Mementoes In Time


Easter 2018 - Marbled Paper

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A quick follow up to yesterdays post. As you know I hate throwing things away, so all that foam left in the tray had to be used for something. I have simply placed some paper on top to pick up the inked foam and then left it to dry for a little while before wiping the excess foam off with a paper towel. You can see one in the photo above before the foam was wiped away. Actually, I even liked the patterns on the paper towels after that but you have to stop somewhere!


Anyway, I am super happy with the papers, they are lovely and will make nice pages for my journal.

Christmas 2017 Series - Making the Paper Poinsettia

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As promised, in today's post we will be making some paper poinsettias that you can use to make the Chipboard Screen Display or use on any other papercraft projects. Again, because I am a nice person, I have added a free template to the Member pages, so check there if you want to make some flowers along with me.

The template includes flowers in three sizes, so you can make two different sized poinsettias. I have cut two of one size and one of a smaller size here but you can add as many layers as you like. I also cut a green one in the larger size to act as leaves but forgot to add it into the photo above. After cutting them out, I have just punched a hole through the middle of each flower.

Now you can start shaping the petals to get the effect that you want, depending on the project. If you are making a card for sending, you may wish to leave the petals flat. I just used a bamboo skewer to fold and shape each petal but if you have a shaping tool, even better. Then just layer them up, offsetting each one so the petals don't overlay each other.

Here is the bit that really gives your paper flower a realistic look. These stamens are super cheap and you can usually pick them up on Ebay. I have some gold ones here but if you have another colour, you can add some Distress Paint or similar to recolour them. I folded them in half to get the stamens all clumped together and then you just feed the string through the hole in the petals.

Here is my finished poinsettia.

I have added some Distress Ink (Festive Berries) to add a little dimension.

Then a final layer of a green flower underneath finishes the flower off nicely.

Really pleased with how these turned out. For the smaller flowers, you could use drops of Liquid Pearls to add the stamens rather than feeding through the beaded stamens, as they can be fiddly. I hope you have enjoyed today's post and you can pick up the template on the Member Pages.

Christmas 2017 Series - Distress Oxide Background Snowflakes

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Todays card uses a well known technique to create a lovely snowflake themed background. I have used the paper to make a few projects, not just this card and they will be featured on a future post, so once you have made a sheet of it will be good value for money!

Start off stamping a snowflake pattern over a sheet of card with a Versamark or similar ink pad.

Add some white embossing powder and heat set it. Go back in and fill in any places you have missed, so that there are no obvious gaps in your pattern.

Next, pick out your Distress Oxide Inks. I have gone for all the blues here with a bit of violet/purple colour. Gradually building up colour, dip and wipe your card into puddles of ink on your craft mat. If you need to see more on how this is done, then you can read our series on Distress Oxide Inks.

If you want a bit of shimmer on your background, wait until it is dry and then brush over some iridescent acrylic medium and let that dry.

I was super pleased how this turned out and managed to create a few projects from just this one piece of card. If you want to see what, then stop by the blog again to find out!

Christmas 2017 Series - Crumpled Tissue Distress Oxide Backgrounds

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Today I wanted to just share a technique that I stumbled across by accident and I think you agree the 'mistake' turned into some pretty stunning backgrounds.I am so in love with this technique that I keep making them so soon I will have mounds of tissue papers just begging to be used!


I'll post up some cards I made with these backgrounds in another post but for now, here is the technique that I call Crumpled Tissue Distress Oxide Backgrounds.

I am working with my Distress Oxide inks, choosing similar colours with an accent colour, eg all blues, with a little violet, then all greens with a little yellow and all oranges and reds.

So here is my tissue paper I was using for something else but decided to hijack and use for this. I have just cut a few squares here to play around with.

Ok, so next you just screw the tissue up into a ball, unwrap it and do it again a few more times if you like but be a bit more careful than you would normally be with just paper, as the tissue can tear easily.

Carefully unwrap the tissue and get it flat but don't iron out all the creases. I actually cut a square of card and then lightly taped my tissue to it, folding the edges around the outside and fixing on the back of the card. This helps to keep the tissue in one piece and gives you something to hold onto when you go to the next stage.

Now you can add your colours to the mat. The ones I am using here were for a green themed background and not the ones that produced the background you can see in the photos below. Just do the normal process you do for Distress Oxides by wiping the pad along the craft sheet, adding a spritz of water and then dipping and dragging the tissue paper until you get the look you like.

Here is my tissue still wet from the dipping process. You can see that the tissue is ruckled but leave it to dry or go over it lightly with a heat gun and the tissue will settle down again and go flat.


I also added some metallic spray inks on top, silver on the blue one above, gold on the green and copper on the red backgrounds, just to give a bit more glitz and sparkle.


The colours here are just amazing and really the photos don't do it justice at all. I am a complete fan of these beautiful Distress Oxide Inks, so if you like inks and you like playing around and getting in a wonderful mess in your craft space, you should put a set of these on your Christmas list!


Here is my finished background in all its gorgeous 'lustrenous' (not sure if that is a word) but I just love it!!

I'll post up some cards to show what I did with these backgrounds in another blog post but to be honest I love them so much they almost don't need anything done to them at all!

Well That Has Torn It! How to get different distress effects to paper edges

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Using torn paper edges on your cards instantly creates interest. This is of course an old technique and can really make an ordinary design look really special and far less processed. The torn effect creates the illusion of an aged paper and breaks up the design elements on your creative layout. You can use them to add a border between two types of paper or card as shown in the demo above or in so many different ways on scrapbook layouts and cards.


If you are not good at getting a straight edge with your scissors, then this technique can be very useful as by its very nature it doesn't have to be straight and in fact you are looking for a wonky edge to give the piece character. You can create your edge manually or using some tools as we will see.

This is a quick post just looking at some of the ways to get an edge that isn't just a plain, straight one. So if you always stick to straight edges, maybe this is time to step off the straight and narrow and try some tearing!

Simple hand tearing

As it sounds, this is just using your hands to tear the paper. You can get lovely effects with this, as the paper tears unevenly and exposes the layers of the paper. You can then brush the edges with chalks or distress inks to add depth and interest. In this example, I am going with the grain of the paper. All papers will have a natural grain, where the fibres are lying in a certain direction, usually when you are tearing horizontally. If you go with the grain, the tear will be easy and pretty straight and is definitely my preferred way to tear.

Tearing downwards, I am tearing against the grain and it more difficult to control the tear and get a straight edge. You will need to move more slowly and carefully and it can't be avoided if you are tearing a square. At some point, you will be working against the grain. You will get a much more rough and unfinished look with a tear against the grain which can look nice on your project.

Tearing against a ruler

If you can control the tear you will get a much straighter edge by pulling the paper against the side of the ruler. The edge will not expose the paper layers as it does with manual tearing and you will finish up with a neater but still torn edge. Depending on your project, this can be quite useful.


Apart from the simple straight edge ruler I am using here, there are all kinds of special tearing rulers/edgers you can buy, that allow you to tear against different edges and create different effects, so if you are going to be using this technique often, these might be worth investing in.

Using shapes to tear around

You can use different shapes to tear around, which can be useful if you are wanting to create a particular design for your card. This is similar to using a ruler but you can tear different shapes. Here I am using an acrylic square block to tear around.

And here, I have used a round coaster.

You will still encounter problems going against the grain but slowing down and being careful should help to overcome this to some extent.

Using Scissors

If you don't like the idea of tearing, you can try using scissors. You can get decorative scissors that will cut hundreds of different edges, from scallop to deckle and everything in between. I like scissors because you can effectively aim for a straight edge, which is easy to do by eye but the finish will be more interesting. My favourite decorative scissors, apart from my Scallop pair have to be the Deckle Edge. This pair by Fiskars gives a nice varying edge but there are loads that you can buy. The downside is that you won't get the fully natural finish that you get with tearing, as of course you are repeating the pattern each time you cut.

Using a distressing tool

You can buy these little tools pretty cheaply and they are simple to use. There are lots of different varieties on the market. Just pull or drag the cutting or tearing edge of the tool down the side of your paper to create a torn or distressed look. You can do it lightly or go over it more to create more of a distress look. The benefit of these is that you can work directly on any straight edge that you have and can control the effect to give the effect of wear to your paper edge, without it being too torn, or risk ruining your project by over tearing.

Use an Electric Distressing Tool

I got this cool little gadget recently but although it is now a discontinued item, you can still get them second hand on Ebay and there are other brands out there that do a similar thing. You can feed card, paper, board and heaps of other things in this, which makes it super useful.

Basically, you feed the card through from right to left or vice versa to get a lightly distressed edge or a more obviously distressed edge. Super easy and super quick. I love it!

Here is a comparison with a simple rectangle of the six ways we have looked at to get a torn/distressed edge to your paper.

  • Manual Tearing
  • Using a Ruler
  • Using a Shape
  • Decorative Scissors
  • Distress Tool
  • Electric Distress Tool

So, that is about it for this quick round up of different ways to get a torn or distressed edge to your papers. There are of course others! Why not give them a go if you haven't already and add a comment below if you have any others.

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Answering a Question on Chalked Backgrounds

Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I get quite a few questions sent to me via the contact form and I usually answer them directly to people that do write to me. Mostly, I am able to offer some kind of suggestion, although I am no kind of expert! I thought it might be a good idea to post up some of them here on the blog and show what I answered, so if anyone else had a similar question, it could help, or if any lovely crafters out there who read it and can answer it better or add any useful comments could then do so, under the blog post. Here is a recent question regarding using fixatives on chalked backgrounds.

If I use chalk to create a background paper, and then spray with a fixative, will I still be able to glue other papers on top of it? (I like to do collages). Thanks!

I have used chalks for backgrounds for many years and always use a fixative to seal the chalk. The things I am doing usually only require something like hairspray rather than a commercial fixative and I can't recall having any problems with it in the past.

Here is a simple chalked background with just chalk swiped across the paper. I sealed this with hairspray as I usually do, because I am cheap and wouldn't pay for fixative!

Then some simple cut out flowers glued on top. I did choose a PVA, white glue to do this and actually ended up covering the whole piece, in effect sealing it the whole thing and giving it gloss finish. I can't imagine you would have any problems adding whatever you like to the background to build up a collage but it could depend on what you are adding over the top, in terms of inks etc. Stronger colours will drown out your delicate chalks. The best option is to trial things out on a scrap piece before using your precious collage items on the final piece and messing it up.

Hope that helps!

Anyone out there like to add a comment or suggestion, please do so below this blog post!

All About Gesso and using it with Chipboard

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (1)

All About Gesso

If you are like me and spent a long time wondering what exactly that mysterious thing called Gesso is and what it is used for but were too afraid to ask, then you have come to the right place. Gesso was always most definitely a product that sat firmly in the realms of art and artists but more recently, or certainly over the last five years or so, it has become more and more popular as a staple item in the craft cupboards of papercrafters and in particular for those involved with mixed media, altered art and the like.


This short article is intended to cover a few of the main points relating to using this product but not in an art context but more with a leaning towards the uses I have found for it and might be of interest to those more generally involved in the papercraft world rather than art. So if this floats your boat, read on!

What is Gesso?

Gesso is essentially a primer. By that I mean a product used to prime or prepare a surface ready for painting or other techniques. Gesso is usually associated with art as we noted above and in particular, working on canvas but as we shall see, it has a range of other uses, to effectively enable you to create a 'blank canvas' or a basic surface on which to add colour, textures and the like.

What is Gesso made of?

Gesso is made with a paint, a chalk and a binder material. Commercial gessos will have particular chemical formulas, which we won't go into for the purposes of this article but if you are making your own gesso, then you will just be needing these three things for starters - PVA white glue, Baby Talc, white acrylic paint. We will come back to that in a later post.

Why is Gesso used?

As noted above, it is a primer. When artists are working directly on canvas without gesso, this can be very wasteful of precious and often expensive paints, as much of the paint will sink into the canvas so using more to get the coverage needed. Gesso avoids this by sealing the surface, so the paint does not get absorbed so readily. Gesso is much cheaper than most of the artist oils and acrylics and so adding one, two or three coats of gesso first before starting to paint is the most cost effective way to do it. For the same reason, papercrafters may choose to use Gesso, to reduce the need for multiple coats of paint and to produce a sealed surface on which to start to work.

So why should crafters use Gesso?

Gesso is fantastic for crafters generally because it can be applied to a whole range of surfaces. I regularly use it on plastics, wooden items and of course my chipboard projects. This can save time, save materials and give you a far superior finish to your projects.

What Gesso do I need to buy?

Gesso can come in a whole range of colours but I tend to buy or make white and add colour to it if I need to. Normal acrylic paint will tint the gesso adequately for most needs but you can add inks for a stronger colour, taking note that the more liquid ink will affect the consistency of the gesso.


You can buy gesso in a range of consistencies and for a wide range of prices.I prefer to use a thinner consistency for my projects generally as this avoides the more obvious brush strokes once the gesso has dried. For more depth, I would probably use a texture paste instead rather than a thicker gesso.


Regarding cost, for most non art projects, you really don't need much more than a basic gesso, especially if you are making something that is not expected to last for decades! Even better, you can make your own and we will look at a recipe for that later.

So What About Using Gesso With Chipboard?

Please bear in mind that when I am using the term chipboard here, I am referring to the crafter's form of chipboard, otherwise known as boxboard or strawboard and not the thick wood type stuff you find in the hardware store. Don't ask me why it gets called chipboard, it just does and adds a real layer of confusion to the situation.

Anyway, Gesso comes into its own when working with chipboard projects. By its very nature and production process, chipboard is quite porous and will readily soak up your precious paint, although the effect will vary from brand to brand. In an older post, on this site you may stumble across a piece about working with chipboar,  I banged on for ages about using a good quality acrylic paint for your chipboard projects but this was before I discovered the magic of using a good primer to seal the board first! I only really discovered it relatively late on my crafting journey, which was a shame, as many pieces could have been saved.


So the problem with using just acrylic direct to chipboard is that you often need to add several coats, as the finish is patchy when the paint absorbs into the chipboard, often differently in different areas. Adding more and more coats, the chipboard can become very wet, soggy and consequently warp out of shape. Often, the colours of your paints will not remain true either, if they are constantly soaking into the background material. Adding a good primer coat first helps to avoid these issues.

Using Gesso on Chipboard

As a demonstration, I have added paint to a piece of board and then added gesso to another.

Paint on the left, gesso on the right

You can see that the gesso is quite thin and also that the paint has given a pretty unsatisfactory finish by itself. You would expect to go over the paint again with another coat but even then, as the paint starts to soak in under the first coat, you can still end up with finish that you don't like.I have had to add up to five coats on some of my projects in the past, simply because the paint was poor quality and too wet or thin to give proper coverage.

Here is the first coat of Gesso, which is pretty thin and doesn't look promising.

When the topcoat is applied, the finish is much better and the paint applies really well over the basecoat of Gesso

2 coats of paint on the left and gesso with one coat of paint on the right

On the left, there is two coats of paint and on the right you have the piece primed with gesso and then a coat of acrylic added. There isn't much to see between the two in terms of the finish but if you are using an expensive paint, you would prefer to not to have to do more than one coat. Using Gesso avoids this.

Using Gesso on different craft materials

Here is a quick run through, using gesso on some white card (the same card was used for all examples) and then showing the differences in the effects you get with using various craft materials such as inks and paints. Priming your surface first, can result in a much more vibrant finish, apart from avoiding the problems with your medium soaking into the paper. Different papers will yield different effects here of course, with handmade papers soaking up inks very quickly. Have a look and see what you think.

Using Paint on Card with Gesso

I am using Distress Paint Daubers here, as they are easy to apply. There wasn't a great difference in results overall.

Verdict - took longer to dry on the Gesso as expected and the result was slightly more vibrant but nothing to get excited about.

Stamping with Pigment Ink on Card with Gesso

You can see that the image on the right, stamped on Gesso has remained wet on the surface of the paper, compared to the plain card, where the ink has partly been absorbed by the card. Pigment ink normally stays wet longer than Dye inks and this enables embossing powders to be added, so this isn't a surprise but in fact with the application of Gesso, it stayed open for ages, well past five minutes on the gesso prepared card. This might be useful for some purposes but I didn't really like the way that the image lost clarity and became blurred. 

Verdict - I wouldn't be inclined to use the Gesso on my card unless I was looking for a particular unfocussed effect

Stamping with Dye Ink on Card with Gesso 

I haven't labelled this one but the Gesso card is on the right. There is less bleed with the dye ink as it dries quicker but there is still a more blurred image and you can see that the colour of the ink is also different. This was a drier dye ink so next up I tried with a much wetter ink.

Here I am using Adirondack which has really juicy ink pads. You can see that the bleed is pretty extreme. Again, this might be an effect you want.

Verdict - Gesso applied to the card allows the ink to bleed creating a fuzzier image than with blank card, so for a crisp image, stick to blank card!

Stamping with Pigment Ink and Dye Ink on Handmade Paper with Gesso

Here I decided to have a go with some handmade paper, as this is really absorbent and you can have problems with patchy images as the ink soaks into it quickly. The pigment ink stayed wet for ages on the gesso side and bled a little. I think the issue was that I held the stamp as firmly and for as long on both pieces of paper when in fact you can get away with a much lighter touch on the gesso paper.

Again, a similar result with the Dye Inks and in fact the image on the gesso piece was a bit patchy as you can see.

Verdict - If you need a longer open time with your pigment ink, if perhaps you are embossing on the handmade paper, then applying Gesso first will give you that. The bleed isn't as bad as with normal card though which is good but surprisingly, the image was a little patchy for the Dye Ink (this may be due to operator error)!

Using Spray Inks on Card with Gesso

I'm using Distress Sprays here for this example. Again, the gesso card is on the right.

Verdict - ugh!! The ink puddled badly on the gesso prepared card and would not dry. In the end I dabbed it off with a paper towel which ruined the spray effect finish. Not really what I was looking for. Stick to blank card.

Using Markers on Card with Gesso

Not really much difference here but definitely less patchy result on the gesso prepared card. You will have to take my word for that as it is difficult to see in the photo but the gesso side was definitely better.

Verdict - Good for surfaces using a dryish marker such as the Distress Markers, which can be absorbed quickly by paper and card.

Using Gesso on Plastic

Ok, so this is where it really did a good job. Here I am painting my plastic coffee capsules and the gesso applied to the pot really helped to provide a surface for the paint to adhere to. Of course, a true comparison would be to put a second coat onto the left hand pot where paint was added on its own but the gesso did apply much better than the paint on the first application. If I was just using paint, I would probably need quite a few coats to get the coverage I need.

Verdict - Gesso is great on plastic to provide a good solid base for my paint effects.


While you may not want or need to use gesso on most of your papercraft projects, it most definitely has a place, especially when working with boxboard or chipboard, or difficult surfaces. You could of course just use a white paint with glue as a binder but the addition of the powder element, gives a nice matt surface to deal with. 


I have found it invaluable for finishing projects quicker, being less wasteful with paint and achieving a more pleasing result when using paints, to use a primer like gesso first.

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Chipboard Wheelbarrow Project Mini Terracotta Plant Pots

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Today I am back to one of my fav things, recycling old stuff to use in my craft projects. Those little flower pots in the display photos might look familiar!

Coffee Capsules!

I have posted a few articles about using these little beauties. Those coffee capsules are turning out to be so useful and if you are like me, you get through heaps of the stupid things. Check the right hand sidebar under Recycle category for other ideas using them.

I started off by painting my pot with a mixture of white paint and some PVA glue, to create a surface that would stick to the pot and I could then paint over with my coloured paint.

Now I could have just then painted the pot with brown acrylic paint and be finished with it but I wanted to get a nice rough texture and mat appearance to resemble a terracotta pot, so I added some Plaster of Paris to the paint mix, just a little will give you the chalky paint finish you are looking for.

You can get an even more textured finish to your terracotta pot with the addition of one more simple ingredient

Here is my pot of decorative sand. I actually got this years ago and didn't know what to use it for but it was just perfect for this project. You could use ordinary sand also, just make sure that it is clean and dry before you start to add it to your paint. You can add a tiny bit as I have done for the terracotta pot or a bit more depending on the finish you want.

For this next pot, I was aiming for a more concrete finish to my pot, so I added a bit more sand to my grey paint. Well that just about rounds it up with the Chipboard Wheelbarrow project posts, unless I get anymore queries or questions. I hope you have enjoyed reading the blog and please do comment below if you would like to!

Chipboard Wheelbarrow Creating a Faux Wood Effect

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I am going to do a quick post about getting a faux wood effect, which you can use with the Wheelbarrow projects or other papercraft projects.

All of these display examples were created using the same technique to make a 'wood effect' wheelbarrow but simply using different colours to get different finishes.

Take the paint colour you want to use. I am using my Distress Paints here as I find the paint dauber thingy on the top really useful to get the best effect for this technique.

Note: You can also use your Distress Ink pads and simply swipe across the paper as shown but I prefer the effect using the paints.

The colour I am using is Peeled Paint and this was the basis for the green wheelbarrow above. So swipe across the paper as shown, the idea is to get a washed effect and not to completely cover the page. You want some white areas remaining and a rough type of finish, i.e not too perfect.

Next, I am brushing here and there using my blending tool with Tea Dye Distress Ink. The intention is to get a dirty, worn look. Then let it dry or use a heat tool to set the paint.

To create the effect of wood planks, use a pen (I am using my Distress Marker here, the Tea Dye or maybe a darker brown to show up) to draw lines and nails. Stagger the lines for a more realistic effect. You can go back in with your blending tool along the lines if you like to give even more definition and depth, which is what I have done with the Wheelbarrow Template examples above.

This gives a perfectly realistic faux wood effect!

Join me for the next post, where I will be showing a way to get a realistic rusted metal effect that you can use for the wheel on your Wheelbarrow project or any other papercraft project you are making.

All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 14)

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 14)

Distress Oxides - It Will All Come Out In the' Wash' plus one more technique and a wind up review of these inks

I think we are there at last, well, unless I start fiddling again and in that case I will post another piece to the blog, you just never know!.


I have to say, I have really enjoyed playing with my Distress Oxide inks. This is in no way a sponsored article, just my thoughts as your average crafter. We are all feeling the pinch these days, so each purchase we make has to be worth it. I was in two minds whether to get these, especially as I realise that the rest of the colour swatch is probably coming and that means more expense and these products are never cheap are they?


However, even with this relatively limited range of colours in the first release, there is plenty to amuse for most people. The inks do produce a unique effect and I love the pastel tones that you end up with. The fact that they react with water, like the rest of the Tim Holtz range is great and I love the fact that I can combine them with all my other Distress products.


Anyway, without further ado, here are a couple more photos from my messing around sessions that you might like to see. I hope you have enjoyed this extensive review of Distress Oxides and please do leave a comment below or on the Facebook page if you have any thoughts, suggestions or questions.


Also, apologies for the somewhat grotty work mat I am using in the photos, if you would like to help to fund me to buy a new one, please consider hitting the Donation button on the right hand tool bar!

A simple wash background here and the inks work beautifully for this!

Just simple lines running across but you get the idea. More water and they run into each other more but some of the ink will settle quickly into the watercolour paper

A stamped image with my Versamark Archival

The inks can be used by simply brushing them onto the mat, adding some water and away you go. You get an unusual matt, almost flat image, so those of you with more talent will be able to achieve more by shading and highlighting!

Using Mirror Board

I was wondering what would happen with these inks on mirror board. Yes, I know, the inks won't stick but I wanted to create an effect with some of the mirror showing through.

As you can see, I had to cut up a few squares as this technique did not go well!

I had mixed success with this, as you can see below. I did manage to get the ink to fix once I had brushed on some Picket Fence Distress Paint. I deliberately left patches unpainted.

I can't say I was too happy with this but it was an interesting experiment. Perhaps the addition of alcohol inks on the mirror background first would work better and I will try that next time!

Texture Paste on Mirror Board

I was hoping for a more successful outcome with this one. Texture paste pretty much sticks to anything, so I knew the inks would apply nicely. The trick was getting a good stencil with enough paste coverage to use the inks on. Again, some alcohol inks in the background might work well with this technique.

Next up, back to the stencils and texture paste, again on mirror board

After drying the texture paste for quite a while, I could go in with my distress inks, applied directly to the pattern using blending foam. I love the way the texture paste picks up these pastel, matt colours. You could add water but be wary as the texture paste will melt away if you are not careful!

I absolutely loved this one. Such fun and a beautiful effect on the mirror board. Yet again the photo can't do it justice so try it yourself!

Ok that is it for now! Thanks for visiting if you have come every day for the next part. I will be taking a break from demos I think for a while but I am hoping to do a long series on Distress Sprays and Stains. There will also be some new templates coming which need demos and some other projects too. Add to this, my usual ramblings about this and that, so please drop by again soon.

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 13)

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 13)

See the World In Black And White - Playing Around With Gesso!

Right back at the start of this series, we had a look at different card stocks that you could use Distress Oxides on. Oxides can be used on black card as we found but the colour is not highly vibrant. This is in part due to the fact that most cardstocks are partly porous and some of the ink is bound to sink into the card.


However, if you use black gesso as a background for stamping with Distress Oxides, the gesso forms a flat matt surface that keeps the ink from soaking into the card, as it is usually used to seal canvas. You can get some great and very bright effects, reminiscent of chalks on a chalk board. Here are some demos of me playing with the Distress Oxides on cardstock treated with black gesso.

Black Gesso

Pretty stunning effects using these inks on some card previously coated with black gesso and dried before stamping. I just love the vibrancy of the colours!

The card on the left had stamped images sprayed with water and wiped away, to leave a feint shadow impression. The wet card was then stamped as before with oxides. You can see the bleed on these stamped images creates a slightly lighter effect than the pure stamped images on the right

Here a butterfly stamp is used with a single ink colour applied direct to the stamp

If you spray the image with water the colour dissipates more or less completely and if dabbed with a cloth to pick up the excess water and ink, you will be left with a shadow image.

Here is another example with a script stamp

Adding a spray of water causes the ink to bleed out. This was then dabbed with a towel to take up the extra moisture

Using this as the background, I have then stamped an image on top of the shadow script, using a mix of oxide inks applied directly to the stamp. You will notice that the script shows through the butterfly but if were to stamp the butterfly first and then seal it with Distress Glaze, you could then stamp over the top with your script and it would not cover the butterfly wings. I haven't tried this out yet but I am pretty sure that this is the effect you would get.

Finally, here s an example of the background you can get with the basic dipping technique on black gesso. I think the colours are more vibrant than just using black card.

White Gesso

I was interested to see what the difference might be, if any, when using paper or card sealed with white gesso before adding oxide inks. Just a couple of examples here but you get the idea.

Here are a couple of first attempts. The colours are definitely more muted, subtle and pastel than simply using on non-primed card. I actually really like this effect. The one on the left shows the smoother but perhaps less interesting effect with more water added so the colours run into each other completely and the one on the right had a bit less.


A closer look!

Here is another example using lots of water spray and some splatters. It is almost like you are looking through tissue but hard to see on the photo.

I got a more vivid finish on this one using less water and some splots of ink from the reinker bottles

On this example, I blended colour onto the card with my blending tool/foam to give solid patches of colour and then added water from my spray. This gives a much denser coverage and with these darker colours, it oxidises beautifully

I just wanted to show you this one, where I had actually just cleaned off my brush by wiping the gesso across the paper. I then, added my distress oxide colour as usual using a dipping technique and you can clearly see the difference in take up of the inks here. This was quite a thick covering of gesso so the finish is very opaque but with a thinner coat, the background will show through to give that tissue paper effect mentioned above. The ink seems to sink behind the gesso which you can see on this other piece which was covered completely.

Here is a close up of that tissue paper effect. Ignore the brown flecks that brushed off (not sure where they came from). You can see on the edges where the gesso wasn't applied that the colour is darker and the lovely subtle tone on the rest. Use less gesso and you will get more colour coming through.

Thanks for joining me and visit again for part 14 which I think will be the last...whew!

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 12) Seven Ways To Use Distress Oxide Inks With Stencils Part Two

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 12)


'Stencil' It In Part Two

Today we have part two of the Stencil Techniques we covered last time, split into two posts as the first part was quite long. Last time we covered Parts 1 to 6 and today we will cover techniques using Texture Pastes.

Technique 7 Texture Paste Effects


I'm working with a texture past background here, using the stencil and then letting it dry fully before working on it with the Distress Oxide inks

Basic Blending Over Texture Paste

Simple blending of inks across the stencilled background, with the raised texture paste soaking up more of the colour to give a darker impression against a lighter background.

Mix and blend colours just as you would normally do on a sheet of cardstock. The texture paste will catch a bit on the blending foam but nothing serious.

On this one the flower pattern is indented and the textured areas are the bits in between, giving a reverse effect to the previous example. I have had to work the ink into the indented flowers and leaves which is more difficult to do, without adding colour to the raised areas also and in fact I think it needed more colour to make it stand out, but you get the idea

On this one, I gently rubbed off the ink on the raised tiles with a baby wipe to make them stand out a bit more and leave the darker areas in the crevices.

The photo doesn't pick up the subtleties of this brick wall example. The colours blended so well and made the bricks look 3D. I really liked the bits of white left showing also.

Texture Paste Over Distress Oxide Background

On this example I did my background in the normal way with the Oxides and then once dry, went in with my stencil and texture paste. The intention was to get the dots to really stand out. You could add another colour to the dots at this stage also.

A beautiful Tim Holtz floral stencil over the top of a very subtle pink and yellow background, gives an effect similar to wallpaper

Tissue Paper Texture Paste Effect

I got a spectacular effect on this one, quite by chance. First creating a light and delicate background with my Distress Oxides and then stamping over the top with a script stamp, using a Sepia Versamark Ink. Then I used a stencil that had indented flowers and leaves (used in an example above), with the texture paste very thinly spread, I ended up with a lovely finish. The indented flowers are darker and the rest of the background shows through the lightly applied texture paste, almost like a tissue paper. Absolutely stunning!

Well I hope you have enjoyed these few Stencil Techniques with Texture Paste. Our next post will look at using Gesso with your Oxide Inks and will probably be the last in the series for the moment. Of course, I am always playing around and will share anything new that I find but in the meantime, why not have a go yourself and leave us a comment below or on the Facebook page!

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 11) Seven Ways To Use Distress Oxide Inks With Stencils

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 11)

'Stencil' It In Part One

Today we are looking at a few techniques using stencils with our Distress Oxide Inks. I had a lot of fun with these, so if you have the kit, then why not join in! As this is a long post, I will split it into two parts to make it easier to read but as always, there isn't much chat and lots of photos!

Technique 1 Basic Rub On Stencilling

I am just rubbing the inks directly over the stencil here

The colours blend nicely

A spritz of water will start to blend the colours

Dabbing off excess water

A bit of colour blended around the edges gives it some depth

Technique 2 Stamping with a Stencil

I've applied the ink directly to the stencil here

This gives quite a harsh image as shown on the left. Adding some more water gives a much nicer watercolour effect, as shown on the right.

Here is another example using a different stencil and applying the colour in blocks. A little spray over the ink before stamping helps the colours start to run. You could also just lightly spray the paper before stamping too.

A beautiful effect!

Again with some blending to soften the edges

Technique 3 Blending over A Background

I've made a background with Distress Oxides and let it dry

Next you can take your stencils and blend colours over the top

As a demonstration, I have used a couple of stencils and a couple of stamps to show the effects you can get. Darker colours work better over the top if your background is dark.

Technique 4 Reverse Stamp to Lift Off Colour

Using photo paper to create a background and then laying a stencil that has been sprayed with water over the top.

The ink 'oxidises' underneath to create quite an unusual effect

Technique 5 Rub Off Colour With Two Effects

I've got another background here and while it is wet I am moving onto the next stage

Example A: Lifting off the stencil pattern - A stencil over the top and a baby wipe, allows me to lift off the colour underneath

The ink bleeds to create a lovely soft dotty background. Add a spray of water if you want it to run more

Example B: Lifting off the background. Here is another stencil and this time when lifting off the colour, we are in effect lifting off the background because this stencil has more open space and in effect will create the more or less the reverse effect to the previous example.

You need to be careful or you will lift off the paper but you can wipe enough to get a subtle effect of a lightened background and a darker leaf pattern

Here is another example with a different stencil but same technique

Technique 6 Embossing Powder Resist

Another basic background for the starting point here

I am laying my stencil over the top and dabbing my Versamark pad over the stencil, applying the ink to the paper underneath. Take care to get full coverage here and not miss spots.

Next up, add some Clear Embossing Powder and heat it up

You can leave it like it is, or go in with a cloth or baby wipe and lift off some of the background colour, like we did in the previous technique. At the same time polish the embossed areas, which will appear darker, as they are protecting the original colour underneath.

This give a really beautiful effect

You can also stamp the background underneath first for another interesting effect

In Part 2 we will look at some exciting Texture Paste with Stencils, so drop by again soon

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 10)

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 10)

'Woodn't' it Be Nice!

Today, we are looking at getting some cool wood effects with our inks and a wood effect background stamp.

Polished Wood Background

Starting off with a basic background using Vintage Photo Oxide on a glossy or photo paper which is left to dry

Stamping on top creates an oxidisation, which you can polish off

This gives a pretty good polished wood effect!

Weathered Wood Background

Here I created a background as before using a mix of inks here to give depth, then stamping with a wet stamp, to give the oxidised effect on the woodgrain.


Adding some detail with my Distress Markers, gives a fantastic weathered wood effect. Perhaps a nice card idea for Father's Day?

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 9)

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 9)

Stamp and Repeat Technique


Sorry for the delay in getting to our last posts on this topic but there have been some minor disasters going on that had to be sorted out but nevermind, we can get back to things now.


Today we are having another quick look at stamping with Distress Oxides. First off, I will go through the different basic ways of stamping and then show a couple of examples where this has been used to produce a background. Read on below!

Example 1 Basic Stamping from the Inkpad

The inks produce a lovely clear image with my leaf stamp, with just using my stamp directly onto the ink pad.

Example 2 – Stamping into Wet Ink

For this example, I have stamped into a puddle of colour on my craft sheet, which gives a nice watercolour effect. This is obviously wet and you will get a washed, blurred image when dry

Example 3 – Sprayed Stamp

Here I stamped into the inkpad and then sprayed the stamp with water before stamping.

Example 4 – Stamping on Wet Paper

Here a basic stamped image was applied to a wet surface.You can see how the ink runs off in the presence of water and if you blot this away, you will be left with a lighter, shadow image as you can see below.

Using These Techniques to Create a Background

Here I have my colours on the sheet. I am using techniques 1 to 3 here and in reverse order.

First I stamp into the puddles of colour, building up layers and colours to produce a nice effect, then stamping with a stamp sprayed with water and then finally a dry stamp to finish.

Some of the flowers are more defined and others with a lighter watercolour effect and this gives the depth.

Here is another example with different colours

Add Distress Ink to Finish

As a final step, you can stamp directly with Distress Ink, to get a really 3D effect. Here I am using the red flowers to accent the piece.

I think the finish with these Distress Oxides is lovely once dried and the depth that you get using these stamping techniques is absolutely stunning. The photos don't do it justice, so why not have a go yourself and most of all have fun with it!!

Thanks for joining me and visit again for Part 10 where I will be looking at some more stamping effects!

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part Eight)

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part Eight)

Things That Shouldn't be Glossed Over!

Today I am continuing our series on Distress Oxides, with a look at some of the results you get using glossy papers instead of normal cardstock. I am actually using photo papers for my examples, as I didn’t have any actual glossy cardstock, so there may be a difference in the effect you get.

I have added inks directly to the paper here and in fact you can see that this has resulted in a very blocky finish, as the ink had stained the paper very quickly and you end up with the square shape of the ink pad showing. I used a direct to paper effect as I found the normal technique of dipping the paper into the wetted ink on the craft mat did not work well, as the inks just blended too much and the overall effect was of a very feint washed out background.



As the inks dry, they leave a quite dramatic oxidised effect with a fine, chalky, dusty finish that you can see in the photo.

Here is another example with some different colours and an even more evident oxidisation effect.


Quite by chance I noticed that if you gently rub the photo paper, the oxidised finish will lift off, leaving the stunning and vibrant colours of the ink behind.

Note: If you wanted to keep the chalk effect, or maybe rub some of it off and leave some of it, you would have to seal the surface of the photo card to capture it. I haven’t tried this yet, but any direct application of say a wax or anything similar would lead to the chalky finish to be rubbed off, so you would need a spray fix or something similar perhaps. This is definitely a case of try it and see.



Tip: Use the right stamp!

Back to the first example, I decided that such a bright and beautiful background required a dramatic stamp, so I decided to try this Fiskars stamp from my collection, without testing it out on another piece of paper first. The stamp itself was not a completely blocked out design, it had a more distressed finish and I don’t think that worked well. A stamp that gave a completely blacked out image would be better. I also felt that it dominated the background too much.This is an example of what NOT to do!

Here is another example of a background with the oxidised effect removed. A lovely glossy finish of just the beautiful inks.

Stamping on the Glossed Background

This background one was particularly beautiful and rich, much the same as the effect you would get with the Normal Distress Inks.You could stamp directly onto this with the raw Oxide ink, as I have done in the bottom left hand corner.




You can also use the stamps to create a white effect on your background as I have done with this Script Stamp.Simply wetting my stamp with water or dabbing it into a puddle of water on my craft mat and then pressing down firmly onto the background, means the water oxidises the ink underneath and creates a whited out effect as you can see. Once dried, some of the oxidation rubbed off, so leaving a mix of both, which was an interesting effect.

For this next example, I am stamping my butterfly with Stazon,  which is the best ink to use on a glossy paper like this

I have chosen my colours of Distress Oxides and wiped them on the sheet with some sprayed water added

After dipping, you can see that the effect is very watery and feint as the inks move about a lot more on this glossy paper

After letting it dry and adding several layers, the colours become more vivid

I deliberately wanted this water effect you can see here

If you think you have overdone it, then gently dab off any excess with a cloth. Make sure you use a clean one and not a filthy one like I have here!

Here is another example using a different stamp and colours

Just rubbing off some of the oxidisation and leaving some

Not so pleased with this one but interesting experiment none the less.

I will be using these examples to make up some demo cards that I will post later but that is it for now!

Thanks for joining us for this latest part of our series on Distress Oxide Inks. Next up, we will look at some stamping techniques and another gloss effect you can get.

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 7)

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 7)


Being in the Background

I thought I would post a quick demo actually showing the process to get a basic wet background. Really, if you are used to working with Distress Inks then it is exactly the same process. Apart from the Direct to Paper and Blending Techniques which we have already covered, you can create the most beautiful backgrounds from adding wet ink to your paper.


Distress Inks and Oxides are both highly reactive to water and blend so well, to create something different everytime you set to work, whether you are using the same ink colours, the same papers or whatever. You can see the difference between the Distress and Oxide Ink backgrounds in the photo above.

I have chosen three colours I like here but the palette works so well with any of the colours blended together to get different themes. I am using a basic medium weight cardstock so you will get different effects using glossy card, which we will look at in another post


Swipe the pads across your craft sheet to give a block of colour to work with. You may need to press down a little on the pad to release the ink which is suspended below the surface. Leave some room between each colour or else your pad will pick up the ink and become dirty. If you get anoher colour ink on the pad, all you have to do is wipe the top with a cloth to remove the ink. The felt pads are quite easy to clean this way.

Add some water to the inks, I am using an old room scent spray bottle here as I get fed up refilling the much smaller mini misters so often. The added benefit is a nice smell on the paper too!


The ink will start to bead up on the sheet and eventually, as these are oxides, you will start to see the oxidisation occuring as they dry on the sheet. I prefer to get going as quickly as possible and let this oxidisation happen on the paper rather than the sheet but you can always re wet the ink with another spray of water.


Now you can start dipping your cardstock into the ink, moving and turning it around to get a good spread of colour on the surface.Dip just two to four times and then let you card dry a little. You can use a heat gun or let it dry naturally. This will allow you to build up layers of colour and hence get a depth on your background.


Note: You can just drag or swipe your card through the ink which is what I did when I first started playing with these ink. The inks will blend but you will end up with a much flatter looking background, where you have no layering but just one background with all the colours merged together. If you dip and make sure that you dry before dipping some more, you will build up layers.

Either is nice depending on your project.


I have stopped here and had a look to check coverage. You may need to add more ink to your craft sheet or more water. You can also add water to the card and move it around to create runs and blend te colours more but again, this will create a flatter effect rather than depth.


You can go back and redip your card as many times as you like until you get the effect that you are looking for.

I am giving my card adrying off here with a heat gun. The great thing is that you can still go back and add some colours at this stage or maybe try some Distress Inks on top to really make your background come alive. You can also go back and respray to blend any areas you want but be aware that some of the ink will have settled and will not respond to water at this stage.


As is often the way with crafts, less can be more, so it really is a matter of trial and error. Making mistakes is a good think as that is how you learn what you like. I personally think it is quite hard to make real mistakes with this though!

I decided to spray the card directly at this point to get some run marks and a messier look and then dried it again. Then back onto the craft sheet to add a bit more Wilted Violet as I wanted a more lilac/purple tone for my background.



Finally, I splattered water onto my background using my hand to get some bigger splotches, which gives a lovely effect as you can see. I am very happy with this one!

Here is another example, this time with even more water splattered on the paper then dried to give a lovely cloudy effect where the water has spread.

Next up, we will be looking at using these inks on Gloss Papers for a completely different effect. After that, I will be looking at another stamping technique and then using stencils. That will bring the series to a close, so join me again here on the blog if you are enjoying following this in depth review of Distress Oxide Inks!

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 6)

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Can't resist Distress Oxides!


I hope you are appreciating my bad puns. You guessed it, today we are looking at a few resist techniques, as usual with lots of photos to refer to. This is a standard technique used, I know it is not rocket science but I am just trying to show what happens when you are using the Distress Oxide Inks. Some of the results are lovely, with the pastel background effect and a highlighted image.

Example 1 - Using Clear Embossing Ink Wet

Here I have stamped my flower image in Versamark ink and applied the background right away while the ink is still wet. The wet embossing ink attracts colour to give a darker impression

Example 2 - Using Clear Embossing Ink Dry

Two examples of this technique. I dried the Versamark first before adding the Oxide background this time. This gives a very faint impression and in fact as your card dries, the impression can disappear altogether. I tried adding some wax to the image, using darker inks but there didn't seem to be a right or wrong way to capture an impression. Trial and error I'm afraid, which is a shame as I really liked this batik style result.

Example 3 - Embossing Powder Resist

I'm using a clear embossing powder for this one which I have heat set before adding my background. The impression is much clearer as you would expect and works beautifully with the pastel oxide background. This is reminiscent of chalks for me but with the extra depth and vibrancy of an ink.

Adding some splashes of water, reactivates the ink and leaves a lovely effect that works well with this resist technique to give a gorgeous batik style piece

Here I am just demonstrating the effect with adding ink in a direct to paper fashion. You can polish off the excess ink on the embossed images to get a clearer impression, which I haven't done here.


Tip: If you want to remove the raised embossing, you can iron the paper or card on the reverse and on a low heat. This will melt the embossing powder and give you a smooth finish on the front side.

Example 4 - Reverse Resist

This last one isn't really resist at all but I will stick it here. After creating your background with distress inks and a direct to paper technique works best for this, as you want a good strong colour, you then stamp onto the ink with a stamp which you have either sprayed with water or dipped into a puddle of water on your craft sheet.

After several tries with a dipped background, I am not sure that this technique lends itself to this. Better to use a solid block of colour that you get with a direct to paper background. The effect is very subtle but of course it depends on the look that you want.

Tomorrow's post will be looking at a basic wet background, followed by another stamping technique and a quick look at using stencils so join me again if you would like to follow along!

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All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 5)

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, I am posting some more card projects made with backgrounds that don't look too promising to show almost like a 'before and after'. Some are just simple backgrounds showcasing a stamp and others involve using the background to make an embellishment. I hope you can see that in your adventures with these inks, that there aren't really that many mistakes, as even if you think they look awful, sometimes all you have to do is look at it a different way. I am very happy with all these backgrounds even though most don't look that great to start with!

Ok, this doesn't look too promising at this stage. Once dried you can see that the ink has oxidised badly along the folds. Probably too much water involved. The paper was scrunched before adding ink from the craft mat, with lots of water but I am not sure what to do with this.


As this is quite a large piece, I decided the best idea would be to cut some shapes. This would hide some of the over-oxidised areas. I am using our Flower Layering Template Number 2 here to cut three flower shapes in decreasing sizes. The paper has a real tough, leathery feel to it, quite different to how it was before scrunching and inking.


Here is the simple torn paper card. The brad was coloured with Paint Dabbers to co-ordinate with the flower. The mix of colours on each flower layer is lovely and layering them creates added interest. Not such a bad outcome. I am quite happy with this.


A pastel mix here adding more colours as I went along. Actually, I was very happy with this one.


A stamped and embossed flower in white with a simple stamped sentiment is all that is needed against this beautiful background


This background had a mix of mainly Oxides with a bit of Distress to highlight and make bits stand out


Three more flowers, this time from the Retro Flower Layering Template Number 4


Mounted on a tag with a stamped background. The ink used for the stamp was also Oxides, designed to co-ordinate with the flower layers


Another flower, using our Daisy  Flower Layering Template Number 3. I haven't even got a photo of the background I did for this as it was so uninspiring. A lot of water and dragging the paper through the ink rather than dabbing, caused quite a flat image with not a lot of definition. I am not that happy with this tag but it was at least a use for the background I had made and you can never have enough tags!


That example on black cardstock I posted in the first post on Oxides, really reminded me of a galaxy scene. I was quite happy with this one and it was perfect for the card, I eventually made


This was made to celebrate my daughter passng her driving test, which unfortunately she didn't! Nevermind, it will go in the drawer for another occasion, as she has exams coming up soon. This wooden star was covered with the absolutely stunning Vintage Platinum Glitter from Tim Holtz and the embossed sentiment was from an old See D's stamp set I had.

I hope you have enjoyed today's post, we are only part way through this series, so drop in again soon for more. Next up, we will be looking at some more stamping and stencilling techniques.

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