Cathy Zielske + Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks!

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Cathy Zielske + Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks!

Hi everyone! Cathy Zielske here back with another card and this one features my first time playing and painting with Tim Holtz’s magical Distress Oxide inks. I smooshed my colors onto my craft mat, added lots of water, and pressed down a piece of Tim’s watercolor cardstock and simply repeated the process several times, drying it with my heat tool between every layer.

Once the panel was dry, I grabbed my Distress Sprayer and gave it a generous spritz to get that cool oxidization thing happening. I love how you really never know what it’s going to look like until you do it.

While waiting for that to dry, I stamped out a few roses from Simon’s Roses for You set, using Versamark Ink, then added white embossing powder to create a simple outline for adding some color with my water brush. I smooshed some more ink onto my mat and picked up the color with the brush, and painted my flowers to match the background of my card. I’m not super savvy with watercoloring and creating those white, heat embossed outlines is really helpful for a beginner like me.

Cathy Zielske + Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks!

Once the flowers were dry, I used the matching dies to cut them out and also cut a panel from the dry watercolor piece using my favorite Dotted Rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn. I cut one more larger white panel to add onto my card base, and adhered the water color panel with some Fun Foam.

Cathy Zielske + Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks!

The last piece to add was the sentiment. I die cut a banner using the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners set, and then I stamped my sentiment using a stamp from my CZ Simple Sentiments No. 01 stamps. I adhered the banner first, and then layered in the flowers, putting a bit of foam adhesive behind each flower bloom to give them a bit of dimension.

And that, friends, is my card share today! I am looking forward to playing more with Distress Oxides!


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Cathy for being our guest!

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  1. Cathy, your card is amazing! I do believe its time you stop calling yourself a beginner. I think your work is as good any anyone’s and this card is proof of that! Very well done!

  2. This is such a beautiful card. I love how you used the same color for the roses as the background. And the white embossed edges of the roses makes them really pop! Love it! I haven’t gotten into the distress oxide inks yet but I love Tim’s distress inks and use them. Thank you for sharing Cathy!

  3. Such a beautiful card. I haven’t used Distress Oxides ink but I am looking to getting some. Thanks for sharing….

  4. What a fun and colorful card. I haven’t yet taken the plunge into oxide inks but I really like the inspiration that I’ve seen so far. I hope they go on sale again!

  5. If this is the work of a beginner, I can wait to see your progression! Really beautiful, thanks for sharing this.

  6. Gorgeous card and I adore these soft colors! I am loving the Distress Oxides and can’t wait to get my hands on the new colors!

  7. I have not used the oxide inks yet but will be getting one to try when my kit arrives. Your card is very pretty.

  8. A beautiful card, Cathy! I love the new distress oxide inks. And, you must stop saying you are a beginner; I don’t think this card looks at all like a beginner’s work. :)

  9. Adorable card…love the smooched paper. The flowers and banner are really neat. Nicely done!

  10. Well done, Cathy! Well done! Beautiful work and love the colors! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  11. I was so glad when they started doing dies to match the stamps. It gives more options for using the stamps.

  12. Beautiful card–I have purchased just a couple oxide inks, need to spend some time playing with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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