I created this project for my Doodling With Debby series over at Simon Says Stamp. This month it is all about the Distress Oxide Blending. Did you see Kristina Werner’s look at the new Distress colour – Speckled Egg. So fabulous and her Distress Oxide combinations are always spot-on. I have Speckled Egg on it’s way to me, but in the meantime, I thought I’d play with the colours I have already. I loved Kristina’s use of Speckled Egg with Ripe Persimmon and Walnut Stain. I switched out the Speckled Egg for Tumbled Glass instead. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
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DISTRESS OXIDE BLENDING + COVERING UP MISTAKES
- Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Hexagon Floral Background
- Distress Oxide Inks – Tumbled Glass, Ripe Persimmon & Walnut Stain
- Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Greetings Set
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- On a piece of Neenah Solar White card, blend Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide over two-thirds of the panel.
- Bring in Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide, blending over the middle third of the panel and overlapping with the Tumbled Glass.
- Finally, bring in Walnut Stain over the lower third. Keep blending the three colours until there is a gentle gradient from one colour to the next.
- Leave to dry or dry with a heat gun. Test by sprinkling on embossing powder to see if the panel is dry. If not tap of the powder and dry again.
- Lift out the removable hexagon and stamp the Center Cut Hexagon Floral Background over the ink-blended panel in Versamark ink and white heat emboss.
- Die-cut the open area hexagon with the Hexagon Greetings Die.
- Trim the panel to fit on an Ivory A2 card base. Line up the open area of the panel and then stamp a sentiment from the Hexagon Greetings set in clear embossing ink directly onto the card base.
- Heat emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder.
- Add foam tape to the panel and line up again over the gold embossed greeting.
- Embellish with an enamel dot, Nuvo Duck Egg droplets and Eggshell Pearls. The embellishments are a great opportunity to hide any mistakes.
Well, there’s a fair amount to chat about with this card! I love the colour combo even though it took some blending. My advice – stick at it and add plenty of ink to encourage them to blend. I do love the final colour combo as it appeals to my love of muted shades. Who knew I’d use Ripe Persimmon on a card! However, when blended with Tumbled Glass, the rule of complementary colours kicks in. Complementary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel – blue is opposite orange. Complementary colours look great together and create a lot of impact. When mixed complementary colours tone each other down and if mixed thoroughly they would eventually mix to brown. However, when combining a little blue with orange, you just take away the brightness of the orange. The same is true with the blue – a little orange will tone down the blue to a dusky shade of blue rather than a clear bright blue. And I’m all about those dusky shades!
My next takeaway is to use a template to help with accurate die-cutting. I could try and explain this, but watching the video is probably better than my clumsy use of words. However, do be careful of using tape to hold the template in place. I didn’t remove some of the stickiness of the tape before using it and so when I removed the tape it damaged the surface of my card. So a top tip is to always remove some of the stickiness of tape by dabbing it on your clothes to pick up a little lint which makes the tape more low tack.
My final takeaway is how to fix mistakes. With the main panel slightly damaged in places, I used embellishments to cover up the worst areas. Sparkle and shine to the rescue! I use this tip often to fix mistakes, this time I used embellishments but as I’m writing this today, I used a sentiment panel to hide the area of a card I was less enamoured with. Never give up and hide areas that are less than perfect by adding droplets, jewels, pearls, enamel dots or even sentiment strips, die-cuts etc. Don’t let your hard work go to waste.
The most obvious card that came to mind when I was looking for further examples is this one using the Center Cut Heart Background. A very similar card in many ways but using a die-cut in the open area rather than heat embossing. You can find the original post here with a video too!
I’ll leave it there for today. I realised when looking for further examples that I have so many using watercolours but not so much using Distress Oxides. However, I have recently been enjoying playing more with the Distress range and have just ordered a bunch more stuff to play with so watch this space!
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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