Friday, March 10, 2017

Color Throwdown #433

Today's card uses fresh, crisp, Springtime colors; Cornflower Blue, Green and White for The Color Throwdown Challenge, hosted by Broni this week. I've been playing since yesterday afternoon with the new Distress Oxide Inks that Tim Holtz introduced at CHA this year so I whipped up a project in the challenge color scheme.

Yesterday I had stamped several of these Emma Background Stamps from Simon Says Stamp onto Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper in Versamark and heat set them using Simon Say Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  If I stamp all at once and heat set all at once, then I can just grab and new panel and continue on without having to stop and stamp again in between colors.  If I am experimenting with new colors or new product, this is what I like to do.  I'm usually so engrossed in the discovery process that I don't like to have to stop when the momentum is going strong.

I started with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink in the center of the medallion and once that was ink blended (literally seconds) I went all around the outer portion with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide. One of the really cool things abut Distress Oxide is that you can mix it with other mediums such as the regular line of Distress Inks or any dye inks for that matter. I'm not really one for having a bazillion colors on anything anyway, so two colors is pretty simple but effective with this huge medallion stamp.  There were three of these medallions that all came out at the same time; Emma, Elizabeth and Elinor and they were part of the Simon Says Stamp Hey Love Release which I think was in January.

Once I had the ink blended on there, I misted it with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels. Another thing about these inks is that they are opaque rather than transparent but the oxide in them reacts when you spritz or spray the ink with water or water based products such as shimmer mist or just a spritz of water.  It's a completely different effect than just misting a piece of colored cardstock.  Most people probably won't want to use it with shimmer spritz as much as I do, but you totally could.  These inks are so vibrant!

Once I had the ink blending done and the Glimmer Mist was dry, I die cut the panel with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle in the largest size.  I also cut one of the Concord and 9th Flutter Dies and stamped my sentiment from the Papertrey Botanical Block Stamp Set.  It's a bit larger font than most I've seen and I really like the size.  Even I can read what it says without my glasses although it is a bit fuzzy.

That is it for me today.  I hope you enjoyed my card and that you'll stop over at the Color Throwdown to see the challenge, the inspiration and all of the Design Team projects.


  1. Wow, your ink blending and elegant background are so gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at Color Throwdown!

  2. Ok I'm not sure which is my favorite color as I love your pink one like this but I'm realllly liking this color blend. Absolutely beautiful. As always thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  3. So pretty, Vicki!! All the shimmer is beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at the Color Throwdown!

  4. Gorgeous design! Love the gold! So glad you joined us at CTD!


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