If Friends were Flowers . . .Blending distress oxides and gesso

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Hello Everyone! 

Today I am sharing another inky card I have created using the beautiful DoodleFlowers Stamp Set, Gesso and Distress Oxides.  

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For this card I have also used: 

6” x 6” Card Blank 

White Heavy Weight Card 

Black Card 

Blending Tool, Water filled brush 

Distress Oxides: Broken ChinaWilted Violet 

Black Fine liner Pen, White Gel Pen, Double Sided Tape, Foam Pads 

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I started this card by blending the Distress Oxides across the heavy cardstock. I used the Broken China ink from one side to about halfway and Wilted Violet from the other side to the middle, blending the two together in the centre. This doesn’t have to be neat as it is a background colour. 

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I then brushed gesso across the whole card and kept the brushstrokes the same way working from the top to the bottom and let this dry completely before the next step. 

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I used the Oxides to ink the edges lightly, keeping the colours matching the background. I then stamped the flower with the stem in black ink three times across the background, masking off the centre stem, as I wanted to draw the stem going straight down. 

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Using a fine liner I extended the stem lines to come off the page. I stamped in the big leaves and sentiment in black. Then I took the berry branch stamp and used the Oxide ink to stamp the braches in purple and blue around the edges to fill in some of the gaps. 

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I then used the Oxides, stamped onto an acrylic block / glass mat, as watercolours to colour in the flowers and leaves. To finish I picked up the watered down ink and flicked it across the page. I also added splashed of water as well and left this to dry naturally. 

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To make the card I cut some black card as a matt. I used foam tape to adhere the painted square to the matt as I find the foam helps keep the warping flat better then gluing straight down.  


I enjoyed experimenting with the gesso and Oxides. I was fascinated that the oxidation came through the gesso and love the white washed effect I tried to replicate here. 


Thanks for stopping by, 

Sarah B 

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