09 August 2017

Cake Day - Distress Oxide background with stenciling and Perfect Pearls

This little kitty is wanting to help you celebrate! Happy Birth Cake Day!

This card features a Newton's Nook stamp set, Distress Oxide with stenciling and Perfect Pearls along with some Distress ink watercolouring.


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Putting It Together

This card starts with a challenge. It's the first time I'm entering the Newton's Nook challenge which requires using one of their images. They have some digital stamp freebies on their blog, but I got an adorable stamp set in a recent Simon Says Stamp sale and decided to use it. Besides, you can't ever have too many birthday cards, right?

The current challenge is a sketch. I looked at it a while and got an idea. 

I  first used the blender tool to add three Distress Oxide inks (Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick) to a panel of Elizabeth Craft Designs soft finished white cardstock. I love this cardstock for blending. It has a subtle pebbly texture that gives the blending a vibrancy. I used removable adhesive to anchor the panel to my work surface and a bit of scrap paper to hold the panel and avoid finger spots.

I used a mister with Confetti White Perfect Pearls mixed with water to lightly spray down the panel and create some water spots and 'activate' the Oxide.

I used a heat tool to completely dry the panel.

I then used a stencil to add Antique Linen Distress Oxide 'cause my package from Simon Says Stamp with it had just arrived! (I also got Black Soot in this order. I want all the Oxides but budget says I have to buy them slowly *whimper*) I used a strip of washi tape on one side of the stencil to both anchor it and to act as a hinge. I can lift up the stencil to see if I'm getting good coverage without it getting moved.

After stenciling, I sprayed with Gold Perfect Pearls in water and heat set again. I love the visual texture the stenciling gives to the panel.

Before moving on, I black embossed the cute Newton's Nook image and lightly coloured it with Distress ink (Tea Dye, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, and Weathered Wood). I then stamped the sentiment in dark blue. I forgot the candle flame and a 'ground' until a few hours later when it woke me up at 2am *laugh* I used a pierced square die to trim the image, since I wanted it to be a little rectangular and my rectangle die set wasn't the right dimension, I matched up holes in the piercing and ran it through the Big Shot a second time.

I did the same double cut on the background strips using another of the square dies with piercing.  I made three panel strips from the panel I made earlier. I dry fit the card and was thrilled.

To place the three background panels, I started with the outer two.

I then added the third between them to have even inside margins.  It's not easy to see the shimmer of the Perfect Pearls in the pictures, but background is really shimmery.

I tied the cord around the image panel before adding the foam mounting tape. The bow is a 'cheat'. The cord is tied around and then the bow is tied around the cord. The foam tape helps keep the cord tight and in place. I put an extra blop of the foam tape in the middle so the image panel is supported even if it gets mailed.

All the inks and colouring agents used for the card. 

My Broken China and Worn Lipstick Oxides are from re-inkers in Stampin' Up Ink Spots. My friend has the re-inkers and shared them with me. I still have the full pads of those two on my wish list. For the Oxides, I really do like the full pad. I have minis for all of the original Distress. 

For the inside of the card, to give it a bit of pizzazz, I stamped the hat from the kit with three of the Oxides of the background.


Newton Nook's Inky Paws: Sketch #52
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Happy Birthday
Seize the Birthday: Tie One On
Pearly Sparkles: Happy Anything
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: For a Child


  1. What a cute cat! Love the oxide background with stenciled pattern and that you colored the cat and the cake very subtle so that the background could get more attention! Great card! Thank you so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  2. This is SO super cute. You did a great job, and I just wanted to stop by and invite you to share this sweet card with us at Paper Sweeties. It would be a perfect fit, and we'd love to have you play along. Hope you will stop by!
    Karen L

  3. I love the texture you achieved with the oxides and stencilling. The sparkle makes it even more festive. Thank you for playing with us at the IPC this week! Hope to see your creation next week too. Hugs, Zsofi
    PS: there is a weekend sale at SSS on Ranger products, maybe you can find the missing oxides ;)

  4. How fun! I love the different layers you've done for the background to get some great texture and detail! So darling!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Inky Paws!!
    <3 Emily

  5. What a sweet card, Rijacki! Love the cute kitty and what a great little saying, that would make cake lovers happy! Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

  6. ADORE your background! Love that you left the cat un-colored, too! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “For a Child” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  7. Fabulous background! I need to try your fun technique! Your card is so festive and fun! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Inky Paws Challenge! Hope you join us for our next challenge which starts tomorrow--August 14!


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