Sunday 24 December 2017

Clean and Simple Winter Birthday | ft. Distress Oxide Inks

Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I have a clean and simple masculine birthday card, this card can be recreated in pretty much any palette. The Holiday series may be over, but winter is in full force here in Calgary, so I thought a winter birthday card would be appropriate.

I was really, really on the fence about the Distress Oxide inks, but I really try to give things a fair shake and try them out before I judge them. So I picked up a couple of oxides and at first I didn't see what the big deal was. I have most of the regular Distress inks, so why would I need the same colours in another formula?

But the more I used them, the more I liked them; especially for backgrounds. They blend so incredibly smoothly that I find myself reaching for them more often than my beloved Distress inks. And that's saying something.

To begin, I cut down a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and masked the top and the bottom. I then used the Broken China and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks to blend my background with the darker being more towards the lower left side. I used the Distress sprayer to spritz clean water over the ink and get a nice splatter look. It's almost like a snowstorm.

Once the panel was completely dry, I used my MISTI and stamped the tree as well as the greeting with CTMH Archival ink. I prefer to use archival ink over the Distress Oxides as it is waterproof and won't run if the ink is still a bit damp.

I mounted the panel to the front of a standard A2 sized card base, then added some blue enamel dots to finish it off.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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