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De-stress with the Distress Oxide Inks

Updated: Apr 2, 2019

I am sure most of you would agree that crafting of any kind is very relaxing and calming. One of the things that lift me up after having a hectic and stressful day is when I shut myself in my craft room and let my creativity flow. 



I came across a very good tutorial on how to use Distress Oxide inks, and it inspired me to give it a go. And I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do my own video tutorial sharing with you tips and tricks I have discovered whilst using these inks. 



Distress Oxide inks are a water-reactive dye and pigment ink combo. The most fun element is that when mixed with water, they create oxidized effect. They are not the cheapest to buy, but I would say, start with just one or two colours, and see how you go. It's fun, and they blend just as nicely as the normal distress inks do. 


In this post, I would like to focus on using these inks in combination with the heat embossing. I have tried clear embossing powder but the final effect isn't as stunning compared to the white powder. I would definitely recommend using an embossing buddy with all your heat embossing projects. The anti-static powder within ensures your embossing powder only sticks to the ink, rather than all the fingerprints on your card. 


I tend to do my stamping and embossing one image at a time. This way I avoid any smudges or accidentally rubbed off powder. Saying that, you can do multiple embossing if you are using smaller stamps in the same area as the chance of smudges is smaller. 


Once you have your images embossed, you can skip to the fun bit. Apply the distress oxide ink (or inks) using a blending tool. Be generous with the ink and apply a thick layer. The more ink you apply, the more striking the result will be once you have added water. Get a cloth and rub off any excess ink from the stamped images on your card. I love when the images suddenly pop or 'jump out' from the background. 


In the video tutorial I saw on YouTube, the lady was using a water brush to apply the water. I would definitely suggest a thin water brush for small areas. However, I discovered that by simply using wet cotton buds I finished the card much quicker, and I only needed to go in once to rub the ink off. With the brush I sometimes need to go in a few times to really achieve that oxidized effect. I use a soft cloth to mop up the water between each application. You can also use a tissue or a piece of kitchen roll. 


When it comes to adding a sentiment, I prefer adding a die cut one. I highly recommend using adhesive sheets with all the intricate and delicate dies. It makes sticking them onto a card so much easier - effortless almost! Gone are the days of sticky fingers! No matter how careful I tried to be when applying the glue with a fine nib, it always ended up everywhere, and my die cut image was sitting in a small puddle of glue. Not nice. With the sheet, you stick your card onto the sheet, rung it through the die cutting machine, and then peel it off like a sticker. 


To finish the cards off, I like to use glossy accents or liquid pearls. If you don't have either of these, use what you have. Just by using the water brush or the cotton buds, you can create lovely accents on your card. Flick the water brush with you finger and use a cloth to dry the surface afterwards. This will lift the colour off, and you end up with multiple small dots. 



List of Supplies:

  • White card base - 21 x 14.8 cm (same for all three cards)

  • White panel - 9 x 14.8 cm (same for all three cards)

  • Birthday Blooms stamp set (Stampin' Up!)

  • Floral stamps (Honey Doo Crafts)

  • Reveal Wheel Sentiments stamp set (Lawn Fawn)

  • Little Birdie (Waffle Flower)

  • Hello die (My Favourite Things)

  • Big Greetings stamp set (Avery Elle)

  • Distress Oxide Inks (Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves all by Ranger)

  • Blending Tools (Ranger)

  • Glossy Accents (Ranger)

  • Liquid Pearls - White Opal (Ranger)

  • Heat embossing tool

  • VersaMark ink pad

  • Seafoam White embossing powder (Papermania)

  • Embossing Buddy (Stampin' Up!)

  • Sizzix Adhesive Sheets

  • Cotton buds



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