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. Jane says:

    Love the use of oxide distress inks. Will have t try those. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Kathleen Sammartano says:

    Beautiful use of the Distress Oxides!

  3. Regina says:

    Love the backgrounds you made. I can see several possibilities for several cards using this technique!

  4. Peggy Dunlap says:

    Interesting cards. Simple and sweet b

  5. Sandra Colebank says:

    I love your pinks and purples.

  6. Debby M. says:

    Really pretty cards. Love this technique.

  7. Your cards is so cheerful and I love them all

  8. Hsinyi Chen says:

    Distress Oxide seems like a great inks to have! Thank you for sharing the technique! The look on your cards is very cool! Love them!

  9. Janet says:

    Wonderful technique, I’ll have to try it! Very pretty cards.

  10. Tammy Hanson says:

    Very interesting technique. Love these background stamps.

  11. Jo Herbert says:

    ooooo love love love this technique. Your videos are always so informative and produce such high quality craftmanship. Love this new SSS release and looking forward to placing an order with them. Papercraft hugs Jo

  12. Tricia Ann says:

    Your ghost coloring looks great!

  13. Cute cards! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Leanne in Cali says:

    Love these beautiful backgrounds! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

  15. Kelly O says:

    Just loves these colours together, oh they are so beautiful! Love this technique!

  16. Cindy Reynoso says:

    Love these cards and thanks for the tutorial, too!

  17. Kris Reeves says:

    Perfect for Mother’s Day!

  18. Amy Seigler says:

    Gorgeous spring colors! Love the new products that you’ve showcased! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Holly Klingensmith says:

    Beautiful cards, thank you for sharing.

  20. Beth Holt says:

    Very cool technique!

  21. Maryjo Monterosso says:

    Very bright and colorful. Great work

  22. Tami says:

    Wow great technique card! Love it!!

  23. Helen LeBrett says:

    Beautiful cards! I love your use of the oxide inks.

  24. Rebecca W says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and to SSS for the giveaway!! I am loving the distress oxides and the new SSS background stamps, so thank you for ideas on using them together!

  25. Loly Borda says:

    Thanks fr the inspiration! I need to try this ghost technique, your cards are fabulous! TFS

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