Cardmaking · Challenges · Design Team · Simon Says Stamp

No Stamps Allowed

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is wed-newchallenge-header.png

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

No Stamps Allowed

We are showcasing Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 50dollar_voucher_600px.jpg

Ok, this is the closest I’ve gotten to making a sympathy card. How do you make a card that’s not too cheery, but not too dark? Do you add embellishments or keep it simple? Do you use bright colors or keep it muted? The thought of making a sympathy card is a struggle for me. I don’t handle death very well at all. I never know what to say to a person. So unfortunately, a lot of the time I just don’t say anything at all and I hate that about myself. Death has always made me really uncomfortable. I know some people that have just been overwhelmed with people stopping them in the grocery store or at the Post Office just to give them their condolences and then that person doesn’t even want to leave their house anymore! So I convince myself that it’s best to just not say anything at all. I know, I know. It’s a horrible way for me to think so I’m hoping to change that about myself. There you have it. I just shared one of my most unpleasant qualities with you.

Anyway, these cards are about as close as I’ve gotten so far. And I don’t think I would use them as a sympathy card anyway because they feel too cheery to me. So they’d be great for someone that is maybe sick or just dealing with a lot in their life.

I started this off on some Bristol Smooth cardstock and a stencil by Simon Says Stamp called Leafy Frame stencil. I ink blended Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks. I wasn’t happy with my first take so I made this background 2 more times. Once I realized they were all turning out the same, I had to change my vision of this card a little. But it left me with 2 additional backgrounds. I only had time to make two cards, but now I have a background ready to go. All I need to do is add a sentiment.

To help loosen my vision up a bit, I added some water droplets using a Distress Sprayer and that simple little step helped me realize that my background did not need to be perfect. In fact, I love it even more imperfect. Check out my video below if you want the full story.

I used Mint card stock by SSS for the background layer. For the second card I used Blue Violet. I popped both card fronts up on some craft foam using 1/4″ Scor Tape.

This Thinking of You die by SSS is the perfect size to fill a card front. It’s just big enough to be the focal point. I cut the Thinking of You sentiment out 3 times using Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock and used a spray adhesive to glue them all together. Then I cut one of my most used frame dies from SSS (from the Frames die set) 3 times as well but one of those layers I used Silver Glitter paper by SSS so my top layer would stand out a bit. Then I used a clear Wink of Stella pen and went over the entire sentiment. Once I glued the words in place, I added a couple Metallic Silver Jewels by Pretty Pink Posh to finish it off. For my second card I used Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops.

  So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!    

Follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is images.jpg

  Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 57d998dc1d16d114190879-11.gif
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 57cef96c9f5791443934571-2.gif

      You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stencils LEAFY FRAME…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web PURPLE TAPE Easy Release…
[ SSS ]
Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
[ SSS ]
Tombow REMOVABLE ADHESIVE Tape Runner…
[ SSS ]
Scor-Tape 1/4 Inch Crafting Tape
[ SSS ]
9 x 12 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711
[ SSS ]
EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision…
[ SSS ]
Picket Fence Studios LIFE CHANGING…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic CRAFT PICK…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp THINKING OF YOU…
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
Elmer’s MULTI PURPOSE SPRAY ADHESIVE…
[ SSS ]
Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp FRAMES Wafer Dies…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock SILVER…
[ SSS ]
ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR…
[ SSS ]
Pretty Pink Posh METALLIC SILVER Jewels
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# MINT…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLUE…
[ SSS ]
ZIG Fine Two Way Acid Free GLUE PEN A…
[ SSS ]
Marvy Uchida JEWEL PICKER Tool 91GRC
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp SMALL TEFLON BONE…
[ SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two…
[ SSS ]
Tonic MORNING DEW Nuvo Crystal Drops…
[ SSS ]
https://linkdeli.com/widget.js?1549439153802
Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Herd You Had a Birthday

Howdy partner(s)!!!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Are you ready for another super fun theme this week at Always Fun Challenges???  If you’d like to see what I created for last week’s theme, which was One Layer, click here.  Now, for this weeks theme, this was totally out of my comfort zone, but I made it work.  The theme is Down On The Farm.

I didn’t even get this one completed until Saturday afternoon.  I had a heck of a time coming up with this one.  I’m so glad I did it though.  Like I said, this took me out of my little comfort bubble, but check out the result.

IMG_2144-copy

I used a never before used stamp set (AKA NBUS) called Lunar Animals by Mama Elephant.  I used a NBUS paper pad and a NBUS die from MFT.  Too bad Darnell wasn’t doing her NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge right now, this one would totally qualify!!  It may not be going on now, but you should check out her blog for the NBUS challenge that she does a couple times a year.  It’s a lot of fun.

This was another one that I completely winged it as I went.  I had no idea how this was going to turn out.  While this is not my normal style, I still think it turned out ok.  I think it would be perfect for a kid’s Birthday.  The inside reads, “Have a Moo-tiful Day!!”

IMG_2145-copy

Another out-of-my-element fun fact is that I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to color these cute little farm animals.  I’ve had these pens for awhile now, but I’ve been quite intimidated by them.  I tried them when I first got them and I just didn’t like them.  Or I should say I didn’t like my results.  But the more videos I’ve seen of people using them, the less intimidating they seem so I decided to give them another try.  I was actually pleasantly surprised.  I really like them!!  As long as I had a water brush right next to me at all times and a super fine paint brush, I felt comfortable.  I felt like I could handle it without holding my breath the entire time.

IMG_2141-copy

Anyway, I hope you’ll join us over at Always Fun Challenges this week by clicking here and linking your “Down on the Farm” creation.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush

Horse: Mustard 67 (body), Oatmeal 64(mane), flesh color 71 (nose), mid brown 65 (hooves), pale pink 28 (ears)
Pig: pale pink 28
Cow: black 10, light gray 91 (horns), pale pink 28 (ears, nose)
Chicken: Lemon Yellow 51, bright yellow 52, wine red 24, light brown 61 (beak)
Sheep: Blue gray 92, light gray 91, gray 90 (hooves and nose) cheeks pale pink

(Affiliated links used when possible at no cost to you)

Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

One Layer Card

Hi folks!!  Hope everyone has had a great start to the New Year.  I have a one layer card to share with you guys today.  I chose to use some adorable images from Purple Onion Designs.  They are one of my favorite stamp companies.

I chose Birch the Bunny because I had our rabbit, Thumper in mind when I made this card.  Unfortunately we lost him on New Year’s Day.  I’m still pretty heartbroken about it.  He was such a cool creature.  I had never had a rabbit before so it was definitely a learning experience for us, but he turned out to have such a cool personality and I fell in love with him.  Our dog, Bentley was “playing” with Thumper and we don’t really know what happened.  We thought he was in shock, I held him for about 10 minutes then was told to put him in his cage, where he’s familiar with the smell and put a blanket over it to darken it.  We did that.  I went to check on him about 30 minutes later.  I sat there with him and watched his breathing and the way he was acting, something was off.  Then his breathing started to slow way down.  Then he just quit breathing.  The boy’s were pretty devastated.  I’m still pretty devastated.  I feel awful for letting him down.

But enough with all this sadness.  Let me move on before I can’t.  I made this card in honor of my dear Thumper.  The theme this week at Always Fun Challenges is One Layer card.  I’ve made a process video, if you’d like to see how I made this.

To check out last week’s project, click here.

IMG_2124-copy

IMG_2130-copy

RIP lil buddy.

IMG_2131-copy

Copics Used:

Birch:  E70, E71, E74, R20, R30 (belly) W0, W1

Hat:  RV32, RV34

Ground:  W1, W2, W3

House:  E53, E55, Y00

Snow:  B000

(Affiliated links used when possible at no cost to you)

Stacey Yacula Studio – Birch (winter…
[ PRP ]
Stacey Yacula Studio – Snow Cabin on…
[ PRP ]
Wplus9 BUBBLE TALK SET Clear Stamp…
[ SSS ]
Wplus9 BUBBLE TALK Clear Stamps CL-WP9BT
[ SSS ]
Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD Full…
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Sequins ASSORTED…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp MASKING PAPER Label…
[ SSS ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And…
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING…
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM Big Shot…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER…
[ SSS ]
Crafter’s Companion CLEAR OVERLAY…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Tonic MOONSTONE Nuvo Glimmer Paste 953N
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft STAMP PLATFORM…
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
Simon Says Stamp NESTED CIRCLES Wafer…
[ SSS ]
Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
[ SSS | SBC | BLT ]
EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision…
[ SSS | BLT | SBC ]
EK Success HONEY BEE Non-Stick…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring…
[ SSS ]
3M 2 INCH WIDE POST-IT TAPE 36 Yards…
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE COMFORT…
[ SSS ]
Claritystamp STENCIL BRUSHES Set of 4…
[ SSS ]
Classic Crest Cover Solar White…
[ AMZUS ]
Tsukineko Sponge Dauber, 25-Pack
[ AMZUS ]
ROSENICE Finger Sponge Dauber for…
[ AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WORN…
[ SSS | BLT | SBC ]
Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
[ SSS | BLT ]
We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER…
[ SSS | BLT | SBC ]
Copic Sketch Marker E70 ASH ROSE…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker E71 CHAMPAGNE Taupe
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker E74 COCOA BROWN…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker R20 BLUSH Pink…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker R30 PALE…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker E53 RAW SILK Cream
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL Tan
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker Y00 BARIUM YELLOW…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker RV32 SHADOW PINK…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker RV34 DARK PINK
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Sketch Marker B000 PALE…
[ SSS | BLT ]
Copic Markers W1-Sketch, Warm Gray
[ AMZUS ]
Copic Marker with Replaceable Nib,…
[ AMZUS ]
Copic Sketch W3, Warm Gray 3 by Copic
[ AMZUS ]
Copic Sketch W1, Warm Gray 1 by Copic
[ AMZUS ]
Copic BLENDING CARD X-Press It Paper…
[ SSS ]

https://linkdeli.com/widget.js?1547205749476

Cardmaking · Haul Goodies

Happy Thanksgiving Goodies

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  I hope you are enjoying your day with those that you love the most!!  Here’s a little shop therapy for ya.  Click here to see the first part of my haul video.  This is part II.  Simon Says Stamp is having an AWESOME sale today.  30% off of all SSS products and a FREE gift with your order of $100 or more.  I’ll be back with a health update and a card video very soon!!

SSS Thanksgiving Code for 30% off SSS Products:  TODAY ONLY!!!  THKS985


Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Happy Halloween!!

Happy (early) Halloween!!  I’m so excited to announce this weeks’ theme for the Always Fun Challenges blog.  Have you figured it out yet??  It’s HALLOWEEN!!!  I LOVE Halloween!!  I’ve been working all month on getting our road closed to traffic on Halloween.  Which, I’ve learned, requires an encroachment permit.  That means I had to get signatures from every house on our entire street!!  The good news is, the City has agreed to close it!!  WOOHOO!!  The population of Fort Bragg is a little less than 7,300 and we handed out candy to a little less than 1,300 kids last year…  That’s just crazy!!  No one knows why the entire town comes to this street for Halloween, but they do.  And we LOVE IT!!  It was just getting too dangerous to have vehicles driving up and down with that many kids.  At some points while I was handing out candy last year, I looked up and the line was out into the middle of the street!!  I wish I would have taken pictures, but we’re always soooo busy!!  They start coming at about 4pm!!  Here are a couple pix that I did manage to get from last year.

IMG_9379-copyIMG_9374-copyIMG_9377-copy

Speaking of Halloween, let’s talk about this card I made.

IMG_1610-copy

If you can’t tell by looking at this, I was greatly inspired by Vicky Papaioannou’s “Glowing Moon Technique” card.  She does this background MUCH better than I, but I still had a lot of fun making this one.  The card came together pretty easy.  First I made the distress oxide background, and then I created the moon and placed my Silhouette witch (design ID #65963) over the top and lastly I added my sentiment.  As you know, if you’ve read any of my posts or watched any of my videos lately, quick and easy are about all I have time for these days.

I added some Shimmer Spray to top it off.  Can you see it?  It looks really cool in person.  Pictures just don’t show the cool details sometimes.

IMG_1635-copy

IMG_1632-copy

If you’d like to join us this week, just make something Halloween related and click here to add it to our challenge or go to the Always Fun Challenges blog and add it there.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a Spooktacular Halloween!!!

 

Amazon, Simon Says Stamp, Scrapbook.com, Blitsy Disclaimer:

These are affiliate links.  What that means is at no cost to you, I will receive a small commission if you purchase something from the links I’ve provided.  That small commission will help me maintain my blog and youtube channel while still providing the links to all the products that I use.  Any time you use an affiliate link, I greatly appreciate it.  And if you have any questions on any of these products, please feel free to ask!!  I’ll always give you my honest opinion.

Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Hello Friend

Hi guys!!  I’m back with another card and a new theme for this week over at Always Fun Challenges.  The theme this week is Black and White.  How fun is that?  You can do just about anything with B & W!!  I started off thinking I was going to be making a Halloween card, since Halloween is right around the corner, but at the last minute, I decided to go with a ‘Friend’ card.  If you’d like to see what I made for last week’s challenge, click here.

IMG_1584-copy

You can never have too many of these kinds of cards and I really wanted to use this embossing folder again, so this is what I came up with.

I had a little bit of a rocky go with the background, which you can see in my video below, but in the end, I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.  And I LOVE the little flower die that was included in last month’s card kit for Simon Says Stamp.  It was the perfect addition.

Well, it’s family night at the Elam Residence so I’ll leave you with a video and a list of all the products I used.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see y’all next week!!

Amazon, Simon Says Stamp, Scrapbook.com, Blitsy Disclaimer:
These are affiliate links.  What that means is at no cost to you, I will receive a small commission if you purchase something from the links I’ve provided.  That small commission will help me maintain my blog and youtube channel while still providing the links to all the products that I use.  Any time you use an affiliate link, I greatly appreciate it.  And if you have any questions on any of these products, please feel free to ask!!  I’ll always give you my honest opinion.
Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Quick and Easy Monochrome

Hello crafters!!  Welcome back!!  Last weeks card had so much going on, that I’ve decided to keep it nice and simple this week.  (To see my card for last weeks’ theme, click here.)  Well, I didn’t really decide.  Amy at Always Fun Challenges decided because the theme this week is “Monochrome”.  Here’s my take on that.

IMG_1548-copy

I’ve never made a monochome card before.  I think I say that every week, but keep in mind I’ve only been making cards for 2 years now.  There’s a lot of things I haven’t done yet and a lot of stamp sets I’ve never used yet.  But don’t fret, all in due time, my friends.  Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been 2 years since I fell head over heals in love with this beautiful hobby.  And I don’t see myself growing tired of it any time soon.  Which is good, since I’m DEEPLY invested at this point.  I think my hubby would kill me…

Back to the card.  This was so easy and so quick to make that I plan on making several more in several different colors with several different sentiments.  Just to have some cards on hand.  I envy the people that have boxes of pre-made cards ready to go at a moments notice.

IMG_1551-copy

The measurements for the paper are:

Cardbase: 4.25″ x 5.5″, next layer (darkest purple) is 4″ x 5.25″ and the card front is 3.75″ x 5″.

If you’d like to join us at Always Fun Challenges, just follow this link and add your project!!  Simple as that.  I love seeing all the GORGEOUS entries each week.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you guys next week!!

Disclosure: Please note that links to merchants mentioned within this post might be using an affiliate link which means that – at zero cost to you – I might earn a commission if you buy something through that affiliate link. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use and find to be a valuable asset to my business.  Any time you use an affiliate link, I greatly appreciate it.


Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Lots of Layers Featuring SSS Feb. Card Kit

Hi guys!!  Happy Belated World Cardmaking Day!!!  It was October 7th, for those that may not have known.  I just found out about 4 days ago, but unfortunately we were at an out of town football game so I didn’t get to craft at all.  That’s ok, I’ll make up for it this coming week.  The theme this week at Always Fun Challenges is Lots of Layers.  This is why I love being on this design team.  It makes me try things I normally wouldn’t try.  I don’t work with many layers very often so this was a little out of my league, but I did the best I could.

I mainly used everything from the February 2017 Simon Says Stamp card kit.  All the papers and sentiment are from that kit.  I wasn’t sure where to even start so I used a sketch to help get me going.  As you can see, this card was very easy to put together.  Here is the sketch I used.

Mojo397Sketch

Once I had this, the rest was a piece of cake!!

IMG_1539-copy

For the circles, the smallest circle I used was 1 3/4″.  The next one up was 2 1/8″ (craft cardstock).  The bigger set of circles start at a little over 2 1/2″ and the biggest circle I used is 3″.  The strip of pink card stock is 2″ wide.

The banners:  Smallest is 1/2″ x 2″

Biggest:  1/2″ x 2 3/8″

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Misty

Disclosure: Please note that links to merchants mentioned within this post might be using an affiliate link which means that – at zero cost to you – I might earn a commission if you buy something through that affiliate link. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use and find to be a valuable asset to my business.  Any time you use an affiliate link, I greatly appreciate it.


Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Well Hello There… Distress Oxides again

Hi again!!  I’m back with some more distress oxide backgrounds.  I just can’t get enough of these!!  I want to take an entire day and just play.  In a perfect world, I’d actually have time to do that, but until then, I’ll settle with experimenting as I go.  I had a lot of fun playing around with these last week too, I actually ended up making a few cards which is always nice.  Seems like I just don’t have all that much time to make cards these days.  These boys keep me on my toes!!   You can check out my last week’s cards by clicking here.

This card was SUPER easy and super quick.  The theme this week at Always Fun Challenges is Dies and/or Punches.   I’m going to try and keep this post short and sweet as I am in the middle of yet another Birthday sleepover weekend.  This time for my son’s BFF that is living with us.  Hey!  My Birthday is tomorrow (Oct. 2), maybe I should have a sleepover too!!!!  That could be kinda fun, if I had some crafty friends that lived close by.  We could craft the night away!!

IMG_1535-copy

I have to show you how cute these boys are.  I just love them with all I got.  This is everyone singing Happy Birthday to Bub.  Mine is the one on the far right and Bubby is his BFF.

IMG_3641-copy

Here’s a recent one that I absolutely love.  My friend had just made this shirt for me so we were showing some Jr Cubs spirit.  This was right before a game.  I shared this on my IG, but I love it so much, I thought I’d share it here too.

IMG_3501

And one more of my card…

IMG_1537-copy

I am TOTALLY late to the show, but my crafty friend, Darnell is currently running her NBUS challenge so I’m also entering this into her 10 day long challenge.  This is one that I’m sure everyone can enjoy.  NBUS stands for Never Before Used Schtuff and if you guys are anything like me, you could participate in this every day for a month and still not get thru all of your NBUS…  Please check out her blog for all the details and follow her!!  She’s hilarious and she does this challenge a few times a year.  It’s the perfect push to use those products that you’ve never used before.

Anyway, below is a very simple video and below that is a list of the products that I used.  Thank you so much for stopping by!!  And I’ll see y’all next week ~

Disclosure: Please note that links to merchants mentioned within this post might be using an affiliate link which means that – at zero cost to you – I might earn a commission if you buy something through that affiliate link. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use and find to be a valuable asset to my business.  Any time you use an affiliate link, I greatly appreciate it.


Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Playing with Oxide Inks

Hi friends!!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  I had a crazy weekend, but I did find a little time on Sunday to play with the few distress oxide inks that I own.  I will say that after playing with these, I’ve gone ahead and ordered 7 more!!  I keep hearing people say how easy they are to blend and they are NOT exaggerating!!  These inks are AWESOME!!!  I’ve added a process video at the end of this post so you can see for yourself.

So in case you’re wondering what the theme is this week at Always Fun Challenges, it’s “Anything Goes”.  My favorite!!  I had so much fun playing with these inks, that I didn’t stop at just one card.  I made three!!!  Which is kinda crazy considering I didn’t even have a card made yet as of Saturday, the day I’m supposed to turn my project in (like I said, it’s been a crazy busy weekend).

IMG_1503-copy

I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire where she used stencils and oxide inks and it looked like a lot of fun so I gave it a whirl.  This is my version.  I only have 6 oxide inks at the moment so I started out using Cracked Pistachio and Broken China.   I spritzed some water on my stencil and placed it on top of my blended background and left it alone for a couple of minutes.  When I pulled the stencil off, I ooh’d and awed for a couple of seconds and then started on another one.

IMG_1454-copy

Once I got the feel for how these inks blend, I added in some Faded Jeans.  I absolutely LOVE how they turned out.  This next one I did, I used a more delicate stencil so I was a little worried that it wouldn’t turn out as good.  I made this stencil with my Silhouette Cameo awhile back and I think this was my first time using it.  The top part doesn’t pop as much as the rest of it, but I’m ok with that.  While less of the surface reacted to the water, I still love it.  It just has a more delicate look, is all.

IMG_1498-copy

I saved my favorite one for last.  I made this stencil with my Silhouette as well and even though I covered up a lot of the background with the vellum, you can still see the awesome reaction to water!!  I am in love with distress oxide inks.  Not only do they blend so seamlessly, but they have such a cool reaction to water!!  All distress inks do, but this is just sooo cool.  I can’t wait to get more colors now.  I added some vellum behind my sentiment, added a few clear Nuvo drops and tied some twine around the bottom and voila!!  Card complete.

IMG_1505-copy

Thanks for stopping by!!  Below is a process video where you can see for yourself how smooth these inks blend.  Below that is a list of all the products I used.  Until next time…

Misty

Disclosure: Please note that links to merchants mentioned within this post might be using an affiliate link which means that – at zero cost to you – I might earn a commission if you buy something through that affiliate link. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use and find to be a valuable asset to my business.  Any time you use an affiliate link, I greatly appreciate it.