Tuesday Tutorial - Easy Distress Oxide Background & No-Stamping Card How-To

Hello Whimsy Friends! It's Iris here today and I want to share how I created this card with an easy Distress Oxide background and a no-stamping focal point and sentiment.

Here are the products I used to create my card:

Papers: A2 size card base from black cardstock, watercolor paper 4" x 5 1/4", scraps from kraft cardstock, watercolor paper and black cardstock to to cut out the heart shapes and the word 'Sweet', vellum paper 1.75" x 6".

Other: Distress Oxide Sprays - Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters, Chipped Sapphire. Water sprayer bottle, white acrylic paint, burlap string, clear sequins, blue button, heat tool, clear embossing powder, embossing ink, die cutting machine, paper cutter, glue, tape adhesive, glue dots, foam tape.

To create the background I used watercolor paper and sprayed it with water first. I wanted the oxide inks to flow therefore I needed to work on a wet surface. Then I started adding/spraying Distress Oxide inks using the Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters. Before adding pink I used the heat tool to dry the paper. I did not want the ink to mix with the other two colors. I rather want to have it on top.


When I had my base colors down I wanted to add some texture. I unscrewed the sprayer from the bottles and used it to sprinkle on some oxide ink. 

This is how my background looked after adding the sprinkles and I die cut my heart shapes (two from kraft cardstock and one from watercolor paper) and cut my vellum to size. The vellum strip is long enough to be folded over on both ends. This way it can easily be glued to the back of the watercolor paper layer.

Now I die cut the word 'Sweet' four times from black cardstock and stacked and glued it together. Tip: Using a glue pen allows for precision glue placement on the narrow script.
To add some shine and give it even more 3D effect I heat embossed the word using clear embossing powder.

I decided I want to add some white sprinkles to the background layer and the kraft heart shape

I am also only using 2 of the heart shapes. I decided against the smaller kraft heart. I also added some pink distress oxide ink to the small white heart I cut from watercolor paper. I wanted it to match the background. Now I am ready to assemble my card.

Here is the finished card:

This makes for a fast and easy card with out coloring and stamping at all.
Just die cuts and an artsy inky background.

Here are the products from the Whimsy store I used for my card:

Primitive Shaker Shapes Die Set   Sweet Word and Shadow Die Set   3D Foam Squares - White   

Nuve - Deluxe Adhesive    

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