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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Oxide Ink birthday card

Got out some of my oxide inks to make a quick birthday card with a Crafty Individuals stamp set I love using. This card is intended for an Irish friend whos turning 60. Hares have a special place in Celtic mythology and are seen as magical and wise animals. In my mind anyone reaching 60 has the right to be considered very wise. The hares in these stamps are quirky but suggest the intelligence I equate with these animals.

I did start photographing the process while I began with smooshing oxide ink onto my mat and misting and dipping. I made a few extra pieces at the same time to use for my hares and sentiments.

Then some stencilling. I stencilled circles and then wet them and removed some ink to get a subtler effect.

At this point I got distracted and forgot to photograph for a while. I added some numbers using a stencil and Peacock Feathers oxide ink. Next I stamped a some random text in Manganese Blue archival ink. Happy now with my background  I stamped plants at the bottom in Potting Shed  Archival ink. I used the same ink to stamp the two lovely hares onto one of my spare background pieces and then fussycut them and edged them in brown distress ink. I had a little fun creating some embossing powder from a mixture of ancient antiquities Verdigris and Frantage Aged Aqua embossing enamel. I love the large white pieces that create a kind of splatter and it has also has blue glitter for a little magic. I stamped sentiments on more of my spare background peices and edged them with the embossing mixture. When I arranged them I decided it looked far too busy. Instead I used a small circle die to cut a hole in my card. Then I mounted the card on a larger peice of teal cardstock.

I die cut number 60 from spare smooched paper and glued it into the teal circle. The finished card front is attached to a pale blue card base and the sentiments are all stamped inside. It looks a little like hares are gazing up at a blue moon.

After choosing hares for their magical qualities I had to join in with the August challenge at That's Crafty whose theme is "Animal Magic."

I also think hares are quite wild enough to join in the "Wild Things" Simon Says Stamp Challenge this Monday.

Finally as the number 60 was the whole point of this card I am playing for the first time with Stampotique and thier current Challenge - "Number It"

Animal magic
Wild Things
Number It


  1. Stunning background and love those little bunnies :)

  2. A wonderful card for your friend, so beautiful in the blue tones,and your amazing background for the cute hares , they fit lovely in the That`s Crafty Challenge, thank you for adding it Amanda.
    DT Dorthe xx

  3. Wow beautiful background!
    Thanks for joining the Stampotique Challenge.
    xoxo Yvonne

  4. Beautiful work, very creative! :)
    thanks for joining us at Stampotique

  5. Wonderful, wonderful project! I love mythology, so I liked reading about how that tied into your artistic vision. I love how you were able to make the bunnies look like they were interacting with the other components of your card. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  6. Amanda, this is a beautiful card for your friend's special milestone birthday! I love rabbits of any sort, too and these are so whimsical. I love your blue and brown inking--one of my favorite color combos. Your idea to cut the circle to showcase the special number is genius, and I will have to borrow that. And so perfect that this is flat for ease of mailing! Sending hugs!

  7. Beautiful
    Thank you for joining the Stampotique Challenge

  8. Hi!
    Awesome, looks great.
    Thank you for joining the Stampotique Challenge.
    Hugs Nadine

  9. Wow! Your card is fantastic!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique :)

    xx Arwen

  10. This is beautiful. I love the look of oxides! The embossing you added on the corner just makes it that much cooler! Great card all the way around!

    Thanks for joining us in the Stampotique Originals designers challenge!

  11. WOW stunning card love the fabulous background and placing of the stamps-the corner frantage looks great -must get mine out-lying forgotten somewhere!
    Carol x

  12. wonderful card! Thanks for joining us at the stampotique designers challenge.

    Sternenglanz / Manuela x