Distress Oxides, Stampin Up, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Distress Oxide Sampler

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When Ranger Distress Oxide inks first came out, I poo-poohed the idea of needing yet MORE inks!  What could they do that my regular Distress Inks couldn’t?!!  But I finally gave in and bought four or five of them to investigate!  And wow!!  Am I glad I did!!  The oxides have such a velvety appearance and the fact that you can layer them over each other without losing the colors is a win!  For this very simple card I taped down a piece of Canson watercolor paper to my small Epicurian cutting board with painters tape.  On my craft mat, I smooshed Peeled Paint and Broken China and spritzed on some water which caused the ink to bead up and spread out.  Although it was a bit awkward, I laid my paper (attached to the board!) onto the wet ink, being sure to get the blue on top and the green below.  I dried the ink, then tapped out more, added more water and did another layer onto my card.  After drying with my heat tool, I dripped water onto the dried surface which left those cool little spots!  I stamped the image from Penny Black’s Nature’s Friends set using Versafine Onyx Black, then removed the tape, leaving a crisp border.  I mounted it to a textured white card base.  This card makes me very happy!
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I made the background for this Thank You card in the same manner, except for taping the paper down.  It was much easier to drag through the watery distress oxide ink on my craft mat!  But first I heat-embossed the sentiments, and then the leaves from Stampin Up’s Kinda Eclectic set in white onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  After adding the ink, I spattered black craft paint, then trimmed the panel down to fit onto my textured white card base.  The oval sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used an oval punch to cut it out, then lifted it with a bit of foam tape.
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I love the muted tones of the Distress Oxide in this card!  The leaves are from a retired Stampin Up set called Wonderful You, which I heat-embossed in white onto the inked up panel.  You can see that I spattered droplets of water and white craft paint onto the background which gives it such a wonderful look!  I didn’t add a sentiment to this one so that I could customize it at a later date.

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