Tuesday 28 February 2017

Distress oxides first look - backgrounds and stamped tags

This weekend I opened my new Distress oxide inks. I tried them a bit, just to know how they look like alone, in the combination with traditional Distress inks or stamped and misted.  So I made just a few small tags.

They are nice to play with, I need to say, although if you want to make a nice combo of Distress inks and Distress oxides, it is better to be a careful with the oxides. Too much oxides can hide the vibrant colors of Distress inks and make all background too dull. And also some oxides seem to be stronger than others e.g. brown ones, so put pink oxide over the larger spot of brown one is a bit difficult, after water mist pink oxide kind of soaked into the brown one and disappeared. But maybe I need just try more :0)

And for the water mists I prefer older Ranger Mister bottle to a newer Distress Sprayer one, because with the mister you have a better control over the water amount and it is really just the water mist and no big droplets of water, so oxides start to shine but they don't bleed too much (for me, this is important when I stamp with oxides).

But mostly (and with a bit of practice) they make a very nice and unusual backgrounds and I really love the combo with Distress inks. The contrast of the matte and bright colors is incredible and sooooo nice :0)

So here they are - the first tags I made, for more detailed look open every image in a new tab:

1) Distress inks and Distress oxides combo: 
a) fist tag is Broken china Distress oxide over Mustard seed and Spiced marmalade Distress inks 
b) second tag Fossilized amber, Spiced marmalade and Vintage photo Distress oxides over Salty ocean and Mermaid lagoon Distress inks

2) combo and mix:
a) first tag is a combo of Broken china and Vintage photo Distress oxides over Mustard seed and Spiced marmalade Distress inks
b) second one is a pure Distress oxides mix - Fossilized amber, Mustard seed and Broken china distress oxides

3) Distress oxides mix: 
a) first tag Broken china, Wilted violet and Faded jeans Distress oxides 
b) second tag Worn lipstick, Wilted violet and Faded jeans Distress oxides

4) stamping with Distress oxides on white and kraft cardstock. Both sprayed with water more times - sprayed, dry with heat tool, sprayed, dry, sprayed, dry... .0). Bleeding of the blue colors on the kraft cardstock is not much visible, after the paper is dry.
a) Vintage photo and Walnut stain Distress oxides on the white tag 
b) Broken china and Faded jeans Distress oxides on the kraft cardstock 

5) background of all this tags made with Wild honey, Vintage photo and Ground espresso Distress inks and images are stamped over with 
a) Faded jeans Distress oxide (tulips) and Pumice stone Distress oxide (crackled pattern). I also covered this tag with liquid gloss acrylic medium, so all colors are more vibrant and have more depth - the tag resemble a glass tile. 
b) Broken china Distress oxide
c) Worn lipstick Distress oxide
Every tag is misted with water more times till the dye part of oxides started to bleed into the background colors. Especially on the third tag the Worn lipstick made a nice darker pink halo effect around the stamped image. On other two tags I used a glue stick and gold foil on the borders.


  1. I love them. Thank you for sharing these. Did you by any chance make a video of you making them?

  2. Hi, Laerke :0) Thank you for your nice comment. Unfortunately I have no process video, but I think that the best way is to experiment with inks and colour combinations again and again and enjoy every minute of it - and every time the result will be different and interesting :0)

  3. Thank you for publishing this comparison. I am in process of choosing Distress inks and deciding between Oxides and regular Distress Inks. And with your post I realized, I might purchase both kinds to experiment with.

    1. Thank you for your comment :0) They really can make a very nice combos and effects together. Enjoy your experimenting :0))