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Distress Oxide Ink and Micro Glaze

Welcome back! As promised, I am sharing the secrets to the Distress Oxide panel I shared on Monday.

Really, it’s no secret. Tim Holtz shared this technique during Creativation, and Jennifer McGuire also shared it recently. I just happen to think it’s so magical, I want to share it again.

I don’t have step by step pictures (Jennifer McGuire does on her blog here). But I have some “before,” and “after,” pictures that will knock your socks off!

Before I share the magic, let me describe the technique. All you need is Distress Oxide inks, Glossy Cardstock, water and Distress Micro Glaze.

You start out very basic, using the ink smooshing technique to apply Distress Oxide ink onto the Glossy Cardstock. Please, use Glossy Cardstock. This will not work with glossy photo paper (honestly, I tried…). Ink smooshing is where you smoosh your ink pad on a slick surface such as a craft mat, spray it with water, and then push the cardstock into the inky puddle. If you want to layer different colors over each other, us a heat gun to dry the ink between each layer. If you try to add different colors while they are wet, the colors will blend and turn muddy. Drying the layers in between prevent the colors from turing muddy. Here are the results of my smooshing session.


I tried to create a rainbow panel with Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.


After awhile I lost track of the colors. I think this is Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac, but  I could be missing a color.


This one is (I think) Blueprint sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucy Clover, Cracked Pistachio.


You can see how the colors in the panel above are layered on top of each other, instead of blending together. This panel is Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

Ok, now let’s add the Micro Glaze and see what happens.


See what I mean by magic!!! It intensifies the colors! And, you see even more of the layers!

Let’s look at a panel before Micro Glaze, next to a panel with it.


The panel on the left has Micro Glaze, the one on the right does not. The difference is crazy!

You can see the tiny jar of Micro Glaze peaking out of the top of this picture. You apply the Micro Glaze using a ink blending tool with a foam pad. The Distress ink round blending tools fit perfectly into the jar. And, a little goes a long way! Seriously, you only need a tiny bit. The Micro Glaze also makes the panels water proof, so it has the added benefit of protecting your panel.

After you apply the glaze to the panel, use a dry rag or cloth to buff off the excess. Then just let it dry. It dries pretty quickly. I was blown away when I saw this on YouTube, and had to try it right away. I learned, as I mentioned above, that you have to used Glossy Cardstock. Glossy Photo paper is not designed to hold that amount of water.

Thanks for stopping, and I hope you enjoyed this magical technique!



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Stamping Tools Take 2

Welcome back! I promised you a post on my new MISTI and I’m delivering today!

Let’s get something out of the way first, the link to my original Stamping Tool post here.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let me explain how I came to own a MISTI.

The most tragic thing happened at the end of December, I broke my Stamp Perfect!!! I know, I cried too! I blame it on all the Christmas Cards I made.

It’s not so broken that I can’t use it, but it’s only a matter of time before it goes completely. Let me show you.

I knew I was going to need a new tool soon. I do like the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform, but not for everyday stamping. MFT had a sale, and I thought it was the perfect time to pick up a MISTI. This one is the full sized MISTI.

Let’s take a look at all three tools.

I still use the Stamp Platform for large stamps, especially turnabouts and backgrounds. Sometimes I end up with “dead spot,” on smaller stamps, or parts of the stamp that doesn’t stamp correctly.

I will admit, I love the MIST! I understand the hype now! It’s basically the same build as the Stamp Perfect, only much better quality. The plastic is thicker & stronger. It’s also bigger than the Stamp Perfect. I’m hooked! I also picked up the creative corners, but haven’t really used them yet.

As you can see, I still have the Stamp Perfect. I’m not sure why. Maybe I should put my personalized stamp in it, and only use it for that.

So, yes, I have joined the MISTI bandwagon. I drank the Kool Aid and am hooked! It’s so easy to use, sturdy and makes stamping a breeze.

Thanks for stopping by!


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It’s a Wonderful Post!

Happy Monday! I almost said that with a straight face! Honestly I’m not really excited for today. I’m heading back to work after being sick all weekend AND I have to participate in a huge presentation tomorrow. Can we stop time for a little bit?

Well, let’s try to brighten things up a bit with some gorgeous floral cards!

I am absolutely obsessed with Wonder Florals stamp and die set from Concord and 9th. The first thing I did when it arrived was stamp it and heat emboss it in a bunch of color combos (pretty much what I do with most large images I get).

Over the last week I’ve slowly been turning these into cards. I shared one earlier on Instagram, but I have a whole stack left.

Let’s get started!

For this card I stamped her image in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. Then I cut the image out using the coordinated die.

I also stamped the extra flower images separately with the same ink and colored them. I fussy cut the smaller images and added them over the matching images with foam tape.

Check out the dimension you get by adding those images.

I added the large die cut image to a panel of MFT’s Cool as a Cucumber cardstock with fun foam, and added that to Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock card base.

The matching sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock and embossed with Hero Arts’ White embossing powder. I trimmed this down and added the sentiment strip with foam tape.

I finished off the card by adding Wink of Stella to the blue flowers and Purple Rain Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Next up we have some silver and glitter.

With this card I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it twice, using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. Then I die cut the Wonderful and put MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock behind the die cut. I filled in the berries with Blue Lagoon glitter Nuvo Drops. The card base is MFT’s Snow Cone. This one is one of my favorites!

I heat embossed the image in Silver a second time, with the same supplies.

In order to switch things up a bit, stamped the single flower and leaf images and heat embossed them with the same embossing powder. Then I colored them with Copic markers and die cut them. I added them the card panel with foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment “You’re So,” with Altenew’s Turquoise ink and trimmed it down to a small strip, which I added with foam tape. The word “Wonderful,” was colored with Wink of Stella and the panel was added to a Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry card base.

Next up I stuck with the silver embossing powder, but this time on vellum!

I love how the embossing powder melted so smoothly on the vellum!

I went for a stained glass effect on this card, by coloring the back of the vellum with Copics. Then I adhered the vellum piece to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock panel for stability. I added the panel to a Cool as a Cucumber card base.

I stamped the matching sentiment with the same silver embossing powder and added the strips with foam tape. I finished off the card with more Purple Rain Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Next up, I tackled watercolors!

With this card I stamped the image on Bristol watercolor paper and embossed it in white. Then I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image.

Next I used the die to cut the word “Wonderful,” from Simon Says Stamp’s Orchid glitter cardstock. I really like how the glitter on this cardstock is iridescent instead of just Purple. It’s beautiful when it catches the light!

I added the watercolor panel to a Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavendar card base and added Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops to the berries. This card is another favorite!

Of course, I had to stamp the image on Navy cardstock with Gold embossing powder… I wasn’t going to skip this!

I used Gina K Design’s In the Navy cardstock and Ranger’s gold embossing powder. I kept this card very simple, cutting out the image with the coordinating die and adding it to a matching card panel with foam tape. I added Wink of Stella to the larger flowers and some Liquid Pearls in gold to the berries.

Whew! That was a lot with one stamp set! I had a tons of fun making these cards, and thinking of different ways to use this beautiful stamp. I know I will be breaking it out again soon (if I can slow down my compulsion to buy everything). I hope you like the examples I shared! Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!


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Keepsake Cards With Concord and 9th’s Birthday Stack

Happy Wednesday! Let’s celebrate making it halfway through the week with a super cute stamp and die set from Concord and 9th, Birthday Stacks!

This set is a super fun and innovative take on Birthday classics, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them! This set features large images and dies that cut out the borders of the images. They also cut out a frame or surround for the images. It’s the perfect set for making keepsake cards.

Here, let me show you a keepsake card.

These are hard to photograph due to the dimension. The pictures I took in direct sunlight have shadows all over. These cards are dimensional, with three layers. They fold flat to mail, and pop up when removed from the envelope. This card is standing on its own!

On my first card I used the balloon stamp and the present stamp. I also used the celebrate die for the middle layer.

You have the option of coloring in the images, or using the solid stamps in the set to all color. For my first card, I used the solid stamp (Altenew’s Shades of Purple, and a couple of Hero Arts cubes). It’s super easy to line up the solid image with the outlines.

I did color in the dots on the balloon with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. Oh, and I stamped the outline images with Altenew’s Jet Black ink first.

I’m not going to get into the details of assembling the card, mainly because I forgot to take pictures as I was putting it together, but also because Concord and 9th has an awesome video on their website that takes you through the process. It’s super easy if you follow the video here! So easy, I made 2 cards!

For this card, I stamped the images with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, so that I could color with Copic markers. I colored most of the candles, but I did fill in a few with the solid stamp. I also colored all the flames, even though there is a solid stamp. I used the solid stamp for all of the balloons too (all Altenew inks).

I did get some shots of the different layers, so you can see the dimension.

If you follow the instructions from the Concord and 9th video, the cards will fit in a A2 envelope with no issues. Here is my assistant, Savy, to demonstrate.

I would like to stress following the video’s instructions carefully as I did not, and my first card was 1/2 inch too tall (I wrote the dimensions down wrong…). Thankfully I was able to make an envelope to fit it!

Please don’t think that you are stuck with keepsake cards if you buy this set! You can very easily make flat cards, by trimming off the tabs on the sides of the die cuts. Then you can layer the images or make a one layer card. I have so many ideas and I promise to share another post with them all.

Thanks for stopping by!


Kit Unboxing · Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

Hero Art My Month Hero February 2018 Unboxing

Happy Valentines Day and welcome back! Today I am sharing the unboxing of the February 2018 My Monthly Hero kit.

Here is what was included in the kit:


► – 6″ x 8″ Clear stamp set

► – 24 Coordinating dies

► – 3 Ink cubes (Nest, Robin’s Egg, Feather)

► – 2 5½” x 8½” sheets Stone woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)

► – 2 5½” x 8½” sheets Bubinga woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)

► – 2 Mini grapevine wreaths

LIMITED TIME ONLY! Once this product sells out, it will no longer be available. Quantity limited to two kits per household. Kit shipping begins February 9th!

With all of the goodies packed into this kit, it’s an incredible value at $34.99. (Contents add up to $80 if bought separately.)

As of this post, the kit is still available.

Let’s open that box!


That is a peek of the 2018 Catalog underneath the good stuff!


A closer look at the catalog.


Stamps and dies on the left, cardstock, ink and birds nest on the right.


Here is a closer look at the stamps and dies. There are some awesome sentiments in this kit. I like “Chirping for you,” and “Spread Your Wings.” “You Are One Cool Chick,” is great too!


The woodgrain cardstock and inks. I haven’t swatched the inks yet, but they look pretty.

I’m struggling a bit with this kit, as I’m not really a bird person.  But, I did have one idea I was able to knock out pretty quickly.


My plan was to stamp the feathers, and use the die cut heart piece on a separate card, but I liked how it looked, keeping it together. I used Altenew ink for the feathers (Rose Quartz, Sunkissed, Buttercream, Minty Mint, Dew Drop, Sea Breeze  and Lavender Fields). For the bird and sentiment, I stamped it with Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I added some Lucy’s Cards Jewels in matching colors. I added the panel with fun foam to a Snow Cone card base.

This card was quick and fun to put together. I think I will be using the feathers more then the birds,  but I like the Hitchcock feel of the birds and the fonts.

Thanks for stopping by!


Challenges · Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge

It’s Friyay! Welcome back. Today I’m trying out a new card challenge, Where Creativity Meets C9!

Where Creativity Meets C9 host a challenge every month. This month challenge #16 is Anything Goes! 

I decided to use some of the products I had just received from their new, December release. The Stuck on You set is so cute!

Here is my card:


I stamped the two pots and cacti with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and heat embossed them in clear powder. I did this so that I could water color the images, with my Distress Markers. I used Forest Moss for the cactus on the left, with Peacock Feathers for the pot. Mowed Lawn was used on the right, with Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves on the pot. Picked Raspberry makes an appearance on the flower.

The sentiment was also stamped in Versafine ink, and embossed with Wow’s Hologram powder. Check out the rainbow effect you get from the powder!


The card base is Blue Raspberry from Gina K, and I used fun foam to add dimension.

I had a lot of fun with this new set. It has some really large succulent images as well as the smaller ones, and some fun sentiments!


I can’t wait to play with this set some more, along with the Polka-Dot Turnabout I grabbed. I’m going to write a new post about Concord and 9th’s Turnabout stamps, now that I have picked up some more.

Thanks for stopping by, and hanging out with this new challenge!




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Hero Arts November 2017 Kit-Unboxing

Welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share the new My Monthly Hero kit with you! This kit is full to the brim with Christmas goodness, especially if you like to make tags!

This is what is included in the kit (sorry, it’s sold out).

►6×8 Clear Set
►4 Tag Dies
►4 Shape Dies
►60 Assorted Gift Tags (ornament, star, tree & snow flake: colored, Kraft, white)
►10 yards of red & white baker’s twine
►2 Delicata Ink Cubes (Golden Glitz + Celestial Copper)

And here is the box!

And some close-ups of the items:


Theses are the dies included in the kit. The large star, snowflake, tree and ornament all have holes at the top of the dies, so you can cut out tags. The smaller images are perfect for the sentiments.


The kit comes with several pre cut tags, in different colors.

The stamp set includes a ton of great winter sentiments! Makes me glad I was lazy and procrastinated stamping messages on the inside of most of my Christmas cards! Now I have so many more choices!


I love the “Merry Christhanukwanzivus!” I think “Happy Winter,” and “Warmest Wishes,” are great too, perfect for non-holiday winter cards. “Happy Everything,” is a great year round sentiment.

Not only are their lots of great sentiments, but also the same sentiments but in different fonts and styles (more on that below). The kit also includes “to:” and “from:” stamps as well, which are perfect for making tags!


I’ll be making my own gift tags this year, as well as tags for co-workers (I made the mistake of showing them this kit lol).

I was really excited about the ink cubes in this month’s kit.


The Delicata ink is a beautiful metallic pigment ink. It’s not meant for embossing, but rather to stamp on its own. Check out the shimmer you get from the gold!


I was so excited about this ink that I ordered cubes in Ruby Red and Silver too. I can’t wait to play with them, especially with these intricate patterned stamps.

Hero Arts always packages there kits with ribbon. This month they used twine, and included some in the kit as well.


The red and white twine was included in the kit, and the green and white was the packaging. These will be great as a finishing touch on the tags.

In addition to my normal unboxing, I wanted to take a few minutes to point out some things I noticed about the kit (besides the really cool ink).


The different styles of sentiments fit perfectly in the different die cut shapes. Here are a couple of pairings that hit me right off the bat. I thought that little circle would be too small for any sentiments, but I was wrong. The smaller scripted “cheer, Peace & Love, Enjoy, Peace and For you,” sentiments fit in the circle.

The “Love,” stamp that I have in the large ornament die fits in the small oval, just like the “Joy,” stamp. The other stamps with that font fit in the rectangle die


And, the longer sentiments like “Happy Everything,” and “Merriest Wishes,” fit into the rectangle shape. They fit nicely on the tags too!


I will admit, I wasn’t really feeling this kit at first. I’m not a big tag person. Once I got this kit in my hands, that all changed. I couldn’t sleep last night because I kept thinking about all the things I could do with it. I have some pretty cool card ideas I can tackle this weekend. I would have made something tonight, but, I lent the kit to my co-worker (Tina) so that I would write this blog post and not procrastinate again. A different co-worker decided we were going to  make cards for my boss to hand out for the Holidays. Tina lugged her die cutting machine to the office so we could use it during our lunch breaks the last two days (I brought mine in as well). As a way of saying “thanks,” I let Tina have the first shot at the MMH kit. She’s my only real life crafty friend. Even though our styles are different, it’s fun to share crafting with someone.

Anyway, that is the November My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts! If you aren’t already a subscriber, I highly recommend it. It really is a great price for everything you get ($34.99 for all this). If you subscribe, your guaranteed to get a kit, and they sell out quickly otherwise! Even the kits that I wouldn’t necessarily buy if it wasn’t part of the subscription, I still get my moneys worth with all the accessories. And, honestly, the kits do grow on me, just like this one did. You also are exposed to new products you might not have picked up on your own. In this case the Delicata ink. And if you read the previous blog post, you know how much I love the ink mist from the Celestial kit!

Stay tuned to the blog for an upcoming post with projects made using this kit. I can’t wait to play with it, once (if lol) I get it back. Keep an eye on my Instagram as well, you might get a peek at the cards there before they make it to the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!