Graduation Card Featuring Distress Oxide Ink Blending

This card was inspired by some beautiful cards posted recently by my friend and fellow CPD Creative Team Member, Justine. I love how she paired the masked Distress Oxide ink blending with silhouette stamps. I decided it would be the perfect technique to use for a graduation card I needed to make.

The stamp set I used for this card is from the August 2017 My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts. It’s no longer available, but there are similar stamps available from So Suzy Stamps.

Mel's Card Corner | Distress Oxide Graduation Card

  • Create a top-folding card base by cutting a piece of white cardstock to 4-1/4 x 11″. Score at 5-1/2″ along the long edge then burnish the score line with a bone folder. Set aside.
  • Cut a piece of black card stock to 4 x 5-1/4″ to use as a mat. Set aside.
  • Cut white cardstock layer to 3-7/8 x 5-1/8″ for the focal panel.
  • Using Purple Tape (now available in Catherine Pooler’s online store!), mask off a wedge on the white cardstock layer.
  • Using an ink blending tool, add Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, and just a bit of Black Soot at the very edge.

Mel's Card Corner | Distress Oxide Graduation Card

  • Remove the masks then tamp the flying girl image using VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink, slightly overlapping the tip of the ink blended area. I highly recommend using a MISTI stamping tool for this step since you may need to double stamp to get a nice dark image.
  • Stamp the sentiment, also from the kit stamp set, using Nocturne ink.
  • Allow all the ink to dry well (use a heat tool if you want to speed up the drying process) then go over the Oxide ink blended area using an anti-static powder tool.
  • Stamp the star trail from the kit stamp set using VersaMark ink then heat emboss using gold embossing powder.
  • Adhere the focal layer to the black cardstock layer.
  • Adhere the matted focal layer to the card base.

Mel's Card Corner | CPD New Products

As I mentioned above, Catherine Pooler now has Purple Tape available in her online store. In addition to that, she also has two other new products:

  • Faithful Flutterings Dies – For everyone who has been asking for them, they’re finally here — coordinating dies for the Faithful Flutterings Stamp Set. Now we have an easy way to cut out those gorgeous butterflies and give them some dimension.
  • Amodex – A non-toxic, soap based, formula for on-the-spot cleaning in the home, at the office and on the road! Works on everything from oil-based to dye related stains including Sharpie, and other inks on all fabrics, leather, carpets, upholstery, flooring, counters, furniture, and more. As a non-toxic soap, Amodex is safe to use on skin for quick art clean-up from paints and inks!  The applications for Amodex are limitless, without affecting color fastness!


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Until next time …

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