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Marbling backgrounds using Gel Plates and Distress Oxide Inks

Hello Divas! Its Colleen here from Maple Syrup Designs with a fun Craftin’ Desert Divas project for you today making a marbled background.

I have recently  started using a Gel Plate after a friend was telling me about the projects she had made with them, they are super fun to use and I am just discovering how they work with different mediums.  This card was the first time I made a background using Distress Oxide Inks, I love the outcome and it was super easy!

To make this background you will need:

1 – A Gel Plate

2 – A Brayer

3 – Distress Oxide Inks (any colour combination that you like)

4 – 28lb Smooth printer paper

The First thing you will need to do is roll some ink onto the brayer, and then simply roll it onto the Gel Plate.  Wipe off the brayer between colours and just keep rolling ink onto the Gel plate in any pattern you would like.

Once you have the plate inked up, take the piece of paper, lay it over the top of the plate and smooth the back of the paper with your hands and then peel up the paper.

The great thing about using Oxide Inks as opposed to paint is that the paper dries in like a minute!

Next I adhered the Inked background to a piece of white glitter paper and then onto a sheet of glimmery aqua cardstock. The weather Gnomes Set was Perfect for this background, so I coloured up one of the little figures, cut out some clouds and stuck them onto the card with foam squares.

Stamp The sentiment on the bottom left side of the card and use Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to make little raindrops around the card.

I hope you have enjoyed!


Weather Gnome Stamp Set

Distress Oxide Inks

Gel Plate


Nuvo Drops – Morning Dew


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How adorable is this background stamp!? I have to say, the more Taylored Expressions Stamps I discover, the more I am falling in love with them.

The quality is phenomenal, they stamp brilliantly, and the designs will make you smile!

This stamp will not only be great for Valentine’s Day but all year long.

Below will be a list of the supplies o used to make this sweet little card.

Luv-a-Doodle Background Stamp – Taylored Expressions

Nuvo Gilding Flakes – Gold

Distress Oxide Inks: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick

Mini Distress Ink – Picked Raspberry

VersaMark Ink

White Embossing Powder


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Fun Valentine Grumplings!

I bought these sets last year, and didn’t list them in time for Valentine’s Day, but they are SO MUCH FUN, and I couldn’t wait to start making projects with them this year.

I plan to make a suite of these fun little cards but have made a couple for now to show you how cute they are.

This stamp set is on a massive sale, so grab one while you can 🙂

Here are the supplies you will need:

Valentine Grumpling Stamp Set – Taylored Expressions

Catherine Pooler inks:

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Altenew Tiny Hearts Stamp Set

Avery Elle – Wonky Stiches Dies

Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers

Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Card stock (a must have for using alcohol markers)