Saturday, 25 February 2017

Distress Experiments

Oh my goodness, I love the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides.
I was relatively restrained and only ordered three colours, just in case I wasn't impressed. Well, that wasn't going to happen was it!
They arrived last week so this afternoon I had a little play. There is no finished project here, I just wanted to share some of my experiments with you.

The three colours I have are Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce and Spiced Marmalade. All the trials are on white stamping card.

First up, here are two panels showing the difference between Distress ink on the left and Distress oxide on the right. The oxides are muted colours when you add water, the inks are more vibrant. The finish is matt, just as advertised.

This is a link to a video of Tim's demo at Creativation by ScrapTimeVideos :

The second panel originally had a bit of iced spruce ink mopped up from a previous project and I added the oxides on top. The oxides are opaque so on top of the ink but there are some little patches of the dye ink showing through.

So, what are they like to stamp with? Here are some comparisons.

See the colour difference between the iced spruce panels, isn't it lovely. The leaves are stamped with the vintage photo, the colour is very similar but spritz water on them and the magic happens. The dye ink separates from the oxide but the image is still there as the pigment is left behind, just not so sharp. Add more water, more separation.

Finally, what does distress ink look like on top of the distress oxide? 

For the tag on the right, I used the three colours as in the first photo. I spread the oxides on the craft mat, spritzed with water, dried with the heat gun, added more, dried again and so on until I was happy with it.  Watch Tim's demo, the technique is exactly the same as using distress ink. 
I used spiced marmalade distress ink through one of the new stencils (Floral THS077). Doesn't that look good. All it needs now is a focal image and maybe some embellishment and I think that would be quite a nice tag. I'll think about that later.
The small tag on the left is just me cleaning up the stencil with a baby wipe, we don't want to waste that ink do we! I'll find some use for that later too.

I highly recommend these oxides, I had great fun this afternoon with my new toys.


  1. Ooh, lovely experiments. I do like that marmalade stencilling over the fabulous Oxide background - it's already a great tag! Lovely to see the stamping too - haven't tried that yet, and am now definitely inspired to go and play again.
    Alison x

  2. Loved seeing your e piers ends Julia and I love what you've done so far! I am the same and didn't order all of them and will be doing so After having a very tiny play with them. Have a good weekend. Chris x