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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Distress Oxide Glaze Technique: Thinking of You

Still playing with the Distress Oxide Glaze technique that I show here. I'm having fun turning these panels into cards, and I will have a couple more posts after this one with some fun things I have done.


This card ended up as a thank you card for someone who has done so much for me. I can't thank her enough.

If you follow the link above, I show how these backgrounds are made. Basically you take glossy cardstock and apply Distress Oxide ink in layers, drying between each layer. At the end you apply Distress Glaze to the front, which brightens the colors and seals your work and makes it permanent.

For this card, I selected a panel on which I had used a variety of Greens and just a little yellow and orange. I die cut this panel using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. The largest die in this set cuts a panel to 3.75" x 5" and gives it a nice stitched edge.

When you stamp onto a glazed piece of glossy paper, I have found that the best thing to use is StazOn ink. Nothing else I tried really dried in a reasonable time. I stamped the bottom of this panel several times with a little stamp from Rubbernecker stamps. I also drew on it just a bit to fill in.

I stamped the sentiment at the top using a Simon Says Stamp set called Thoughtful Messages, which I find myself using quite a bit.

The flower petals are from some washi tape I got at Impress Cards and Crafts. This washi is unique in that it comes off the roll in individual petals rather than a straight line of tape. When I was there, they had this in pink and orange, but I really don't know who makes it. They used it on a very cute card where they made a flower like a pansy, using 5 petals. On this card, I only used one petal for each flower, because the lines seemed too small and thin to support a large flower. I kind of think it works; I think they look more like poppies this way.

I matted the panel onto a piece of Stampin' Up Cajun Craze cardstock cut to 4" x 5.25" and then adhered it to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

I added some crystal iridescent sequins, and I always like to squeeze a little bit of Stickles onto them so the holes don't show.

I hope you like it, and stay tuned, I will have some more examples to show you.

Products Used:
Distress Oxides: Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade,
Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint
Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
Ranger Glaze medium
Rubbernecker stamp 608-02 Floral #2
Simon Says Stamp SSS101740 Thoughtful Messages
StazOn Jet Black ink
Lawn Fawn LF76f8 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Petal Washi tape from Impress Cards & Crafts
Crystal Iridescent sequins
Crystal Stickles
Stampin' Up Cajun Craze cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock






Monday, April 9, 2018

Distress Oxide Glaze Technique: Beautiful Day

I recently had fun playing with the Distress Oxide Glaze technique and made a big pile of backgrounds. To look at my how-to post on the Distress Oxide Glaze technique, click here.


Here are some closeups and Before/After glaze application


Before Glaze


After Glaze


Side by side comparison.


These are SO much fun to make!


There are so many different color combinations. I try to choose colors that will work well together and not make mud.


Over the next few days I will post a few cards that I have made using these backgrounds. Be sure to look at the Christmas ones I made too, by clicking on the link to the how/to post  at the top of this page.

Here's the first card I made, and I love it!


This card was made by taking one of the Distress Oxide Glazed panels and simply stamping with two beautiful Magenta stamps. The stamp with the bird is called Branch Overlook and is from the newest Magenta Spring 2018 release. I absolutely love it. I think you could use this stamp for lots of occasions, including Thinking of You or Sympathy. I sent this card to a friend whose husband is an ornithologist. Doesn't the background really make it pop?

I have to tell you that after experimenting with a couple of different inks (Versafine Onyx Black; Ranger Archival) I came to the conclusion that the best ink to use to stamp onto these glazed backgrounds is StazOn. Even the Archival took forever to dry; the Versafine didn't dry at all, and I had to clear emboss it. Perhaps I was just being impatient!

After stamping, I cut the panel with the largest of the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. This die cuts a panel to 3.75" x 5", and I use it quite a bit.

I adhered the stamped panel onto a mat of dark purple cardstock. In real life it picks up some slight purple tones in the panel. For matting, just search your stash for something that picks up a color in your piece. It should not be the predominant colors though, because it should have some contrast.

These pieces were adhered to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock and a few iridescent clear sequins were added.

If you're interested in these Magenta stamps, or any of their beautiful stamps including their new Spring collection, you can click on the links below, or go directly to their online store here.


Products Used:

Magenta Branch Overlook 0748.O
Magenta have a Beautiful day! 07.969.F
Distress Oxides inks: Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, 
Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet
StazOn Jet Black ink
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock
Distress Glaze
Purple cardstock of unknown provenance for mat
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock



Friday, April 6, 2018

Distress Oxide Glaze Technique: Christmas

At the Creativation show this past January, Tim Holtz introduced a really cool technique you can do with Distress Oxides. He was playing around with different substrates for Distress Oxide, and tried the inks on glossy paper, specifically the Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock. It seems like Tim Holtz will try anything with his products, including licking the paper (not recommended). He found that the oxidation of the inks was especially pronounced on the glossy cardstock, (that's when he licked it) and then he tried a product that's been around awhile, Distress Glaze. Distress Glaze is a pretty cool product that will seal a surface and make it permanent (such as sealing Distress inks to protect them from being activated again). It's an almost waxy substance that can be applied with a blending tool, or even with your finger.



I've had a lot of fun playing with this technique, and have made a lot of backgrounds using it. For the purposes of this post, I made two Christmas cards. Since I'm trying to make all of my Christmas cards and tags by October, these are my March cards (still late). I made two versions and couldn't decide which I liked best, so I'm doing half of one and half of the other.

While I was making the backgrounds for these cards, I took a lot of pictures to try and show you how this is done. It's pretty easy and it's fun. Since I wanted blue backgrounds for these cards, I got out all of my blues and a purple in my Oxide inks.


I also used Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock, although in the past I have done this technique using other glossy cardstock (including Kromecoat) and it seems to work just as well.



I worked with 3 colors at a time, putting them on my mat, spritzing with water, and also running a brush through them so they wouldn't be such square shapes when I swipe my cardstock through.



Here's the first swipe. I just laid the cardstock onto the colors and I may or may not have moved it around before picking it up.


This is what it looked like after one swipe. After placing it in the colors, then I dried it with a heat tool. I prefer to use the Ranger one for drying because it doesn't distort my cardstock as much.


I ended up using 3 pieces of glossy cardstock for this session. I didn't want to waste the color on the mat, and three seemed to use up most of what I put down each time. It doesn't really soak in to the glossy cardstock much.


I put down 3 more blues and kept swiping the panels into the ink. 


The panels continued to evolve. I dried them after each application of color.


I also spritzed them several times and splattered them with ink that I picked up with my brush.



I kept spritzing, blotting, splatting and drying in between


I also picked up a little ink and touched my brush to the paper in places, and that made nice bubbles.


It was at this point that I thought I wanted it to be a little darker blue. One of the blues I used (Blueprint Sketch?) turned a kind of purple. This is not the Wilted Violet color, as I had not used it yet at this point. I used very little of the Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio. The glaze will also darken these colors more.


I added some more Faded Jeans color. It's important to realize that there is no right or wrong here, and that the more layers you add the better it will look in the end. Also, the panels will look very cloudy or chalky when dry. This is how they are supposed to look at this point, but they won't end up that way!


Before adding the glaze, I usually will buff the panel a little with a paper towel. My friend Marj Marion came up with this idea, because when you apply the glaze with your blending tool, quite a bit of color comes off on your sponge. Buffing with the paper towel will take off some of that color in advance.


After buffing with the paper towel, your pieces will already look brighter and start to show some of the layers underneath.


This is what the jar of Distress Glaze looks like. Tim Holtz (being Tim Holtz) designed it so that the round blending tool fits right in. I actually store the sponge applicator that I use right inside the jar. It will eventually get very gunky and you can throw it out and replace with a clean one.


I'm just starting in on a corner here. This is when the magic really starts to happen. One tip is, be sure you like what you have on your panel before you glaze it. Once the glaze is applied, the panel is sealed and permanent.

After you apply glaze to the whole panel (it doesn't take a lot), then you can buff it again with your paper towel. 

Here are the panels before the glaze


And after


They turn so much brighter and more beautiful. It's almost like you can see every layer. (I swear that the Peacock Feathers turns almost green on these). These will turn out differently every time you make them.

Here's my second card.



For the first card, I took a panel of white Core'dinations linen textured cardstock and cut it to 5.25" x 4".  Using my mini MISTI, I lined up a Merry Christmas sentiment from the Papertrey Ink set "Keep it Simple: Christmas" and stamped with Versamark ink. I embossed it with Candy Store Chrome embossing powder.

I then positioned the Memory Box die 99765 Pinpoint Double Frame in the upper center of the panel and cut it out. I then cut the Memory Box die 99503 Fresh Pine Curved Border out of some Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock, and positioned part of the border behind the opening of the frame.

I cut a piece from the Distress Oxide glazed panels I made and positioned it behind the trees. The panel was then adhered to a piece of Malmero Pearl Blue cardstock and mounted to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

My second card was made in a similar way, except instead of the Memory Box Pinpoint Double Frame die, I used the Die-namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle (3rd from Largest) for the opening, and the Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 Stitched Rectangle for the panel itself. The stamp is Peace Border F3605 from Hero Arts.

I was having a hard time figuring out which card I liked better. The Peace one shows more of the beautiful background behind, but I think I'm leaning toward the Merry Christmas one. What do you think?

To see a great video of the Distress Oxide Glaze technique by Jennifer McGuire, click here. You can see my post about Distress Oxides in general here, or search my blog for Distress Oxide.

Products Used:

Both Cards:
Distress Oxide inks: Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch,
Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon Peacock Feathers,
Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet
Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
Distress Glaze
Memory Box die 99503 Fresh Pine Curved Border
Core'dinations White linen textured cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Malmero Pearl Blue cardstock
Versamark ink
Candy Store Chrome embossing powder

Card #1:
Memory Box die 99765 Pinpoint Double Frame
Papertrey Ink Keep it Simple: Christmas stamp set

Card #2
Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangles
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Hero Arts Peace Border F3605 


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Distress Oxide Blends: Using Your Leftover Pieces

Since I don't always use an entire panel of blended Oxide inks, I often have leftover pieces that I can use on other cards. I don't throw any scraps away! I love, love, love this card, because it uses a little leftover piece of blended Oxides, an older Magenta stamp that I love, and a Die-namics die that I have been meaning to use.


I cut a panel of white textured cardstock to 5" x 3.75", and used the Die-namics MFT-1113 Square Peek-a-Boo Window die to die cut an opening in the upper center of the panel.

I stamped the Magenta 14.591.H Ornamental Onion Blooms stamp onto a scrap of Distress Oxide blended cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then cut it to size (slightly larger than the opening) using the Memory Box 30088 Square Basics die set. 

The Distress Oxide colors I used on this scrap were Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Wilted Violet. I had spritzed the panel with water, and after putting some of the Broken China ink on my craft mat and spraying it with some water, I flicked it onto the panel with a brush. I used most of the rest of this particular colored panel on another card, but I feel like the way the colors and spots ended up on this square look like they were put there just for this card. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I will tell you now, that mounting that colored, stamped square to center in the opening is not easy, and I still didn't get it perfectly centered. Next time I would adhere the colored square to the back of the white panel so that it shows through the opening, and THEN stamp it in the center, using a stamping tool. I think that would be much easier.

I stamped a Magenta Happy Birthday sentiment just underneath the square opening, using Versafine Onyx black ink. This stamp is the Multilingual Happy Birthday stamp, but I am using just the English sentiment for this card.

I matted the white panel with Stardream Fairway cardstock, and mounted the entire panel onto Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

If you have not had a chance to look at my Distress Oxide Overview post, you can see it here
If you would like to purchase any of the Magenta stamps used here, you can click on the links below the images to go to the Magenta online store.

Products Used:

Magenta 14.591.H Ornamental Onion Blooms
Magenta Multilingual Happy Birthday 07.907.L
Die-namics MFT-1113 Square Peek-a-Boo Window
Memory Box 30088 Square Basics die set
Distress Oxide inks: Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio,
Broken China, Wilted Violet
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Stardream Fairway cardstock
Core'dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Distress Oxides: Time to Celebrate

When I make Distress Oxide backgrounds, I usually like to blend lots of colors together. They blend so well and so effortlessly. However, this time I just used two colors, and I really love the soft look this has. It's too bad that blogger won't let me make this larger. The next step up is Extra Large, and when I make a horizontal card, it sticks out too far into the margins. It's really so pretty in real life.

In inked a panel of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock with Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick. These two colors together combine to make such a pretty coral color. I spritzed the panel with the Tim Holtz sprayer that will spray a fine mist if you pull the trigger back, but will spit larger drops if you just pull it back a bit. I think this gives such a lovely bokeh look.

I cut the panel with the  Die-namics 463 Blueprints 13 stitched rectangle die that cuts the panel to 5.25" x 4".

Using another piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock that was adhered to Stick-it adhesive, I die cut the Poppy die 1429 Kaysen Oval Frame and adhered it to the center of the colored panel.

The sentiment is from Penny Black's clear set 30-286 Heartfelt, and I stamped it into the center of the oval with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

After doing all of this, I thought I would like the panel to be more sparkly, so I sprayed the whole thing with the Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz. It would have been better to spray it earlier in the process, because it reactivated the ink and a little of the coral color got onto the white oval. I used a Tombow Mono Sand eraser to get it off. 

I mounted the finished panel onto a So Silk Fashion Black mat, and then onto a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

If you have not yet had a chance to look at my Distress Oxide Overview post, you can see it here.

Products Used:
Poppy 1429 Kaysen Oval Frame
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Penny Black 30-286 Heartfelt stamp set
Distress Oxides: Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Stick-it Adhesive
So Silk Fashion Black cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Distress Oxides: Heartfelt Sympathy

I have had to make a number of sympathy cards recently, and I always find them hard to make. It's easier to have some made in advance, but I never seem to. This card is another blended panel that I had already made and had in my stash.


The original panel was made by blending a lot of colors of Distress Oxides. Once the colors were blended, I stamped this lovely Magenta Clover Silhouette image in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. I think this stamp is really one of my very favorite stamps; it was designed by Magenta DT member Ellie Knoll. I really think that no matter what you do with it, it will look beautiful.

After stamping, I spritzed the entire panel with water and then speckled it with a little of the darker ink that I had put on my craft mat with some added water. I think that the water drops give it a more ethereal look.

I cut the panel out with the Die-namics MFT 846 Inside/Outside Stitched Ovals. I adhered the oval to the top center of a white textured cardstock that was cut using the Die-namics MFT 463 Blueprints 13 stitched rectangle die that cuts the panel to 5.25" x 4"

I stamped the Impression Obsession sentiment onto the bottom of the white panel with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and the panel was matted with Stardream Blue Steele cardstock. I adhered the panel to a base card of 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock.

I love how this card turned out, and I almost always feel that way when I use this Clover Silhouette stamp! If you have not yet looked at my Distress Oxide Overview post, you can see it here. If you wish to purchase the Clover Silhouette, you can click on the link below. Both Magenta and Impression Obsession offer all of their stamps in wood or cling rubber versions.

Products Used:
Magenta 48.011.L Clover Silhouette
Impression Obsession C13521 Heartfelt Sympathy
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, 
Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Faded Jeans
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13
Die-namics MFT-846 Inside/Outside Stitched Ovals
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Stardream Blue Steele cardstock
Core'dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock


Friday, March 23, 2018

Distress Oxides: Make My Heart Smile

I made this card for my and my husband's 38th anniversary. This is another example of a card that you can easily make petty quickly, but that has a big impact. This is why it's so nice to have a stack of blended Distress Oxide panels sitting around.


I blended some of my favorite Distress Oxide inks onto a panel of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using a blending tool, and spritzed it with water using the Tim Holtz spray bottle.

I cut out the panel using the Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 stitched rectangle die that cuts a panel 5.25" x 4". I love the beautiful stitched finished edge this die gives.

I cut the heart out of the center of the panel using the Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity die set DI334.  I just love this die set! These are beautifully shaped hearts, and you get 10 different sizes, so pretty much any size you need! The heart was popped up using a piece of black craft foam that I cut using the next smaller heart die.

I die cut the sentiment out of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp SSSD111680 Heart Smile die, and adhered it to the center of the heart.

The panel was mounted onto a mat of So Silk Passion Purple cardstock and then onto a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

My hubby let me show this here on the blog. I hope you like it (he did).

Products Used:
Hero Arts DI334 Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies
Simon Says Stamp SSSD111680 Heart Smile die
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, 
Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade
Black craft foam
So Silk Passion Purple cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock