Tuesday, 25 April 2017


I have enjoyed watercolouring & diecutting lots of the original 'Crazy Bird' characters
from Tim Holtz & Stampers Anonymous.
My recent purchase of the Sizzix Bigz Pipeline die was a perfect match for this
bewildered character.
The background card was coloured with a cog stencil from Crafters Workshop
& Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The Pipes were cut from Kraft & highlighted with Metallic distress stain,
Alcohol Ink & Black Pitt Pen.
The black cardstock was splattered with the same distress stain colours.
Soft Matte Gel Medium used as a glue.
A little different I know. You can guess the sentiment inside. It is the Title!
Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Cheers Deb


I wanted to experiment with Distress Oxide Inks on Kraft Cardstock.

I firstly applied Broken China & Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink
through a Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil onto kraft cardstock.
It reminded me of an underwater scene, so I decided to make a card with that theme.

Hero Arts Stamps were used with Faded Jeans & Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Inks
for the Sea Horses, Starfish & Shells.  Some were clear heat embossed
before colouring with Distress Oxide Inks & the Water colour Brush.
The effect is quite subtle & soft.

I added interest by die cutting & layering the background with Sizzix Stitched Oval Thinlits,
& highlights & splatters of Antique Bronze Distress Stain.
The sentiment is a Sizzix Thinlit die cut from the Teal card stock
& given dimension with Glossy Accents.

The Stamped images were fussy cut & shaped slightly,
before grouping in a cluster & elevated with foam dots.
Hope you are inspired to play with these inks soon.

Cheers Deb

Monday, 24 April 2017

Distress Oxide cards with Concord & 9th Stamps/Dies & Gold Foil

I have combined some of my favourite products & techniques to create these cards below.

Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Broken China & Cracked Pistachio Distress oxide inks were 
swiped across water colour paper using a wet acrylic block to create the background.
Concord & 9th stamps were used throughout.

The Concord & 9th Leaf die cut was from white card stock 'pre splattered' 
with drops of Distress Oxide inks in multiple colours.
The Skeleton leaf stamp was applied & heat embossed with Ranger Sticky embossing powder.  Ranger gold foil sheet was quickly applied and burnished.
The same technique was used to stamp the hearts. 

A collage glue stick was randomly rubbed on the edge of card then gold foil rubbed over the top.
This gives a random gilded edge to the card.   Black Pitt pen doodling done to frame the page.
The sentiment was stamped with a Tim Holtz Custom Blend of Archival ink colours 
in Black Soot, Vintage Photo & Hickory Smoke, then clear heat embossed.
This has given a softer effect. Love how the foil has stuck to the page in random areas.

The card below's background is made from swiping Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade 
& Fossilized Amber Distress oxide inks across water colour paper.

Concord & 9th stamps & diecuts were used with Tree Branch Archival Ink.

Layering with Clear stamped acetate over Dark Brown kraft core cardstock
was used to finish the card.

Cheers  Deb Adams


Hi All,

I wanted to share quite a few more cards I have made using Distress Oxide Ink in various ways.

These ones feature Rainbow Backgrounds with Silhouette Die Cuts.

Watercolour paper base cut with Rectangular Stitched edge die.
Wilted Violet, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade 
& Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks swiped across card 
using acrylic block with two colours applied at a time & spritzed with water.
Heidi Swapp & Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Dies cut from black cardstock 
then clear heat embossed to give the shiny dimension.
Rest of the sentiment stamped in Black Archival ink & heat embossed using Concord & 9th stamps.

Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint & Broken China Distress Oxide Inks.
Stampers Anonymous Background Text stamp with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
Ranger Texture Paste through Tim Holtz Numbers stencil.
Tim Holtz Wildflowers Silhouette die cuts.  Sentiment cut from Sticky Back Canvas using Sizzix Thinlits Word dies.
Love how the Texture Paste absorbs some of the base colours.

Another version using Peeled Paint, Broken China & Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink.
Latticework Stencil & Ranger Texture paste. 
Text stamping in Faded Jeans.  A little Iced Spruce rubbed over the Texture Paste.

Close up of Texture Paste.

Rainbow water coloured background swiped with wide flat brush.
Concord & 9th icecream diecut swiped with Ground Espresso Distress Ink then clear heat embossed.
White heat embossing supposed to represent melting icecream.
Sentiment Sizzix Thinlit die clear heat embossed too. 

Love how vibrant these Inks are.  A real pleasure to use.
More to follow in next blog post.

Cheers,   Deb

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Enjoyed the afternoon having my first play with the new Distress Oxide Inks.

Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet & Spiced Marmalade.  
Text stamping Vintage Photo.

These cards above were made by applying Prima modelling paste & sand texture paste 
onto Mixed Media cardstock through various stencils 
& applying the colours of Distress Oxide
using techniques from Tim Holtz & Jennifer Maguire.
Sentiments made from Heidi Swapp diecuts & Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.

Distress oxides create gorgeous chalky backgrounds. 
Suits silhouette stamps like these Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi & Tim Holtz, 
or Dina Wakeley stamps below.

Added some Fired Brick, Peeled Paint & Fossilized Amber in these examples.

Matched with gorgeous Concord & 9th Die Cuts.

Can't wait to get more of the colours. 
They are selling out really fast here in Australia.
Cheers for now
Deb Adams