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Peony Scrolls

Hi there! I’ve got a quick card to share today using Altenew’s Peony Scrolls stamp set. Their beautiful flower images are pure joy to color and I decided to use Chameleon pens on this one. Funny enough, one of the pens is called “Peony Pink” and it does closely match the color of peonies, so that’s what I used on the flower.

I’ve played around a little bit with these pens before, mostly coloring small images. This was the first larger image I’ve colored with them and it takes a bit of patience. If you’re not familiar with these pens, they give the ability to transition easily from a light to darker shade of a color by fusing the ink with colorless blender inside of the pen. You do have to constantly fuse the ink though as you’re working on small sections of an image and that takes a few seconds. That’s where the patience aspect comes in.

I used “Green Apple” on the leaves and then added a light blue shadowing around the flower with a Copic B000 and colorless blender to soften it out. You can’t see it in the photos, but I also added clear Wink of Stella to the tips of the petals and leaves for a little shimmer.

I die-cut a Hero Arts thanks sentiment from a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock that I sponged with Distress Oxide ink in Twisted Citron and spritzed with a spray bottle. To make the sentiment show up a bit more, I die-cut the sentiment again from black cardstock and slightly overlapped the two. I also added a light gray shadow under the sentiment once I had adhered it with a Copic W3.

To finish the card, I stamped the small portion of the sentiment from the same Hero Arts stamp and die set and adhered a few flat-back pearls around the image. The patterned paper mat is an Anna Griffin paper that has the same color scheme.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!


Painting with Distress Oxide Inks

Hi there! I’m back with a new card to share today after taking a brief vacation over the last week. I tried something new (to me, anyway) with Distress Oxide inks and painted with them. I love the results! They give almost a chalky effect while the colors stay vibrant, even on darker cardstock.

First I cut a piece of dark gray cardstock (I used a 110 lb. Recollections brand from Michael’s) 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ and then stamped portions of the same image from the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set with Versamark ink. I then heat embossed using Wow fine detail white embossing powder.

The oxide ink colors that I used are Peeled Paint (for the leaves) and Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber for the flowers. I pressed each ink pad on a Tim Holtz craft sheet and used a slightly damp watercolor paintbrush. The amount of water on the brush is key. At first, I tried painting with a water brush and it gave ok results, but once completely dry, it wasn’t nearly as vibrant.

I started over with the paintbrush and just a tiny bit of water on the brush to move the ink and activate it just a bit. I got much more interesting blending between the colors doing it this way. I continued to add layers of the various colors until I liked what I had going on. It changes slightly as it dries and it’s almost magical.

To finish the card, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from this stamp set and added a strip of patterned paper to the left side.

I was a little bit skeptical of the oxide inks at first, but there are some really cool uses for them and painting with them is probably going to turn out one of my favorites!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!