How to Make a Thank You Card Using Distress Oxide Inks and Dies

I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and I particularly like the Oxide version. They blend beautifully and create great looking backgrounds for cards.

With this in mind, I decided to create a Thank You card since I had a die that we purchased from Simon Says Stamp that I had been wanting to try out.

The Thank You die we have is a CZ Design Extra Large die (3″ x 4″) but it also comes in a smaller version (2″ x 3″). I love the larger version as it works perfectly on an A2 card.

thank you card tutorial


Watch the video below for this project or scroll down for written instructions

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I started with an A2 size card base measuring 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. If you want to create your own A2 card from cardstock simply cut a piece of cardstock measuring 8 ½” x 5 ½” and score down the middle and fold.

thank you card using distress oxide inks

I then cut a piece  of cardstock measuring 4″ x 5 ¼” for the overlay piece which is the piece I am working with below.

I used Distress Oxide Inks for this project but you can use the regular Distress Inks if you have them.

My choice of Distress Oxide Inks for this particular card was:

  • Wilted Violet
  • Broken China
  • Spun Sugar

However, I have made other versions using different colors. Here are some other color combinations you might like to try:

  • Faded Jeans/Broken China/Evergreen Bough
  • Tattered Rose/Shabby Shutters/Broken China

If you’ve never used Distress Inks before, you might want to watch the video above to see how I blended the colors but basically, I went with a third of each color blending them together as I added each color until I got the effect I wanted.

To give the backing a little more dimension, I grabbed the  Lavinia pebble stencil and went over it with the Broken China Distress Ink.

Next I used the oval beaded frame die by Elizabeth Craft Designs to create the background design.

Here you can see that I  positioned the die cuts over the background to see where I want them to be placed in the final design.

The next step was to snip the pieces to fit and glue them in place.

The best part is trimming off the overhanging pieces to reveal the final result. It’s funny how trimming up the edges makes all the difference. We find this with our quilt making projects as well. Once they are trimmed you can really appreciate how the final result is going to look.

thank you card tutorial

I used the CZ Designs Thank You Die from Simon Says Stamp for this project. It comes in two pieces – the words and a background for the words. I do like the look of this die.

I used Distress Inks for the background piece – Broken China and Wilted Violet. I just used one color on each half and blended them in the middle.

In the next step I glued the words onto the background piece.

These dies look great, I really love how this turned out.

When I placed the sentiment on the card it looked a little flat so I decided to use 3D Foam Tape to add dimension  and make the Thank You stand out a little more.

I felt that It looked best when it was centered on the background piece. But you could place it on an angle or at the top or bottom of the card and it will look equally as nice.

The final step was gluing the sentiment onto the card base.

Voilà! the final result!

I do hope you will give this card a go and let us know what you think.  Don’t forget you can upload photos to the Readers Project page so we can see your creations.