Elizabeth Craft Designs Designers Coloring Challenge - Distress Oxide Flower

Elizabeth Craft Designs Designers' Coloring Challenge -
Fabulous Florals


I just got my Distress Oxides and naturally couldn't resist trying them out for this Fabulous Florals challenge! I decided I would play with them and see what I could come up with to use for my card's main flower and leaves. It's not my usual method of creating flowers, but I am pretty happy with the results. I hope you like it too!

Click the video link or follow the steps and photos below.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a "Fabulous Flowers" prize pack to three winners. This give away will include: Joset Designs Pinwheel; Els van de Burgt Flower Cluster 1; Susan's Garden Tulip 2; A Way with Stencils -Butterfly Kaleidoscope Stencil; Krista Schneider Spring Blooms Stamp & Die set and ModaScrap Happy Flowers.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What is your favorite springtime flower?”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, March 24 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Fabulous Florals Giveaway Prizes
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Here’s how I made the card:

1. Squish Wilted Violet, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide pads on to craft sheet and spray with water. Randomly dab pieces of 140 lb. Watercolor paper into the oxides, changing directions and amounts being dabbed to create a base layer of color. Dry with heat tool. Repeat several times until you have a look you like. Squish Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide on to craft sheet and dab the same pieces of watercolor paper into it to add yellow accents. Dry with heat tool. Repeat until happy with the look.

Fabulous Florals Challenge Card How To: Step One

2. Stamp the multi-petal flower from Flower Power Clear Stamps on to your favorite piece of just created watercolor paper backgrounds using an embossable black ink. Sprinkle with black embossing powder and set with a heat tool. Die cut the flower out using the coordinating die.

Fabulous Florals Challenge Card How To: Step Two

3. For leaves, repeat Step One but using Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides. Add accents of Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Oxides and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Die cut 2 “flowers” out of these pieces using the flower die in the Poinsettia Die set.


4. Cut a 5” x 10” card base from 100 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock and fold in half for a 5” x 5” card. Use the second largest die in the Fitted Rectangles Die Set to die cut a piece of green patterned paper that coordinates with the color of the leaves you created in Step 3. Use the 3rd largest die in the Dotted Scallop Squares Die Set to die cut a piece of Time for Teal Soft Finish Cardstock. Use the 4th largest die in the Fitted Rectangles Die Set to die cut a piece of 85 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock. Stamp the “believe” sentiment from the Dream Sentiments Clear Stamps on to 85 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock using a detail black ink and trim into a rectangle. Finally, cut a ½” x 5” piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock to layer under the sentiment.


5. Adhere the rectangular layers together in order of size - card base, green patterned paper, Time for Teal, White – using 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Trim apart the “leaves” and draw a loose vein up the center of each leaf using a fine tip black pen. Arrange them around the flower that will be placed in the center of the top white rectangle. Adhere the leaves to the back of the flower using 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Use foam tape on the back of the flower and leaves to provide dimension and adhere it to the center white panel. Adhere the Soft Sky Cardstock piece at an angle in the upper left corner, trim off any that overhangs the sides of the card and adhere the “believe” sentiment in the middle on top of it.

Fabulous Florals Challenge Card How To: Step Five

6. Stick down several different sizes of Silver/Pink Glitter Dots randomly around the flower and in the flower’s center. Curl the leaves and petals a bit by rolling them on the end of a paintbrush to add additional dimension and complete the card. Enjoy!

Click here to see the creations from the other talented Elizabeth Craft Designs Coloring Design Team Members!

Fabulous Florals Challenge Card How To: Step Six


  1. Doris Moore says:

    Hi Elena,
    OMG! I Love how you made that beautiful paper!!! Great tutorial 🙂
    I don’t know how to post my comment on the Elizabeth craft design site, I went there and looked all the way to the bottom of the page, tried clicking on the 346 comments (it said something like that) and nothing happened… so I posted on YouTube and here, this giveaway is amazing!!!
    Favorite spring time flower, that’s easy, I Love the crocus!!!! They are so sweet. When I see a little spike of green coming thru the dirt, I know that there really is hope, beautiful weather is on its way!!! 🙂
    I feel so bad for these little flowers because they get tricked into thinking it’s spring, then a snow shower will come and kill them ????
    I think the yellow ones are my favorite, but I do Love them ALL! LOL, I know, I’m weird… what can I say.
    Anyway, I have got to try your technique for the beautiful paper you made!!
    Thank you

    • elenaa3 says:

      It is a bit confusing. You have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post past the comments to enter a new comment (it’s a fairly long scroll). But, I put yours in for you so you’ve been entered in the giveaway, Doris. Thanks!! 😎

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