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Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Color-ing I Did Go

Hi, everyone! I'm here with a colorful card inspired by the current Jingle Belles challenge.

Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
unidentified thrift store stamp
image stamped with Versamark inks and heat embossed with Simon Says clear powder
background and image colored with Oxide inks
adhesives: Scotch ATG, foam backing

I actually came across this stamp in a thrift show for the bargain price of $3. When I saw it, I immediately thought of inking up some Oxides. But, I have to confess, that I never thought I would achieve such a pretty result. Tim's Oxides are truly remarkable for watercolored-me to create this background. And, then the fact that it's possible to layer pink/red/purple atop... WOW! That's what I call better living through chemistry.  :)

  • The top layer was created by smooshing (and spritzing) broken china and fossilized amber onto my craft mat and then moving the watercolor paper through the ink. 
  • After heat drying the paper, I applied (and then spritzed) these colors onto acrylic blacks and dabbed ink onto the background. 
  • I repeated the acrylic block process several times to achieve the look shown, heat drying between applications. 
  • I then let the paper set overnight.
  • The next day, I masked off the poinsettia. I then used a sponge dauber to apply a lot of worn lipstick, followed by some fired brick, and a little wilted violet. Next, I dabbed a little fossilized amber in the center of the flowers. A little Wink of Stella was added to the flower petals.
  • Lastly, I repeated the smooshing, spritzing techniques from the first three bullet points to create the back panel. 
If you haven't played with Oxides, I can't recommend them enough. The results are just gorgeous!

Parting Thoughts

A new Words 2 Craft By challenge started yesterday. Stop by to check out our amazing DT cards/projects, and then come back by to play along.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrappin'!


  1. Your layered colors are fantastic ... so glad you went *a-coloring* with us at jingle belles.

  2. Beautiful card, I am just getting into oxides I love the way they work but only have 4 time to shop.

  3. Wow, love your artsy card. Also love how you've blended DOIs onto your poinsettia to colour them. You were so right to get this bargain stamp. And now I need to find time to play some more with my awesome DOIs. Thanks so much for playing along with my prompt at Jingle Belles.

  4. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that is gorgeous! when you said DO + bargain stamp i knew it would be cool, but this is REALLLLY cool! so happy you could join our coloring fun at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

  5. Sybrina, love your colorful card! The DOX are awesome and I love your results! The stamp is beautiful - what a great find and I'm sure you'll make more amazing cards with it. Hope all is well - hugs!!