Friday, August 18, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Autumn Distress Oxide Ink Smooshing Card with Tutorial

Hello blogging friends!  I know on the calendar it's still summer but I have to tell you it's looking a lot like Autumn here in Minnesota--at least in my driveway lol.  The oak trees have let loose with the acorns!  Basically it's stand outside at your own risk lol.  My grandpa has always said if the acorns fall early we are in for an early and long winter.  I hope not but I guess we'll see.  Regardless of the calendar it's never too early to work on cards and craft projects for the next season.  Today, I have a pretty Autumn card and tutorial to share with you.

I finally had a chance to play with some of the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  I have to say I love them just as much as the first set--maybe even a little more lol.  The colors are so pretty in the second set.  For my card I used the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Harvest SS-010 and Stamp Simply Steel Dies - Harvest SS-DIE006 from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

For the background I did the ink smooshing technique.  To start, apply Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Twisted CitronWild HoneyAbandoned Coral on to the Craft Mat.  Then, mist water on the inks using the Distress Sprayer Bottle.

Next, take a piece of  Ranger Watercolor paper and smoosh it down onto the ink.  I usually hold one of the corners and then press the paper down with my other hand.  Lift up the paper and then use a heat tool to dry the paper and heat set the inks.  This is what my paper looked like after smooshing it in the ink one time.

Repeat the process until you achieve the desired look.  Be sure to use your heat tool to dry and heat set the paper after each time of smooshing it into the ink.  I repeated the process probably about seven or eight times.  If you want you can also add more ink and mist again with water.

Next, I used the EK Success Powder tool on the background so I wouldn't have excess embossing powder sticking to the paper.  Then, I stamped the leaves using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The background is so pretty and I didn't want to waste it so I stamped the leaves in the center of the paper so when I do the die cutting I can still use the paper.

Here are the leaves after I die cut them using the Stamp Simply Steel Dies - Harvest SS-DIE006.  Don't forget to keep the background piece.  It will be great for layering.

I applied the background piece to the card front and then I will cover it with a piece of kraft paper leaving a pretty border.

For the May Arts - Brown Burlap String I wrapped it around my fingers five times and then cut another piece and tied a knot to hold everything in place.

To assemble all of the leaves, string and flower I used hot glue.   First I put the burlap string in place.  Then I added the flower and finished with the leaves.  The flower is from the Petaloo Burlap Wild Sunflowers.  I used brown cardstock for the A2 card base.  To finish off the card I added a few Simple Stories We are Family Enamel Dots.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  All of the supplies used for today's card can be found at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  If you would like to see more card inspiration check out the Stamp Simply Blog.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and tutorial.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,

Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Harvest SS-010
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Cardstock - Brown, Kraft
Ink:  VersaMark Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral
Dies:  Stamp Simply Steel Dies - Harvest SS-DIE006
Ribbon:  May Arts - Brown Burlap String
Accessories:  Ranger Craft Mat, Distress Sprayer Bottle, Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. Simple Stories We are Family Enamel Dots, Petaloo Burlap Wild Sunflowers, EK Success Powder Tool, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner, Hot Glue, Heat Tool


  1. Thanks for the great tutorial Heidi, its a beautiful card!

  2. Gorgeous card Heidi!!! Love the tutorial! Your cards are always a masterpiece!!!

  3. Heidi, this is awesome. simply gorgeous. I love the colors, the texture, the whole concept. thanks for the tutorial. really inspires and helps.....hugs.

  4. gotta love the leaves!! and the colors! just keep these beautiful cards and tutorials comin'. (gail)

  5. Gorgeous! Love the colors and how you laid this out, perfect fall card!


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