Distress Oxide Background

I found a little crafting time to play with my new distress oxide inks.  I needed a masculine birthday card and felt leather and distress oxides fit the bill.  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I created my top panel by blending salty ocean and peacock feathers inks, then distressed with Walnut Stain.  I then sprayed an oldie by goodie wood mounted background stamp with water and stamped onto my distress oxide panel.  I let the stamp sit in place for a bit.  I think the weight of the wood mount is what gave me such a great impression on my background.  I used regular cardstock for my panel, no watercolor paper required.  To continue with my background, I inked my stamp up again with walnut ink and stamped onto my pacifica cardstock.  I used a strip of suede leather for my border and die cut banners to follow the sketch.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
V146 Sunny Morn Background-(Long Retired)
A1201 One in a Million Stamp Set
X5967 Pacifica Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Dark Brown Cardstock by DCWV
Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink
Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink
Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink
Suede Leather Trim
Banner Dies-Unknown
Rectangle Dies-Unknown
Z3304 Happy Birthday Die-Only Available until 7/31/17
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

My card is also entered in the following challenges:
Connie Can Crop-Use Your Stash (My stamp is easily 15 years old)
Dies R Us-Sentiment as Focus
Happy Little Stamper-Anything Goes with Dies
Heart 2 Heart-In Stitches (Stitched Dies)
Mix It Up-Anything Goes w/option of distressing
The Male Room-Mixed Media
Watercooler Wednesday-Masculine

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  1. Great technique...thanks for inspiring us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

  2. I just love these oxide inks and all the fun things you can do with them! Thanks for mentioning the technique you used on today's card! Great job! Sure to please the recipient! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Die Cut Sentiment as Focus’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  3. Great Masculine card, Alisa. Love your take on the sketch challenge and the look of leather. Thanks so much for joining us at this week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

  4. Fabulous color choice--very masculine! I love your use of Distress Oxide inks and that older CTMH stamp. Thanks for your detailed description of how you made it and for playing along with the AHSC challenge this week--please join us again soon!
    :) Marie

  5. Oh my GOODNESS! I was just thinking that it was time to pull out that background stamp and do something with it. I have so many of those wood-mounted stamps that I don't use much anymore. I love the idea of using it for a relief. Thanks for linking up with us at H2H and sharing your creativity.

  6. Beautiful card, wonderful background!! Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop.

    Sue - Connie Can Craft DT

  7. Love it! Great colors and love your ink blending! Thanks so much for playing along with Atlantic Hearts!

  8. Hi Allisa, love the combination of colours you've used. Those Oxide inks really worked beautifully with that background stamp, didn't they? Repeating that background stamp in walnut ink on the background cardstock looks great. Love the addition of leather as well. Very masculine. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  9. That blue and chocolate color combo is divine! Thanks for playing along with AHSC!

  10. Beautiful background technique and a great masculine card. Thank you for sharing with us this past week at AHSC.

  11. WOW, Allisa! I love what you've done with this, I didn't even recognize the colors of cardstock right away, the oxide inks and blending really made this project unique. Thanks for sharing with us this week at AHSC.

  12. Gorgeous card! Those DI are so vibrant! Awesome sauce!

  13. As always, your card is gorgeous! It certainly doesn't help me in my fight against the temptation to purchase those ink pads. LOL I love seeing masculine cards and use of older product. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us for the "In Stitches" challenge at H2H.

  14. Nice masculine birthday card. Thanks for playing along with the Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

  15. What a fun eye appealing card thanks for joining us at H2H .

  16. Great masculine take on the sketch.
    Thanks for sharing at HLS Anything goes with Dies. :)

  17. Great masculine card! Thank you for sharing it at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge, Use Your Stash. Good luck!

  18. Great adaptation to this nice sketch. I love how you combined the papers and the stamping. Thank you for participating in Connie Can Crop challenge "use your stash". Good luck

  19. What a really great card! I never have enough masculine ones in my stash! Thanks for joining us at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge!

  20. amazing background and beautiful CAS card :)

  21. Great card. Love the ink oxide background. so cool! Thanks for sharing with us at Mix It UP.

  22. A most handsome masculine card; blue and brown is one of my favourite 'go to' combinations for guys! Your design and the use of the oxide inks are impressive! Thank you for sharing your creativity in the HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge gallery!

  23. What a fun card! I love that bright background.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  24. Great card, I love it, the colours are awesome! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H).

    Brandi R.
    DT member H2H

  25. Love the colours you've used here. And that suede border gives great texture. So sorry to be so late commenting. Thanks so much for playing along with our Mixed Media challenge at The Male Room, Deborah. DT.


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