Come Craft Distress Oxides With Me!

Come Craft Distress Oxides With Me! 

For Mother's day my husband always asks what I want.  It is almost always a crafty item that I've been wanting but something I wouldn't just go out and buy.  When my kid moves out and becomes her own person I probably won't buy things for myself anymore LOL its just something we do.  I do the same for Father's day and he gets something he wants.  Its really just an excuse to buy things.  His is never "crafty" LOL

This year I chose Distress Inks because I love them but buying a ton of them would be expensive.  I bought mine at Joann mostly because they had a door buster for 50% off.  I also bought some colors on Amazon, at Michaels, and you can also find some of them at my Close To My Heart website for purchase.

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You can check out my organizing distress oxides for an idea on how I personally organize mine but this blog is going to be about using them.  

Its so easy!  They blend so nicely you cannot mess up!

I bought the Tim Holtz blending kit and it comes with some really cool stuff.  A mini ink blender, some ink blender pads, a mini water bottle, tags to practice on, an instruction booklet, and 3 distress oxide inks.  Now if you want to learn more about the inks vs the oxides, check out my distress inks blog post.  For this blog I am focusing on using the oxide inks.

 My favorite colors are blues/greens so the first ones I wanted to try out were the colors Broken China and Peacock Feathers.

I started off the tag on the glass matt and in a circular motion simply blended the colors onto the mat back to the tag.  You do not want to use the same blending pad for different colors. You can, I just prefer to keep them separate so that the colors don't mix up. I have been told that you really don't have to clean your stamps off as well when using these oxides as the ink will wipe right off your stamp. 

These two colors blended beautifully and you cannot see where one color starts or one ends.  If you do get any harsh lines simply keep blending.  I cannot express how easy it was to blend these.  Its like the color stays on top of the paper so it moves around easier than regular ink pads. 

Next I dribbled water on top.  I didn't even use a squirt bottle but check out how the color lifts up and gives this tag so much more dimension.

Then I used a stencil from Tim Holtz to build up another layer.  I used the color Faded Jeans for the top layer and I loved the way it turned out.  This is definitely going in one of my Beetle scrapbook layouts.

I could honestly blend for hours and make such adorable tags.  Next I used Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, and Squeezed Lemonade.

I dribbled water with my hand over the tag and it lifted the color all by itself.

And then used another stencil to finish off the mixed media look.  I used the color Antique Linen with the stencil so it was a naturally lighter color.  I blew the image up a bit so you can see the stencil effect.  It was slight but still very beautiful on this tag.

Stamping with Distress Oxides!

Since I LOVE these new inks, I wanted to find out if they performed with my CTMH stamps.

I used the Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxides.  They performed great.

Lets stamp on black paper.  

Regular inks do not stamp well on black paper because the ink absorbs into the paper and they are usually water based.  Just inking the outsides of your card would look great with these inks.  It is more of a chalky look.  

Did you know you can emboss with this ink too?

I tried it and it worked nicely.  For the top pic I used silver embossing powder by Izink bought from HSN.

The next pic I used clear embossing powder by Izink to show the color of ink underneath.  The technique is great and I need to brush up on my embossing skills. 

As I continue on my Distress Oxide journey I will post additional blogs.  This was actually the first time I've blended with Distress Oxides and I have found them to blend much easier than traditional ink pads.  I am hooked!  You will be too when you try them.

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