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Vintage Effect with Distress Oxide Inks

Add a vintage and oxidized effect to your projects by colouring with Distress Oxide inks on a black background.

It amazes me how versatile Distress Oxide inks are! You can blend them to create unique backgrounds, you can use them as watercolours to colour your images, you can use water wash to create oxidized effect and you can use them to add a vintage vibe to your cards! I would say, when it comes to inks, they are the best value for money.


I have compared them with the ordinary Distress inks that sadly don't have such versatility. It's their ability to react with water/ liquids that makes them a perfect medium for colouring. The end result is chalky and toned down. As such, you won't get vibrant and bold colours.


These inks work like magic on black card. I might be wrong, but I don't think there are any other inks that have this quality in them. This is mainly because of the unique fusion of water-reactive dye and pigment ink.

After some trial and error, I discovered that I get the best result when using a classic brush (synthetic or natural). Water brushes release too much water. The less water you use the better. I would recommend drying your image in between applying layers of different colours. The quickest way is to use a heat gun. 


I have a very limited array of Distress Oxide inks, however, you can easily mix them to get different shades and colours (similar to watercolours). For example, in my video, I mixed Twisted citron with Blueprint sketch to get different shades of green.


List of Supplies:

  • Wallpaper Art stamp set - Altenew

  • A4 Black Card (210 gsm) - Hobbycraft

  • Golden Embossing Powder - Stampin' Up!

  • Seafoam White Embossing Powder - Papermania

  • Distress Oxide inks - Ranger (various colours)

  • Embossing Buddy - Stampin' Up!

  • Stamp Perfect stamping tool - Hobbycraft

  • VersaMark ink - Tsukineko



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