Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxides + Simon Release Hop

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Happy Friday crafty friends! Today I am excited to be participating in Simon’s Mothers, Fathers and Florals release hop! Have you seen the new release? I was very eager to play with the new background stamps and do some techniques with Distress Oxide inks.

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

If you have already been hopping along with us, you should have arrived from my talented friend Shari’s blog! Or if you are just joining in, I have all the hop links listed at the end of the post.

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Background stamps are perfect for using for ink techniques. Since I was planning on doing just that, I thought the new Flora and Cora background stamps from Simon would be a great fit for my cards.

For the ink I used a couple of the new Distress Oxide inks in both Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet. I wanted to create a ghosted effect with the background stamps. The way that the Distress Oxides are formulated, they react perfect to this technique.

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

A ghosted effect is where the stamped image is receded into the background of a design. By creating a wash over top of the stamped patterns, I was able to push the design into the background.

The wash could be created by watercoloring over top of the design with fresh color, but I felt that the result of moving the color from the stamped images themselves provided a more effective result. I will be showing how I achieved these backgrounds in my video below.

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I made two sets of backgrounds today; one of the sets are thank you cards, but I first want to focus on the other set, which features the new Mom and Dad Icons stamp set.

First, I white heat embossed the word “mom” onto by background using white embossing powder. I then colored inside the letters using concentrated India inks from PH Martin. Because they are highly concentrated, they cover over the background design perfectly and still have intense saturation.

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I then added a supporting sentiment from the same Mom and Dad Icons set by white heat embossing it onto a strip of cardstock. I matched the colors of the cardstock perfectly by making my own; I smooshed Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide colors onto paper. After drying them, I was able to heat emboss the sentiments and cut them down into banner shapes. This is a great tip to keep in mind if you are unable to find a perfect, coordinating piece of cardstock.

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

To decorate the cards, I used the Holiday Shapes heart die from Simon Says Stamp and cut some hearts that I had watercolored with the India inks. This allows them to match the sentiment and tie in all the colors used throughout the cards.

My second set of cards – the thank yous – feature a slightly different design.

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I heat embossed sentiments onto the backgrounds using the Thankful Heart stamp set from Simon. To dress up the edges of these panels, I used Memory Box’s Tailored Stitches die set. The stitching detail adds a beautiful, elegant feel to the cards. I think they would be perfect as a wedding thank you, don’t you think?

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

To finish off the cards, I added some ribbon across the top on two of the cards; on the third, I sprinkled a bit of sequins around the large sentiment. On the two cards with the ribbon, I also added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in the pearl color. That soft pearl really looked nice against the colors of the background!

Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxide + Simon Release Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I hope you will be checking out the video below to see the ghost imaging technique in action! Thanks for visiting me and hopping along in this special blog hop!




Looking for more ideas using the new Simon Says Stamp Mothers Fathers and Florals release?? I posted a no-line coloring video on my blog yesterday that you'll want to check out!


Ghost Imaging with Distress Oxides | Nina-Marie Design


The next stop in the hop is my friend, the amazing Yana Smakula! If you need to reference the entire hop order, I have it listed here:

Simon Says Stamp Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kristina Werner
Laura Bassen
Shari Carroll
Nina Marie Trapani
Yana Smakula
Debby Hughes 
Nichol Spohr
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Heather Hoffman
Heather Ruwe
Suzy Plantamura
Amanda Korotkova
Virginia Lu

PLUS! Simon is hosting a giveaway at every stop in the hop! They are giving away a prize package worth over $25 from comments left on each blog.  Simon post winners on their blog on Tuesday.


I was super thrilled to have designed two new stamp sets for the previous Simon Says Stamp release and in THIS release, the coordinating dies have been brought in for those sets, as well as one more additional die set called Forget Me Not Flowers!

The Forget Me Not flower dies are stand alone dies that can be used to create your own custom forget me not florals. I’ll be sharing a video soon using these dies, so stay tuned for that!


355 Responses

  1. Andrea Shell says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love the colors you used, and I can’t wait to try this cool technique!

  2. Betty Neville says:

    Lovely cards – really cool backgrounds!

  3. cassie d says:

    I’m really enjoying this hop and your videos are always great! I need to get some of those distress inks

  4. Sandy S. says:

    Your cards are beautiful and I love learning all of the new techniques in your videos!

  5. Love the negative cut!

  6. Helen says:

    Nina Marie, this technique watering the stamped design with the new ink is incredible. Thank you for the video on this technique. The resulting background is a great backdrop for sentiments.

  7. justMarie says:

    Thank you for showing this technique.

  8. Tanya says:

    What can’t the Oxide Inks do? Your ghosted backgrounds are soft and fun — more inspiration and encouragement to finally try one BIG background stamp!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING the New Release!! Such BEAUTIFUL Inspiration too!! Such a FUN Technique!! I’ve been playing with FUN techniques using Distress Oxide Inks too!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  10. Maria D. says:

    Beautiful cards!! Love the colors! Are so soft!

  11. Cora says:

    WoW, these Oxide Inks are very beautiful!

  12. Amy Cooley says:

    Beautiful blend of colors!

  13. Laura G says:

    Such beautiful cards~

  14. Laura G says:

    Such beautiful cards!~

  15. Angela Linton says:

    Very pretty cards and fun technique. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to give it a try.

  16. Alison Day says:

    Super cool technique! thank for sharing!

  17. pewpewrissa says:

    Just got my distress oxides! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  18. Linda Duensing says:

    Great techniques and I will have to give it a try. Love your cards and thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  19. Karen Rice says:

    I have never ghost stamps like this–Great cards for MOM!

  20. Thanks for sharing the technique!

  21. Kim Faucher says:

    Very pretty with all that pink!!!

  22. Jodi says:

    I’ve never thought of doing this technique before, and I love the effects it produces. I’m going to have to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Becca straub says:

    Love this technique

  24. Pat says:

    Beautiful cards Nina Marie and the Oxide inks impart quite a different look using this technique. Thanks for the video. x

  25. Liz mcallister says:

    This is a very cool technique!

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