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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

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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Categories: Craft Techniques, 2017

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