Category Archives: Distress oxide ink

Distress oxide glossy background

I love using distress oxides on glossy cardstock to make backgrounds. Just like yesterday’s atcs I used the technique for this card I made for my Dad.

I kept the actual card very simple with some silhouette stamping and some doodled lines for the frame.

Love how atmospheric the card is.

Happy crafting!



Art Deco ATCS

Hello! I am really struggling with getting back into regular crafting of late… and that hot weather really wasn’t helpful! But today I can finally get back to blogging at least the things I did make and never got round to sharing… so be prepared for a few days of blogging from me!

First up are these Art Deco ATCs made for the Artful ATCs swap group…

I used a background I made on glossy cardstock using distress oxides as I wanted a stained glass look for these. I then stamped the Creative Stamping magazine stamps onto it and cut them out.

The one on the left I then stamped again onto a different part of the background so that I could fussy cut the flowers out and later them up so they stood out more.

I did the same with the one on the right for the flower heads.

I also added some gold pen in a few places. Then I mounted them onto the different backgrounds. One I added to white which I then stamped the edge of and coloured it in red in keeping with the main image.

The other I mounted on a pics of yupo I had coloured with alcohol inks quite some time ago.

Love how both these came out. Hope the recipient did too!

Happy crafting!


Fanciful floral artist trading coins

Today I have finally got my swaps for the ATCoin group sorted. The theme is fanciful florals so I went for colourful watercolours and a flower stamp from a Creative Stamping magazine set.I added the colour to the flowers first then some round the edges using distress oxides then a spray of water followed by Dylusions sprays.Next I embossed the coins but concentrated on the centre so it gave this cool texture.Happy crafting!Catherine

Fairy twinchies

Today I have a project I made a few weeks ago but forgot to share on my blog. Don’t know why but I was neglecting blogging. Possibly because it’s been so busy, possibly because my mojo was absent for a while and I got out of the habit!

Whatever the reason… I’m back today!

So these twinchies were for a swap and I loved creating them.

There were lots and lots of layers of distress oxides and smooshing and then stamping. Then embossing and embossing and embossing!

I used the lavinia stamps fairy and then alpha stamps for the sentiment on the top.

I finished off with some bling!

Really lovely ethereal background and you can never go wrong with a lavinia silhouette stamp!

Happy crafting!


Tag for UK Stampers Forum

Today I have the tag I made for this month’s swap at UK stampers forum… because guess what… I’ve been creating again! After what felt like forever I have finally got back in the craft room and been making stuff! Finally!Anyways… the tag!I started with lots of off cuts of papers I had lying on the desk and started creating the background on this large Art by Marlene tag from the stash.Once I had covered the tag I then scraped over some white gesso and let it dry. I then added some flicks of Dylusions inks in blue and teal and edged it with teal ink.I also did a little inking with black archival too to grunge it up some more.The top panel I made using wipe up distress oxide ink from another project using the glossy cardstock to wipe it up. This always creates a fun background.I used a handcarved stamp to add the swirls and a random text stamp to add the writing. I added lots of dark ink around the edge to frame the panel and then glued it in place on the tag.Next I stamped the three Tim Holtz butterflies onto mixed media cardstock and added embossing powder. I didn’t quite get all of them embossed but it was enough to provide some texture to the stamping.I then added distress oxides as a watercolour to the butterflies before cutting them out.I glued them in place and used some pencils to add some more definition around the edge of the panel and the two butterflies floating off the edges.I then added the Tim Holtz sticker sentiment and the ribbon to finish!Super happy with how this turned out.Happy crafting!Catherine

Under the sea twinchies

Today I have another set of twinchies to share that I made for a Facebook group.

The theme was Under the Sea. I started with watercolour paper and added layers of distress oxide. Then I started stamping with the For the Love of Stamps set. I added the feature images with black soot oxide and then added some clear emboss on then to give them shine.

Then I finished off with a coat of normal distress ink to give it more depth.

Mounted them onto cardstock to send to the recipient.

Love the colour variation with the oxides in the background.

Happy crafting!


Inchies for UK Stampers forum swap

Howdy!Another swap to share… Inchies for UK Stampers Forum.This time I created the background with black soot distress oxide and a little bit of versafine stamping… although that is pretty much invisible in the end.Then I heat embossed with the white powder a camera image from Creative Stamping magazine onto black cardstock. I fussy cut these out and then adhered then to the inchies. I finished them off with glossy accents on the lens of the cameras.Happy crafting!Catherine