Sunday, June 11, 2017

Distress Oxide with Sparkle: Under the Sea

If you are having any trouble getting results you like with your Distress Oxide backgrounds, I humbly suggest adding some sparkle.


The easiest way I have found to do this is to use Perfect Pearls.  This background was made starting with the same technique Tim Holtz has shown in many videos.  Smush your ink onto your surface, spritz with water and drag the paper through it.  Dry in between and repeat.  This is my twist on the technique, when you have your color down, get a bit of perfect pearls powder and add some water.  Use a brush and flick it all over your background.  At this point, I hope you will see your matte background come alive, like they did for me.


For this background I used two colors of gold Perfect pearls.  I love how it looks at different angles.  I used a lovely shell stamp and colored it with alcohol markers and used Pearl Nuvo Drops for embellishment.


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted stamp set, Sentiment sheet 1, Memento black ink, Archival Black ink, Distress Oxide ink Cracked Pistacio, Broken China and Vintage Photo, Perfect Pearls Antique and Perfect Golds, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Nuvo Drops Pearl

I would love to play along with this challenge:
Freshly Made Sketches #291

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17 comments:

  1. LOVE this Heidi! You are coming up with some real belters with your DO inks! I have tried to not get drawn in and buy them - as I KNOW I will only then want every single one they come out with ;) - but you are tempting me! Thank you for your visits to my blog whilst I was away, I really appreciate it, you are very kind! Have a lovely Sunday! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
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  2. Firstly love the take on the sketch. Thank you for the tip about the perfect pearls, will definitely be trying that idea x I have at last bought some oxides and I am looking forward to using them. Your background is fabulous and loving the tones you've achieved. Thank you for sharing this beauty x

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  3. What a beautiful card and I will certainly try your tips as my first attempt with Oxide inks was rubbish.

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  4. The top photo really captures the shimmer. I'm trying this on my next oxide background! Love this card and the way you used the sketch.

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  5. This is lovely. I actually love the matte finish of the Oxide Inks, but your addition of some sparkle a wonderful option. The combination of the two is beautiful. TFS.

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  6. Fun take on the sketch Heidi, and I love all your posts about your DIO techniques.

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  7. Really pretty, Heidi! Love the background and added sparkle!

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  8. Awesome background and card!! I've been looking for something for the card I"m working on for the next TJ blog hop and this fits the bill. Would have never thought of using my pearls. Thanks for the advice.

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  9. I love how you've created that background Heidi - I haven't tried the oxide inks yet but I have the perfect pearls...must dust them off. This looks amazing!

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  10. This is such a great card! I love that background! It's amazing! The seashell is the perfect accent! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

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  11. Ok, you're pushing me over the edge into buying oxide inks now! LOL With great backgrounds like this, who could resist? Beautiful card!

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  12. Your card is really pretty. I love the awesome background you created. I have Oxide Inks, but have not taken the time to learn how to use them. Thanks, for sharing.

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  13. So much nice motion in your lovely card. You've commanded those water droplets well!

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  14. Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful way to show the gorgeous effects these inks can give. So glad to see you this week at FMS!

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  15. What a cool background! I love the colors you've used for the sea effect. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

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  16. Gorgeous inky look background and gorgeous card. I am going to give this a try!

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  17. It looks terrific, great tip with the perfect pearls, I will have to give that a try, I totally love the colors you used together!

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