Cathy Zielske + Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks!

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Welcome back and thanks for stopping by! Please join me in welcoming special guest Cathy Zielske back on our blog today! Read on & enjoy!

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. The colors are great together and your results are gorgeous. You’re right, you never do know how it’s going to turn out. This one looks great!

  2. This is beautiful. I love the simple design, layered to create more dimension! Great inspiration!

  3. Love your card, Cathy! The colours you chose to use look delightful together. I’ve just recently started to play with my Oxide Distress Inks and this is great incentive for me to put them to use. I will definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Cathy’s card is beautiful in it’s simplicity. I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.

  5. Oxides aren’t in the budget right now, but I love the effect you achieved on your background. Pretty card.

  6. I haven’t gotten into the Distressed Oxides yet because I wasn’t that sure what they did was worth of adding them to my supplies. However today’s SSS post and another example I just saw, are convincing me that I was greatly mistaken. Now I know that there are many wonderful ways to use them, so I’m going to start saving my money now. My goal is to have a few in time to use them on some of my Christmas cards! Thanks for the great example!

  7. Absolutely love your card…aren’t the oxide inks wonderful?!! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  8. This is lovely! I added the colors to my list of good combos for ink blending. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  9. The soft coloring on this card is really beautiful. You make me eager to try this technique! The white embossing is special, too.

  10. One of my favorite cards–absolutely love the color combo & design! I’ve had the roses stamp set on my wishlist a long time & you just moved it up!

  11. Thanks for sharing how you used the Distress Oxide Inks. I just received some and can’t wait to try them out! And very nice card!

  12. These colors look beautiful together, I would never have considered Fossilized Amber, but it works nicely!

  13. This is just so pretty and the 3 colors you used mesh really well together. Love white embossing!

  14. What a beautifully colored card. Just love the roses. I haven’t tried the oxides yet but I know I will love them.

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