Of course ANY new Ranger Distress color is a cause for celebration, but the newest shade, Prize Ribbon, is a deep, vibrant blue that blends exceptionally well with many other colors from the line. When I get a new Distress Oxide, the first thing I do is make a bunch of ATC-sized panels and experiment with lots of different blends. I highly recommend this sort of experimental play for devising interesting pairings. Be sure to make note of the colors on the back of your ATCs as you work, so you can easily recreate your faves!
As you'd expect, there's basically NO bad choice when it comes to blending Prize Ribbon with any of the blues, greens or purples from the Distress Oxide line. But I found that the smoothest transitions were to and from colors of similar intensity, so that Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Rustic Wilderness and Lucky Clover were amongst my particular favorites to put right nextdoor; then I could branch further out from there.
For today's card I wanted a gradient, rather than a real transition between colors, so I taped off my background with washi, and put Prize Ribbon in the center, blending upwards and downwards into Salty Ocean; then upwards and downwards again into Broken China. I layered the Hex Outline background stamp from Michelle Ward's Manhole Hex cling stamp set on top of my blended blues, then stamped and cut out the Taxi from the NYC Skyline Cling Stamp Set; as well as Tall Building, Places in New York and NY Postmark from the Manhattan Map set. At the very end I wanted one more whimsical element, so I chose a Butterfly Sticker just a tone darker than my background.
I think you'll agree that Prize Ribbon is a real winner, whether you love Oxides or Original Distress Ink, Embossing Enamel, Flip Top Paint, Spray Stain or Oxide Spray!
currently has very inky fingers!