I have recently started to get hold of some Distress Oxide inks. These are a mix of pigment ink and dye ink and have a chalky look, but not a chalky feel. They have been around for a couple of years and I kept seeing them being used to create the most wonderful backgrounds on blogs and youtube, so I thought I should give them a go (better late than never!). They work really well. Above is a simple birthday card for my niece with a Distress Oxide background. The stamp worked beautifully too.
I then made more backgrounds and used stamps I hadn't tried before.
I was really pleased with the results.
I have started using frames around these smaller images and I think they look really effective.
I then tried the oxides through a stencil...
...in a couple of different colourways. I found that the Oxides are a lot easier to blend than the regular Distress Inks.
The Oxides react to water so you can create some interesting effects such as 'faux bleaching'.
I used a spiral stamp to create the backgrounds above and you can see the effect adding water had. I used watercolour card for that.
I also ordered some rather fabulous dies which arrived last week. Oh my goodness, I love them! I used the Oxides to create the backgrounds although it took me a few goes to get the colours right - (lighter colours around the moon, Ellie!)
They are so versatile and can be used throughout the year, not just Christmas, although that's my cards sorted for this year! A fox peers warily through the trees...
A stag, doe and fawn pause in a glade...
A barn owl is on the prowl and a rabbit listens...
You can also build up the layers by making a little pocket for the tags to sit in.
I know I am going to really enjoy using the inks and dies, although more Distress Oxides will need to be purchased, I think.