Friday, May 19, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Distress Oxide Inks Background Tutorial - The Sea is Calling G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Card

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  Sorry I have been MIA!  I know it's been a couple of weeks since my last blog post.  Sadly, on May 4th my Mother-in-law passed away.  We went down to West Virginia for her funeral.  The service was beautiful and after we had a celebration of life with family and friends.  She loved to laugh and have fun so I am sure she was smiling down on all of us.  It was great to see family and friends and hear so many wonderful memories--just wish it was under different circumstances. 

Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I have a fun card and tutorial to share with you using some of the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and the beautiful Graphic 45 - Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection.  This is the first project I have worked on since coming back home and it was so nice to do something creative.  For me creating is always relaxing and it takes my mind off of other things.  Sometimes I can get lost in the creative process lol.

Here is the card I designed.  I love how the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks match the paper so perfectly.  The Distress Oxide Inks are a lot of fun to work with and you can do a lot of techniques with them.  I really like how these inks are more opaque.

I used a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper and added the colors using an Ink Blending Tool. I started by adding the Broken China ink first.  Then, I added the Cracked Pistachio and Spiced Marmalade.  I went over each of the colors a couple of times until I achieved the desired look.  I will say the Distress Oxide Inks blend beautifully.

Next, I added water droplets.  I let the water sit on the paper for a few seconds and then I used a paper towel to blot the paper and pick up the water.  Then, I used a heat tool to dry the paper and repeated the process a couple of times until I was happy with how the paper looked.

I wanted to added a little more pop of color so I used some of the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Refill - Broken China and added some water to it.  I used a paint brush to flick on some of the ink.  I used a heat tool to heat set the ink and dry the paper.

I knew I was going to add this background to a white card base so I wanted to add a little bit of white to the background paper to tie everything together.  I watered down some white acrylic paint and used a paint brush to flick it onto the paper.  Then I used a heat tool to heat set and dry the paint on the paper.  I just love how this background piece turned out and it was a lot of fun to get inky and create.

I added the background to a white A2 top folding card base using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares.  Then, I added the layers of the image and sentiment both with a layer of white.  I also used 3D Foam Squares for both of the layers.

I used a Zig Wink of Stella - Clear Glitter Brush Pen to add a little bit of sparkle to the mermaid's hair.  Here is a close up to see some of the shimmer.

Here is a close up of the sentiment.

To finish off the card I added a few Webster's Pages - Party Time Sequins.

If you would like to see more card inspiration from the design team head on over to the Stamp Simply Blog.  If you are looking for any paper crafting goodies to add to your stash check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,

Paper:  Graphic 45 - Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection, Ranger Watercolor Paper, Cardstock - White
Ink/Pens/Refill/Paint:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Refill - Broken China, Zig Wink of Stella - Clear Glitter Brush Pen, White Acrylic Paint
Accessories:  Ranger Glossy Accents, Webster's Pages - Party Time Sequins, Ink Blending Tool, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Distress Sprayer, Paint Brush, Heat Tool, Paper Towel 


  1. Stunning background! You have inspired me to recreate this background!

  2. I just love those oxide inks. This card is beautiful. I really love the colors and they match so well with the G45 paper. I didn't think that I needed this paper but now I think I might need to add it to my stash!

  3. oh, my goodness!! my granddaughter Lilly wants to BE a mermaid!! I have to get this paper. did you use the ephemera cards or the 8 x 8 papers? love , love, love this!!!! (gail)

  4. I love love love this card! Great tutorial- and am thinking that I too might have to get this paper!


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