This post is a little different for me, but when I saw the Color Layering Blue Whale set from Hero Arts, I had this idea to incorporate the whales with a Distress Oxide background technique I’d seen of Jennifer McGuire’s. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
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I’ve recently been expanding my collection of Distress Oxide inks; look at that happy rainbow of colours! I like how effortlessly these inks blend and their softer, chalky finish. More information below, but just an FYI that Simon Says Stamp has a 20% off Ranger sale this weekend which includes the Distress Oxides!
Since I took this picture, I’ve finished collecting the current series of Distress Oxides, although I believe more colours are coming out this year. You can find the download for this organisational chart here and the full range of Ranger organisation downloads here.
It was this project I had in mind when I was collecting the Distress Oxide Inks. I wanted to try the background technique I’d seen Jennifer McGuire do of lifting the colour from an ink blended background by stamping with water. I started by blending Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch inks into a panel of white card. I then spritzed the Starry Night Brushstroke set with water and stamped the water onto the background. I let it sit for a minute and then lifted the stamp to reveal the pattern. Where the water had sat, it had reactivated the Distress Oxides leaving a bleached look – so perfect for a watery background. I die cut the background with a Wonky Rectangle – the whimsical stitched lines again fitted this card so well.
I stamped a coordinating sentiment from the Color Layering Blue Whale set in Versafine Onyx Black ink and trimmed with a ruler and scalpel before foam mounting to the side of the watery panel. I attached the panel to a white card base and as a final accent added clear droplets.
I couldn’t resist creating a second card. This one uses very similar products and techniques. The only difference is instead of using a stamp to create the watery effect, I used a stencil.
I blended the same trio of Distress Oxide inks into a panel of white card and then laid the Waves stencil over the top. I spritzed with water and let the water sit for about 15 seconds – less time than I had used for the previous card and as a result, the effect is more subtle. I die cut the panel with a Nesting Oval and foam mounted to a white card base.
As I was writing this post I saw that Simon Says Stamp have a 20% off Ranger sale which includes the Distress Oxides! Use code RANGER20 valid until 1st April at 11.59pm EDT.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D