So when distress oxides inks came onto the scene a few years ago now, I was instantly in love.  So creamy and easy to work with.  So many different things you can do with them.  Lets take a minute and review a few of my favourite ways to use distress oxides inks!

EMBOSS RESIST

So I tried to make a video in slow motion for this technique and wouldn’t you know it, its too big too post here.  Total bummer.  So instead I will include a still photo of the completed project and kind of give you a description of what I did.  This technique is using white embossing powder to create a resist to use with distress oxide inks.  Take your favourite stencil and use an embossing dauber randomly to create a design for your powder. I used a white super fine powder for this one. Once it’s heat set, let it cool and apply your first ink colour.  Apply as many colours as you wish and blend until you are happy with it.  I used Seedless preserves, Aged Mahogany and Spun Sugar.  Use a paper towel to buff off the colours from over top the embossed pieces.  It’s pretty easy and only limited by your creativity.  The video for this is on the facebook page if you would like to look for it here:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=259072468711849

 

So let’s take the emboss resist one step farther and do multiple layers.  For this gorgeous tag I used the same colours as above but instead of white powder I used clear.  First cover the entire tag with your lightest colour ( I used spun sugar) and heat dry.  Next randomly apply embossing ink through a stencil and use clear powder, heat set.   Apply your second colour over the whole surface again ( I used seedless preserves) and heat dry.  Repeat the process with clear embossing powder and a third colour ( I used aged mahogany) and heat dry.  Now the fun part!  Take a damp baby wipe, squeeze some of the moisture out if it’s too wet and gently dab and wipe over the whole tag surface.  Ink will remove in some places but not others and leave a nice multi coloured and textured surface.  When doing this technique be sure to use a heavy stock paper or tag as you are manipulating it with many layers and adding moisture in the end, so it needs to stand up to what you are doing.  You can also do this technique using the distress resist spray if you have any.

 

SMOOSH TECHNIQUE

Videos weren’t meant to be on the blog apparently because the one I made for this was also too big..so I will put that one on facebook for you to view as well.  This technique is by far the most popular and fun to use with distress oxides.  Always use watercolour paper for this technique because it is very wet and messy!  It’s also pretty easy though.  Choose your colours of ink, smear the first colour on a craft mat and mist with water to create a puddle of colour.  The more water you add, the more dilute the colour becomes.  Some colours produce multiple colours on their own just by changing the amount the water.  The oranges are great for this.  Once you make your puddle, take your piece of watercolour paper and smack it, squish it, drag it, smoosh it, whatever you want to call it all over the puddle.  Heat dry it and repeat with as many colours as you wish.  The key is to make sure you heat set the colours between layers.  There is no limit on how many times to do this, it is whatever you are happy with.  Just smoosh and have fun!  No two backgrounds you make will ever be the same either so try to be a control freak  over this.  Relax and experiment with them!

 

SPLATTER AND SMOOSH TECHNIQUE

 

Similar to the smoosh above but we are only using a light colour in the background near the center of the paper.  I used spun sugar again.  Once you have that done, smear at least 2 darker colours on the craft mat.  Using a water brush, make a drop of water and swirl it around in one of the colours.  Get your brush close to the paper surface and tap it from the back of the pen to splatter all over the paper.  Repeat with other colours until you are happy with the result.

 

So that’s a recap on a few easy and fun techniques for distress oxides.  I’m sorry I couldn’t include my videos here but be sure to visit the facebook page and check them out.  I hope you are either encouraged to try them, inspired to get back into them or just inspired period.