Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Distress Oxide Technique - Stamping with Water

Hello and hope you are well today.  I would like to share some cards and a quick tutorial for a technique that I used with Distress Oxide inks.  I know that these inks are great for blending - I am seeing that all over the crafting world - they really do blend like a dream!  And they are also great for reacting with water, so I combined those two strengths here.


This background used Broken China, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides sponged and blended on plain white cardstock.  The tree line was stamped on the back.


If you aren't familiar with this technique, let me show you how easy it is.
(Click on the photos to enlarge.)

First, sponge the Distress Oxides on your cardstock with a heavy hand to get good coverage.



Second, ink up your stamp (solid ones work well) with Versamark ink.  (This step is optional, but I think it helps.)


Spritz the stamp with water a couple of times and stamp over your background.


The ink reacts with the water by oxidizing and turning white as well as the watermark that would happen with regular distress inks.  The result is really quite pretty and easy to do!



Here is the card I made with this background.





(If you missed it, check out my other Distress Oxide tutorial for faux bleaching.)

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna Unmounted Sheet, Tree Line Background stamp, Sentiment sheet 3, Distress Oxide inks, Versamark, Embossing folders by Darice and Elizabeth Crafts, Versafine Majestic Blue ink.

Thanks for stopping by!  I would love it if you left a comment so I know you were here! 

I am playing in the following challenges:
ModSquad Challenge - Plant Kindness (both cards qualify)
CASology Melt (tree card)

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes (Floral card)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Gardening Bunny Easter Card


I wanted to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch this week.  I made a bright Easter card with a cute bunny who I imagine is "helping" with someone's gardening.


Supplies: Hero Art My Monthly Hero March kit, Hero Arts Everyday Sentiments stamp set, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary paper pad


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great week!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Clean & Simple Bunny card set

Hello and thanks for coming by today! I have a very easy card set to share today where I used an old stamp set with a new one.  


I stamped and colored a bunch of these sweet bunnies. I thought they looked very elegant sitting on the plush pillow, drinking tea.  That made me think of these formal frame stamps that I've had for a while, so I decided to pair them up.


I knew I would need some thank you cards soon, so I made a bunch in different colors.




I used my workhorse frame dies again (I am going to be looking into the suggestions for similar dies that several of you made! Feel free to comment with your favorite frame type dies.)


Supplies:  Hero Arts Welcome Home stamp set, Recollections Cameo Frames stamp set, Hero Arts intense black ink, Versafine Onyx black ink, DCWV Citrus paper, Gina K Jelly Bean Green, Ocean Mist and Turquoise Sea cardstocks, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, white gel pen

I would love to participate in the following challenges
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Bit o' Green

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy Easter

I was not sure if I would do Easter cards this year, but it turns out there is lots of time, so here is one of my first ones.  Very CAS!



I used water based markers to color the eggs.  This Wonky Stitched die is really getting a workout.  I seem to use it all the time. I am currently looking to see what other similar dies I could get, so if you have any favorites, let me know!


Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Happy Eater Eggs (the eggs and sentiment are actually one piece, but I cut mine apart), Versafine Onyx Black ink, Tombow markers, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles, KI Doilies 6x6 paper pad

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Great Impressions Spring or Easter
Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Watercolor Window

Hello and thank you for visiting!  I have been working on watercoloring with Art Impressions stamps today.  I definitely need more practice, but it doesn't take long so it is fun!


I used my Tombow markers and the Marvy LePlume sepia marker.  I love that particular sepia marker because when you add water to it, it separates out into several lovely, earthy colors.  I wanted to use the brown polka dot paper to accent those same colors that are in the window box that I panted to be terracotta, BUT I then needed to add the purple/periwinkle stripe to brighten things up.



Supplies: Art Impressions WC Series 5 set 1 (Window, Tiny vine, hummingbird), Flower set (daisy bunch), Tombow and Marvy water based markers, watercolor paper, MFT Pierced Square dies, Crate Paper Party Day paper, other papers from my stash, Hero Arts CL342 sentiment, Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Art Impressions Let's Watercolor
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge- Bit O Green
Double D Challenges - Things that Fly

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Green Card

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog today to see the card I have to share.  I am so happy that you are taking the time to be here.


This card is very straightforward with the stamping. I stamped the white panel with green ink.  Then I die cut it into two pieces and popped the first one up with a thin piece of fun foam.  I was hesitant to try this, but I have found that it is a touch thinner than dimensional tape and is still easily mailed with one stamp.


"Take Good Care" is a sentiment I have can use for several types of notes I need to send, like the 50's song, "Take Good Care of my Baby," to Get well or Sympathy.  I find myself reaching for this sentiment often. (Plus I like the mix of type and script.)

Supplies: Power Poppy Simply Camellias, Gina K Applemint ink and cardstock, Versafine Black ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched dies, American Crafts Ribbon, Spellbinders Foliage dies.

I would love to play along in these challenges:
ModSquad challenge - Song Inspiration
Power Poppy Let's Go Green
Cards in Envy - Simple

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pencil Coloring on Kraft

Hello and hope you are having a great weekend!  It is chilly and we have snow on the ground this late winter, and we may get hit by a major snowstorm next week.  We shall see!


It is always fun to color up flowers when it is cold outside.  This was done with my Coloursoft pencils, which work really easily on darker cardstock. I really like that I do not have to push down hard when I use them, it helps my hands not feel fatigued.


Supplies: Gina K Heart Blooms stamp set, Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink Chestnut Roan, Versafine Smokey Grey ink, Derwent Coloursoft pencils, My Mind's Eye Brambly Rose paper pad, Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped Ovals, EK Succuss banner punch

I would love to participate in these challenges:
The Flower Challenge -  Anything Goes
StampTV MIUM - Color Me Krafty
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Special Girl
Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge