Monday – and it’s Distressing!

Monday – and it’s Distressing!

Hi there,

Thanks for popping in.

Thank you so much for watching and supporting Paul and myself on telly yesterday and today. We do love a sellout! And thank you for buying the 2019 Clarity calendar

– we still have them on our website, so treat yourself. When they’re gone, they’re gone. It’s a limited edition this year. No reprints as we have in past years.

I ran out of time yesterday too; wanted to show you how the 3-way overlay stamps work with Distress Oxide ink pads, but decided to show you here….

So here are the 3 Acorn tile stamps. 1 (lineart), 2 (infill) and 3 (background fill).

Let’s have a play….

The tile here is simple, No. 1 Stamp (lineart) first, with a permanent Archival Sepia ink pad.

No. 3 Stamp (background fill) next , using the Distress oxide, Carved Pumpkin.

Nice, bright, crisp print.

Let’s try something else.

Same line art stamp first, but ink BLOT plot. Use the second generation ink, so it is more faded.

Same background fill stamp next, but again, second generation  – so more faded. DON’T CLEAN THE STAMP!

Smear and dab a little Ripe Persimmon  over the same No. 3 stamp, blot lightly and then stamp in over the top. DON’T CLEAN THE STAMP!

Dab a little more Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon on the No. 3 stamp, and lightly blot. Dab a little Peeled Paint (green) around the base and lightly blot. Dab a little Barn Door (re) down the middle and lightly blot the stamp.

So now you have layers of Distress Oxide ink on your No. 3 stamp.  Hold the stamp at arm’s length and lightly spritz with water.

The Distress Oxide ink turns into a delightful little water colour! Really superb. See?


Here’s another little sample, but NOT spritzed with water. Also lovely, but now you can see the difference up close.

So there you have it. A simple little lesson in how to use our 3-way overlay stamps in combination with Distress Oxides.

Let’s finish up one of them. Chisel end of a pink Promarker around the edge.

Mounted on a 5x5in. cardblank. Done. Happy Autumn.

 There are 7 of the latest 3-way overlay stamps. illustrated by Mel, very arty, superb to use, mix and match.

Available individually – or as a big family set.



Got to go. More calendars to sign…..

Love & Hugs,



31 thoughts on “Monday – and it’s Distressing!

  1. I am just watching the last few minutes of Paul’s final show as the last one goes to make the sell out. Brilliant shows. I love what you have blogged today, beautiful colours too. I do hope there will be one or two calendars left for the NEC. Traffic permitting, I will be there as the doors open on the first day to grab my calendar and a place on Linda’s Make and Take. See you all soon. xxx Maggie (Silvercrafter)

  2. Aren’t Distress Oxides the best.
    Thanks for the great ODS demos. Every time you both come up with something awesome & new. Even got my daughter to sit & watch you. She’s always looking for ideas for her Therapeutic Art sessions at a local SEN school and, even with a 1st class degree in Design Crafts, she loved watching the leaf demo. Learning we always are! 🤣

  3. Love my Oxide inks and they work so well on the overlay stamps. I also use them on the gelli and they work well there too. Thank you for all the fab shows this weekend, I would say have a rest but I expect you are all now gearing up for the NEC shows at the weekend. I can see why you would be asleep at your desk like that little monkey in your picture! XX

  4. Evening bloggy friends, chilly here, not good when it’s playground duty day! Hope everyone is comfy on the naughty step with me, if we huddle together we can keep each other warm. XX

  5. Only bought 2 of the overlay stamp sets yesterday but now, having seen all the samples, wish I had bought the bundle. I love the Make a Wish dies and plates and this time did order the bundle. The shows were brilliant as usual, watched them all except the 5pm which I have recorded. Not surprised there was a sellout across the board.
    Received my Tina’s plates today, they are going to be very useful especially in combination with other Groovi plates she has designed. The ‘how to’ leaflet included was a brilliant idea, so useful.
    Off now to watch Paul’s last show.

  6. Calendar ordered and despatched, thank you. I wish I could afford to keep up with every fabulous new thing that you bring out but I think I would very quickly become single and very hungry!! Lol. Love these demos here and will be using my distress inks on the overlay stamps I already have. Thank you for the inspiration. 😘😘

  7. I watched your first show yesterday afternoon and the first of the ODS shows. Loved the leaf art, going to look for some leaves and try it myself. The new dies are gorgeous, my wish list keeps getting longer xx

  8. Love Distress Oxides. Shows were great, managed to see most of them. Got several leaves being pressed under piles of books. Really liked that idea. xx

  9. Great shows and not surprised it was a sell out. The plates and dies are beautiful.
    Received my latest Tina plates today – such quick service from Clarity. The how to sheet and design inspirations is a great idea and much appreciated. Can’t wait to have a play. Cheers Annette X

  10. Good evening Barbara
    Loved all the shows so so inspirational demos
    I just had to have the big bundle be rude not to lol
    Ordered the calendar from Clarity and some stencils yesterday Just need to find time to play now.
    Best wishes and hugs 🤗

  11. Watched a few of the shows this morning, brilliant. Still some of Pauls to catch up on. Hope you will still have signed copies of your calendar on Thursday. Dont think I’ll chance leaving it till the weekend, anyway hopefully traffic will be better then too. So chuffed managed to get 2 for 1 tickets too, so even more to spend. Ha ha xxx

  12. Got today’s shows on record got an very early appointment in morning for my liver scan so plenty to watch when I come home I watched yesterday’s shows stunning art work from your amazing design team .just putting my order in xxx

      1. Thanks & the same back at ya.👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩

  13. Hi bloggy friends, still cold here. Hope you are all keeping warm. Lynn Hill hope your back is getting better, still suffering with mine. Sorry but going to NEC on Thursday would have been lovely to have met you.

    1. Hi Pam,
      Sorry to hear your back is still playing up – hope you’re not in too much pain. Love and hugs, Alison xxx

  14. Hi Barb,
    The shows were fantastic this weekend. I had a little chuckle at Paul giving us a sneaky peak of something new coming up.Looking forward to seeing the rest of them. Loved all of the goodies on offer but just too much to buy at once. My Tina’s plates arrived today from Clarity Towers, but didn’t get the project sheet unfortunately. Really looking forward to playing with them. Also had an email to say my Make a Wish quartet dies have been dispatched – brilliant service thank you .Love and hugs,Alison xxx

    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Very cold here today but at least it was mainly sunny. Hope you aren’t all on toast and beans for a while !! Love and hugs Alison. Xxx

  15. Hi Barbara
    Managed to catch one of the shows today, will watch the rest during the week on catch up. Love today’s artwork, I’ve got some oxide stamps just waiting to be used so will have a play. I hope you can catch your breath before starting again.
    Love Diane xxx

  16. Hi Barbara
    Loved the shows you and Paul put on, on Sunday and Monday, so much to see, so many ideas and inspiration. So pleased that I recorded the shows too, there is no way that I would be able to remember it all!!!
    All I want to say is a big and sparkling THANK YOU.
    Love & Hugs

  17. Morning loved all shows and new stamps oxides are great to use too, hope you get a bit of time to rest before rushing to the NEC I know it’s a long 4 days set of shoes and you got Germany to coming up too you will need a break after sending hugs and energy your way Joy x

  18. Hello Barb, a super step by step, love the colours. I have quite a Christmas wishlist going, just have to make sure the family finds it. Shows were fab, having caught up on them now. Take care all. Bx

  19. Hi Barbara what fantastic stamps & dies. Didn’t manage to catch all the shows but not surprised you had a sell out. I must get my calendar ordered this week. Hope you manage to get a bit of a rest before heading off to the NEC. Will be tuning in each day to watch

  20. Dear Barbara. Really enjoyed you and Paul at the weekend. You have some wonderful ideas. I loved the leaf you did. I brought a lot back from New England when I went several years ago. Hope I still have them, would love to try that.
    Sorry I didn’t buy anything, hoping I can get a lot as Christmas presents. Must drop lots of hints. Hope you get a rest before next weekend and Germany. Good luck with them all. Xxxxx

  21. Dear Barbara. Thank you for the lovely demonstrations you and Paul did at the weekend. Love watching you and all the great ideas. Liked the one on the leaf. Hope you get a rest before the weekend and your trip to Germany. Good luck with them all, keep safe. Xxxxxx

  22. Love this tutorial blog – I added to my Oxides stash with your last offer, and still haven’t opened them yet! Must book myself some play time in my craft room very soon as I also want to try out some of the techniques with the small gel press shapes that you demoed on TV. Don’t wear yourself out with all you have going on this week xxx

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