Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Art Class: Distress Oxide Inks

This month we worked with tags to learn how to create beautiful designs with distress oxide inks. 

At my space at the table was this adorable black envelope held together with a string and washi tape. Inside were the tags we would be using in class. We also received an instruction sheet that detailed 10 different designs for the tags. 


When I saw the instruction sheet, I felt overwhelmed with all of the materials needed for the class and didn't want to participate. I just wanted to observe everyone else making their tags. Our leader, Cindy, knows that I don't like to make messes with painting and ink. My forte is working with paper and die cuts. 

Fortunately, Cindy brought everything we needed to make the tags. She took my hand (not literally) and encouraged me to make at least one tag with her help. So I went to the front of the class where she sat with her materials and made a tag with her. Then I made another, and another until I had 6 tags, all using different techniques. It was so much fun! If it wasn't for such a fantastic teacher, I would have missed this great experience! She encourages us to expand our creative experiences.

These are the materials we used: distress oxide inks (DOI), teflon mat, water spritzer, heat tool, foam applicator, stencils and stamps, baby wipes, paper towels, heat embossing ink and powder, texture paste, palette knife, Gelli plate, Stickles, and brayer (roller). Perhaps you can see why I was a bit overwhelmed initially.

Here are my tags!


Oxide inks come in the form of a stamp pad. They are made with water-reactive dye and pigment. When sprayed with water, the ink creates an oxidized effect. 

This blue tag was first covered with blue DOI using a foam applicator. We spritzed it with water to oxidize and dried it with a heating tool (hair dryer). Then we applied the DOI through a stencil. 


The black tag on the left and the yellow tag on the right were made via a two step process with a Gelli printing plate. We spread yellow ink with a brayer roller onto the Gelli plate, placed a rose stencil on it and pressed the black tag onto the plate. After lifting off the black tag, we removed the stencil and laid the white tag onto the plate to soak up the leftover ink that held the rose pattern. We sprayed water on the yellow tag to get the oxidized effect.


For the green tag on the left, we colored the tag with green ink. We applied clear embossing ink to a daisy stamp, stamped the green tag and spread white powder on the tag that stuck to the embossing ink. We used the heating tool to create the embossed look. The coral tag was made by applying DOI, then layering with a stencil. We used a palette knife to spread texture paste into the stencil and we sprayed with water. I love the raised effect of the flowers. This one took awhile to dry.


For the purple daisy tag, we used a kraft paper tag and stamped it with purple DOI. We added Stickles to the middle of the flower to add sparkle and texture.


We colored the ribbons with left over ink that was on the craft mat after each tag. We crinkled the ribbons in our hands while drying them with a heating tool. I thought in order to get all those different colored ribbons, you had to purchase many spools of ribbon. I learned that's not the case. You can color ribbon with distress oxide inks!

This has been one of my favorite classes, all because Cindy persuaded me to make my first tag.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Items in the Shop

It's so nice to be creating again, developing new products for my Etsy Shop. I took some time off due to our move in August, and then the holidays rolled around. I have a fabulous new space to work on my shop items, a loft, in our new home. I am tickled pink! Someday I will show you as I'm still organizing some things.

This year I decided I would be better in delivering my own personal birthday cards to those I love. So that means I will be making new creations which will also go into my shop. Here are some I recently made:

this watercolor card is full of fun pink things,


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday Home Tour

The Noblesville Preservation Alliance offered a delightful holiday home tour. Inside, the homes were filled with gorgeous decorations. Outside, the intermittent snow completed the look. It was a picture postcard kind of a night.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Readying Our Home for the Holidays

Decorating for our first holiday season in our new home has been very enjoyable. I purchased a few new items, brought out some of the old, and created some things too.

One of my new finds is this Santa bag from the Home Goods store. It was difficult to choose a design as there was a fabulous assortment of them there.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Builders Home Tour

Each year toward the end of September, there is a builders home tour in my area. Do you enjoy looking at the latest home building and decorating ideas? I sure do! Even though we just moved, I was interested to see if I could pick up an idea or two for my new house. Let me show you what I found.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dragon Boat Woven Holiday Ornament

Time to brag again about our local library that offers outstanding craft classes! Last evening we made a dragon boat woven holiday ornament. This is how mine turned out.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Art Class: Door Knobs

At our tables we were greeted with a special treat: a popcorn-filled jar that served as a wedding table favor from a group member's daughter's wedding.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Art Class

There are always 3 parts to our monthly art class: swapping artist trading cards, sharing the pages we made for a circle journal and making a project.

Here are artist trading cards I received from my friends. Since we made envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board last month, our trading cards reflected what we learned from that. So our trading cards this month were little envelopes with notes inside.


Friday, May 12, 2017

April Art Class

In April, we created some interesting pieces with the Envelope Punch Board.