the stencil and added a scribble from Media Marks in the same ink both on the card front and inside the card.  I stamped my sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink, which is a nice bold black.

I love the boldness and whimsy of this flower, so decided to keep my embellishments simple with just a few pearls & Nuvo drops.  It has a very ‘good vibes’ feel to me 🙂 Unfortunately I picked the wrong time of day to get good photos since they are heavy on the shadows, hopefully you can look past them!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 193}

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Happy Tuesday (a day late… so that would be Wednesday.  sorry ’bout that)!

For todays card I limited myself to a simple color palette, starting with black Kraft Core card stock and adding purple & white. My original plan was to have an open windows so you could see through to the inside of the card, but I’m actually still debating if this will end up as just a card front so there is room to write inside… I do love two-toned card stock as a base for a card, especially when you can see both colors from the front!

After die cutting one of Tim’s new Wildflower Stems, I selected a Stacked Deckle frame to cut in a size that would give a nice overlap. I then selected a sentiment (this is from an older set by Dina Wakley) to fit the window. I chose Wilted Violet Distress Oxide to stamp & stencil some color into my background (which is mostly inside the card) and added some coordinating jute for texture.  I chose a honeycomb stencil by Tim Holtz for the natural design (it’s out of stock, but this similar one by Penny Black is available) and I applied some simple sponging with a mini ink blending tool.  I stamped my sentiment and a scribble from Media Marks in the same ink- it’s amazing how sponging and stamping can give these different variations of color with just one ink pad!  I decided to use a fine black pen to write over the stamped sentiment and give a sort of shadow effect, just to add a bit more weight to the words and make them stand out.

I added a few final details of white adhesive pearls and some Nuvo drops along the edge of my card.  Like I said earlier, I’m still debating if this will end up left as is, or turned into a card front (I would cut the front from the back and re-adhere them together with foam tape so the window is raised, but sturdy). For now I love it like this… and I guess it’s perfect if you don’t have much to say inside the card 🙂

I hope you like it!  I’ve got another card with a similar concept in process which I’ll share another time!

Inky hugs,