Thursday, 16 March 2017

Make A Wish

Well Trace here, like many Tim Holtz fans the distress oxide inks are featuring in my stolen moments of playtime and todays make is using them ...and I am in love with these gorgeous inks , although,  limited time to play means I feel I have only scratched the surface of what they can do ...

So when all my ideology goodies arrived from the lovely Susan ... including my eagerly awaited paper dolls, and boy I was not disappointed they are gorgeous!!  I found  a few stolen moments to play..and here are the results :

I created this card using a distress oxide background and then added some flowers from the new botanical paperie - which is crammed full of gorgeous elements to add to cards and or mixed media, collage and just so many to choose..and of course a paper doll - there are 107 to choose from in all sorts of sizes and they're all gorgeous ...
I also used some of the new tape and one of the quote here is how ...

In my previous card found here I applied the distress oxides to the craft sheet , but for this card I applied onto the card ( as with regular distress ) using mini blending tools. I then spritzed with lots of water , using the distress spritzer gives you the combination of fine mist and bigger droplets..and heated.

To intensify the colours I re-applied ink over the top and the distress oxides allow for colours to layer over darker colours - truly amazing...and more water makes even more magic happen.. You can carry on until happy with the background .

the colours I used are : spiced marmalade, wilted violet, broken china and vintage photo.

 Now for even more distress magic, because like regular distress they react with water , I placed  down my flourish stencil (032) and then applied water using a blending tool through parts of the stencil using a moist piece of blending foam on the tool

see how it magically removes the water through the stencil leaving a soft impression on the design- I then heat set this .

  I added some design tape from the aristocrat set in the corners for added detail....

  I then added some matte texture paste through the flourish stencil on the corners and left to dry.

  Now it is all about those added details ...I sanded the edges of my paper doll and added a touch of distress (ground espresso - regular distress) I also cut a flower image in half, sanded and inked.

and here is the finished card ...

Here you can see the texture light sanding gives and it allows ink to be easily added around the edges.

 I added some seam binding - which I dyed with regular distress in wilted violet 

And look at the wonderful dimension the quote chip adds - I sanded mine and added a touch of ink.

So there you have my make ...using lots of new goodies and some stolen playtime...
hope you like it ..and I will be back as and when playtime allows .

trace x


  1. This could be my Grammie in her 10 acre flower garden when I was a little girl Trace - it's just beautiful. Xj.

  2. Love this. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Utterly delightful Trace, like you I love the Oxides and the results you get with them. Xxx

  4. This is stunning, I absolutely love it. Happy crafting, Sandra x

  5. Beautiful colors with the Oxide Inks. I love this card!

  6. I love the way this black and white focal point is layered against all that color. Fantastic effect, Trace!

  7. What a beautiful job. A pitty you don't have more time to play

  8. May be the best Oxide page I've seen yet. Impressive!

  9. Nice work!!! loved the way you used the stencil with the blending tool and water and then again with the paste. Gorgeous card.

  10. Looks great! Did you use watercolour paper?

  11. very cool!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  12. So nice! I hesitate to send any kind of texture paste through the mail; it gets badly beaten up and the receiver gets a really dusty card. I really like what you did with the paste. It's beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Now I have ideas to try out.

  13. pretty results on the background!