Happy Friday, friends. It’s Diana Trout here with a mixed media encouragement card using the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and Joggles stamps. I’ve been experimenting with the inks and hope to bring you new ways to use them while creating a smile-worthy card.
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Replacement Foam
Ranger Inssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Worn Lipstick; Iced Spruce; Fossilized Amber; Cracked Pistachio;
Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
Joggles Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp – Doodle Flower #2
Joggles Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp – Jurassic Leaves #3
Carabelle Studio Art Stamp – Grunge Butterfly
Joggles Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp – Sam
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – Bright Yellow ; Carmine Red; English Lavender; Light Blue; Light Pink
.005 Micron Pigma Pen – Black
Gelly Roll Pens – Metallic
Gelly Roll Pen – White
Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper – 9 x 12 inches 140# Cold-Pressed – 10 sheets
Other: 2.5 inch circle punch; green card stock for card base; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Pad; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clipping Stickers
Here is my process:
Initially, I was on the fence about purchasing these new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and then decided to get the three primaries: Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber. This turned out to be a great place to start the collection. I chose a couple of my favorite inks: Iced Spruce and Cracked Pistachio, as well.
To start the card base, I used Tim Holtz’s “wrinkle free” technique (you can see that video on my blog). I tried out regular 110# card stock, which was ok but warped a bit. I tried Bristol which warped a LOT and finally I used Strathmore watercolor paper. Perfect. Tim’s watercolor paper would be great here, too.
After letting the bases dry completely, I used another technique. You’ll need a stamp, the Distress Oxide Ink Pad, and a mini blending tool for this. I used Cracked Pistachio and one of the Jurassic Park leaves (love 🙂 Ink your stamp and stamp it on the card base. Use the blending tool in a circular motion to blend out the image. The pigment part of the ink will still be sitting on top of the paper and you’ll be blending that out creating a haze around the dye part of the stamped image, which will have sunk into the paper. Super cool.
I used only Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick on the card base above. I love how bright yellow the Fossilized Amber goes! At this point, I’m feeling very proud of my purchase.
To pull the card together, I cut the base down to 5” x 3 3/4”. I cut out some triangles from one of the other card bases I’d made and created a banner at the top of the card. A banner is always cheery, right?
Not to play favorites, but I just love Sam, the Joggles owl stamp. He has a bedraggled look about him, like how you might be feeling when you are in need of an encouragement card. I stamped him out on the Strathmore paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.
To color Sam in, I used Distress Oxides again. Swipe a little bit onto your craft mat (or other slick surface such as an acrylic block). Water down the color a little with a brush or water brush and color!
I used some of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to fill in a bit. This is a tiny image so be sure to let areas dry before adding a new color next door. Or wing it and when the red pocket bleeds into the green shirt, pretend you meant it all along and add more red here and there. LOL. I used my 2 1/2 inch circle punch to create the round element.
Sam always deserves more so I gave him a gold crown with a Gelly Roll pen. I outlined his eyes with a black Micron .005 and a white Gelly Roll pen to give his eyes a mischievous glint.
After adding the sentiments stickers (Tim Holtz new Clippings Stickers), there was some further lily-gilding with a silver pen. Glitter would also be good (as usual). You could also stamp out sentiments onto clipped pieces of Distress Oxide backgrounds as I did with the snail card.
One Distress Oxide card base trimmed to 5” x 3 3/4” (as outlined above)
One piece of Tim’s Ideology Paper Stash pad trimmed to 4” x 5 1/4”.*
One piece of Bazzill Card Shoppe Juicy Pear card stock trimmed to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”) scored and folded in half on the 8 1/2” side (A2 sized card)/
I mounted the card base onto the Tim Holtz paper so that it served as a mat.
I mounted the works on the Juicy Pear folded card base. It really pops on that color but feel free to tone it down.
Inside the card I used another Clippings sticker. I use a plastic T-Square ruler to line things up straight. Get your head right over it so you can see it well.
I hope that you enjoy these card designs and the Distress Oxide techniques. Using the basic designs, you could make a load of cards like this. Change the stamps, paper, colors and spread your wings.
Ask yourself WWS(am)D?