I finally had a chance to play with the new Distress Oxide inks! I am struggling to know where to begin to share what I learned and experienced this afternoon while playing. Right now I have mixed feelings about them, but I have also discovered some really exciting attributes of Distress Oxide.

Distress Oxide Experiment 1

The first thing I noticed was they have a smell to them. Not overwhelming, but distinct, and I was not expecting that. Oh well, it didn’t keep me from playing with them! The first technique I tried was to blend two colors onto a piece of cardstock to see how they felt. It’s a thicker ink, but it blends a lot like Distress Ink.  I immediately reached for one of the new stencils I also purchased (Floral Tim Holtz Layered Stencil), just to see how it would look. Was the ink opaque? Semi-opaque? Take a look:

Distress Oxide and stencil

It is opaque! Cool! There are so many techniques that will work better with opaque inks–like this one. I blended the Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Oxide, gave them a quick dry, then came back with a stencil and spot blended the Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick colors on top. I decided Worn Lipstick wasn’t a vibrant enough color on top of the background, so I went over it with Wilted Violet. The Oxide colors do not layer like Distress inks do, instead, they sit on top and cover all that is underneath. Yay! This is awesome for stenciling! The “happy birthday” greeting (by MFT-Written in Watercolor) is embossed on top of the ink (Ranger-Liquid Platinum).

Distress Oxide Experiment 2

The next burning question I had was: How would they layer? I’m thinking Altenew-flowers layering. That is where things got interesting. Let me take a moment to say these 12 colors aren’t the best colors for layering–not at all. I did my best. I built 3 layers, bottom to top, of Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, and…(Why is there not a Picked Raspberry!!! Seriously!)…Wilted Violet. Yeah…take a look (These flowers are from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set if you are wondering.):

Distress Oxide and Altenew layered flower stamps

The color combo on the flowers isn’t terrible, but let’s not talk about the background, okay? Any other color combo would have looked better with these flowers…but this is learning playtime, so it’s not going to be beautiful all the time.  That top right flower is the only one to get sprayed with water to make it oxidize. I wasn’t crazy about the oxidizing with this layered stamping. It ended up looking bleached out.

Distress Oxide Experiment 3

This experiment got me thinking about all the wonderful Distress INK colors I have that do layer nicely, and so I did this experiment. This is the interesting part…

Distress Oxide layering with Distress Ink

Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, and Fired Brick in Oxide and Ink

Distress Oxide makes an absolutely fabulous base layer.

I decided to mix Inks with Oxides in the layers. Knowing that Distress Oxides are opaque, I knew they should be layered carefully, as they would just cover everything underneath. The two flowers on the left have Worn Lipstick Distress INK as the base layer, the two on the right have Worn Lipstick Distress OXIDE as the base layer. The Oxide base layer is so smooth. Distress INK always has a textured look when it is used with a solid stamp. Oxides act more like pigment with a smooth finish, even with large solid stamps.

The two flowers on the right are exactly the same except the bottom one was misted with water to make it oxidize. So, the layers are Worn Lipstick in Oxide, Picked Raspberry in Ink, and Fired Brick also in Ink. (The top two layers are Ink on a base of Oxide). The bottom flower on the left is the same three colors, but all in Ink (which I also misted with water). The top left is a failed experiment in my book…Oxide (Worn Lip), Ink (Pick Rasp), Oxide (Fired Brick).

Thoughts? Which one(s) do you like? I love the vibrancy of the all Ink flower (bottom left). But the smoothness and detail of the Oxide-Ink-Ink without the oxidation (top right), is really beautiful. It’s strange that the Inks aren’t as vibrant on top of the Oxide as they are on top of the Ink.

And this last experiment put me on to another fun experiment that I will share with you tomorrow! Here is peek:

Oxide and Ink Mix

Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick

Until then, have fun with your crafting!

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