Thursday 15 March 2018

Playing with Distress Oxides

Hi and welcome to my blog.
Usually on a Wednesday I toddle off to a card class with my bestie Di, but for one reason or another I didn't make it this week, so I played in my craft room with my Distress Oxides. This is the result.

I came across the water bleaching of DI technique a while ago, here and here, but I've never tried it with DO's before. Jennifer McGuire was playing with them so I thought I would too.
I started by stamping these lovely roses from Uniko and used white EP to heat emboss them.
I don't have many colours in the DOs so when it came to inking my panel I used the only two greens I have, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron. The resulting panel was too pale so I added some Mown Lawn DI, not really dark but probably dark enough for the technique.
Using a small watercolour brush, some water and a  piece of kitchen roll to remove the resulting colour,I went ahead and 'bleached' away the colour from the roses and leaves. To create a little dimension in the flowers, I left some of the areas on the petals darker by lifting off the water with a paper towel sooner rather than later. The result is softer than the plain DI technique.
My sentiment is from a set I picked up at Port Sunlight in the sale tub of a stall, I cut the the thanks off and replaced it with a Create a Smile die cut thanks. 

The rain is falling again and we have our first lamb casualty. The OH has just finished his rounds bringing in a lamb that had fallen asleep in a hollow which then filled with water and chilled it down. Hopefully a session next to the range will warm it up and it can go back to its mum. 

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  1. This is such a pretty card. The thumbnail on The Card Concept Challenge doesn't do it justice. Good luck!

  2. What a delightful card Julie. The stamp is really beautiful and the water bleaching makes it look so sophisticated. I must admit that bleaching with DOx's is on my 'to do' list and you may have spurred me on with this elegant creation. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Less is More xx

  3. So beautiful Jules!! Great job with the technique. Your card is so soft and dreamy. xx

  4. A beautiful card. A very effective use of the bleaching technique.

  5. Beautiful card, Julie. You got fabulous results with this technique. Still need to give this a try. Thank you for joining us at Less is More. x

  6. I love this technique with distress inks and so glad it works with oxides too. Don't have any yet but hopefully one day soon! Love that you used green, so soft and pretty.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x
    Hope the dear little lamb is ok x

  7. Oh my, Julie! I LOVE the white embossed flowers and the "bleaching" technique you used. What a pretty card. Your sentiment is great too!! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S this week! Good luck! Hugs, Cathy

  8. Beautiful card! Those soft flowers on the green background is amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

  9. Beautiful card and a technique that I've not tried. Thanks for sharing and taking part in this week's CC&S challenge.

  10. This is so pretty! Love your Distress Oxide background with the white embossing and sentiment!! Thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept! Hugs and we hope you can join us again soon :-)

  11. Beautiful card! Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge. Marsha DT

  12. Beautiful card - so soft and elegant. Thanks for joining us this week at CC&S.

  13. This is just gorgeous - so pretty and that green background is really elegant!


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