Category Archives: Distress Techniques

Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • Beaver: Avery Elle “Wood You?”
    • Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts “Brave (OWH)”
  • Dies – Avery Elle “Wood You?”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “29th Street Market – Carefree ‘Graceful’ Pattern Petite”
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks – Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m continuing to play around with Distress Oxide ink backgrounds. I applied the colors listed above to a craft sheet and spritzed with water, layering them and drying between applications. This is becoming a favorite background technique, but I can’t have just one favorite! I could create nothing but backgrounds and be perfectly happy!

I colored the beaver and flower bouquet with Copics and popped them up with dimensional adhesive. This is a nice little surprise with a couple of goodies in my son’s suitcase as he heads out on a fun trip tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

Challenges:

Incy Wincy “So So Cute” Challenge

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity “Favorite Background Technique” Challenge


Life’s a Beach

  • Stamps –
    • Stampington & Co. Christine Adolph Series, “Shore Cliff Elements”
    • Darcie’s – “Beach Bums”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Broken China and Faded Jeans
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Silver metallic paper

This is a very simple card with a beachy theme. I started with a watercolor background, which is sort of the star of the card, made with Ranger Distress Oxide inks and water. I stamped the shells and sentiment over the background in black Archival ink.

Challenge: The Artistic Stamper April Creative Challenge – Backgrounds

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Thinking of you – Butterflies on Oxides

  • Stencil – Stencil Girl Products S319 – “Scribble Blooms”
  • Stamp – Hero Arts CL342 “Everyday Sayings”
  • Butterflies – unknown origin
  • Border punch – EK Success
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

The background for this card was made with Distress Oxide inks applied through a stencil with a sponge applicator. I spritzed the stenciled image with water. I distressed the stamped sentiment with ink as well.

This is a card for the Things with Wings Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Thanks for stopping by.

 


Birdie’s Tea Time

  • Stamps –
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – “Tea Time”
    • Hero Arts – CL738 – “Messages with Flourish”
  • Dies –
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – “Tea Time”
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fleur de Lis Rectangles”
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China, Wilted Violet, and Worn Lipstick
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I used several different media to create this card. I started with the background, combining many layers of Distress Oxide inks and water. The teacups are colored with Prismacolor pencils and KaiserCraft metallic gel pens. This is a card for the Things with Wings Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Thanks for visiting today.


Happy Anniversary – Vintage Couple

  • Sentiment stamp – Altenew “Vintage Roses” set
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities – “Labels Seventeen”
  • Die cuts – Tim Holtz Ideaology “Snippets” and “Paper Dolls”
  • Magicals – Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Cattail Copper Brown, Ponderosa Pines Olive, and Red Hot Poker Orange
  • Distress Oxide inks – Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick
  • Distress Ink – Mowed Lawn
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used two different backgrounds to create layers on this year’s anniversary card I made for my husband. One background was the Distress Oxide layer that provides some subtle color. The brightly colored, sparkly background which I created using Lindy’s Magicals powder was then die cut for the backdrop for the married couple. I combined the Tim Holtz die cuts and stamped a sentiment for a focal point, making this a perfect card for the Happy Little Stampers monthly challenge to create with dies. Thanks for visiting.

 


A Genuine Traveler

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  • Paper Dolls – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Ephemera Pack – Snippets – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Metallic Stickers – Quotations – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Trimmings – Naturals, Black/Cream – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Inks – Walnut Stain and Faded Jeans
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Kraft paper

I created a background using my new Distress Oxide inks and water, layering on color and drying over and over. I added the paper doll, ephemera, sticker and a ticket that I just received today in a raffle (I added some ink to it also). I layered the mixed media piece onto cardstock and added a piece of trim to the top of the folded Kraft paper card. Thanks for visiting.

 

 


Magical Ornaments

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  • Dies
    • Tonic – Acorn Swirl
    • Little B – Labels
  • Vintage Photos
  • Ranger Distress Collage Medium – Crazing
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology
    • Alpha cards
    • Mirrored stars
    • Tinsel Twine – Autumn
    • Tissue Tape
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts tinsel trim (green)
  • Cork Tape
  • Metal adhesive dots – Mark Richards and Colorbox
  • Metallic cardstock – Paper Accents (silver and red)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

I created three ornaments for three magician friends who have been mentors for Trenton since January 2009 (nearly 8 years), since he was 10 years old. He was the charter member of Salem’s Society of Young Magicians and performing magic effects has been a large part of young life. Now that he is 18, as the bylaws of the Society of Young Magicians state, he must move up to the Society of American Magicians (the adult group). So this weekend, Trenton attended his last meeting and performed in his last show with the group. As a thank you, our family gave Glen, Tom and John (the mentors) each a gift basket and each included a personalized ornament shown above.

magic-detailornamentI took a vintage image of a magician and collaged it with some die-cuts and other ephemera. I applied collage medium that gave the image an antiqued quality, including a crazing (crackle) effect. Then I added some walnut stain Distress Ink to the edges of the image and to the crazed texture to show it off a bit more. I created a different composition for each ornament that included an Alpha card (playing off the tricks they all do with cards) that is an initial of either their first or last name, and other embellishments for visual interest. It was a fun project to do and hopefully provided them with a small memento that will make them think of Trenton when they decorate their trees.

I am including this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Christmas Gifts.”

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