Distress Oxide Background |Technique a Week | Oddball Art Stamps

This is my first week doing a technique a week project for Oddball Art Stamps Blog. I chose to show how I create a quick and super easy abstract background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.

You need:

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks:
(Reinkers or stamp pad)

  • Picked Raspberry
  • Salty Ocean
  • Seedless Preserves

Spray Bottle filled with water
Watercolor Paper: I used Canson
Heat embossing gun
Easy to clean surface to work on

  1. Squeeze a few drops (I used the reinkers) of Salty Ocean on your work surface.
  2. Spritz with water
  3. Place Watercolor paper on top of drops and press down. Lift paper and move around repeatedly.
  4. Dry with heat gun
  5. Repeat process with the two remaining colors.

Ta Da! Abstract Background ready for your artwork to be added to it.

Click here to watch the video of my process on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe if you find this video useful.

I added the Oddball Art Stamps image #205. Use discount code DTSTEPHANIE10 to save 10% off your purchase from the Oddball Etsy shop.

Future video on how I painted Sorry Sally. I had a happy accident with this one. She didn’t start out as a zombie. We all make mistakes and I will show how I recovered from this one.

Hope you enjoyed my technique! I would love to hear what other techniques you’d like to see in the future.

Oddball Art Stamps | New Release Inspiration | Sweetie Pie

Today I wanted to share the new release image#394 Sweetie Pie. You can download her here and you can save 10% if you use the code DTSTEPHANIE10

She is painted with Brea Reese glitter inks and the background is painted with Brea Reese heavy body acrylics on burlap.

Brea Reese Glitter Inks:

  • Lake blue
  • Ocean green
  • Violet
  • Neutral grey
  • Medium magenta
  • Phthalo green
  • Crimson

Brea Reese Heavy Body Acrylic Paints:

  • Raw Umber
  • Unbleached Titanium
  • Burnt sienna

Isn't she just the sweetest? Thank you for stopping by!

stephanie 🐙

Zombie Kokeshi?!

Over on Vera Lane Studio it's the final week of Blooms. I have a few projects to share. The kokeshi dolls ATCs below feature digistamps from Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop.

I decided to make one of the cute little kokeshi dolls a zombie! Even though she is undead she's still super cute and happy!

I posted a teaser video on my YouTube and Instagram page last week for the lil blue haired cutie above. The background for both pieces are painted with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides and washi tape.

If you'd like to see how I painted the beauties above just click here to watch my YouTube video. Please subscribe and comment are welcome:)


Just Dance | Vera Lane Studio | Inspiration 

This week is new release week on Vera Lane Studio! Just Dance digistamp set is sooooo adorable and is so much fun to paint! I made a couple projects with the cute lil dancer… definitely more to come in the future!

Just click the image above to be transported to the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop.

This lil cutie above was painted in my Stillman and Bern small art journal. 

Products used:

  • Brea Reese Glitter Inks: violet, ocean green, lake blue, crimson, medium magenta, cadmium yellow, pink, neutral grey and raw umber.
  • Brea Reese Glitter pen: black
  • Brea Reese Fine Liner Pen: mars black
  • Brea Reese Watercolor Marker: mars black
  • Adhesive Pop dots 
  • Vera Lane Studio digistamps: Just Dance

Products used:

  • Brea Reese Glitter Inks: violet, ocean green, phthalo green, lake blue, crimson, medium magenta, cadmium yellow, pink, neutral grey and raw umber.
  • Brea Reese Glitter pen: black, silver & gold
  • Brea Reese Fine Liner Pen: mars black
  • Brea Reese Watercolor Marker: mars black
  • Adhesive Pop dots 
  • Heart shaped paper clip
  • Tim Holtz quote
  • Vera Lane Studio digistamps: Just Dance

Thanks for stopping by!

stephanie 🐙

ODDBALL July Blog Challenge | Design Team Inspiration 

There’s a new challenge on the Oddball Art Stamps Blog! The theme is “A Sky Full of Stars”. BUT… it’s always an anything goes Challenge! The random winners just get more prizes if they stick to the theme 😁

This week I used images #70 and #219.

The items I used for this project are as follows:

  • Brea Reese Glitter Inks – Pink, Lake Blue, Violet, Cadmium Yellow, Ocean Green, Phthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue, Gold, Raw Umber
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • Waterbrush in Fine and Medium

I painted the background first and then painted Dehlia and adhered her to the completed background. I really wish you could see how sparkly it is!

Be sure to come over and join in the new Oddball Art Stamps Blog Challenge!

Thanks for visiting!

stephanie 🐙

Blooms! | Vera Lane Studio |Design Team Inspiration 

This week on the Vera Lane Studio Facebook Group there are blooms & blossoms everywhere! We also have an ATC swap hosted by design team member Carole Jones. You all should come over and join in the fun!

This lil hippie bride is from the Vera Lane Studio set: Bride or Flower Girl (available by request only in the Vera Lane Studio Etsy store. The flower is from the Backyard Monsters set. I accented the left side with abstract flowers decorative tape. The quote is from Tim Holtz.

I painted the ATC with Brea Reese glitter inks. Glitter Ink colors used: cadmium yellow, pink, lake blue, ocean green, raw umber and neutral grey. I also used Brea Reese fine liner pen to decorate the border. 


Below I featured The Gardner digistamp set in my Dylusions art journal. I colored the layout with the Dina Wakely Scribblesticks. It was so much fun to “paint.” She is absolutely adorable and the whole set I love  because of the chunky flowers.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and will check back next week for more Vera Lane Studio digistamp goodness!

stephanie 🐙

Kokeshi Dolls | Vera Lane Studio| Design Team Inspiration 

The super cute new digistamp release over on Vera Lane Studio is absolutely adorable! 

(Just click the image above to be transported to the VLS Etsy store) I made several projects with these beauties!

The journal page above was my first time using Brea Reese alcohol markers. I accented it with white gel pen and Brea Reese metallic pens. She has been placed on a black and white origami paper.

The page above is in my Dina Wakely mixed Media journal. I used Brea Reese glitter inks to paint the kokeshi dolls. I made the lanterns by punching circles out of origami paper. The purplish background is Daniel Smith watercolor in moonglow. I tore strips of origami paper to trim the bottom of the page.

The lil cutie above is my first altered index card. It is a perfect size to make small art pieces. The background is a piece of origami paper with a few pieces of washi tape added and inked around the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink. The VLS kokeshi doll has been painted with Brea Reese glitter inks. A mars black watercolor pen was used to create the dark shadow around the doll. I then used a Brea Reese fine line pen to frame the image.

Aren’t the atcs I created above adorable?! Brea Reese glitter inks were used to paint the dolls. Each lil doll is on a 3.5×2.5 card of origami paper.

This page is in my dylusions art journal and it is painted entirely with Brea Reese glitter inks and watercolor pen. You will see accents of torn origami paper in the background. Finished the piece with Brea Reese fine line pens. White gel pen was used to add highlights. 

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thank you for stopping by. Also don’t forget to come join in the fun over in the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group. We have a fun ATC swap going on now!

stephanie 🐙