Hey, thanks for coming by. I’m playing around with the new Distress Oxide inks, and they’re so cool. I created this card panel with partial die cutting, and it’s a simple way to stretch your supplies.
This wafer thin die is from Hero Arts, and it matches the Color Layering Peacock stamp set. I laid the die on watercolor cardstock, which I highly recommend, since we’ll be using lots of water for this technique. I used Post-It tape to hold the die in place at the edge of the cardstock, which is 6″ x 9″. Then I used a T-ruler and a pencil to draw a straight line at the top and bottom of the die.
I’m using my die cutting machine, called a Sizzix Big Kick, to cut out my shape. Each machine is different, so you might need to adjust the technique, but here’s what I did. My machine has 2 cutting pads, one below the die, and one above. I lined up the top cutting pad with the pencil line I drew earlier. Then I ran it through my machine. Where there’s no pad, the machine doesn’t cut.
And you end up with cuts like the one on the left. I used my paper trimmer to cut on the straight lines up to where they meet the die cut. I also cut the center with scissors where it didn’t completely cut out the silhouette. And now I can move on to stamping.
I stamped the peacock’s body with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, and the tail with Cracked Pistachio. Then I misted the image with water and let it bleed across the page. Distress Oxide is designed to react to water, just like Distress Ink does. But because Distress Oxide is a blend of both pigment and dye ink, you don’t lose the detail completely.
I know I’m jumping ahead here a little, but look at the feathers on the peacock’s tail. Even though I misted the left side with water, you can still see the stamped image. This ink is so cool!
After I dried my panel with a heat tool, I added the next layer of stamping. I highly recommend a MISTI or similar stamp positioner for this, because you may need to double or triple stamp on watercolor paper. I stamped the second layer of the peacock and tail with Altanew’s Dusk ink. For the third layer, I used Canary pigment ink from Colorbox. The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter’s My Precious, and I triple stamped it in the Dusk ink.
I trimmed down my panel, and adhered it to a blue card base that measures 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. I popped up the panel with foam tape, and added a few Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh. I cut down another piece of watercolor paper to 3 3/4″ by 5″, and used a stamp positioner to triple stamp a sentiment and feather from Hero Arts’ Color Layering Peacock set.
Here’s a second card I made the same way. I love the that the watercolor gives a different look every time. Have you tried Distress Oxide yet? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon.