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!