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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Ink Lifting with Distress Oxide Inks

Updated: Jan 12

Hello everyone! I have a collection of cards using a fun and easy technique ... ink lifting using Distress Oxide inks ... Distress inks would also work well. I am always looking for new ways to use the products I have. We pay hard earned money for our crafting supplies and it is great when we can come up with different ways to extend their use. For these cards, I am featuring Simon Says Stamp's Floating Leaves (a Stamptember Exclusive) and Peony Bouquet stencils.

Peony Bouquet

The first pair of cards features Peony Bouquet in both a portrait and landscape format. The ink blended backgrounds were done on Bristol Smooth card stock with Distress Oxide inks:

Portrait Seedless Preserves

Festive Berries

Worn Lipstick

Landscape Iced Spruce

Shaded Lilac

Picked Raspberry

The stencil was positioned over the panels and the ink lifted off with a baby wipe ... a damp paper towel would also work well. The stamens were painted followed by a dot detail (using the end of a paintbrush) with Winsor and Newton Gouache paint. The flower petals were painted with a wash of white Mission Gold watercolour to brighten the flowers. Using a small paintbrush and slightly diluted Gouache, the panels were finely spattered. The sentiment was embossed in white. To create a double frame, the panel was trimmed to 4" by 5 1/4" and white card stock was cut to 4 1/8" by 5 1/4". These layers were mounted on white sheet foam before being adhered to an A2 sized (4 1/4" by 5 ½") card base.

Floating Leaves with Masking

The ink blended panel for this card was done with Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Speckled Egg on a diagonal. The Floating Leaves stencil was masked before positioning it over the panel and the ink lifted with a baby wipe. Gina K Glitz Glitter gel was applied. In order to position the leaf I wanted to use in the left hand corner, the leaves were done in two stages letting the gel dry in between. The sentiments for this card are from Simon Says Stamp's Just Miss You. The secondary sentiment was stamped in black Versafine ink and the main sentiment was embossed in white. The panel and white card stock were die cut with the two largest dies in My Favorite Thing's Stitched Rectangles Stax 2 and mounted on white sheet foam. When layered on the card base, a stepped up, double frame is created. The card was embellished with Nuvo Glitter Drops, White Blizzard.

Floating Leaves Shaker Card

The panel for this card was randomly ink blended with Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin to create a autumnal background. The Floating Leaves stencil was positioned over the panel and the ink lifted with a baby wipe. Gina K Glitz Glitter gel was applied. The panel was left to dry completely before die cutting it using the shadow die from Simon Says Stamp's Sending Smiles die set. The script was cut from the shadow die cut. A small panel was ink blended with Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin. It was stamped with a secondary sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Just Miss You and die cut with Simon Says Stamp's Sentiment Labels. Two panels of white sheet foam were stacked and the die positioned using the main panel as a template. The foam was adhered together and acetate was attached over the opening. The foam stack and panel were glued together and left to dry. The script sentiment was dotted with Tombow adhesive and also left to dry.

Tip ... When dry, Tombow is tacky and repositionable for a period of time. Tombow is a good choice when working with anything that requires careful alignment or applying elements to acetate. A good way to avoid glue smears!

The shaker pocket was filled with a mixture of seed beads and sequins. White cardstock was adhered creating an independent shaker panel that can be easily attached to the A2 sized card base. The script sentiment was positioned on the acetate window and the secondary sentiment attached with a little heart from the letter 'g' from the die cut sentiment. The heart was topped up with Nuvo Glitter Gel.

Video Tutorial, link HERE.

Thank you so much for your visit!


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