Hello and Happy Almost Mother’s Day…

Actually Mother’s Day isn’t for a week yet, but I thought I’d post this card since it’s right around the corner and you might find something here to inspire you if you’re hand making a card for your Mom!  And also because Distress Oxides!  Have you tried them yet?  Have you divined the mystery of the chalk ink that isn’t chalky and that blends so creamily?

The first thing I want to show you is the color palette of the Distress Oxide inks.  I don’t know if there will be other colors released, but for now there are 12 and I needed them all!  They are meant to match the color by the same name in the regular distress ink palette, and I don’t know about your thoughts on these colors but I love them SO much more than the originals!  They are more subtle.  Creamier, and over-all more delicious!  Here are the current set of colors.  I know right!?  So yummy and sherbet-y!mom2

I colored these tags by smooshing the ink onto my craft mat and then spritzing with water.  Then I ran the tags through the puddles of color.  As they were drying, I flicked them with droplets of water and dabbed to dry, leaving the white “oxidized”area.  Then I stamped an image with the same ink pad to finish it off.   A nice solid color coverage from this ink - unlike what the original Distress inks do.  And I love the chalky finish that doesn’t rub off onto your fingers!  They are quite unique in the stamping world, for the way their properties work.


Next, I wanted to try blending colors together.  From left to right: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, then Wilted Violet and Broken China in the middle and Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade on the right.


For my Mother’s Day card I used the colors of ink pads shown in the photo above.


Then, I flicked water droplets on the paper and dried them to “lift” the color off.  Then I random-stamped the floral blooms stamp from the Sizzix, Thanks a Bunch stamp set and heat embossed with white.  I finished by stamping on white card stock, with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide and clear heat-embossing over that!  That’s another unique property of the Oxide inks - they are wet enough to hold embossing powder for heat embossing so you always have the exact same embossing powder to match your ink!
Finally, I monochromatic painted in the flowers with a blue/grey pen and water brush, then punched it out of the white paper and popped it up on the card with dimensional adhesive.  The addition of some silver cord and a variety of colored enamel dots and this card is finished.


Now, I need to get it in the mail! Isn’t there a rule that says if it arrives a week late, then the points for “handmade” are cancelled?

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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This post was written by Norine on May 7, 2017

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