Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole

Embossing TWO ways with Distress Oxide Inks

You’ve likely tried ink-blending and maybe watercoloring with distress oxides but what other inky techniques have you tried? Today, EH Design Ambassador, Jessica Frost-Ballas, will share how to heat emboss and emboss resist with distress oxide inks to create an inky underwater habitat for some adorable otters!

Hi friends! I love playing with my oxide inks and finding (or in this case, rediscovering) different ways to use them! I don’t own the coordinating dies for the Otter Ware set and I knew I wanted to pair the grasses and seaweeds with a sentiment from In the Weeds so I had to figure out a way to stamp the images but not cover them up with ink blending!

To start I stamped the sentiment from In the Weeds onto a panel of strathmore bristol smooth cardstock with versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I stamped the grasses and seaweeds from Otter Ware with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, and Evergreen Bough. I layered and overlapped the stamping to create an underwater forest. Then, while the ink was still wet, I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the distress oxide inks, tapped off the excess, and heat-embossed it. The distress oxide ink is sticky like a pigment ink and stays wet longer than a dye ink so you can heat-emboss with it!

Next I blended tumbled glass, peacock feathers, and blueprint sketch distress oxide ink across the panel using blending brushes. The melted embossing powder traps the green colors and resists the blue so after I finished blending I used a soft cloth to buff the excess ink off the embossing powder revealing that vibrant green underneath! Then I splattered the panel with water, shimmer spray, and concentrated peacock feathers, and blueprint sketch distress oxide ink to create lots of bubbles and dimension in the water.

I set that aside to dry thoroughly and worked on the rest of the card. I stamped the fish, otters, and speech bubble from Otterly Awesome with versafine and heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder before coloring them with copic markers. I used E40, E70, E71, E74, E77, and E79 for the otters, YR61, YR65, and YR68 for the fish, and RV25, RV29, T1, and T3 for the heart speech bubble. I die-cut all the images with the coordinating die and then tucked the fish under the otters’ paws and added a little liquid glue to hold him in place.

To finish my card I used liquid glue to adhere the fish to the inky panel and foam mounting tape to adhere the otters and speech bubble. After looking at my layout I decided that the otters have a pet fish that they’re holding…not their dinner. It was a little too depressing to imagine then holding their dinner while the dinner’s fishy friends look on. 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!



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In the Weeds by Brandi Kincaid,…
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Cracked Pistachio, Ranger Distress…
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Evergreen Bough, Ranger Distress…
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Twisted Citron, Ranger Distress Oxide…
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Mowed Lawn, Ranger Distress Oxide Ink…
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Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Oxide…
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Peacock Feathers, Ranger Distress…
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Blueprint Sketch, Ranger Distress…
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Small Ink Blending Set of 4, Altenew…
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Clear, Avery Elle Shimmer Spray -…
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Clear, Hero Arts Embossing Powder -…
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Copic Markers at Ellen Hutson
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Strathmore Bristol Smooth Pad 9 X 12
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  • Reply Robin Ridpath January 6, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Super cute card Jess! I love your background and I think your story change was spot on 🙂

  • Reply Sheri Kempke January 6, 2021 at 8:06 am

    This card is adorable, and from someone who seems to be often in the weeds, I love the sentiment! This technique is great, I’m going to try to remember to use it when I want to ink blend over stamped images. Thanks Jess.

  • Reply Andre M. January 6, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Fab technique to create the overlapping underwater background on this scene.

  • Reply Sarah S Bates January 7, 2021 at 8:00 am

    I love your card. I thought you weren’t suppose to use copics over or around embossing because the alcohol ink will eat at the embossing.

    • Reply Jessica Frost-Ballas January 7, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Hi Sarah, thank you! I’ve heard that too but I’ve been using copics over embossing powder for years and never had a problem. That being said I don’t scrub the marker over the embossing powder and I try to avoid going over it as much as possible. When I first started using copics my coloring was so bad that I needed the embossing powder as a “guide” to keep me within the lines 😂🤦🏻‍♀️ and even then I didn’t have any problem with my marker tips. However if you’re concerned and have a stamp positioner available you can stamp the images with a copic friendly ink, color, and then place the image back in your stamp positioner, restamp, and heat-emboss. I often do that if I’m using colored pencils but still want a sharp outlined image as my colored pencil tips can never seem to get close enough to the embossing powder. I hope that helps! ❤️

  • Reply Nancy Deffner January 10, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing the technique for the background. It looks fabulous! The sentiment was a great choice. Pet 🐠 is the best idea.

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