Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Butterfly Pivot Card

Yesterday my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks finally arrived!
I had a quick play around with them - practiced smooshing and splatting, before getting on with this card idea I had in mind. I wanted to create all my own patterned card stock, for a card using Karen Burniston's Butterfly Pivot Card die set.

 I started by creating the patterned card stock in the colours I wanted to use - blues/turquoises for the base card, yellowy/oranges for the large butterflies, pinks/reds for the smaller butterfly layers, and a blacky colour for some butterfly bodies (which I didn't end up using).

I got the effect I wanted by rubbing the ink pads onto non-stick sheeting, spraying the ink with water, then 'smooshing' my white card stock in it. I dried it with a heat tool, and sprayed a bit more water on, while it dried. I repeated this a couple of times, and dried the card stock again. 
Then I put more ink on the non-stick sheet, sprayed it with water again, picked up some of the ink with a paint brush, and splattered on ink spots.

(I mainly used the Distress Oxide inks for all of this, but did add some bright pink Distress Ink to the yellowy sheet, some bright red Distress Ink to the redy/pink sheet, and black Distress Ink to the black sheet, at the 'paintbrush splat' stage.)

Before sticking all the butterflies onto the card base, I used some Minc foiling.
I've decanted some Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Mist into a Ranger Ink Mini Mister bottle, because I think it gives a better spray pattern.
I sprayed my butterflies with the Toner Mist, and the bottom right-hand corner of the card, let it completely dry, then ran them through my Minc machine, with different colour foils.
I used Mint foil on the card base, Rose Gold foil on the large butterfly layers, and Light Pink foil on the small butterflies.

It's a bit hard to photograph the overall effect, but the combination of Oxide Inks, and highly reflective coloured foils is just gorgeous! I had to keep just opening and closing the finished card, admiring all the colour and shine! I showed all the kids too, and they were very polite, but clearly were not as impressed as I was!!

I adhered another piece of cardstock to fill in the gap at the back of the card left by the pivoting butterflies, and also added butterfly bodies to the larger butterflies, cut with Memory Box's 'Darla Butterfly'.

Finally, I added a simple Reverse Confetti 'Hello' die cut.
So, I had immense fun getting inky with the new Distress Oxide inks! They are lovely to work with, I like how they can be layered up, and they come in beautiful colours.

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  1. Wow! This is really a wonderful idea!
    I also have the oxide inks, love playing with them, and HS foil products, including the spray. Never thought of this technique, but so happy that you did!
    I do have a question: I'd your Minc Spray as thick as mine? I am not sure that it would even Spray from a mini mister. Would love to know if you altered the thickness or just used as is. Thank you!

    1. Hi! Yes, I just used the Toner Mist straight into the Mini Mister without diluting it - mine's pretty runny. I've used up a whole Mini Mister's worth now, with no problems. Helen xx

  2. the link for the butterfly pivot die does not work. can you tell me what brand this is. I love your cards. great inking with the oxide inks, gotta get some of those.

    1. Hi, thank you! The Butterfly Pivot Card is from Elizabeth Craft Designs (though the links both worked when I tried) xx