Distress Oxide Ink – create textured backgrounds for your cards!

16 Jul 2018 0 Comments All, Card Making card making, techniques

Distress Oxides

How to use Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink to create textured backgrounds

Master a range of inky techniques using Distress Oxide Ink with Kim Dellow’s easy-to-follow guide.

How do Distress Oxide inks differ from Distress Ink?

Distress Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz, is a mix of dye and pigment ink, whereas Distress Ink is a dye-based pad. This means that you can layer Distress Oxide Ink more easily than you can the original Distress Ink as it is opaque. This also means that you won’t be as prone to getting mudded colours when layering some colour mixes, for example, if you layer complementary colours like green and red or yellow and purple etc. tones over each other.

using distress oxide inks

Also, as the Distress Oxide Ink is opaque, you can use it on darker cardstock and bases. It works with embossing powder really well too, which is great fun for incorporating heat-embossing techniques, and it dries with a chalk-like finish, unlike Distress Ink which is a more like watercolour with a transparent finish.

Both Distress Oxide and Distress Ink are water reactive, although you might need to play around and experiment with the Distress Oxide Ink as it doesn’t reactive with water in the same way we are used to with traditional Distress Ink. Where Distress Oxide Ink works really well is adding texture layers with just one inkpad. You can achieve some lovely textures using these inkpads so experiment and play and see what looks you can get with them!


How to create texture using Distress Oxide Ink

how to create textured background with oxide inks

1 Press two or three colours of Distress Oxide Ink onto a craft mat and spritz with water until the ink forms small droplets.

textured background with oxides

2 Slide white cardstock through the droplets a few times until the cardstock is mostly covered with colour then let it dry. Repeat to colour a few sheets until the ink on the mat is gone.

textured background with oxides

3 Press one to two colours of Distress Oxide once or twice onto the mat and spritz with water to form droplets then press the coloured cardstock from Step 2 onto the drops and lift up. Repeat as needed.


Top tips for creating textured backgrounds with oxide inks

Don’t be afraid to add more layers to see what textures you can achieve!


You don’t always have to let a layer dry completely before adding the next


Don’t forget that you can stamp and blend with these inks too!

card with textured background oxide inks




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