My Favorite Things

Playing with Oxide Inks

Hi there! Today’s card was my first adventure with Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks. I had to giggle when I finished the background of this card because at first, I thought it looked like a hot mess ( relating back to my perfectionist tendencies). But, I went with it.

So, I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and I cut the piece 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ so I would have room along the edges to tape the piece down on hard board while I played with these inks. I used fossilized amber, cracked pistachio and worn lipstick with the technique of pressing the ink pad onto an acetate sheet, spraying with water and dripping the ink onto the paper. There’s tons of YouTube videos out there using this technique if you’re interested in trying this out.

You want to work with one color at a time and heat set each color before moving on to the next to avoid muddy colors, which I might have a little bit of on this card, but I liked the overall effect.

I cut the watercolor paper down to 3 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ to allow a little room on the left side for a 1/2″ wide strip of patterned paper (this is a My Favorite Things paper).

Next, I stamped and colored the bear image from the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamp set with Copics and die-cut the image with the coordinating die-namics.


I finished it off with a nice big bold sentiment from the My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set and added a few sequins here and there.

I think I may have enjoyed playing with these inks even more than watercolors, at least on backgrounds.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and have a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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