Ho Ho Ho with Distress Oxide Inks (and a few other samples)

Ho Ho Ho with Distress Oxide Inks (and a few other samples)


After trying alcohol inks the other night in the course I am teaching through the Haddonfield Adult School (as I mentioned in my previous post), we then played with Distress Oxide inks .  I used these inks for the first time while preparing samples for this lesson.  (I had watched several tutorial videos back when the inks were first introduced but hadn’t actually tried them until now.  Not sure what I was waiting for!!)  I love how cool the ink looks when it dries, how it reacts with water, and how easy (and fun!) it is to layer colors.

The background on this one was “smooshed” with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks.  I didn’t add water to my inked surface on this card because I wanted to see how the layered inks looked after they dried without the oxidized look.

The die cut is called “Ho Ho Ho Square” (#590-ZZ) from Impression Obsessions.

Here are two more samples made with the “smooshing” technique using Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, and spritzes of water between layers.


The floral die cut on this one can be found in the “Floral Square” die set (PFSA0118) by Pinkfresh Studio.  (The “thanks” die was unbranded, but I’ve since found and purchased the “Gallery Frame 2” die set from Hello Bluebird which contains this “thanks” die, but bigger.)



The “Fancy Floral 2” die (PFSA0918) is also by Pinkfresh Studio.  (There is also a Fancy Floral 1 which is the same design with thicker lines and could be layered under this one to create an offset mat.  It could also be used on its own.)

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Tarnished Leaves

Tarnished Leaves


Two very fortunate things happened that led to this card design.  First, my friend ordered white embossing powder for a project she was working on and received “Aged Silver Embossing Enamel” by Stampendous! instead.  She didn’t feel like dealing with returning it so she tried it on another part of her project (in addition to the white she eventually got) and we both LOVED it.  After the project was completed, she gifted me the jar – thanks, Kirsten!!  The second thing that happened was that I was lucky enough to be randomly chosen as the winner of a Stampendous! gift certificate from the Modsquad Challenge, and I used it to purchase the Decor Cling Leaves Rubber Stamp – DCR101 – thanks Joyce and Laura!!

I used both of those to create this card.

The embossing enamel is a mix of a tarnished looking silver and black that looks aged,  metallic, bubbly, vintage/shabby chic, maybe even a little copper… and cool!  And it looks so different depending on how the light hits it.  (So hard to photograph!!)  Here’s a better look at the shine:


The stamp itself is huge (8″ x 8″) and has a bunch of leaves and splatters; I just used a small part of the panel I created for this card.  Before embossing the image, I randomly stamped overlapping leaves (with a single leaf stamp from the Momenta “Nature” set) with Memento Rich Cocoa ink (straight stamping and stamping off) all over a piece of ivory card stock.  I used the same stamp with Memento Desert Sand on ivory for the large background panel.  I love that leaf stamp for adding texture!

The panels were matted on Gina K Chocolate Truffle card stock. (The “thanks” die was unbranded, but I’ve since found and purchased the “Gallery Frame 2” die set from Hello Bluebird which contains this “thanks” die, but bigger.)

I love the stamp with just ink, too!


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Shaped Cards

Shaped Cards


I was playing with some dies and the Stampin’ Up “Waterfront” set and came up with a few cards that were not the typical rectangle shape.  (We ended up making “shape cards” in my class last week.)

Here’s another sample:


This is a fun stamp set that has a bunch of elements to create different outdoor scenes.  The solid image stamps don’t need to be colored; the inks do all the work.

Once I was done stamping, I sponged a coordinating color onto the frame I created with two of the nesting dies from the same set used to cut the card base.

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Beach Scene Shaker Card

Beach Scene Shaker Card


I wanted to make a thank you note for the generous couple who let us stay at their beach house last week and thought using sand and shells from “their beach” would be great in a shaker card for them.

I sponged the sand, sea, and sky with Gina K Tranquil Teal and Kraft inks on white card stock and then added the sand and water details with the same inks and stamps from the Stampin’ Up “Timeless Textures” set (retired?).  The sandpipers are from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?), and the greeting is from the “Banners” set from Joy! Crafts.  Both were stamped with GKD Charcoal Brown ink.

I cut the beach scene panel with a stitched frame die (unbranded) and then backed the frame with a piece of acetate.  (I have to admit I was a bit nervous at first about cutting my “finished” sponged and stamped panel after spending all the time to create it, but I really like how the scene ended up being continuous across the raised frame and the inside portion of the shaker panel.)  I layered GKD Tranquil Teal and Recollections Kraft mats and cut a rectangle from the center (that was larger than the frame opening but smaller than the frame).  Those layers were then adhered behind the frame/acetate panel to create the raised portion of the shaker element and card front. (I added the mats in this way instead of directly to the card base because I wanted the card front to be flat instead of having the shaker panel sticking off the surface.)

To create the recessed, background piece of the shaker panel, a double layer of fun foam, cut with the same frame die, was glued to a scrap of card stock.  The portion of the sponged/stamped scene that was “left over” from the frame die cut was dropped into the opening of the stacked, foam frames.  The sand and shells were then added.

Before sealing up the shaker panel with the matted top layer, I gently wiped/patted the acetate with a dryer sheet to remove the static.  There was a lot, and the sand kept jumping up onto the acetate before it was “treated” – lol!  If you do this, just be careful not to scratch the acetate.  After the static was eliminated, the two panels were glued together trapping the sand and shells inside.

The finished shaker panel was adhered to a GKD Tranquil Teal base.  A white panel was added to the inside so I could write my message.

Over at the Modsquad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “A Time for Giving” where we are to “make a card to demonstrate GIVING such as kindness, thankfulness and friendship.”

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