Using Distress Backgrounds for Holiday Cards

Last week I did a short Live on Instagram showing some behind the scenes (BTS) of my creative process.  I made a few backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks.  Once the live was over I posted a quick pic of two of the background with a poll asking my followers if they thought I could turn them into cards. 

Making background from Distress Ink and Distress Oxides is one of my favorite techniques. It's very cathartic and relaxing to get lost in the ink and water magic of it all.  When I create backgrounds I never know if it will be a full background or if it will end up in the die cut machine.  It all depends on the end result.  I often use this technique to open up the creative ideas locked in my head.  It's my go-to for when the mojo is a little stuck.

The background for Merry & Bright was created with  Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Tumbled Glass, and Twisted Citron blended so beautifully for this card.

The snowflakes from the Happy Holidays were created from the second background created with Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Scattered Straw.  


I actually got two cards from the second background because I used it for die cuts.  We'll call it the bonus card.  I'd encourage you to just play.  If your backgrounds don't turn out how you like, don't toss them use them for die cuts.  You might be surprised at the results.

Market Place:  Available at Smiling Moose

Inspiration:  Tim Holtz Demo

Technique:  Distress Inking, Die Cutting Stamping

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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies
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Simon Says Stamp KADYN SNOWFLAKE Wafer Dies
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Tim Holtz Sizzix WINTER Side-Order Thinlits and Embossing Folder
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp OUTLINE SNOWFLAKES
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