Thursday, August 23, 2018

Obsessed with Distress Oxides: Learn Techniques for Our New Favorite Ink

Distress Oxide Inks are versatile, fun and come in a wide variety of colors. We carry the entire collection in our shop here.

Those are just some of the reasons we love Distress Oxide inks and we're excited to share some tips and inspiration from our design team today, too.

Here's a recap of what we've posted this week on the blog to showcase Distress Oxide inks:

  • Ashley shared a great technique video on our YouTube Channel for creating a Distress Oxide ink background using an acrylic block. Click to view the post
  • Michelle shared four ways to use one set plus tips and step-by-step instructions for blending and choosing different color combinations for your cards. Click to view the post
Michelle's Oxide Ink Tip: When adding distress oxide to colored cardstock, choose an ink color one or two shades darker than the cardstock so it coordinates beautifully! 

Today, we're bringing you more designer inspiration along with some of their best tips for creating with Distress Oxides


Create a quick, simple and beautiful background by creating a color splash with Distress Oxides and water.


I love the depth paste gives and to add a bit of color I let my paste dry and then re-tape my stencil over the area and then add my oxide inks right on top to add more color!

Be sure to dry each layer of color fully before applying the next to avoid a muddy mix of colors.

Since Distress Oxides have pigment properties, you can stamp and colour using these inks not only on white cardstock but also darker ones.

If you get a harsh line while adding Distress oxides on paper, then continue blending it, and you will get a smooth finish.

Distress Oxide Inks can be used for embossing as well, so you do not need to own different colours of embossing powders. You can stamp with the Oxides and use clear embossing powder to get similar results.

I find Distress Inks are easier to blend on Watercolor Paper and Bristol Smooth Paper. Also, you can't go wrong with some Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Silver splattered over the top!

Smoosh Distress Oxide onto Ranger Gloss Paper then use Distress Glaze to bring up a beautiful shine. Be sure to use a permanent ink such as Staz On if you intend to stamp on later.

If you create a background with the Distress Oxides let them dry well, before you ink them with the same color (like I've done on my tags). Some water splashes make the inked color look very attractive and gave them a new look.


Now it's your turn!

Head to the shop and check out all the different colors these inks come in, but be careful! They're addicting. ;) 

Show us your Distress Oxide Ink inspiration over in the CDD Gallery - our official Facebook Group! We'd love to see your favorite Distress Oxide Ink projects and ways you've loved using them.

1 comment:

  1. Some great ideas and cards here. Love them all. TFS xx


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