Happy Balloons First Card with Distress Oxide Inks

Today’s card is my first foray into Distress Oxide inks and my first post not featuring Stampin’ Up! products.  I love Stampin’ Up! products and the company but I decided I really wanted to experiment with other products, so I am no longer a demonstrator (I will still feature SU products from time to time).  Distress Oxide inks are water-reactive dye and pigment inks so they blend really well and react with water even after they are dry.

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I kept the card design simple since my main goal was to test out the inks and create a beautiful ink-blended background.  I love the way it turned out!  I did struggle a little at first since I literally expected the inks to blend with absolutely no lines (so like butter :)).  They blend really well as you can see by the purple and green shades created where the colors intersect, but you still have to be a little careful when applying the ink (start off the cardstock whenever possible and use a light touch at first) and you should use a lightly coated cardstock for best results (doesn’t have to be glossy just not totally matte).  I had good results with Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock.

The card is a standard A2 card (4.25″x5.5″) with the edges inked with Twisted Citron ink using a Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool, which I used for all my ink blending.  I blended Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron inks onto my 3″x4.25″ panel.  I then stamped the solid balloon from Concord & 9th’s Happy Balloons Bundle (you can purchase the stamps and dies separately as well) with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink multiple times onto the background in sort of a V-shape pattern.  For the center, I stamped and die cut the “Celebrate” balloon and attached it with Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with the Picked Raspberry ink and drew the balloon string with a white Gelly Roll gel pen.  The white panel was die cut with the 3.25″x2.5″die from the Die-namics A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1.

This was a really easy card to make but I think it’s beautiful.


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