Thank you: Distress oxide roses and butterfly

CR00390 square

After my first experiment with the double-cut alphabet dies I had enough pieces left over to make another thank you sentiment; all I had to do was come up with a card to put it on. Cue more experimenting, this time with the new Distress oxide ink pads.

I remembered seeing a video of Tim Holtz demonstrating his new stamp platform by creating a controlled watercolour effect with a butterfly stamp and I thought I’d start by doing something similar. What I didn’t remember at the time was that he was using Distress markers (which I don’t have). But I do have a MISTI, a layering butterfly and a set of Distress oxides so I recreated the effect with those: dabbing ink onto small parts of the stamp, wiping off the excess, spritzing with water, stamping, and repeating until happy. I stamped the outline in archival ink to add some definition back and used a white Sharpie to clean up the edges.

For the background, I started by stencilling some roses and leaves around the butterfly with the oxides and then spritzed them with water (shielding the butterfly so it didn’t blend any more). I liked the effect, but it was a little too undefined, so I repeated the stencilling, this time using regular Distress inks. I tied it all together by blending a little green over the remaining white space.

I die-cut the scalloped edge and glued the double-cut thank you along the curve. Finally I mounted the panel on a card base and blended a little more Distress ink over the bottom corners.

CR00390 detail

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Concord & 9th – butterfly beauty
  • dies:
    Concord & 9th – double cut alphabet
    My Favorite Things – stitched scallop basic edges
  • stencils:
    Tim Holtz – THS075 roses
  • colour:
    butterfly:
    Distress oxides – wilted violet, broken china, cracked pistachio, spiced marmalade
    background:
    Distress oxides – worn lipstick, peeled paint
    Distress ink pads – worn lipstick, peeled paint
  • inks:
    Ranger – archival – jet black
  • pens:
    Sharpie – extra fine paint pen – white
  • paper and card:
    Distress watercolour cardstock
    Papermill Direct – smooth – spring green

CR00390 display

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4 thoughts on “Thank you: Distress oxide roses and butterfly

    • It was around my birthday and I found a good price for the set so I treated myself 🙂 My Copics are the only thing that get lots of use (just as well given the cost of that collection!), but I do like having options for creating backgrounds…

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    • Thank you! So far the main differences from regular Distress inks are the chalk-like finish you can get with water and the way you can build layers without them turning to mud as long as you dry each layer before adding the next.

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