The distress oxide trials

The trials have begun. Shauna at The Foiled Fox sent me some distress oxide inks to try. I have been intrigued by the videos and projects I’ve seen around the place so was keen to play with them myself. I started by mixing some diluted ink on a craft mat then swiped different papers through it. I chose bristol cardstock, hot pressed watercolour paper and neenah solar white 110lb cardstock.

The card above features the bristol cardstock. It picked up the colour well, the inks blended and the watermarks from splattering made nice light patches with dark edges. I used two main colours, a pink and a blue (what a surprise!) then I splattered a little yellow at the end of my experimenting.

The panel below is made from the hot pressed watercolour piece. The results were very similar but the blending was even smoother between the colours.

I chose not to make a card from the sample on  neenah solar white. It worked but the colours did not blend or spread as nicely in my opinion. These are just the beginning of my experiments of course and only three colours but there is more to come. The inks blended just as beautifully as the original distress inks but dry opaque or semi opaque, perfect for a solid background.


Stamps: delicate flowers, stitched flowers, happy snippets
Dies: flower frolic, tagged
Inks: faded jeans, worn lipstick, fossilized amber distress oxide inks (Ranger) versafine majestic blue (Tsukineko)
Papers: hot pressed watercolour paper, bristol paper, stardream blue cardstock, black cardstock


14 Comments on “The distress oxide trials”

  1. Shauna Todd says:

    Love your experiment.

  2. ednamburgess says:

    Thanks. Always appreciate your opinion. I just got 1 ink pad to try but haven’t done it yet. Will try doing what you did. Edna

  3. Aptil says:

    I’ve been waiting for your opinion on this ink, I always love your backgrounds and will be looking forward to your videos

  4. Lois says:

    Just bought a set of 12! So glad you showed a way to use them.

  5. Lindsey says:

    Your first trials have turned out a lot better than mine! I obviously need to spend more time with the two I have.

  6. Rosie says:

    Thanks for this very clear information, Heather. I do like the look of the results from the Distress Oxides and I have bought 3. Time to play with them now!

  7. Marianne says:

    Beautiful cars and backgounds. I am so loving these inks. So far, I have used them to stamp, stamp&spritz and blend, but I haven’t used them to swipe yet. High time I did.

  8. janet says:

    Thank you for your very clear photos and comments. I’ve been tempted by these inks but not sure how thy differ from the full set of ‘ordinary’ Distress inks I already possess. is it worth getting any of the oxide variety? I’m still not sure. It seems they are slightly more opaque but is there any other advantage to them?
    Many thanks for your comments and photos

  9. Marliese Zimmerman says:

    I just bought three pads. Can’t wait to try them after seeing your background experiments..

  10. maureenchandler says:

    I bought the set of 12 distress oxides and love playing with them. Actually, I bought the reinkers too so I’m all set to create! They are fun and different from the regular distress inks – a very nice addition to those. The colors are muted but make beautiful backgrounds and you can keep adding color, spraying with water, drying and starting over again! I use them on watercolor cardstock and bristol with great results. If something just doesn’t come out well, I use it to die cut words or numbers and it never gets wasted! Enjoy – and I love your background!!!

  11. Pat says:

    Having just looked at your second trial of the oxide inks I decided to go back and look at this one as I didn’t remember seeing it, and sure enough I had missed it somewhere along the line. It is great to have your take on them and the two cards are beautiful and I adore the colour combination. I have used the Neenah cardstock myself but don’t think it works that well with watercolouring. These results with the watercolour paper are really gorgeous. x

  12. These are beautiful! Another oxide technique to try, thank you! xxx

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