Exploring the New Distress Oxide Ink Pads

Hi Friends! Thanks for stopping by today! Happy last day of February! We asked our Wednesday challenge teamie Jenn Shurkus to whip up some cards using the new Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Oxide inks, and boy oh boy did she deliver! Be sure to read on and enjoy!

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Hello Everyone! It’s Jenn Shurkus here and I am wicked exited to be sharing with you a fun technique you can do with the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!

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I had so much fun exploring and playing before I knew it I had 4 different cards to share with you. I hope this will inspire you to get a little inky and create something amazing with the new ink pads.

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I think the big question is what is the difference between the Distress Ink Pads and the Distress Oxide Ink Pads. Some noticeable differences I learned right away are:

  1. It is a dye & pigment ink fusion. You will still have all of the properties you get with Distress Ink Pads where they react with water but they are opaque like a pigment ink so the layering of colors will act differently then with Distress Ink Pads
  2. The case the inkpads come in is gray, so you will be able to tell the difference right away of which ink pad you are grabbing
  3. The material of the actual inkpad is still a felt pad, usually with pigment type inks you will see a more spongy pad, that is not the case here
  4. There are 12 colors right now, that match the rest of the Distress line
  5. You will still be able to stamp with them, blend, stencil, watercolor and emboss with them
  6. Because they are more opaque they will work well on darker surfaces too
  7. Because they are a dye/pigment fusion you will get a beautifully detailed stamped image
  8. Because they have pigment properties when you layer the colors they will stay true to their colors unlike when you layer with regular Distress ink you will get some mixing. For example when you layer Blue and Yellow regular Distress you will get a lot of green, but that doesn’t happen with the Oxide Distress

I was in awe of how beautiful they layering of the colors were so that is what I focused on to share with you today

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I pulled out a rainbow of colors: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Wilted Violet. Working on the Ranger/Tim Holtz Mixed Media Cardstock as I knew I would be using a lot of water and I find this paper stands up really well to that.

  1. Press, wipe and “smooch” the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Pad directly onto your craft sheet.
  2. Spritz with water until the ink beads up.
  3. The taking the Mixed Media Cardstock wipe and “plop” it into the ink.
  4. While you heat it with a heat tool, gently spritz some water droplets onto the ink. The distress sprayer is great for this to get good droplets.

Note: At this time you can wipe the Mixed Media Cardstock back into the ink to build up layers of just one color, but I knew I wanted to do a whole rainbow of colors so I cleaned up my craft mat and moved on.

  1. Press, wipe and “smooch” the Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Pad directly onto your craft sheet. Spritz with water. Wipe and plop the layer of cardstock into the ink. Heating it the same way, spritzing water droplets as you go.
  2. Next I did the same steps with Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Broken China. You can’t really over think too much where the ink is going to go, but I knew because I was working with a lot of different colors that I just wanted a little bit of each so I carefully wiped the cardstock onto the craft sheet being aware of only some of it actually touching the surface.
  3. Lastly I finished up with Wilted Violet with the same steps.

Once I made a few backgrounds this way I also made some with just one color. As I mentioned above you can use just one color but still build up layers, heating the ink in between and adding water droplets. That is how I got my single colors used on the hearts and stars.

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I think I could play with these inks all day just to experience the different outcomes and color combos you can play with. Next I want to play with the Oxide Inks and Distress Inks together I think that will be beautiful too! I hope this has inspired you to play and try out the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads! Have an inky day!

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


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  1. Oh I WANT those inks! I’ve put myself on a no spend for March. Gonna be the longest 31 days of my life!!!i nearly placed an order yesterday for these inks before the ban kicked in today! I know you will still stock them or get them in if they sell out while I’m banned ?

  2. Love all of these examples. I just picked up a couple of Distress Oxide colors last week but since we are moving there’s no time to play, boo! They have been packed in a box for now, soon I will be able to play, they look so fun!! Thanks for sharing .

  3. First, THANK YOU so much for choosing me as a winner of some blog candy – so grateful! And congrats to all the other winners – enjoy!
    These inks look so fun and awesome and gorgeous! Great cards. Love using my negatives …

  4. Oh I so want to win some blog candy! By the way, if anyone is interested in more information about these, Jennifer McGuire has also done a video about the distress oxide ink pads.

  5. Beautiful cards with these inks! The colours are so rich! I am trying to be good and not buy anything for a while but I might have to make an exception :)

  6. These inks look like a lot of fun to play with, need to make a cozy space for them ?Thanks for the inspiration and congrats to all winners! Have a wonderful day!

  7. BEAUTIFUL CARDS!!! Thank you for sharing! I totally thought there would be a video haha maybe I very used to watching all the wonderful videos you all make. Love these though!

  8. Im really loving all the new showcasing of these oxide stamp pads. They are so AWESOME!!! I dream of a day when Im good enough to have items like this sent to me to sample. The cards here are gorgeous!!!!

  9. I can’t get enough of my Distress Oxide inks, they are soooo Awesome!!! Love all your cards!!!

  10. I am so looking forward to getting these! They look like so much fun! I’ve been watching every video I can find and reading all about them!

  11. Love the effect of these inks. Thanks for explaining the difference and showing your results.

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