Monday, 24 July 2017

Distress Oxide Ink

Inspired by the card posted yesterday by the lovely Di HERE and some useful information amongst the comments as to the best mat to use for various inky blending techniques - apparently NOT a glass mat which is what I've been using since I acquired mine!! I had a little play session with some DOX (technical term!!) yesterday and have now used one of the backgrounds for this card.  As well as the 'smoosh' technique I also did some double stencilling inspired by Karen D on her blog (scroll down to see some beautiful background ideas) - of course there are many others who do similar techniques and looking around blogland shows up a wealth of inspiration and ideas.

I cut a square of the DOX/stencilled background and then a frame of the same size, followed by stamping and colouring a die cut bird and adding a twiggy branch - only scraps of card used for these of course.  The faithful Misti came into play for stamping the two sentiments and was also handy for stamping on the bird as well. I wouldn't have attempted stamping direct onto the background without the stamp positioning gadget because it was so easy to get it wrong previously.  There are many such positioning tools around now and they are considerably cheaper nowadays but heigh ho, I'm happy with mine although had I not been impatient to try it I would have saved money!!

Frame - Sue Wilson Noble Pierced frames
Background - Distress Oxide inks
Two Stencils - honeycomb Tim Holtz, and trailing leaves Imagination Crafts
Bird - Birds and Blossom stamps and dies Stampin' Up
Branch - Sue Wilson die
Sentiments - from set of freebie stamps


  1. Fabulous background on your lovely card Val your little bird looks like he's found some shade under the leaves..I really must buy some Oxide inks and try them..


  2. Well done Val, this is gorgeous! And your background is just perfect. Glad to have been of help, along with others. And, I did read somewhere that the Misti designer is still fighting to have other copies taken off the market. Not sure how she could do that - bit like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube really!


    Di xx

  3. A fantastic card Val, I love your background and the gorgeous bird you've used. I nearly forgot to post a comments as I followed the link back to the playground to read the comments re DOX ans what and what not to use. I've been trying the glass mat and like you not sure I liked the results too much.

    Sue xx

  4. Gorgeous card, Val, the background is beautiful.

    I played with my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform yesterday for the first time. I think I'll be using it a lot!! Apparently the patent for the Misti only applies for similar ones when they're sold in the US. That's why the Tim Holtz ones are still readily available in the UK. xx

  5. A gorgeous DOX background Val and the stencilled leaves look great. I really like the sentiments and your little bird is very tweet. Di certainly does come up with lots of very useful tips. Have fun with your new inks. Barbxx