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Monday 20 November 2017

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 3 - Alcohol Ink Christmas Card

Hello and welcome to our third stop of this month's Destination Inspiration. Nikki here to share my creation with our selection of product, technique, colour and substrate. 
Product : Distress Oxide
Technique : Faded Layers
Colour : Blues
Substrate : White Card
We have seen some fabulous designs from Anne and Sara Emily and now it is my turn! I think we have all struggled a little bit with the Faded Layers technique!

Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton
I began with my Faded Layers panel, at this point I wasn't sure where I was going but just wanted to make sure I could get an effect! It is subtle but hopefully you can see it.
I added a few blue toned alcohol inks onto glossy card - I added a tiny bit of a rusty colour after this photo for a bit of contrast. Next I selected a stencil and worked on removing to reveal the 'fade'!
I then moved onto my distress oxides - I now had a plan to create a layered Christmas card.
A little bit of background stamping in archival before some oxide was added to my craft mat and spritzed. I lay my card into it to get lots of lovely splodges!
Next I added a some pumice stone DI all over the card and spritzed with water and threw droplets on the card to remove some of both inks.
I then stamped with distress oxide ink and spritzed again to soften the stamped images.
I needed blue layers for matt and layering so took the same DO and sponged around the edge of the cut to size card. I later added a little sponged paint too - as I needed a slightly darker blue to tone with the Faded Layers alcohol ink panel.
Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton
I die cut a tree and reindeer from kraftcore card and embossed with a dots folder. I then sponged paint over to tone down the colour and highlight the raised surface.
I stamped my greeting on a scrap of the alcohol ink panel in Versamark and embossed in white.
Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to come back on Friday for our Guest Designer this month - I have seen who it is and the project and you won't want to miss this Mini Marvel creation!

Our latest challenge runs for another couple of weeks so do join in with your own Mini Marvel creation!



  1. Your shimmering snowflakes are wonderful here, Nikki - from the icy Faded Layers ones to the intricate layered stamping on the second panel. I love the texture on the tree and deer - subtle and effective - and altogether it's a great card.
    Alison x

  2. Nikki, your Faded Layers turned out beautifully and your card is gorgeous! I love the wintry scene you created with the dotty reindeer and tree, and the stamped Oxide layer is so beautiful! A triumph I would say! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Brilliantly done Nikki, the faded layers look amazing and the panels for laering look super. The spotted deer and tree are the perfect finishing touches for your lovely snowy card, - great use of the traveling bag contents!

  4. How incredibly beautiful! I could make nothing but backgrounds and be the happiest of girls! But when you combine them in such a balanced, perfectly contrasting way - they sing! I just love this beautiful project and every element included. <3 Hugs, Autumn

  5. A really fabulous Christmas card! Nikki . Love all those hand crafted layers that compliment each other so beautifully. Your snow flake faded layers panel looks wonderful -if you struggled with the technique it most certainly isn't evident. Terrific use of the contents of the travel bag x

  6. A knockout Christmas card, Nikki! You have done a fabulous job using the Faded Layers technique, and I really love it with the snowflakes! I made one of my trials with the snowflakes, but it didn't look this beautiful. Your Oxide background is stunning and your deer and tree add a touch of whimsy that I love. Your embossed greeting is perfection! Great tutorial and a fantastic card! Hugs!

  7. So enjoyed reading the step by step on your amazing creation...Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x

  8. What beautiful backgrounds and textures you created on this lovely blue card Nikki! Wonderful snowflakes stamped and faded - and the dotted tree and deer are beautiful! Julia xx

  9. This is gorgeous Nikki, fab Faded Layers and love how you have layered all of those beautiful snowy backgrounds topped with that lovely tree and deer, great use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo