Saturday, 24 February 2018

Distress Ink Backgrounds with Distress Oxide Stamping

Hi there!

This week I have been playing around with distress inks and distress oxides.  I created two cards and a video to share with you today, both featuring blended distress ink backgrounds and Distress oxide stamping.

For the first background I blended distress inks in squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin and candied apple. I blended out the colours on some Bristol Smooth card stock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2 ". I kept blending the colours until I had a smooth transition between the colours.  I was also careful not to add too much colour, otherwise you wouldn't see my stamping.  I completed the blue tone background in the same way with distress ink colours in peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch.

For the stamping I used the floral images from the Altenew Forever and Always stamp set.  For the red toned card I used distress oxides in squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin and candied apple. I inked up the floral image using all three colours in a way so that each colour would move once when stamped down. ie. candied apple on squeezed lemonade; squeezed lemonade on carved pumpkin; carved pumpkin on candied apple.  Before stamping down I used a mini mister to spray my stamp (to activate the distress oxide ie. cause it to oxidize) and then pressed the stamp firmly onto my background piece. 

I did the same for the blue tone card only I used the distress oxides in peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch. For this card I used the other floral image in the same stamp set.  I made sure that peacock feathers would be stamped on blueprint sketch; blueprint sketch on mermaid lagoon; mermaid lagoon on peacock feathers. Next I sprayed each piece using my distress sprayer to create small droplets of water.  I dabbed off the droplets using a tissue. I kept doing this until I was happy withe the look of each panel. I then trimmed each panel to be 4" x 5 1/4". This will allow me to have a small white border on my finished cards.

For the sentiments I used the Altenew Craft Friends stamp set.  In blueprint sketch distress oxide I stamped the "You're so talented" sentiment onto some 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I then stamped the "You inspire me" sentiment from the same set in candied apple distress oxide ink.  I then trimmed the sentiment pieces using my paper trimmer and cut each sentiment strip at an angle using my EK Success cutterbee scissors. 

To finish off each card I adhered the sentiment strip to the right hand side toward the bottom of the card using some 3M mounting tape to give the card some dimension.  I then used more mounting tape to adhere the completed pieces to standard top folding card bases.  

To add a little extra finishing touch I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White in a pattern around the focal image.  Each time I added the dots I added them in threes, a large, medium and small dot. 

I hope you like the finished cards! Please leave me a comment if you like this idea and please share with me if you give it a try. I would love to see what you create. Please also check out my YouTube video, give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel to see more projects from me in the future.

Have a great day!! 

Jodie xx

Supplies List

  1. Bristol Smooth card stock
  2. Distress Ink cubes in: squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, candied apple, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch.
  3. Distress Oxide Inks in: squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, candied apple, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch.
  4. Acrylic Block
  5. Altenew Forever & Always stamp set
  6. Mini mister
  7. Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
  8. 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock
  9. Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set
  10. 3M mounting tape
  11. Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White
  12. Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  13. EK Success Cutterbee scissors

Friday, 16 February 2018

Stenciling with Embellishment Mousse & Embossing ft. Altenew

Hi There! Welcome to my blog!

Today I have a card and video to share with you featuring some stenciling using different mediums. To start I cut a card panel to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" and lay it on some scrap paper. I taped down the Halftone Stencil by Altenew to this panel. I used a Versamark ink pad to press through the stencil over the entire panel. I then removed the stencil and wiped it clean with some baby wipes.

Next I poured over some Altenew Embossing Powder in Golden Peach and tipped the excess back into the jar. I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder over the whole panel. No matter how many times I do embossing I am always wowed by seeing the embossing powder melt.

Next I taped my panel down to my easy clean mat by Tonic and taped the stencil back over it. This time I ofset the stencil a little so the dots where not directly over the embossed ones. I used some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Coral Calypso and applied it over the stencil using a Faster Castell palette knife. I applied it quite thick to add to the dimension of the finished card, and scraped away any excess mousse and put it back into the container. I then removed the stencil carefully and set the panel aside to dry for a few hours and worked on the other elements of my card.

I die cut the Halftone Happy die by Altenew from some Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb. I then wanted this die cut to have a shadow, but this die does not include a shadow die cut. So I used the same diecut, but used the back of it to run through my Big Shot. I did this by using my Big Shot on tab 1, then a metal shim, the cutting plate, a tan embossing mat by Spellbinders, then the vellum, next was the die cut happy placed upside down, then the next cutting plate. Once I ran this through my machine it left a clear impression on the vellum and in some places it cut through. I then fussy cut along the impression so I was left with a nice vellum border for my die cut happy. I glued the two pieces together using some Ranger Multi Matte Medium. I used this particular glue in case I added too much, as this glue dries clear.

 From the vellum I also die cut some of the leaf images from the Altenew Hennah Elements die set. Next I stamped the Birthday sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set using some Versamark ink. I embossed the sentiment using Altenew Embossing Powder in Golden Peach and heat set it with my heat tool.

 Now that my technique piece was dry I trimmed it down to 4 x 5 1/4" and adhered it to a side folding card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue. I then adhered the Happy die cut using Ranger Multi Matte Medium. On top of the lower portion of the happy die I adhered the Birthday sentiment using some 3M Mounting tape.

Next I adhered the leaf/frond pieces using Ranger Multi Matte Medium and tucked them just underneath the ends of the H and the Y of the happy die cut. To add a finishing touch to this card I used some Nuvo Crystal drops in Morning Dew and Gloss White and added a few drops here and there.

 I hope that you like my card for today. If you do please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you. Also, if you like my video please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.


  1. Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb
  2. Altenew embossing powder Golden Peach
  3. Heat Tool
  4. Versamark
  5. Altenew Halftone Stencil
  6. Washi tape
  7. Tonic easy clean mat
  8. Faber Castell palette knife
  9. Nuvo Embellishment mouse Coral calypso
  10. Paper trimmer
  11. Altenew Halftone Happy die
  12. Vellum
  13. Spellbinders Embossing Matt
  14. Sizzix BigShot
  15. Metal Shim
  16. Altenew Hennah Elements dies
  17. Altenew Label love stamp set
  18. 3M mounting tape
  19. Nuvo Crystal drops in Morning Dew and Gloss white
  20. Ranger Multi matte medium
  21. Tombow mono multi glue

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

3D Decoupage Technique ft. Altenew

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today I have a card and process video to share for Altenew's February Inspiration Challenge. The challenge is to make a project inspired by the graphic below (You can read more about the challenge here: Altenew February 2018 Inspiration Challenge).

There were three things about this image that caught my eye: the colours; the blurred background; and the prominent stamen of the flower, so I decided to use all three on my project.

To begin I stamped out the floral image from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set in Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake Ink onto some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock.  I chose this brown ink because I wanted the stamen to be brown.  I stamped the image three times as I wanted to do a 3D decoupage technique with the flowers.  Each flower ended up having 3 layers.  I used my Prismacolor Pencils to colour in the images (the colours I used are linked in the supplies list below). I only coloured in detail the areas of each image I was planning to cut out (see below for a detailed image on the layers used).  I also stamped some greenery images from the same stamp set in the same Icing on the Cake ink and coloured them using Prismacolor Pencils (colours listed below).

Once I had coloured the sections of each flower I fussy cut out the pieces I would need.  I also cut out the centre of the flowers using a detail craft knife on a cutting mat.  I adhered the layers using 3M Clear Mounting Tape so that you couldn't see white tape when looking from the side.  I also fussy cut out the greenery pieces I had coloured.

For the stamen, I used some 3D stamen pieces from my stash and stained them brown using a Copic Marker refill in E44. I wanted the stamen to really stand out on my finished card as this was one of the main things that caught my attention from the inspiration graphic.  To add the alcohol ink to the stamen, I placed the stamen pieces onto a folded baby wipe and then coated the stamen a few times in the ink.  Once the stamen were dry I folded each piece in half and threaded them through the centre of each flower and taped them in place on the back of the image using regular sticky tape. 

Next, I worked on the background.  I wanted the background to appear blurred so I thought a watercolour look would be great.  I stamped and layered the images from the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set using Altenew Ink cubes (colours listed below).  Once I applied the ink to each stamp I spritzed the stamp with a mini mister.  This was so the images would look more freehand.  I stamped all of these images onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper cut to 4 1/4' x 5 1/2". I used the smoother side of the paper as I wanted my stamping to have an even coverage. After all the stamping I set this piece aside to dry. 

 When the background piece was dry I adhered it to a top folding card base cut to 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2'. I used a lot of Tombow Mono Multi Glue because my watercolour panel ended up being a little warped.  I set a large acrylic block on top until it dried. 

Once dried, I arranged my floral images in an arrangement that I liked and then took a picture on my phone so that I had a reference for later. 

To make the background more blurred looking and to be more muted I added a piece of vellum cut to 4" x 5 1/4". I also worked out which sentiment I wanted to use, where and how I wanted to add it.  I decided on the sentiment "just because" from the Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set.  I stamped the image in my MISTI directly onto the vellum in my pre-arranged placement and heat embossed it using some gold embossing powder from my stash.  I then added the vellum piece to the background piece using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.  I added the smallest amount to each corner and behind the sentiment.

Using the picture on my phone as a guide, I adhered the greenery pieces to the card base using some Ranger Multi Matte Medium.  I then added the two flowers using some 3M Mounting tape.  I used mounting tape for the flowers due to the bulk from the stamen on the back of each one.  This completes the card for today.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and the technique I used for the flowers.  Please leave me a comment below, I love reading the comments.  Also please be sure to check out the video to better understand how I created this card.  If you watch the video and like it, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel to see more card-making videos from me in the future.

Have a fabulous day,

Jodie xx

Supplies Used:

(the items with links are affiliate links. This means that if you use a link to purchase the item I will receive a small commission, but at not cost to you).
  1. Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  2. Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake Ink pad
  3. Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
  4. Stampin Up acrylic blocks
  5. Prismascolor sharpener
  6. Prismacolor pencils in: PC917 light peach, PC928 rose farde, PC929 pink, PC930 magenta, PC910 true green, PC909 grass green, PC908 dark green.
  7. EK Success cutterbee scissors
  8. Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  9. 3M mounting tape (clear)
  10. tweezers
  11. cutting matt
  12. blade/craft knife
  13. Copic Refill in E44 Clay
  14. 3D stamen
  15. Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set
  16. Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
  17. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes Green Fields Evergreen, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades
  18. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes Red Cosmos Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red
  19. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes Four Scoops Cotton Candy
  20. Tombow mono multi glue
  21. vellum
  22. 3M mounting tape
  23. gold embossing powder
  24. Mini mister
  25. EK success powder embossing tool
  26. Versamark ink pad
  27. MISTI
  28. Heat tool
  29. Neenah Solar White Cardstock 110lb

Friday, 2 February 2018

Alcohol Ink Window Bi-Fold Card ft. Hero Arts


Welcome to my blog/or welcome back! I am so happy to be able to share another card and video with you.  For today's card, I played around with using alcohol ink on acetate then combined it with some layered stamping and brought it all together into a bi-fold card.

To begin, I cut down a piece of acetate to measure 4 1/8" x 3" and placed it onto an old Ranger craft mat (I used an old mat because alcohol ink bleeds through the craft mat as it is a fabric, therefore you won't be able to remove the ink from the mat).  I applied Alcohol Ink blending solution first and then added 3 colours of alcohol inks (listed below) in a random order.  The colours did not blend as much as i had hoped so I used an old paintbrush to move some of the colour around.  next I added more blending solution and more alcohol ink until I was happy with the result.  I then set this piece aside to try while I worked on the rest of the card.

For the card base I used two side folding cards cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored in half on the 8 1/2" side from some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock.  From the first card base I cut a window using the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Stitched Rectangles die set.  I used the third largest in the set. From another piece of cardstock I cut a frame for my window panel using the second and third largest dies from the same SSS die set. From the second card panel I cut one of the edges using the Lawn Fawn Ocean Waves Border Die.

On the panel with the waves I drew in some registration marks with pencil by lining it up underneath my window panel.  I did this so that I could be sure to stamp my images so they could be seen through the window panel. I stamped and layered the fish images from the Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish stamp set using my MISTI tool and some Catherine Pooler Inks (colours listed below).  Once the fish were stamped I created some masks for the fish using Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper so that I could stamp the seaweed to appear behind the fish images.  To finish this part of the card I added bubble images from the fish and added pebbles to the bottom part.  Whilst I was still stamping I also stamped out some of the seaweed onto a separate piece of cardstock and then fussy cut them out.

Now that my alcohol ink piece was now dry I adhered it to the front of the window panel using some Be Creative 1/4" tape.  I then adhered the frame piece over the top of it in the same way.  Next I adhered the fussy cut seaweed images to the edge pieces of the frame using some Tombow Mono Multi glue.  I also used the same glue to adhere the two card panels to one another.

To add the sentiment, I used Staz On Jet Black ink to ink up the "Just keep Swimming" and lined it up on the front of my card using an acrylic block. Once I had stamped this and it did not stamp very well, I then went back over it by lining up the stamp in my MISTI tool (I wish I had just used my MISTI to begin with).

To complete my card I added droplets of Nuvo Crystal Drops in the Morning Dew colour (which is clear) to the places where I had stamped my bubbles on the panel below.

Supplies Used:

  1. Acetate sheets
  2. Neenah Solor White cardstock 110lb
  3. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies
  4. Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish
  5. Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper
  6. Fiskars Trimmer
  7. Be Creative 1/4" double sided tape
  8. Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
  9. Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in: Pool, Turquoise, Sailboat Blue
  10. Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  11. Tombow Mono Multi Glue
  12. Ranger Craft Mat
  13. Catherine Pooler Inks in: Tuttti Frutti, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, Icing on the Cake, Fiesta Blue
  14. Staz On Jet Black Ink
  15. MISTI
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my creation.  If you like this card, please leave me a comment below.  Please also check out my video, give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel to see more cardmaking videos from me in the future.

Have a great day!

Jodie xx