Got out my Distress Oxide inks (Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, & Squeezed Lemonade) and had fun smooshing down layers of color. I dried with my heat tool between each layer of color, and if you've ever used Oxide inks before, you know the more color you layer on, the more muted of a look you get. Looking back I wish I had taken a before and after photo for you, so you could see the change from the really muted colors on my glossy cardstock, to the more vibrant after wiping off with a baby wipe...MAGIC!! I'm getting ahead of myself here though...before I wiped off the excess ink, I used a stencil from PTI's Sun & Surf Stencil Collection and Mermaid Lagoon Oxide ink, and then wiped off the excess ink.
I cut my piece in two, so I could get two cards, as I knew I wanted to stamp one image in black and the other I wanted to emboss the image in white. I ended up liking both of them equally...
This first card I stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink with an older wooden block SU! stamp and then framed with a Pierced Feature Frame die cut (PTI). You can't see as much of the stenciling on this card except at the bottom. The sentiment is from PTI's Salt Air: Sentiments set.
Here's basically the same card but I embossed the image in white, and you can definitely see the stenciling better.
Here they are both together. Do you have a favorite?? I really kind of like them both and they will both be prefect for my masculine birthday card stash! Thanks Bonnie for a FUN challenge. Check out all the BEAUTIFUL inspiration from the CAS Mix Up DT HERE and then play along...this challenge is open till the 24th.
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