Personalized cards and one of a kind backgrounds are my JAAAM. I love to create special things from the heart to incorporate in gifts or special thank-you’s for the people in my life.
One of the things that I like to do,to de-stress or unwind, is to sit down and make a stock of usable backgrounds for various projects. They are so versatile and you can incorporate them in almost any project. Scrapbooking, card making, tags, the list is infinite.
Mixed media has always been one of my go-to projects. It is very forgiving and for a novice crafter or someone who doesn’t feel very confident in creating, this is a perfect option because your skills do NOT have to be perfect. You literally cannot mess a Distress Oxide mixed media project up. That is a beautiful thing my friend!!!!
Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Oxide Inks are a very versatile pigment and I am going to show you a very basic, simplistic method to get going with these water reactive inks. There are many, many videos out on Distress Oxide Inks but I did a 55 second video to show you one of the most popular methods of creating mixed media back grounds.
The cards I featured in the top of this post where a bit more complex but the majority of them started out with this basic method and then I incorporated some more advanced techniques. I will be posting more videos showcasing these techniques but for the beginner, that wants to start a project NOW to get some basic backgrounds, this technique will be perfectly fine!
Supplies used for the following video:
- 2 Distress Oxide colors. Peacock Feather and Broken China. Approximately 6.00 each (I only did 2 layers in this video. I would probably incorporate other colors for the 3rd and 4th layer) If you only invested in two colors then you could absolutely use 2 colors throughout all of your layering processes and will still get a dimensional mixed media look.
- You will need a cardstock, I used watercolor because it can hold the water well. You will also need a surface for the ink. You can use taped down wax paper if you do not have a mat, you can also use a glass surface like a large picture frame or a glass table.
- You will need a water source. Any spray bottle works. I like the mini pulverizador from ranger ink.
- I used a heat gun in the video for time purposes but that is not necessary, you also can use a regular hair dryer or just wait on the ink to dry between layers.