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Mon 27

Narwhals with Glitter and Distress Oxide Ink Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

I am excited to share a video today that features two projects with some of my favorite techniques. The first card shows how you can create a completely different look with your craft dies by doing an easy masking technique with your glitter. The second card uses some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz to create amazing spattered backgrounds - and they turn out perfect for ocean themed cards!


See those soft wave patterns - embedded in the glitter? It is so easy to achieve this look - and it definitely opens up your craft dies to new possibilities! 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

Once you get the hang of how to create those patterns in the glitter area then you can really let your creativity take off. I did a simple wave pattern, but you could get really focused and create some intricate designs. And adding different color combinations of glitter is so fun! I chose a tone on tone look, but anything goes if you are going to use glitter.


This glitter technique is definitely an attention getter - I used the Underwater Collage die with double stick adhesive sheets to create the background and notice the bubbles on the side are glittered too. No matter what you put on top of the glittered area, people are going to say wow!


I based both of the projects on this cute little guy - the Neighborly Narwhal. Some simple paper piecing is required to put him together and here I have cut him out in varying shades of cardstock to show off his light and dark areas.


I wanted to give the idea that he was sort of floating on the waves and I think it worked. Cutting him out of matte cardstock and then placing him over the glitter background gives him a halo of sparkle and shine.


I varied the glitter a little bit here - adding a green color to make the two shades stand out a bit more. It is a lot more noticeable and I had some fun experimenting to see which combinations I liked best.


The Cheerful Crab die is a bright addition to the card - I added some Glossy Accents to make his shell look a little bit wet. And the sentiment is from a Poppy Stamps Clear Stamp set called Flower Patch - I just stamped the Thank You in black ink near the bottom, tucked into one of the rounded edges of the die shape.


The Underwater Collage works with two other dies - the Coral Collage and the Seaweed Collage - to create some really interesting 3D papercraft projects. You can see above that when they are layered together you can create a dimensional scene - fish can be poking their heads out from behind the edges and you can tuck in little bits of coral and seaweed. 

For the cards in the video though, I just kept it simple and used one layer at a time. The nice thing is that they can still be used individually!


I had a blast putting this simple slider card together - when it is "closed" you see the Neighborly Narwhal swimming in the window I created with the Seaweed Collage. And when the card is "open" the Narwhal slides out of the way, revealing the sentiment underneath.


The Narwhal is proportioned just right to float in the middle of the opening - I used the same cardstock color scheme again to create him because I wanted it to go nicely with the "bubbly" background.


Creating the background was a breeze - I used Distress Oxide inks in three colors (Broken China, Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans) to make a beautiful marine inspired background. After blending the three colors, I spritzed lightly with water and watched the drops create glowing spots on the ink. It looks just like bubbles coming up from the sea.


I kept the design pretty simple - I loved the background so much that I didn't want to put a lot on it! But you could mix things up and stamp the sentiment on the open area, and add more fish and ocean things into the hole. We have an entire section of nautical themed dies that are ready for a scene just like this!


I had some extra Cheerful Crabs from the first project, so I glued one onto the tip of the slider. That way the card recipient gets their attention drawn to the side and will know to pull!


A little bit of color from the Seaweed Stalks may be a nice addition - we have lots of ocean inspired designs for you to choose from. Careful though, you may get carried away!

Enjoy the show! 



Thank you for sharing. Super cards!!!!

Beautiful video just like the Fairy video. Great ideas Dave, enjoyed watching
both of them with the details.

Very beautiful.

Both cards are wonderful, I totally love the dimension in the second card, and the little secret compartment!

I want to say I love these, because I do, but darn if my shopping list didn't just get a whole lot longer! These are great!

Amazing cards Dave and your video makes creating them look so easy too and my wish list got many new additions too inks and dies for when the UK gets its act together and stockists over here start to get a wider range of your dies in again,
Love them all thanks for sharing.

Fantastic....once again.thanks

Wonderful video! Thank you for sharing!

Thank you! I love these new dies b'cuz they cut inside the CS instead of mounting over the CS. I can now make my beloved 5 X 7 cards! Booth the forest and the ocean sets are going to go the distance with use. ❤️

These are all absolutely adorable! Love this glitter technique! Must get these dies so I can play too! I just ordered all of the Distress Oxides and cannot wait to get them! TFS!

Love these ocean themed cards! Beautiful! I bought lots of memory box ocean inspired dies a couple of weeks ago and now you have given the inspiration needed to make an awesome card. Thank you!!!

Wow !! this is absolutely amazing, the slider card with the ocean theme is stunning, as is the technique and finished creation of the 'wavy' glitter card. I love this video !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Great video and great cards! Wish I could just buy the "make today amazing" as a separate stamp!

Do you have a video on the underwater collage??? Gorgeous.

Gorgeous cards. Fab with the glitter waves. Great video. Hugz

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