Friday, June 9, 2017

Technique of the Week: Fun Ideas with Oxide Inks by Pam Nelson

This week’s Technique of the Week features another way to use our favorite new product, Distress Oxide Inks.  Since these inks are a fusion of dye and pigment ink, I wanted to see how well they would work with embossing powders.  I love the “Blossom Square” stamp (14.657.P) from Magenta’s latest release but I haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I also love the combination of Broken China and Wilted Violet Oxide inks so I decided to try those colors with this stamp along with some Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder.

To start, place a piece of 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock cut to 4” x 5 ½ in your MISTI.  Line up the stamp on your card and then close the door of the MISTI to pick up the stamp.  Ink the middle section of the stamp, from the bottom left corner to the top right corner, with Distress Oxide Broken China.  Use kind of a back and forth motion when applying the ink as you don’t want a hard, straight line on your stamp.  

Stamp the cardstock and if necessary, repeat so that you have a smooth application of color.  

Clean the stamp and apply Distress Oxide Wilted Violet to the corners of the stamp that weren’t inked with the first color (it’s okay if the colors overlap a bit because they will blend beautifully.)  Repeat if necessary.  

Cover the image with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.  Due to the pigment component of the Oxide Ink, the image stayed wet through applying both colors of ink and the embossing powder stuck to the ink very well.

If you don’t have a MISTI, try applying both colors of ink to your stamp and then stamping.  Just be sure to get a good application of ink on your stamp.

The next step is to color in the petals of the flowers and the leaves.  I tried this technique with a with a variety of papers – white cardstock, watercolor paper and Kraft paper – and a variety of techniques – color pencils, watercolor with Tombow markers and Copic markers.  I even tried Zentangling!  My favorite turned out to be the Copic markers and it was the fastest, too so that is the process I’m sharing today. 

I wanted the flowers to really pop so picked colors that contrasted with the blue and violet inks.  The Copic colors I used are R29, Lipstick Red; Y06, Yellow; Y08, Acid Yellow; YG06, Yellowish Green; YG09, Lettuce Green; YR02, Light Orange; YR07, Cadium Orange and YR68, Orange.

I colored the flower petals, leaves and accent dots and used one of the green shades to color in the stem lines.  I don’t use my Copic markers a lot and you will see by the final card that I’m definitely not an expert with them.  For the flower petals I started with the lightest color, added the next darker color, then used the light color to blend.  Next I added the darkest color and used the medium color to blend.  I definitely could have blended the largest flower a bit more but after doing this technique and being reminded of the brilliant colors you can achieve so easily, I will definitely be using Copic markers more often.

Once I finished coloring I covered the stems, flower petals and accent dots with glossy accents and set aside to dry.  On some of the other stamped images I used another one of our favorite new products, Nuvo drops, as accents.  The Nuvo drops added a very glossy finish as well.

After the Glossy Accents dried, I stamped the Magenta sentiment “Kindness is a renewable resource”  (07.939.G).  I decided to use both colors of ink on the sentiment as well so I first inked approximately half of the the stamp with Distress Oxide Broken China and stamped.  Then I inked the other half of the stamp with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and stamped.  I embossed the sentiment with Judkins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder.

To finish the card I cut a piece of light green cardstock to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and then inked about 1” down the long edge with VersaMark ink.  I covered the ink with Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.  I adhered it to the front of an A2 white card and then adhered the stamped image to far right side of the card, leaving the embossed edge of the green paper visible.

This week's card is on display at Art 'n Soul.  We also have a good selection of the Distress Oxide inks and Nuvo Drops in stock so we hope you will stop by soon and check out our newest products.

The following cards all use the same stamp, inks and embossing powders but they were stamped on different types of paper and colored differently

 Stamped on Kraft paper.
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils. Glossy accents
were used on the flower petals and leaves;
Nuvo drops were used on the accent dots
on the stamp and by the sentiment.  
Stamped on watercolor paper.
Watercolored using Tombow Markers.  Nuvo drops
(Limoncellow, Key Lime, Orange Marmalade),on the
flowers, leaves and accent drops.  Nuvo drops
on the flowers won't be smooth and may crack,
as they dry, adding extra interest

Stamped on Kraft Paper.
Glossy Accents were applied over the
petals, leaves and accent dots

Stamped on watercolor paper.  Watercolored
with Tombow markers.  Wink of Stella on
flower petals and leaves; Nuvo drops on
accent dots.
(Work in progress.)  Stamped on Kraft paper.
Zentangle added to leaves and flower
petals then covered with Glossy Accents.

The Journal Club will meet today (Friday, June 9th) from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Bring something you are working on, or just come and be inspired. It's free and it's always fun.

Beginning Friday, June 9th, through Saturday, June 17th, we are having an open catalog for Memory Box and Poppy.  Everything in their catalog will be 10% during this event.  If you have a full card it will also be a great time to use that 15% discount.  (We are sorry, but you can’t combine the two offers.)  This is a great time to get those dies or stamps you have been wanting.  

We just got in an order of MISTI Creative Corners! If you want one, hurry in, because they are going fast. If you have not seen these in action, click here for a video about how to use this cool accessory to the MISTI.

Our Stampendous order has just been shipped to us and we should receive it soon. This will include some Dreamweaver stencils, stencil paste and FX powders.

Terry Medaris will be here this Saturday to teach his not to be missed classes on using Prismacolor pencils. The beginner class is full, but if you have ever taken the beginner class from Terry before, you can still take his intermediate class, where you will stamp and color a tile, a domino, a piece of shrink plastic, and for the first time in this class, you also can make a beautiful pendant. TERRY IS ALSO BRINGING A TRUNK SHOW OF HIS FABULOUS STAMPS AND OTHER ITEMS, AND THE TRUNK SHOW IS OPEN TO EVERYONE.

At the top right of our blog page, there are links to our archived Newsletters and our calendar. We have now added a link to the latest email; so if you do not receive our emails, please click the link and check it out. We have lots more information in our Newsletter about all of our classes coming up, including a great mini class (make and take) from Dianne on June 17th from 1:00-4:00, using alcohol inks with Yupo paper. You don't want to miss it! 

Scroll all the way down in our Newsletter, and we have a sample photo for each class offered, and we have some amazing classes listed, through August, including Lost Coast class and Trunk Show, Inking techniques with the MISTI with Marj, Dutch Magenta DT member Mariëtte van Leeuwin with some gorgeous cards and new techniques with Nuance, Rubbermoon with some new classes, and Sally Penley's Mini Masterpieces with a Christmas flair. You do not want to miss any of these!

You can also find our classes on our Calendar link. Come in and see us to see for yourself what is new, and take a look at the class samples. We would love to see you and if there is a technique that you would like us to demo for you, please ask!

1 comment:

  1. Your cards are so gorgeous Pam!
    Love those vibrant colors.


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