Monday, April 24, 2017

Distress Oxide backgrounds

I finally got my set of Distress Oxide inks this last week...! They have been fun to play with, though I haven't given them a full test yet. I probably won't do a full review post on these because there are already plenty of good reviews out there, but I do like these, and look forward to using them more. :)

I needed a stack of thank you cards, so I started with a stack of fun backgrounds - most of these were done using a Wrinkle-Free Distress technique with the Distress Oxides, and others were done using a fun stencil technique that I'll be sharing in a couple of weeks.

I did test the Oxide inks with bleach and they happen to be very reactive, even after 2 days of drying time, so that was fun and very good to know. I filled up an inexpensive waterbrush with full strength bleach, and brushed it inside the outlines of my stamped images (these are from DoCrafts) to remove the ink and create some areas to color.

I stamped a thank you stamp (Unity Stamps) in the open area of the note pad, then used watercolors to color in the pencil and add some shadows. I made 7 cards altogether, and here are 2.

I'll share this stencil technique and a couple others on May 10th - it's very easy to do!

Have a wonderful week! I'll see you Wednesday with a new Splitcoast tutorial! :)
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I haven't been by for a while, but I do love your collection. I watched a Tim Holtz video demo for the oxide inks. Amazing properties. I really like the 'chalky finish' and the fact that layering is possible without turning the colours to mud! There's even a product that can seal a finished piece. I will have to curb my normal instincts to buy all the colours - well at least there are only 12 at the moment.

  2. Very nice. Can't wait to see more. Edna

  3. Dina, These are wonderful! Thanks for the bleach info. A couple of questions for you. What kind of paper did you use on this project? Can you use these Oxide DI on Yupo paper?

    1. I'll try the Yupo! These are done on Fabriano Studio hot press watercolor paper.

  4. Very pretty backgrounds. I can't wait to learn how you made them. Thanks for all your inspiration.