Sunday, 24 September 2017

NBUS Distress Oxides

It's time for another NBUS challenge hosted by the lovely and fun Darnell over on her blog. In case you're not sure NBUS stands for never-before-used-schtuff and just like most of you I'll hold my hand up and admit to having rather a lot, but instead of being a good girl and using my old NBUS I've gone and bought some new goodies!

Most of you have been using Distress Inks for ages but I only have ONE ink pad (tattered rose) which I bought years ago and very rarely use. I know that is really bad of me and as everyone is raving about the new Distress Oxides I thought it was time to take the plunge and the other day I ordered FOUR colours all at the same time! They arrived pretty quick and before tucking them away in the cupboard I decided to have a bit of a play.... and to cut a long story short I've ordered another four colours as well as a couple of Distress Ink mini pads sets.



I got some very old A4 photo paper which I cut it into four pieces (as I honestly thought that my efforts would end up in the bin and didn't want to waste any good card) then duly swiped a couple of colours on the mat, sprayed with water and ran the card through it. After drying it off I reached for an NBUS stamp Uniko 'background blocks stars' which Bev very generously sent me with my last order (thank you Bev) and sprayed water on the stamp before stamping onto the oxide background. Then I dropped a paper towel on top to soak up the water and I love the pattern it left. I cut it down to size before matting onto some coloured card and used the remaining piece to die cut the Lawn Fawn 'thanks' and to finish off I added an NBUS Concord & 9th floral die with a sequin centre.




For the second card I used the same photo paper with all four colours and a Memory Box stencil sprayed with water to lift some of the ink. I stamped Penny Black 'happy bliss' with Memento ink then heat embossed with clear powder before matting it on to black card. I decided the birds and round the centre of the dandelions needed some sparkle so I touched it up with a Sakura glitter pen.


this one shows the glitter pen a little better


Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments and if you want to check out all
the Rules and Prize details  (as well as some fun and laughter) pop over to Darnell's blog post  HERE



19 comments:

  1. Fab backgrounds, love the colour mixes x

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  2. Fabulous cards Andrea...I too have just bought some Distress oxides...still on the NBUS pile though!...must give them ago! xx

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  3. Gorgeous cards Andrea, love the designs
    Lorraine x

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  4. Beautiful cards Andrea, gorgeous backgrounds - you have chosen lovely colours.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  5. Amazing both the cards!! Love so much how you made your backgrounds, and thanks for the explanation: I tough that photo paper isn't good for D.Oxides, instead you created two fabulous inked backgrounds with it! Stamping with water is another technique that I still have to try, such gorgous result you have had! :D

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  6. Great two cards. Your backgrounds from Distress Oxide are amazing. I love how on the first plea he extracted the picture with a stamp. I also love the second one where you worked with water to differentiate the colors. You created two unique cards. They are really very beautiful!
    BożenA xoxo

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  7. Amazing cards, Andrea, the backgrounds are stunning. It looks like you have been playing with the Distress Oxides for ages not just beginning to experiment with them. xx

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  8. Yey to distress inks and oxides. You have used them so beautifully. Great techniques and great layouts. The glitter pen effect is so pretty. Love them both. Thank you for the inspiration x

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  9. Two really fabulous cards Andrea, super backgrounds which look very professional .
    Your second card would be perfect for the Allsorts challenge this week.

    Kath x

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  10. Stunning cards and the oxides are just gorgeous for different techniques. Great colours here.xx [aNNie]

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  11. What cool backgrounds, Andrea ... the ghosted stars are so dreamy ... and perfect left to shine with just the addition of the simple sentiment! Goodness, those delicate blooms with the tiny shimmery song birds are gorgeous ... so fragile and graceful! Anita :)

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  12. Hi Andrea,
    my your results with those inks are marvellous.
    Love both designs they are both brilliantly created.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  13. How fun that you loved the Oxi so much after you finally broke it open! You truly look like you've been using them for MONTHS, Andrea! Your two stenciled and colored backgrounds are delicious and I love how you then made them into cards!! I especially love the four-color card with the dandelions and birdies! Thank you so much for playing in NBUS Challenge #12, my friend, and for giving me such a wonderful shoutout!! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

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  14. Two gorgeous cards Andrea. I've bought my first Oxides this week and haven't used them yet so thank you for your inspiration x

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  15. Beautiful cards and lovely backgrounds. I just got some Oxide inks and need to play with them.

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  16. Two beautiful cards, Andrea. I love the pretty backgrounds, the birds and the dandellions of the first one. You are great, my friend.

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  17. Your backgrounds you made are so gorgeous! I only have four Oxide ink pads too and should get more but so far I have resisted. But you sure are tempting me again.

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  18. These are lovely cards!
    You did an awesome job
    with the Distress inks.

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  19. These are two fabulous cards Andrea and the backgrounds are gorgeous. The oxides are great to play with aren't they. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with your new inkpads. Barbxx

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