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Playing With Distress Oxide Inks

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I finally caved last week and ordered a set of Distress Oxide inks. There were a couple of different reasons I decided to take the plunge.

  • I like blending traditional Distress inks for unique backgrounds
  • You can actually stamp with these inks and get a crips image
  • They show up on dark cardstock (I like using different colors of cardstock)
  • I like that they appear a bit pastel
  • I like the chalk appearance
  • The way these inks react to water!!!! (check out some videos on YouTube, or Jennifer McGuire’s blog)
  • I got an amazing deal!

The inks arrived yesterday, so I jumped right into playing with them. I had a great idea to us Worn Lipstick to stamp a new stamp I hadn’t played with yet, a beautiful, large floral stamp (Floral Bliss from Simon Says Stamps). I heat embossed it in clear powder. My plan was to blend the Oxide inks over the embossed image. Only problem was I ran out of blending pads. I tried using sponge daubers, but they were the wrong size. Once I blended what I could, I sprayed it with a lot of water. Then I used my heat gun to dry it. After that I used traditional Distress inks as watercolor, to add a bit of definition. In a couple of places I used copic markers. This is what I was left with. I made up for the messiness with tons of Wink of Stella on the flowers, and added Nuvo drops.

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I’m not sure how I feel about it. I really wanted to do something unique with this stamp, but I’m struggling with the messy look, a lot.

So, I made a second attempt with the inks tonight. I knew I wanted to try a dark cardstock, so I grab a piece of Gina K Design’s Moonlit Fog and test stamped the inks I wanted to see how the colors looked, and compare how they look with water, and without water.

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The left side is with water, and the right side is without. I think it’s pretty neat, how the colors oxidize with water.

Once I got an idea of how the colors would look, I got out my trusty MFT Pretty Posies and worked out a flower pattern. I decided to make three cards with the same colors and stamps, as a kind of comparison.  I used Neenah Solar White, the above mentioned Moonlit Fog, and MFT Kraft. I stamped the same pattern in two corners of each panel (thank you Jennifer McGuire for this idea). IMG_2107

I added the “Hello Beautiful” from Hero Arts Hello stamp set using Distress Oxide ink, added some sequins and Nuvo drops. I went over the word Hello with some clear Wink of Stella, and added Wink of Stella to the center of the purple flowers. The card bases were made from MFT Kraft, MFT Boysenberry (matched the Wilted Violet nicely) and Neenah Solar White.

Overall, I am pleased with my second attempt with Oxide inks. I can’t wait to get my hands on more blending pads and really get inky. Or, trying the smooshing technique (putting the ink directly on a craft mat, spraying it with water, and laying a piece of cardstock in the ink). I even saw that someone layered on the same ink several times, with water, drying the layers each time. Where the layers overlapped, the colors changed, making it appear that more than one ink was used! I need more than a weeknight to really get into these!

I also need a “do over” with that beautiful Floral Bliss stamp. I have some pearlescent watercolors on order that I think will do that stamp justice!

See you soon!

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