Saturday, 15 July 2017

Another Crafty Day

This card is from last weekends get together with crafty friends Loll, Susan and Trina (my crafting closet),  We were trying the this technique which uses Gesso and Distress Oxide inks which Susan introduced us to from a blog called Country View Crafts. Of course any techniques using DOX is a must try as we all love the effect you get with them.  We miss read the instructions, not surprising because chatting, laughing and crafting make your brain go fuzzy 😏
Susan has a great example on her blog comparing what we did and what we should have done with the technique so I won't go into too much detail.  This is definitely on my to do list on another day the next time following the instructions more carefully.

For my background I used vintage photo, fossilized amber and a little broken china.  I used my craft mat to add some ink of the pad and spritzed with water, I tapped my mixed media card stock on the craft mat to pick up the colour and heat dried between layers.  Once got the depth of colour I then painted some watered down gesso over the DOX inks and dried it with a heat gun.   I used a penny black stamp which I used a direct to stamp technique with the DOX ink pads (picked raspberry and peeled paint) and spitzed with water.  This is nothing like it was supposed to look like but I love, the background looks very vintage and the water caused the DOX inks on the flowers to pool.  I distressed the edges and mounted the card on an A2 background.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Penny Black Effulent, Stampers Anonymous
Paper: 110lb linnen (off white), 140lb Mixed Media
Ink: Distress Oxided ink
Accessories: MISTI, Gesso, Distress Oxide, Distress tool
Techniques: Direct to Stamp, Gesso background


  1. Not sure what you were supposed to do but the muted colors, the background and image are out of this world! Whatever you did- keep doing it. What a phenomenal watery effect yet preserving the image. LOVE this!

  2. This turned out so well, Christine. I love the aged colours of your background. Great job with the watercolour spritz with the flower stamp. The colours really show up well on the darker background. The distressed edges are perfect!! xx

  3. This is gorgeous Christine, (not sure if you know but Simon Says Monday also has a distress theme running at the moment), love the way the gesso has given the oxide inks a vintage look, Cathy x

    1. Thanks for the heads up, I just popped over and linked :)

  4. Very artsy vintage distress design, Christine..even if this was not the correct technique...I think you girls discovered (accidently) a new technique:-) TFS my friend. Hugs..

  5. Loved it when we were crafting, and now I love it even more now that you've completed it. Great colours. Perfect stamp image. Fabulous vintage look.

  6. what a beautiful effect you achieved and the perfect background for that gorgeous PB image...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  7. What a wonderful vintage looking card. Great technique and what gorgeous colours. Such beautiful stamping and yes the pooling of the ink looks great x What a stunner! x

  8. A fabulous vintage background and it looks beautiful with the stamped image. Thank you for sharing that technique and great job!

  9. Very artistic & beautiful--even if it isn't the look intended! Thanks for joining us at PBSC!