The Creative Challenge for this week over at the Craftin Desert Divas blog is all about our obsession with oxide inks and I am all obsessed with them! They really are easy to use and very versatile for different applications on projects. On this card I used oxide inks three ways, the traditional blending, as watercolor, and to color my paste.
As always with my digital stamps I resized this collection from the beach animals digital stamp set to fit on my rectangles and printed them on alcohol marker paper. I colored them with lots of copic markers and fussy cut them out.
To create the background, I used the beach scene stencil bottom and used a shimmer paste to give a raised dimension on watercolor paper. I let it dry for about an hour and then used tattered rose and worn lipstick as watercolor. An easy tip, use your acrylic blocks to add your ink to and then pick it up with a wet paintbrush. The intensity of the color will depend on how much water you use to apply it to your paper. For mine, I wanted a soft background, so I used a larger brush and a good amount of water. I let that dry for about 30 minutes, you don’t want your paper wet for the next step because the tape could pick up your color or pieces of your paper.
To add more color to your raised paste, place your stencil back over the paste lining it up and tape it down. Then you can go over it with our oxide inks do darken the color! I’ve done this a few times and love the results!
For the stitched rectangles, I die cut three from fancy frames die set using the smallest rectangle die. I inked them using oxide inks: squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber, & wild honey creating an ombre effect.
I adhered the watercolored circle paper to the center of my card and pop dotted the three yellow rectangles above the circles. I glued the colored images on and stamped the sentiment from mermaid lagoon stamp set. For the final accent I wanted to bring the circles up so I added some rosewater nuvo drops.
I love the bright and airy feel of this card and hope it inspires you to try using your oxide inks in a different way!