Thursday, March 14, 2019

Distress Oxide Spray Background - Hello Friend

Hi folks, I'm back to share a card I made using another of the Distress Oxide Spray backgrounds and it didn't turn out quite as feminine as planned, in fact, you could say it's more funky and grungy but hey that's what happens sometimes. The inspiration for this card came from beautiful cards made by the amazingly talented Stacy Zimmerman Hutchison and Mae Nazareth for the Stampers Anonymous Booth at Creativation 2019.

I used the middle background in the photo below, created with Fossilized Amber/Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Sprays along with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Media Marks 1 CMS362 and Mini Media Marks CMS364. I love how the splatters of Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Spray turned a gorgeous turquoise blue when they reacted with the Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade.
I inked the leaf spray image from Media Marks 1 with Distress Vintage Photo and the image from Mini Media Marks with Distress Spiced Marmalade Archival Inks.
Stacy is well known for adding stitching to her amazing cards, so I thought I would give it a go and who knew, it was way easier than I thought. This is not about perfectly following the lines of the stamped image folks but more about just adding detail and texture.
Feeling rather pleased with myself, I decided to add wonky stitching around the edges and it was all going swimmingly until, halfway through, the pesky spool ran out of thread. I wonder if there is a machine out there that sounds a warning when that is about to happen because when you're in the zone, it's the last thing you need. By the time I had refilled the spool, made many many "need to go to Specsavers" attempts at re-threading the needle and completed the stitching, I had lost the will to live and had to retreat to the kitchen for a few cups of coffee therapy.
I inked one of the stamps from Mini Media Marks with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder and the other with a mix of Peeled Paint and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Archival inks.
I stamped the scribbly images from Media Marks 1 with Distress Vintage Photo Archival on to more of those Distress Oxide Spray backgrounds and inspired by Mae's cool idea, fussy cut the layers.
I couldn't find my Paper Distresser, so used the blade of my scissors to give the edges a distressed look, shaped the flowers using an embossing tool and layered them together.
I distressed the edges of the panel, added splatters of White Gesso, fixed the flowers in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and matted on to an A2 card blank covered with Classic Kraftstock which I sanded around the edges to reveal the kraft core.
Then I put my trusty Sidekick to work to create the sentiment which I die-cut 4 times from white card and once from Classic Kraftstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Lower CutOut Thinlits.

I layered the die cut letters to leave just a hint of white showing and added an Idea-ology Big Chat Sticker. At this point I debated whether I should have used Yellow or perhaps Turquoise instead of Orange but quickly came to my senses because life's too short to get hung up on such trivialities and I didn't have time for another coffee therapy session.

I'll be back soon with more Distress Oxide Background cards, in the meantime I've been itching to play with the very aptly named AMAZING stamp set from Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit, so watch this space.

Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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  1. WOW this is stunning Kath, love the stitching what a brilliant idea. Gorgeous background.
    Linda xxx

  2. Well the stitches look fabulous, a gorgeous card, love it kath...enjoy the day.xx

  3. This is so BEAUTIFUL, Kath!!! That background is amazing. Love everything about it...I’m so happy you tried the stitching and yes, it sure would be helpful if there was a warning signal that your thread is almost out!! Thank you so much for tagging me!! You are the sweetest my friend! Hugs! ♥️

  4. Kath, your card is gorgeous, I love the wonderful colour choices, the stitching looks perfect to me, such a lovely addition. The flowers are so pretty too. I am totally with you on re-threading needles, Specsavers are not much use for tiny things like that! Hugs, Anne xx


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hugs Kath xxx