Monday, May 22

Little Critters have BIG Dreams!

Happy Monday, friends! We have a new challenge for you this week - Little Critters. I think you can have a lot of fun with this one, and I bet we get a lot of cuteness! I have been waiting for the opportunity to use my cute little Lovebirds stamp, and I thought this was the perfect time, so I created a tag for them. 

I added a few more colors to my stash of Distress Oxide inks, and wanted to learn a bit more about using them. So, I watched a couple of videos while I played. Tim Holtz has a great demo at Creativation 2017 and Jennifer McGuire has a good one too, where she demos backgrounds and cards. 

So, using my fave color palette, I blended a bit of the distress oxides onto the tag.

Here's how it looks after spritzing with water and drying.

Then, I rubbed the colors onto the craft sheet, spritzed with water and lay the tag into it several times, drying between each layer. Since I had a lot left on the craft mat, I used a piece of watercolor paper to pick it up - why waste any, right?

Next step, stamping with water...yes, you heard me correctly! I spritzed water onto the stamp, stamped off once, then stamped directly onto the tag to get a subtle design. 

As you can see, I add a bit of orange, then using my MISTI, I stamped the saying with the purple, moved the tag slightly and stamped with the black - I was aiming for a shadow effect.

Closeup details with a bit of doodling to show the amazing texture distress oxides create.

A mix of lovely fibers to tie on the tag, two sweet lovebird popped up - remember I told you I put the leftover ink onto the watercolor paper? It worked perfectly to stamp my birds on!

Turn your cant's into CANS and your DREAMS into PLANS! I like this motto!!

I hope you've enjoyed my quick and easy tag, and try out some distress inks yourself. I know I have a lot more to learn about them, but I am having fun playing right now. Hope you will join us this week in our Little Critters challenge! 

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I wonder what kind of little critters the design team has hold of this week? Let's head on over and check it out!


  1. Your tag is adorable, Maura! I love those birds and the ribbon is so pretty. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  2. I always love to see the process of making a project and it always surprises me. Lovely background, I guess Tim should obtain a Nobel prize for inventing Oxides :-) Hugs, Marzena

  3. So smart to place those adorable birdies on top of the text, such a keen composition and it has me smiling. And what a magnificent topper--super fun!

  4. such a delightful tag! Hmmm, don't have Pistachio but it keeps calling to me:):)

  5. Gorgeous tag Maura :-) I love the background, I have the oxides and need to have a play with them! the little birds are super cute and I love the sentiment and ribbon detail :-)

    Lols x x x

  6. So artsy your tag the way you got the distress oxides to work for you
    Dr Sonia

  7. Love the beautiful background you created, Maura. The bird images are so lovely. :)

  8. What a fabulous tag and I love the little critters against that gorgeous background, it all works so well! Hugs... xx

  9. what an adorable tag the DO background...the sentiment is fabulous and those birds are so cute...hugs kath xxx

  10. Maura, Maura! You always know how to utilize materials perfectly! Love how you're rockin' the Distress Oxides and I really like the look of outlining the splots and splatters. And of course, I adore the fibers at the top!

  11. Adorable tag!love the background and the topper is fabulous! Love the fibers you used! BArbara


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