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Happy Balloons with Distress Oxide Watercolour

Distress oxides are my favourite ink to use. I’ve had my distress oxides for a while but I haven’t used them for watercolour before, so I thought I would try them out on my card today.

I chose two colours of distress oxide inks – peacock feathers and cracked pistachio, and pressed the ink pads directly onto an acrylic block. I spritzed the ink with water, then pressed a piece of white card down on the acrylic block. I moved the card around to make swirls of colour on the card, then dried it with my heat tool.

I repeated this process a few times, layering more colour onto the card. I wanted to add a little of a darker blue colour so I chose blueprint sketch, which is a lovely vibrant blue, repeating the same steps to add this colour to the background.

I cut another piece of white card with a rounded rectangle die, from the MFT Blueprints 31 set. I trimmed down my watercolour panel so I had three strips of card, then added them onto the white rectangle at a diagonal.

Next, I stamped a balloon from the Concord & 9th Happy Balloons stamp set with the blueprint sketch distress oxide ink. These inks stamp very well!

As these inks have pigment properties, its best to dry it with a heat tool first before heat embossing. I stamped one of the patterns from the set onto the balloon and used silver embossing powder to compliment the blues and greens on the card. I then die cut it with the coordinating die.

On the panel, I stamped a greeting from the stamp set with black ink, then masked it before stamping the balloon string too. I added the balloon with foam tape, then used liquid glue to attach the whole panel to a white card base. I finished the card with some enamel dots.

I’m entering this card into the sketch challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.

2 thoughts on “Happy Balloons with Distress Oxide Watercolour”

  1. Very nice. I just received my distressed oxide stamps, so was happy to see your results. I love the intensity of the colors. Your card is very pretty

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  2. This is so beautiful! I’ve heard of distressed oxide stamps in passing but never knew what they actually were or what they could do. Knowing that they can give these end results make me want to learn more about it!

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