Posts Tagged ‘Stampendous’

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!



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Poinsettia Watercolour and Gold

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Kia here with you today to share a Christmas card I did. I received this stamp as a gift last year, and had not used it until today. I also wanted to make something a bit different, so I decided to use black card stock.

I first die cut a panel, also in the black card stock, using my Memory Box die. The die has a frame, but I opted not to use if for this card. I then prepared the panel suface with my powder tool and stamped with versamark embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I stamped a second time with the versamark and gold embossing powder on watercolour paper, using Fabriano Hot Press for this project. I wanted my Poinsettia to pop off the black, so I opted to watercolour with Ken Oliver Color Burst powders, using Lemon Yellow, Fuchsia and Alizarin Crimson from the Brights Collection Set. I did several layers of colour, until I was happy with the saturation and look, then set the flower aside to dry. I then splattered gold paint on my black panel, and set that aside to dry. I am one of those people that believes that using a heat gun on watercolour lightens the colours, so when painting something such as a flower, I always let it dry naturally.

Continuing on with the Poinsettia I fussy cut the flower and ran my gold feather pen around the cut edges. I attached the card panel to my card base, then styled the poinsettia and attached using foam squares.

 To finish up I added Nuvo Jewel drops to the berries.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today and wish to thank you for visiting today.

Thinking of You Card – Concord & 9th Lily Stamp Set

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Thinking of You Card – Concord & 9th Lily Stamp Set

Today’s card is a Thinking of You card  using Concord & 9ths Lily Stamp Set .  Nothing screams “Thinking of You” quite like Concord & 9th’s Lily Stamp Set.

The lily  stamp   has wonderful  line art,   thereby encouraging  this stamper to go wild (so-to-speak) with my own interpretation of the flower in terms of colour, shading and texture.

I  placed Concord & 9th  Lily Stamp on Tonic’s Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and inked the stamp with  Memories Black Dye Ink Pad.   Pressing the Stamp Platform  on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card Stock  for a crisp clear image.

Allow  the impression to  air dry completely before  using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers .

Colouring Technique:

I layered the  markers in stripes of colour. The  lightest shade around the petals edges working darker toward the centre of each petal. All five petals were coloured the same way, the only exception was when  a  section of a flower petal   fell behind  a petal that was in front. In order to add depth ,  a darker shade  was added  the the portion behind and a lighter shade to the area  in front. This makes  a cast shadow .

Where the colour stripes  were  side by side , the lighter of the two markers was used to blend the line. Making sure to clean the brush tip frequently. Once this was finished,  the solid image stamp and dotty pattern stamp  (both in the Lily Stamp Set) were inked with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Red Marker and stamped onto the freshly blended flower image.

The flower stem was coloured in the same fashion as the flower by adding stripes of colour , with the darker shades laid on the left hand side. The lighter,   on the right of the stem. The area  between each stripe was blended with the lighter shade of the two, making sure to clean the tip frequently.

The stamped image was outlined very lightly with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker in No.036 – Light Blue. This colour was pulled out farther with No. 302 Haze Blue. An aqua brush with a fine tip spread the ink out a smidgeon further , essentially fading the line.

This was set aside to  air dry.

Added Touches:

Once the ink was  dry “Thinking of ” and “You”   stamps were inked with VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad and stamped onto the front panel. Seth Apter Embossing Powder – Deep Sea was dusted over the freshly stamped words and melted with a heat tool. VersaMark Watermark Pen was applied to the flowers Stamens. Stampendous Embossing Powder – Topaz was applied to the flower Stamens  Anther and Nuvo Embossing Powder – Jet Black was applied to the Stamen Filament. A heat tool was used to melt the embossing powders .

A small bow was tied with ribbon from my stash. The ribbon closely matched  the melted  embossed sentiment  colour. The ribbons tails were trimmed and  attached to the stem, just below the flower with a Glue Dot.

Finishing the Card:

Tonic Craft Perfect Mirror Card in Silky Sky was cut to  (14 cm  x 10.8 cm)   5-1/2″ to 4-1/4″ and adhered to a side fold portrait card  front with Be Creative Tape 5mm

The Zig coloured  panel was  trimmed to (14 cm x 10.2 cm)  5 – 1/2″ x 4″ , ensuring   the image  stayed centred. Be Creative Tape 5mm  was applied to the back of the  panel  and  adhered to the mirror card layer on the card front.

A (14 cm x .6 cm  ) 1/4″ x  5 -1/2″  strip of  Tonic Craft Perfect Mirror Card in Silky Sky  was  attached to the  inside card base , vertically to the   right hand  side edge with liquid adhesive.   A white card stock  panel for the inside card base was cut to (14 cm x 10.2 cm)  5-1/2 x 4″ and stamped with Hero Arts Ink. This was  attached flush to the score mark  with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used in Flower:

Petals ( light to dark):

No. 050 – Yellow, No. 052 – Bright Yellow, N0. 070 – Orange, No. 023 – Scarlet Red, No. 020 Red.

Stem (dark to light):

No.044 – Deep Green, No. 043 Olive Green, No. 046 Mid Green, Scant No. 051 – Lemon Yellow.


No.036 – Light Blue, No. 302 Haze Blue

This card in now complete.

Here is a video of the colouring process:

Thank you for stopping by. Until Next time – xo Karen