07 May 2018

Book Fairy - Through the Craftroom Door, Distress Oxides and Glossy Photo Paper

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My project features Astrid the Fairy, a bookworm fairy perched on her stack of books. I used glossy photo paper with Distress Oxides for the main image and chipboard decorated with Nuvo Mouse and Art Alchemy wax to make it into a wall hanging.

Putting It Together

The first time I saw the technique using Distress Oxides on glossy photo paper, I was blown away. It's an easy technique that has stunning results.

I started by printing the digi on glossy photo paper. I used the specialty settings for my printer with max DPI for a crisp black image.

I first coloured the image in with Distress Oxides and a water brush. Painting on the glossy photo paper is not like any other paper. The colour does not move at all and only slightly blends. Working in little strokes, almost like pointillism worked best for me. 

I used a lot of the colours from the original release set of the Distress Oxides. I really need to get the rest of the released colours. I do love working with the Oxides for several techniques.

Now on to the technique magic. First I added some blotches of colour to a bit of plastic packaging. Any plastic will do. It just needs to be a non-porous surface.

I sprayed the splotches with water. The absolute best results I have had with this technique have been with very watery wet ink.

Blot the photo paper on the wet ink.

Continue splotching and smushing to cover the paper, dipping it into the colours. Unlike with normal Oxide smushing, don't worry too much about building layers.

Use a heat tool and dry the paper. The surface will have a chalky surface. 

Lastly, use a wet wipe and wipe down the paper. The colours will come alive in an amazing way.

I was thrilled with how crisp the printing remained and the pre-painting did stay subtly setting the fairy and her stack of books apart from the multicoloured background.

I trimmed the image panel with a CC Designs die. I also cut a black glittered matting. Then I decided I wanted to make a wall hanging so I used an Sizzix edge die to trim the top of a 6" x 6" chipboard panel. I used a Plus embossing folder from Simply Refined to give the chipboard dimension.

I used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse with a Distress blender tool and Alchemy Art wax with my fingers to decorate the panel and enhance the embossing.

I added my image panel and matting with double-sided adhesive tape.

To add a ribbon hanger, I used a pair of brads from Echo Park.

The Through the Craftroom Door blog challenge is always Anything Goes. This week the prize is three images from Oddball Art. Come join us and show us your creations!


Incy Wincy: Things That Fly
Fab 'n' Funky: Embossing
Try It On Tuesday: Die Cuts
Pearly Sparkles: Things with Wings
Sketchy Challenge: Ribbon
Creative Craft Cottage: Dies


  1. A superb card and bag ! WOW! Thank you very much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!

  2. A great project,
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday, Avril

  3. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge good luck. Have a nice day
    Anneke DT

  4. A lovely card! Those oxides have made a fabulous background! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  5. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at The Sketchy Challenges. DT Veronique

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