Monday, March 27, 2023

How To Color with Distress Oxide Ink

Hello friends!

I am sharing a simple way of adding colors to stamped images. 

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I am using TWO sets of Spellbinders stamps (Stampendous Collection) to create a background. As you can see these images are great for coloring.  You can check out the March release HERE.

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I nearly bought Distress Watercolor Pencils (still on my wish list) and would have loved giving these a whirl...however, I just used my good old Distress Oxide to color these lovely images. 

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If you have not tried coloring with Distress Oxide, you must give it a go. All you need are a few ink pads and watercolor brush or/and paint brushes.
Here is a simple how-to:
1. dab the Distress Oxide Ink onto the acrylic block or any nonporous surface
2. use waterbrush like this or paint brush with wet tip
3. mix the ink and adjust the water/ink accordingly
4. you can mix colors as long as it's somewhat dry, or it may turn into a muddy color
5. re-stamp the images if possible: if you use MISTI or StampWheel (Altenew or Simon Says Stamp), simply leave the stamps on and re-stap the images after coloring. This will help your image to pop and stand out more.

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I hope my simple how-to re-fresh your ideas and provides some inspiration. I appreciate that you shop through my affiliated links at no additional cost to you(all texts links to products). Be sure to check out the shopping cart over my side banner link.

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Add Ink to Embossing Folder

Hello friends!

I am back with another creation with the new Embossing Folder. The products that I used are from this month's Altenew release.  

Arches 3D Embossing Folder (Altenew, Simon Says Stamp) and

Red Crowned Cranes (Altenew, Scrapbook. com, Simon Says Stamp)

 And this was my result of using these two products.

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Isn't it lovely? Now, about adding inks to the embossing folder, you can pretty much use any types of inks for applying to the embossing folder. The blue background looks a bit blotchy. It has nothing to do with my machine or skills. It is all about the types of inks you use.

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The dye ink, in general, tend to get splotchy and that's the type I use (see HERE). It doesn't bother me that it's a bit splotchy, I think it gives the background a n interesting textured look. If you want to avoid the spotty look, you can use inks like Pigment Ink, Mixed Media Ink (like this) or Distress Oxide. You can also use a brayer, that seems to take care of the blotchy issue.

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Lastly, I also used this new sentiment Vertical Greetings die. I love that it is vertical....! When you come up with certain designs, sometimes, it is so much easier when the sentiment is in vertical formation. Something to consider....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Important Info and Two Winners (Altenew $15 GC)

  Hello friends!

It brings me a great pleasure to announce the TWO lucky random commenters! 

Every month, Altenew offers two giveaway to my followers/readers. I am thankful for your frequent visits and that you take some precious time to leave me a comment. Your feedback and comments are the energy boost that keep me going. Without further ado, here are the two winners. 

Verna Angerhofer and Denise Bryant
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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Use That Washi Tape for Accent

Hello friends!

I am back to share another project with 


this this month's Craft Your Life Project Kit Delicate Garden .This set comes with the die, stamp, embossing folder and layering stencil. This time, I am using the embossing folder as the main focus.

Altenew-Craft Your Life Project Kit Delicate Garden-Summer Afternoon Washi Tape Set

Did you know that the stencil set is perfect for adding colors to the dry-embossed images?

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I chose a warm color combo as the rich colors gave it a vintage look.

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The gold-embossed sentiment adds boldness and shine to the design. Next, I used a strip of Summer Afternoon Washi to bring out the colors.

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I also added my favorite glitter paper "Glitter Cardstock Gilded" to give it an extra oomph.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Dancing Poppies

Hello friends!

I have a fun project to share today. 

 Today's card was created with the Altenew Build-a-Garden Dancing Poppies. 

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 For these brightly colored poppies, I took a different approach to color the image. I used Altenew Gouache Paint (Altenew, Scrapbook. com, Simon Says Stamp).

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If you are not familiar with Gouche Paint, you are in for a treat. Check out the Gouache definition from Wiki HERE. What I love about Gouache is that they are opaque, which means, they can be re-colored and changed up the colors without mixing and blending and turning into mud.  Gouache is heavier and more opaque than watercolor, and has greater reflective qualities.

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I love coloring with Gouache as the colros are much more vibrant than regular watercolor.

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As you can see that the outlines of the Dancing Poppies are simply gorgeous. I didn't focus on precise coloring and let the outline speak for themselves.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Craft Your Life Project Kit-Delicate Garden

Hello friends!


I am popping in to share this month's Craft Your Life Project Kit Delicate Garden This set's design are so extensive with the die stamp, embossing folder and layering stencil. 

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With this project, I focused on stamping, die-cutting and stencil-layering.

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 For this design, I chose the sentiment for the background. Yes, the sentiment can make such a beautiful text background. 

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I used a lighter shade of grey and stamped it in a random-like pattern. With the inks like this set, it was easy to follow the instructions and stamp each layer accordingly.

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👉👉 One creative part of this card is that I used the flower center ( a stamp set with dots details) stamp to stamp the black splatter. If you are intimidated with adding splatter the natural and organic way, you can definitely find smaller stamps and use them for splatter-stamping.

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Spellbinders Club Kits

 Hello friends!

I am sharing a new project with 3D Embossing Folder Club (sold out this month).

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Let's start with the 3D Embossing folder.... isn't it gorgeous? If you love embossing folders, I highly recommend to sign up with the embossing folder club.

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Once I swiped the Distress Oxide Ink over the embossing folder and ran through the die cut machine.


With the focal point (stamped and die cut from  Clear Stamp and Die of the Month), I embellished the background with sequins.

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I absolutely love how this turned out. Here are the 3 cards from this month's club kits.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Stamping Ideas for "Stunning Sakura"

Hello friends!

I am finally share a card with a brand NEW product from Altenew's March release. Due to my recent Caribbean cruise, I kind of missed out on creating with this release.  If you love to know more ideas on using stamp set like this, you then must not miss out this very post!

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This Stunning Sakura has gorgeous outlines and details. I love the ease of using stamp set like this because the options are open-ended.

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I am listing a few stamping ideas for a simple outline set like this

1. Stamp and color: this is the most obvious way to use this stamp

2. Stamp the outlines (masking technique can be applied): simply create a border around the cardstock. Then you can add a bold sentiment in the middle. And that's it!

3. Stamp and die cut (without coloring): this is a great way to showcase the flower set without getting complicated. You can simply use ink, patter paper stripes to create an unique background. 

4. Stamp and fussy cut: No dies? No problem. With a bit of patience, you can actually fussy cut this image.

5. Stamp, die cut and CUT: once you stamp and diecut/fussy cut the image, you can CUT the image in half and use them at the top and bottoms or corners. 


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These are the most basic ideas that I can easily think of. There are many more ways of using stamps like this. The Stencil Sets and Dies are great to have, but not absolutely necessary. 

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During our cruise, we loved to join the Trivia games organized by the cruise. One of the questions in the trivia was: "What does Sakura" mean in Japanese?". If you guessed the answer "Cherry Blossoms", you are absolutely correct. I got this one right! Woohoo!

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I did use the Altenew Stampwheel (squeal!!) to stamp the background. Isn't it cool? With the build-in notches, you can easily turn the stamps precisely without moving your paper and stamps.

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