Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stencil Roses and Inlay Die

Hello friends, I hope you are looking forward to a nice weekend!  I'm sharing a couple of cards that I made using Distress Oxide Inks and the Tim Holtz Roses Layered Stencil on dark cardstock.  I'm joining the current Fabulous Florals challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the monthly Work It Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp to add glitter and sparkle to your card.  Just a warning that this is a longer than normal post as I was playing with a couple of techniques, but I hope you find it useful and informative.

I'm sure by now most of you are familiar with the new Distress Oxide inks that Tim Holtz has developed.  Not a "hybrid" as we've known in the past, but it is a new type of blend of dye and pigment ink that give it unique properties.  Blending backgrounds with it is amazing and makes anyone look like a pro, plus you can see it on dark card stock, whereas you cannot with regular dye ink.  I started playing around in my craft room earlier this week, using the Tim Holtz Roses Layered stencil on regular watercolor paper and layering Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral for a deep orange color.  But I was rather uninspired by the result below.

I liked the color of the roses but wasn't excited with the overall look of the panel.  Then I remembered a post about Distress Oxide Inks by Jennifer McGuire using dark card stock (Jennifer McGuire Ink 3.15.17), so I decided to give that a spin.  Using a panel of black card stock I used the same ink colors (honestly!) and the result was much more subdued than I expected.  I still liked it, especially the velvety appearance, so I used the panel to make the card below. I also moved the stencil around while ink blending the panel to fill in the open spaces left by the stencil design, so it is much denser with images than the panel above or the next card.  With such a busy background, only the die cut sentiment and Nuvo drops were added as finishing touches.

While I liked how the card above turned out, I wanted something with a bit more pop so I decided to try brighter DO inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron) and also try using gray card stock rather than black.  I should also point out that I found using sponge daubers rather than the Tim Holtz Blending Tool worked much better to keep the colors from overlapping while using the stencil, which was just a personal preference.

This was more like what I was hoping to see, with much more vibrant colors. Both this panel and the prior one were spritzed with water as that also makes the inked colors glow a bit more.  Playing around with these inks and stencil were not enough techniques for one day (ha ha), so I decided to create an inlay die sentiment for this 2nd card.  I started out by taking the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink pad and wiping it directly on a scrap of white card stock.  Once that was dry, the sentiment was die cut with the Handlettered Greetings die from Simon Says Stamp.

The stenciled panel was cut to 3 1/8 by 5 1/2 inches and adhered to the bottom front of a white card stock base.  I then took a 1 1/8 x 5 1/2 inch piece of white card stock, die cut the sentiment and removed it, (which I ended up using on the prior card), added Stick It adhesive to the back of the white card stock piece, layered in the inked Wilted Violet die cut sentiment, then adhered the finished strip to the top part of the card front.  One of the things you need to remember to do with the inlay die cut technique is to keep all the white pieces for the interior of the loopy parts of the letters such as the o's, g, y and h, etc. because you'll need to add them back into the layered piece.  Plus you want to be sure to keep those small dots above the i's from the inked version to add to the inlay.  I must say they were super tiny and I felt grateful I was able to keep track of them AND glue them to the card LOL!!  The last detail to finish the card was to add some sparkle with sequins.

Well, if you're still with me, I applaud you as I know this was a lot of information, but I wanted to share my discoveries with these inks.  And I hope it all makes sense! 

Thanks for visiting, it's so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to stop by there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  None
Paper: #110 and #80 Neenah Solar White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Smoke (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  All Distress Inks:  Card #1 - Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron; Card #2 - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron
Other:  Handlettered Greetings die (SSS), Roses Layered Stencil (Tim Holtz), Sponge Daubers, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear and Wisteria Mix Sequins, Rosewater Nuvo Jewel drops, Simply White Nuvo Crystal drops, Stitched Rectangle die (SSS) 

1 comment:

LeAnne said...

These are so pretty! Great technique and colors! Thanks for sharing this with us at SIP this week!