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Day 2: Rainbow Stamping

Today in Rainbow Maker Class we explored rainbow stamping. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire to make this card:

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Do you arrange your clothes by color in your closet? I definitely do, and I think that yellow dress needs to be in my size! Which color do you want? Smile, It will look good on you!

All stamps by Waffle Flower.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Rainbow Maker: Hugs Sequin Card

I was inspired by Laura Bassen (and Jennifer McGuire) to make this card:

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It may not look like it, but there are over 200 sequins (4 mm) on this card, each placed one-by-one! This was definitely a labor of love. I think it was worth it, don’t you?

Loving this class so far.

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Rainbow Maker Day 1

What a great day of class today at Online Card Classes: Rainbow Maker. We started out with Kristina Werner showing us many ways to blend ink and create rainbow cards. Here’s my first samples:

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The last one is actually inking AND stenciling as taught by Laura Bassen. SO, for my first card I used that first background (made with Distress Inks) and made this card:

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The “Look for Miracles” stamp is from Simon Says Stamp. And the flowers stamp is from Waffle Flower. Part of the miracle is that there is a purple flower even though there is not a purple stripe above! Lol.

I added a few sequins and some glitter embossing powder to the top. Oh, and some stickles glitter to the flowers. Love how it turned out!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Rainbow Happy Birthday

I’m so excited for the upcoming Online Card Classes: Rainbow Maker. So I couldn’t resist to make a few rainbow cards to get ready.

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I used a few stamp sets from Mama Elephant and a die from My Favorite Things. Here the second card:

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And, of course I couldn’t stop there. So I made another with blue:

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Hope you enjoyed! Rainbow Maker starts tomorrow. Will I see you there?

Supplies Used:
Mama Elephant Cat Agenda
Mama Elephant Happy Birthday
My Favorite Things Bold Stripes Coverplate Die
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Comparing Distress Ink & Distress Oxides: Watercoloring

[This is the second in a series of comparing Distress Ink vs. Distress Oxides. See the Blending comparison here.]

The next question I had was: “Can you watercolor with the new Distress Oxide inks?” And, since it’s the end of shark week, I used sharks as my subject.

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I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and Distress Oxide inks here. I found that YES! You can watercolor with the Oxide Inks. They are a little chalkier than normal watercolor, and they don’t blend quite as well, or have the watercolor feel (or “blooms”). Also, they do COVER the black stamped images a little. But that is easily remedied by going over those lines with a black marker.

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The original Distress Ink was definitely more like watercolor. You could add and get that watercolor “bloom” feel. So I liked that. And it was a little easier to add water and drop in color to have it react with the water.

Here’s the finished cards:

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I realized (after I was done) that it would have been easier for this comparison to create exactly the same card for a more accurate test. Lol.

The verdict is: you can watercolor with either one. It might be easier with the original inks, but I really liked the chalkier look for these sharks!

Have you tried watercoloring with Distress Oxides?

I have more comparisons coming soon!

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Products used:
(retired products from The Alleyway Stamps)
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Distress Oxide Inks: Blending & Stencils (How do they compare?)

I will admit, I was skeptical about the new Distress Oxide Inks. In many pictures I saw using the Distress Oxide inks, they looked chalky and not as vibrant. They also looked muddy and unimpressive to me.

Now, I love my original Distress Oxides for inking, but they are not so good for stamping. So when I got the new Distress Oxides as a birthday gift, I thought I would put them to the test!

I have many categories to test them and see how they compared. BOY, was I surprised at some of the outcomes!

Today, I am comparing them for ink blending and stenciling.

DISTRESS OXIDES vs. DISTRESS INK (original): INK BLENDING

This was the first category that really SURPRISED me!!

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Check out this ink blending! Now, these are not exactly alike (but I had to create some differences so I knew which one was which). The blending LOOKS great on both! I used the same cardstock, the same techniques, the same colors, and the same stamps.

LEFT= Distress Ink (Original)
RIGHT = Distress Oxide

You can see there is a little difference in the Oxides (They are a little less vibrant), but overall they still look GREAT! And, the Distress Oxides are SO EASY TO BLEND!! In fact, they stay on the surface a bit so if you get a harsh line, you can usually blend it out. I was impressed by the ease of blending with them.

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Take a look at the variation in color I was able to get with the Distress Oxides here on Bristol Smooth paper. I really like the way it blends on this paper (it was even easier to blend on the Bristol paper).

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Here I tried the same background with and without water droplets. When using Distress Oxides, the water droplets are definitely more pronounced (than when using original Distress Inks)!

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Here I used 3 colors to blend a “sunset.” Then I added drops of water. I did not like how the water droplets were so random at the top on the Worn Lipstick, and some of them were irregular in other spots, too.

So I thought to myself: “Hmmm….I wonder if I can cover those spots up as if they never existed?”

GUESS WHAT?!?!? YOU CAN! (see how the white spot on the very top is no longer there?)

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All I did was take more Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink and blend over that droplet. Because it has some pigment properties and sits on top of the paper, it also has the ability to “cover up” some mistakes! So cool.

DISTRESS OXIDES vs. DISTRESS INK (original):  STENCILS

So here’s the next comparison that surprised me. I took the same stencil and applied Distress Inks on one card front, and Distress Oxides on the other. Take a look:

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LEFT= Distress Ink (Original)
RIGHT = Distress Oxide

I did not expect this! I was able to get a brighter result with the Distress Oxide Ink because it seemed to blend THICKER. I really liked how bright it was! Wow. Seriously so amazing. I need to try this technique again!

So after these studies, I found that I really enjoyed both. I still tend to reach for my original Distress Inks more (for blending), but it’s because I only have a limited amount of colors in the Distress Oxides. But just before I was nearly done with my comparisons, Ranger released 12 more colors!! Yay!

I hope you enjoyed this comparison. I have more experiments to share throughout the week comparing these two amazing inks. So please do come back!

 

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Products used:
Distress Oxide Inks
Distress Inks
Lawn Fawn: Life is Good
Lawn Fawn: Duh Nuh
Waffle Flower: Bear & Bird
Paper Smooches: Life Saver
Hero Arts: Flower Stencil
Altenew: Foxes Hug Me
Waffle Flower: Awesome Die
Waffle Flower: Celebrate Die
Neenah Solar White 80# paper
Bristol Smooth Paper
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Glitzy Glitter! (MFT Camp Create Day 5)

Who can resist a little glittery glitz? Of course I was very excited about today’s camp craft with MFT. I took some darling MFT monkeys and added some glittery shirts using scor-tape. It’s nice and strong and keeps the glitter in place pretty well.

Here’s my card:

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They are ready for a night out on the town with their new glittery shirts! I had to cut out another monkey arm with a banana to pop up on top of that lower monkey…

I also used some new-to-me Distress Oxide inks for the background. They blend so nicely!

I think these monkeys look great in their finery. Lol. Hope you enjoyed!

Joining the fun here at MFT Camp Create.

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Divine Dry Embossing (MFT Camp Create Bonus)

For today’s camp craft, we learned more about dry embossing with a die cut. I opted to use my MFT striped cover plate and an embossing pad to make the following card:

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I used some Distress ink to ink up those daisies (from MFT) for some variation. I love how it turned out! Hope you enjoy!

Joining the bonus day of MFT Camp Create here.

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Sensational Sliders (MFT Camp Create Day 4)

Sliders are my new favorite thing to make. Today for MFT Camp Create I made a HIDDEN slider for the first time! I think it it awesome and surprising to have a hidden slider on a card! Oh, and these seagulls are a new favorite set for me:

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I used the new MFT Cloud Stencil (another of my favorite new crafty things) to make the clouds AND the ocean waves! So awesome!

The seagull “swims” across the ocean when you tilt the card. [I will add a video here]

 

Joining in on MFT Camp Create here.

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Spectacular Shakers (MFT Camp Create Day 3)

Shaker cards are fun to make and fun to get (don’t you think?) So for today’s MFT Camp Create we got to make one! It took me some time to figure out what my images would be for this shaker, but I came across this cute set that reminded me of 4th of July. I cut the windows for this shaker using a craft knife, just following some simple pencil lines I drew. I think it turned out cute! What do you think?

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I colored the images with Copic markers and inked up the card panel with Distress Ink in Festive Berries & Abandoned coral. Happy (early) 4th of July!

Joining in the Camp Create: Spectacular Shakers!

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