Let's Get (Di)Stressed - A Blog Hop

Welcome to our October Blog Hop with Scrap ‘N Stamp! This month it’s Let’s Get (Di)Stressed – A Blog Hop;  all about Distress Oxide Inks!

Let's Get (Di)Stressed - A Blog Hop


If you’ve never taken a blog hop before, it’s very simple! At the end of each participant’s post, you will find a link to the next blog on the Hop. Simply click those links on each blog, and eventually you’ll make it all the way around the Hop! If you’re more of a ‘do what I want’ kinda person, no problem! You’ll also find a list of all the participants, so you can click directly onto each link.

Each of us in the Design Team have created at least 1 project, featuring the Distress Oxide inks. If you’ve never used these inks before, you’re in for a treat! We’ll be sharing different ways to  use them, and different looks you can achieve. Have tons of fun! And be sure to leave a comment on each blog post – because there’s a PRIZE TO BE WON! One lucky person will be randomly drawn from all of the comments, and will receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to SCRAP ‘N STAMP! You can stock up on your own Distress Oxides, or whatever else your heart desires.


If you’re following from the beginning of the Hop order, you’ll  have arrived here from Kia’s amazing blog. Isn’t she incredible? I love her designs. I’ve created 2 cards for you, both using the same Distress Oxide colours as well as stamps. The switch-up is in the image stamp; I’ve used different colours, which you can see changes the look of the project.

The stamp set I’ve used is the 6″ x 6″ Cathedral of Trees, by Hero Arts. For this first card, I’ve stamped the trees in Nocturne ink, and set with clear embossing powder.

Let's Get (Di)Stressed - A Blog Hop

The background is created by starting with a light blue cardstock panel. This was an experiment for me; I usually start on a white base. But the inks blended very well on the blue, so I went with it!


Start by blending your darkest colour around the edges of the panel. Next, add your darkest purple, then medium blue, light purple, and finally lightest blue in the middle. The colours I chose are Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet and Broken China Distress Oxides.

Next, set up the stamp and your blended panel in your stamp platform. First stamp the Cathedral of Trees in Nocturne ink, then again immediately in Versamark ink. Cover with clear embossing powder, and heat set. Now, use your Mini Mister to spray water onto the panel; you can also spray into your hand, and then flick it onto the cardstock. Blot up any excess with a paper towel. Now you can see the activation of the oxide – the droplets leave behind an effect that looks like snow. Stamp the sentiment from the Concord & 9th Mistletoe Messages stamp set in Versamark ink in the middle. Cover with WOW white embossing powder, and heat set. Finally, add more snowflakes with a white pen. Now attach the finished panel onto a dark blue card base, with foam tape.

Let's Get (Di)Stressed - A Blog Hop


For this second card, I started by stamping the Cathedral of Trees onto a white card base, in Versamark ink. I cover the image with WOW Silver embossing powder, and heat set. Next, I repeated the same blending of Distress Oxides inks – the exact colours as above. The misting with water and heat embossed sentiments are the same as well. This time, after adding more snowflakes, I decided to add a little shooting star!

Let's Get (Di)Stressed - A Blog Hop

I also changed the orientation to horizontal, from portrait, and used a purple card base. Just a few little changes, but it changes the look of the final project quite a bit, doesn’t it? Below, you can see the 2 cards together. Do you prefer one over the other?

Distress inks blog hop


Before you head over to see Nancy F.’s projects – which I know you’ll love! – I have some MORE news for you! Since we’re all about the Distress Oxide inks for this Hop, you can GET 10% OFF ALL OXIDES -yes, even the new Oxide Sprays! – ALL THIS WEEKEND!  Click to Shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp, and at checkout, USE COUPON CODE ‘OXIDE10‘.  Fine print: Not valid with any other coupon, sale or promotion. Valid on in stock items only. Expires Oct 6th midnight. 

But wait – there’s MORE!  Saturday is World Cardmaking Day – so of course you’ll want to stock up on supplies!

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So what’s better than SAVING 25% – 50% OFF a huge selection of stamps, embellishments and paper?! Click HERE or the graphic above, and start filling your cart!


Remember – be sure to leave a comment on each Let’s Get (Di)Stressed – A Blog Hop post to be entered to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp! One lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all comments left, and will be announced on October 22nd.  Now it’s time for you to head over to Nancy F.’s blog, and enjoy her amazing projects!




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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

34 thoughts on “Let’s Get (Di)Stressed – A Blog Hop

  1. Oh my goodness this is breath taking and I agree with kia you are an enabler i think i must by this set. I absolutly love the colours you choice to use for this card

  2. Wow! I am truly speechless! Your cards are just so beautiful! The sky colors are so amazing!

    1. I’m glad that you liked my little shooting star, Shawn! Thanks for your kind comment; I hope you enjoyed our entire Hop.

  3. I’ve not seen that cathedral of trees stamp.
    How different is it!
    Love what you’ve decided to do to make the card stand out!
    These cards are great inspiration!

    1. I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing my cards, Karen. They were a lot of fun to create 🙂 Hero Arts make amazing stamps

    1. I’m glad that you liked my starry night distress oxide ink cards, Denise! I hope that you enjoyed our entire hop, as well.

  4. Gorgeous inky skies! I prefer the black trees because they contrast so much with the background!

    1. Thank you, Sue! I like the contrast against the black silhouette trees, as well. I hope you enjoyed our Hop – good luck in the draw!

  5. Well that’s really impressive how you ink blended the different distress oxides to create this beautiful sky. What a great stamp to highlight this look.

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