Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Vintage mail

I love making my own backgrounds (saves me actually using up those lovely papers in my stash!) and I wanted to try Distress Oxides with Tim Holtz resist spray so I created a masterboard.

First I applied Distress Oxides with a brayer on a piece of white paper.

Then I sprayed some of the resist on top and let that to dry before applying more  Distress Oxides.

Another spray of resist….

And a final layer of Distress Oxides to finish, this time adding some of the darker Walnut ink.

The resist spray creates lots of dots in varying sizes which resist water based inks and dry to a shiny finish . The shine is not apparent in the enclosed photo but trust me it is glossy.
[Warning: the Resist spray is extremely sticky, it cannot be removed not even from your craft mat, so spray in a cardboard box or protect your work area with newspaper]

For today's card I die-cut a piece from this master board with the Julie Hickey Layers, Frames & Banners Die Set and 2 other mats from cardstock with the same die set.

Card with Stamps and die-cuts

My focal point is the postcard image from the Woodware set I had already stamped (see my previous project here) and some die-cut flowers from a Tim Holtz set.

I used Nuvo Drops to colour the flowers and add a little something to the sentiment banner.


Julie Hickey Designs Layers, Frames & Banners Die Set - Rectangle
Julie Hickey Designs I Need It Stamp Set - Everyday Sentiments
Woodware Clear Stamp Set - Old Postcard
Tonic Studios Nuvo Vintage Drops - Bonnie Blue and Chocolate Chip
Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Dandelion Yellow and Woodland Green
Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits Die Set - Wildflower Stems #2
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad – Antique Linen
VersaFine Onyx Black
WOW! Embossing Powder - Seafoam White

Should you purchase any of the products I have used on this card, select  'Design Team'  in the 'where have you seen us' drop down so we know we have inspired you!

The resist technique I used for the background is fun and easy and I'm convinced it would look fabulous as a night sky or aurora borealis! Perfect for Christmas... no it's not too early for use crafters!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the challenges.


  1. Beautiful card Christine. Backgrounds are such fun to make. Never used the relief spray. Thanks you for the tips. Hugs Flo xx

  2. I love this card - the collaging is perfect, all those angles are just right and so pleasing to the eye - and the pop of blue on the flowers, echoed on the sentiment, is fabulous. Are those Nuvo drops dimensional, or is it a trick of the light? I'd forgotten all about the resist spray - very cool masterboard, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it in action.
    Alison x

  3. I have resist spray but not got round to using it...thanks for the sticky tip! A lovely vintage card reminds me of my grandmother and a bygone age xx

  4. Bel effet cette découpe fleur avec ces perles Nuvo dessus, une belle réalisation.