Playing with distress oxide sprays by Niamh

by Niamh Baly

Hi All,

I was super excited to get my hands of the June release of Scrap FX products, as it was all about Birthdays. I love Birthdays, but am terrible at remembering to send cards, so this release gave me the push I needed to create a set of 8 cards – ready for any occasion. Plus I got to play with my distress oxide sprays and have found a way to love them again!!!

First up – ready for cards? I used some old alcohol ink prints as a background and stuck on some of the larger phrases from the Birthday Transparency. I then mounted these up on black card so that each piece had a thin border. I then grabbed my gel plate, some stencils and my distress oxide sprays and went to town creating some interesting backgrounds for my cards. I loved how soft and muted the backgrounds became, yet they tied in perfectly with the focal images.







When I finished playing with this set, I realised I had two background cards spare. So I placed the black loopy script and numbers onto the surface and loved the contrast of the black and cool colours. To finish off these cards I added the Birthday and Celebrate chipboards, highlighted with some gold wax. These two cards became my favourites of the lot – event though they took minutes to throw together.









Here is a link to the video showing the entire process of the creation of these cards. It explains the gel printed background in much more detail.

When I had the sprays out, I decided I would also play in my use it up journal and break in the flower bud stencil.

I applied crackle texture paste through the stencil and left it to dry naturally. Usually I would use a heat gun, but the crackle effect does work best if you leave it to dry by itself. Once it was fully dry, I sprayed the page with different colours of the distress oxide sprays. I dried each colour between applications to create a layered colour effect. If you spray them all at once, the colours will mix together.

Finally I added some chipboard pieces, do what you love, love what you do, to celebrate why I love working in my journal. I highlighted the pieces with some gold wax. This is a really simple journal page, but it was designed to play around with some new products and test out how they worked together in my journal – and I loved the result. 

Here is a link to the process video of creating the journal pages:

Here are all the products used in these pieces from Scrap FX. Remember to check out the links on the blog to see you local stockist.













Happy Creating,



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