Oxide Ink and Water Magic


I just received the next set of 12 colors in the Distress Oxide inks and I just had to get INKY!! I had yet to ink up a panel in a rainbow array so that is where I started. I used picked raspberry, salty ocean, seedless preserves, lucky clover and spiced marmalade.

Once my panel was good and inked up, I dug out my Concord & 9th Say Hello stamp set. After placing the super cute Hello stamp on a clear acrylic block, I sprayed it with water (not so much it was dripping off, but enough that the stamp was wet) and pressed it onto my inked panel and left it to sit for approximately 2 minutes. Jennifer McGuire has a great video on how to successfully execute this technique. Once I removed the stamp I was left with a fantastic oxide reaction!

To further enhance the stamping, I used the complimentary Concord & 9th Say Hello¬†shadow die to dry emboss around the word “hello.”


Next, I splattered the panel with additional water to cause more oxide reaction on the panel. To complete the card, I adhered the panel to a side folding white notecard, heat embossed “A Happy” in white embossing powder and added Nuvo Cyrstal Drops in White Blizzard (see how the drops cause the ink to further react – so neat!).

Sending you all, “A Happy Hello” and a great week! Thank you for stopping by.


Two-for Inlaid Die Cut


My crafty-bestie (instagram: @karendejarnette) sent me a link to a this wonderful creation by Ardyth and I thought, “Hey! I have the supplies to CASE that.”

Here is my version.

To make this card, I used the stunning Rose Wonder stamp set and die from Stampin’ Up. First, I cut the rose out of white cardstock. I busted out my Gansai watercolors and dropped in some color onto the corner of a watercolor paper panel. As I put the color on the paper, I held the rose die cut above the color to see how far the watercolor needed to span on the panel. Once I was satisfied with the application of color (and the panel was dry), I die cut the rose on the watercolor panel. I kept all the pieces and began filling in the white die cut.

Once the die cut pieces were glued in place, I cut out the entire rose and adhered it to a notecard.

I used Black Versafine ink to add the Happy Birthday sentiment and added clear embossing powder to add some shine. Popped on a few sequins and spritzed the entire card with shimmer spray.


As the title of the post eludes, I was able to create a second card without much effort. When I cut the watercolor panel, I set aside the rose outline that remained.


That outline of the rose was glued onto a piece of black cardstock, enhanced with white sequins, a white heat embossed sentiment and finished off with some more shimmer spray. The entire black panel was adhered to a white notecard base.


Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by!

Negative Space Ink Coloring



Welcome to my first ever tutorial! This card was inspired by Debby Hughes – she made this stunner. Thank you Debby for sharing your creation.

To create this card, I used the Simon Says Stamp Bramble Heart die. I cut a mask using Inkadinkadoo masking paper. I kept both the image and the negative space.


I first centered the heart on my 5.75″x4″ panel of watercolor paper.


I then covered the panel with the negative space mask to protect the panel from getting ink on it when I started painting.


Onto coloring! I selected Moonstruck (discontinued – I am a thrifty stamper and have old product – feel free to use any deep blue ink pad you have on hand) and Black by Close To My Heart. I smoosh-ed (yup, the technical term) the ink onto an acrylic block. I prepped my heart by wetting the entire space. Using a water brush I picked up the ink color from the block and applied it to the heart. I used my heat gun to dry as needed and reapply color until I was satisfied with the result.


Once I was happy, it was time for the big reveal! I removed the masking paper and tah-dah! Just like unwrapping a present on Christmas!


If you look closely at the photo above, there is a bit of ink to the right of the heart. I simply used an ink eraser and removed the imperfection.

To turn these panels into cards, I adhered them to black cardstock and then a top folding notecard. Added the “Sending You Love” sentiment from the Simon Say Stamp All My Love stamp and coordinating Love die. I heat embossed “sending you” by stamping in Black Versafine ink and using clear embossing powder. ¬†I die cut the word Love three times from black cardstock and stacked them on top of each other. I spritzed them with shimmer spray and added it to the panel. Finally, I finished it off with a few clear sequence and some glossy accents on the Love sentiment. I used foam tape on the “sending you” tag for some dimension.




For the second card, I placed the heart hanging off the edge.


The last card I used Perfect Pearls to give the heart some shimmer. Instead of wetting the area of the heart with plain water, I added perfect pearls to the water to make it shine. In real life the shine is beautiful. I did not get as crisp of lines in the detail of this heart – I think I prefer the non-shimmer version best, but I will let you decide!


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you give this a try!