Sunset Blending with Distress Oxide Inks

– So a while back when I was doing all of my ink blending
combos with distress oxides, I received a couple comments
of people requesting specifically, color combos for sunsets or just different skies. So, when I saw this
wildflowers background stamps, there’s two stamps actually
from Simon Says Stamp, I knew I wanted to create
something with this, and I thought it would be perfect for all of those sunset
blended backgrounds. I’m going to start with
this color combo here. And I’ve actually got four
different combos for you today. This isn’t gonna be serious. This is just kind of like four combos that I thought would look nice so that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m starting out with fired brick, ripe persimmon, and wild honey. And like I shared with you guys with that distressed oxide
ink blending series… Yep, I just dropped paper on the floor. Like I shared with you with that series, it’s all about getting a ton of ink on to the paper. So I’m really loading
up my blending brush, or my blending foam,
excuse me, blending foam. And coming in and adding that color. I also like to start
with the lightest color so that I can really bring that in, almost halfway up this paper. By the way, this paper is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 pound. And I want this to be
super, super saturated. I want lots and lots of ink to work with. Because the more ink you have
on the surface of the paper, the more there is to blend and work with. All right, so this one’s pretty saturated. Probably gonna add more in a bit so I’m not too worried. Gonna move on to ripe persimmon. And I’m gonna blend
this across the center. Really loading this up. And I’m just gonna start
blending this across. And I mostly wanna lay
down where the color is going to be most intense. And then I’m gonna worry about
blending it to either side. Okay, so I’ve got it pretty intense. So now I’m gonna sort of circular motion down into that yellow. And see how the darker orange is taking over that yellow completely? Don’t worry, because it’s distress oxide and it’s a little bit opaque, I can bring that yellow back in and kind of push the
orange back that direction. All right, I’m just gonna
soften out the orange coming up this way. So that when I add the fired brick, it’s not gonna look like just a complete, like, stark line. Okay, at this point, I like
to clean up the work surface because I don’t want… Well, it’d probably be okay, but I’m gonna go ahead
and grab a baby wipe. And I like to do a baby wipe
followed by a paper towel. And that’s because the baby wipe can leave a little bit of moisture behind. And I don’t want it to seep up from the bottom of the card stock. See, and it still got all that. Even though it looked like
I got all of it, it didn’t. Okay. This is when I like to
protect my fingertips from all the ink. Because this ink is still
a little bit smudgy. So I take post it tape, just that much, and I’m going to put it
over my three fingers so I can hold it down. Coming in with fired brick now. And I really want this to be saturated and come in from the bottom edge. I’m really squishing down on that ink pad so that I get a lot of
that red ink on there. And you know, this is a
really big background. I might even bring the red
down a little bit further and add an additional color. In fact, I think I’m gonna do that. I’m gonna add maybe like a purple. ‘Cause I think that would
be really, really pretty a blending up to a purple. Making sure I have lots of ink on here. The more ink, the better. Because that’s really gonna
get those colors blending. You know, when people ask about how do I get a really good blend, I really think a lot of it
is practice and experience. The more you blend things,
the better you’ll get at it. I used to not be real good at blending. And I saw huge improvement doing that blending
series earlier this year. So if you really wanna
take it upon yourself to learn how to blend really well, I’d recommend maybe just go ahead and follow those color combos and just blend, blend, blend. And do as much as you can. And I think you’ll actually
really find that it works well. Okay, so the red’s coming down really far. The orange is all the way down. The yellow is almost non existent. So I’m first going to
come back to this orange. Actually, before I do that, I’m going to introduce that last color. I am going to use dusty concord. And I actually have that
slated for another combo, but I think it’ll be really
pretty on this one, too. Okay, so I’m gonna bring dusty concord in from this top edge. It’s just going to
intensify the red shade. I don’t want it to be
super, super purpley, but I want there to be a
little more variation in color as it travels up to that other end. All right, I’m just gonna try
to fade this out a little bit. All right, and I’m gonna
come back to that fired brick and I’m gonna work back
in the other direction now just so I can really blend these colors. Coming back to ripe persimmon. I really wanna bring this orange back. And then I’m going to bring in, well, first I’m going to
wipe up all this color. In fact, I’m gonna spray it. All right, and now I’m going to bring in the wild honey again. I’m gonna try to just walk
back some of this orange. So that I don’t lose all of the yellow. Especially because when
I stamp the wildflowers from the stamp set, I’m going to lose a lot of that color down there at the bottom. So I wanna make sure that
I’m getting a nice blend. And that that bottom
color is really visible. Okay, there is my first one. Hopefully that didn’t take too long. I’m gonna go ahead and go
through the other colors and I’m gonna speed through now that I’ve walked you through this one just so we’re not here all day. (soothing guitar music) Now that all the blending is done, I need to stamp on these backgrounds. And that last color
combo was very unusual. I wasn’t sure how well it would work out, but I did see a picture online of a sunset that was like a bright orange to a teal. I’m like, how does this work? Nature’s amazing. I don’t know how they
did it without making mud because I got that greenish
color in the middle. Okay, gonna start out
with this one right here. And I’m going to use one of
the MISTI Creative Corners so that I can stamp this image
all the way off all edges. So I’m gonna grab one of these. These are really big. All right, I want it to
be about right there. So I’m gonna go ahead and transfer this to the door of my MISTI. So I’ll put that right there. Put that, butt it up against the corner and then lift out that, that right there. I’m going to use Versafine onyx black ink. This is a really solid black ink. It’s my most favorite. Although I do like that new Altenew black pigment ink as well. But this is the one I have out right now so I’m gonna use it. I’m gonna stand up
because I wanna make sure that I get every single bit of this stamp. It’s a really big stamp. And then I can lift my background. You can see how crisp that background is. I think it looks gorgeous. And while I have this stamp on my MISTI, I’m gonna go ahead and stamp
another one of the backgrounds. So I’m gonna use this one now. Okay, love that. So pretty. Using the creative corners again. This one doesn’t come up quite as far. I wish it came up a little
farther but that’s okay. All right, there’s that one right there. One more to go. Inking up this stamp again. And I can see where it hit
the previous background so I know where I need to ink it up again. All right, and there’s
that one right there. So all in need to do is put
a greeting on these cards and they’re finished. I’m prepping four card bases. This is some Neenah
Classic Crest Solar White 110 pound card stock. And I’m scoring them at 5 1/2. These are all going to
be top folding cards. I’m going to cut out my greetings using four different dies
from Simon Says Stamp. One’s actually from Cathy
Zielske and Simon Says Stamp. I’m using good luck, thanks frame, you’re doing awesome and you’re so kind. Before I adhere the
gradings to the card fronts. I’m going to adhere the card
fronts to the actual card base. I’m using some Tombow Extreme Adhesive. I’m using Gina K Connect Glue and just putting dabs of glue all over this die cut. And before I adhere it, I’m going to just kind of
dab it on that over there just to, just on some scratch paper. And that will help get
rid of any excess glue. So here are all the cards for today. Lots of different sunset
color combos for you guys. I hope you guys enjoyed. All of the supplies, including
the colors of ink that I used and the stamp set and the dies, even the adhesive that I
used, everything is listed down below in the video description. Or in the supply section at my blog. And click through those
links and shop there. I’d really appreciate it. It’ll help support my
YouTube channel and my blog. And helps me bring videos like this to you three times a week. So thank you so much for watching. Onscreen right now, you’ve got three more videos to check out. I’m linking to some of
my ink blending series with the distress oxides
from earlier this year in case you’re wondering about some additional colors to use. And thank you so much for watching. I will see you guys on Monday for another make-a-card Monday video.


  1. Marcia Carey June 21, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Fabulous colours and cards.

  2. Denise Potter June 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks for expanding your Distress Ink Blending series. These are incredibly beautiful.

  3. Sheila S June 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Those are stunning!

  4. MsSoozy June 21, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Love those stamps!!! A must have for sure. Thanks so much for sharing the blending combo's, very very helpful for us beginners.

  5. Betty Cottle June 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Beautiful blending! You inspire me!

  6. Martha Krause June 21, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    So inspiring! I feel like I’m visiting with a friend.

  7. Michele Gourd June 21, 2019 at 8:15 pm


  8. Melissa Anderson June 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Wow! These are gorgeous.

  9. Yinet Kildare June 21, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    All of them are beautiful but the Good Luck and Thanks are gorgeous!

  10. Becky Pelletier June 21, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  11. Jill Davies June 21, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Love the background you weren't sure about the most!

  12. Bunny Leeder June 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, awesome blending techniques!!!

  13. Denise Mlady June 21, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    These are just gorgeous!! Thanks for the great explanations.

  14. Johanne Lacombe June 21, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Very nice cards.

  15. Adeena's Amazing World June 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    This was beautifully made

  16. Andrea La Vigne June 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    The one with the Carved Pumpkin, Peacock Feathers, & Chipped Sapphire struck me as quite wintry. Even with the green, I love it! Love all of them, actually. Great cards–thanks for sharing, & have an awesome day! πŸ™‚

  17. Alice Adler June 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Hey!!! Beautiful cards & sunsets!!! Question: Does all that distress oxide need to be set with a spray fixative??? Or does it just need to dry??? If so, how long did you let your card panels dry before stamping with Onyx Black ink??? Thank you!!!

  18. Lee Newton June 21, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Stunning. Each works as a sunset sky, and is lovely. Wow.

  19. Brenda Chambers June 21, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Great video, I was just looking the other day online for nice sunsets to try!

  20. Martha Roberts June 21, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Wow! Those cards are beyond beautiful! Can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  21. papergrace designs June 21, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Gorgeous, Kristina!

  22. Shari Carson June 21, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    So gorgeous

  23. Carol Sze June 21, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Great color blends. Did you wait until background dried before stamping?

  24. Multiple Fandom Lover June 22, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Whoa, these cards are freaking gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing you tips! I definitely have to try these out soon!!

  25. Barb D June 22, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Beautiful cards!

  26. Geneva Null June 22, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Great blending. Love this stamp

  27. Donna Griffin June 22, 2019 at 1:01 am

    So pretty!! Thanks for all the great blending tips too!!

  28. Hugged by a Card June 22, 2019 at 1:46 am


  29. Kelly Phillips June 22, 2019 at 2:19 am

    So beautiful!! Looks so serene

  30. Gerry Dwyer June 22, 2019 at 2:47 am

    love, love your beautiful cards. The background colours are amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Maria Miskimmon June 22, 2019 at 3:01 am

    love them the bluish one my fav….

  32. Sue Townsend June 22, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Beautiful color combos! Thanks.

  33. Debi Vintinner June 22, 2019 at 4:31 am

    Gorgeous cards! Wow! How do you care for your sponges? I followed along with your series before and I found the blending really spread the colors on the sponges. Can you wash them? Or clean them for next use?

  34. Angelina Peters June 22, 2019 at 5:13 am

    These are amazing what a lovely collection of cards Kristina 😊

    Thanks for inspiring us crafters with your amazing skills.

  35. AndrewandBertha Pilgrim June 22, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Beautiful cards!

  36. scrapper900 June 22, 2019 at 5:26 am


  37. gabr0901 June 22, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I love these! A fairly simple look, but very beautiful

  38. Deb Hall June 22, 2019 at 6:42 am


  39. Murtuza Charania June 22, 2019 at 7:08 am

    beautiful combinations thank you

  40. Meritxell DΓ­az June 22, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing

  41. Crafty Lemur June 22, 2019 at 8:41 am

    So gorgeous. I love them all πŸ’•

  42. Sophia Hodgson June 22, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Beautiful blends! Wonderful cards, thanks for the inspiration!

  43. Teresa Doyle June 22, 2019 at 11:23 am

    How stunning! I love these stamps and they really look amazing on the blended backgrounds.

  44. Satomi Emoki June 22, 2019 at 11:54 am

    So elegant πŸ’—

  45. Linda DesGroseilliers June 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    I have a question about the Tombow Xtreme adhesive. I've bought these several times but, even though I'm careful to "swipe" to the side to finish a line of adhesive, every one of them stops working. Is there another trick to try? They are so expensive and hold very well, but I've stopped buying them because of this problem.

  46. Theresa Petermann June 22, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Love the color combos. I made myself some tags on a ring with all the combos you did before. Will add these to it. Beautiful cards. thanks as always for sharing.

  47. Roxanne Wall June 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    These are all so beautiful!

  48. Alishia Johnson June 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Fantastic ink blended background combos paired with the silhouette stamps is beyond words! Thanks for sharing πŸ’œ

  49. Lorraine Mondragon June 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! But may I also ask what is your background music? I love that too.

  50. Cathy Zielske June 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I absolutely love your live talking over the actual process. And these are gorgeous color combos. Will be trying!

  51. Jennifer Baker June 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Love these style of cards

  52. Dorothy Steward June 22, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Absolutely fabulous!! Thanks for sharing with us πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

  53. lovesweetpeas47 June 22, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Beautiful cards, thanks for the tutorial

  54. Evie Millican June 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Love πŸ’• your blending! Thank you 😊 your choice of music is awesome πŸ‘ like always,

  55. Renee VanEpps June 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Soooooooooooo beautiful πŸ™‚

  56. junebovenzi June 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I love these combinations! Distress Oxides are the best.

  57. cutiephinphinJL June 22, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    this is such a beautiful stampset! Love the colours and miss playing with distress.

  58. tracey bartlam June 22, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    So gorgeous

  59. Amy T June 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Perfect video! Loved that you explained and then showed us more examples with music. So helpful. Beautiful cards!

  60. Wendy O'dell June 22, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful backgrounds Kristina.
    God bless ❀ XOXO

  61. Debbie Paxson June 22, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I really like the color combo on the Thanks card…and you're right, nature is amazing!

  62. iamdawt June 22, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    These are the most gorgeous cards I've ever seen! I've got my Oxides and paper at the ready to give it a go.

  63. Marilyn Bailey June 22, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Great video as usual….love that you do most of this in real time…thank you. Interesting choices of sentiments…all I see with these beautiful sunsets is a "Sympathy" or "Thinking of you" sentiment. Just different perspective I guess!

  64. Andy Ugalde June 23, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Amazing!!!!!! Thanks

  65. LittleBearTheYorkie June 23, 2019 at 12:55 am

    So beautiful!!! I need this set now! Your so talented thank you for sharing πŸ˜ƒ

  66. penny warren June 23, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Love, love, love these! Your voice is always so soothing to me. The colors, the cards, the music – it's so beautiful!

  67. Mary Librarian June 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

    I love your ink blending tutorials. It is amazing how the black wildflower silhouettes brings those sunset backgrounds to life. Gorgeous.

  68. Jean West-ackroyd June 23, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Beautiful colours Kristina. I am going to have to try blending at last. Lovely cards also ! Thankyou for sharing so much.

  69. Deborah Buonomo June 23, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    GORGEOUS! TFS! πŸ’œπŸ§‘πŸ’š

  70. Linda Ruschmeyer June 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Beautiful cards. TFS

  71. Maureen martin June 23, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Love the color combination .

  72. Cindy Rom June 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    LOVE the silhouette cards!!! πŸ’•

  73. Debbie Skluzak June 23, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Will be making theses.

  74. DIANE IBARRA June 24, 2019 at 1:05 am


  75. Ver Blu June 24, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Those are so beautiful! Your ink blending is awesome! Thanks for sharing! God bless!!!

  76. Julie Morgen June 24, 2019 at 11:44 pm


  77. Lisa Park June 25, 2019 at 12:26 am

    These are beautiful Kristina! Thank you so much! I've learned a lot from the blending videos you've done.

  78. denise stine June 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Love these cards!! I wish YouTube had a love button!! And the one with the green is one of my favorites!

  79. Rucha Pande June 27, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Its so gorgeous that i can watch this the whole day,ink blending i agree is something perfected through lot of practice,your videos are perfect for a beginner like me ,tfs

  80. Debra Bartman June 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you for the demo/tutorial. Those are beautiful. I just bought the stamp and tried it with watercolor paper and watercolor paint. I tried stamping the design after I painted the background and then again, stamping the design on plain watercolor paper and painting the background afterward. Definitely helps to use the acrylic stamping tool. I stamped the design at least 4 times. The Versafine ink seemed to work best for me. I need to practice more with these. Hope to get mine looking more like yours.

  81. Carmen Lipush June 28, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Please tell me, the baby wipes are wet or dry?

  82. Norma Lara June 28, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Those were GORGEOUS!

  83. svetlana devic June 28, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    absolutely beautiful!! Could this be done with dye inks instead of distress oxide?

  84. Barb S June 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    How would you change for sun rise. Or are they the same.

  85. Jenny Colacicco June 29, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Really love these Kristina and it’s nice and nostalgic to see you doing live talking πŸ™‚

  86. Mary Wilson July 1, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Absolutely Beautiful. Loved them all. Your colours are stunning. Yes I too like Pam below, would love to see Night skies, or The Northern Lights please? Thank you for an excellent video. xx

  87. Ltp Lily July 2, 2019 at 8:22 am

    i can’t stop looking at those cards so beautiful! sorta reminds of a negative of a photograph.

  88. Helen Hurley July 4, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Love your techniques on blending. Is there a difference in colors for blending sunrises?

  89. Mara Jade July 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you. These are beautiful.

  90. Lisa DeLong July 8, 2019 at 5:52 am

    This video was very helpful, thank you. I love how all the cards turned out.

  91. Ima Madeit July 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

    They were all amazing, but that last color combo was stunning. I think so anyway.

  92. Patricia Cornelius July 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Beautiful cards. Lot of color. Thank you

  93. Edna B July 16, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Beautiful, love this kind of cards.

  94. Elizabeth Harris July 17, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Beautiful as always, I look forward to trying the blending. Thank you for the inspiration!

  95. Joanne Hoffmann July 17, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    GREAT tutorial on ink blending! I love them all…AND I learned some tips in the process! TFS

  96. wendy Scarrott July 18, 2019 at 8:16 am


  97. Peggy Pride July 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Wonderful! You make it look so easy but you are a great teacher. Hope I can learn blending fast! Thank you.

  98. Vanessa Wachlin July 30, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing these blending tips! Your cards turned out lovelyπŸ’—

  99. Lisa Mendoza August 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Thank you.

  100. Lisa Moline August 21, 2019 at 3:02 am

    WOW! Those backgrounds are so, so gorgeous!! I love all of them!

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