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I am still on the fence about them. I wanted to be wildly enthusiastic. Maybe, as you say, two colors is not enough to get a sense of how they work.

I just wish I felt more excited about their ability to do plain old stamping.
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I feel the same as gossamer_wings regarding Tim Holtz products. I love Distress inks, but I never felt the need to have them all. However, as a long time stamper, I am on the look out for new and different products that I can pair with my older stamps to get new looks.

The thing I think I am loving the most about the inks is this technique that I shared on my blog a few weeks ago. You can do this with regular distress inks too, but I think it looks cooler with Oxides. My Little Stamping Blog: Distress Oxide Technique - Stamping with Water

I haven't has a much experience with the color layering like in the cool tag gossamer_wings shared. I need to try that more! I have been combining them to make backgrounds and adding one color of regular distress ink to the mix. I agree that the browns in oxides can be overwhelming, so adding the same brown from the regular distress line fixes that for me. My style is not so grungy, and I think that is why the browns are too brown for me.

I agree with others that it is no big deal if you don't like them. I do like them, but there are plenty of stamping trends I have passed on. Also, it is hard to get excited about more ink lines because it seems like every single stamp company now has their own line of ink. How different can they be?
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Your cards are so lovely, and your instructions easy to follow! Thank you for the link, can hardly wait to try, for that simple, yet "stand out" card.
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Heidi you have me drooling as I wait for my oxides! Great cards!
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I feel the same as gossamer_wings regarding Tim Holtz products. I love Distress inks, but I never felt the need to have them all. However, as a long time stamper, I am on the look out for new and different products that I can pair with my older stamps to get new looks.

The thing I think I am loving the most about the inks is this technique that I shared on my blog a few weeks ago. You can do this with regular distress inks too, but I think it looks cooler with Oxides. My Little Stamping Blog: Distress Oxide Technique - Stamping with Water

I haven't has a much experience with the color layering like in the cool tag gossamer_wings shared. I need to try that more! I have been combining them to make backgrounds and adding one color of regular distress ink to the mix. I agree that the browns in oxides can be overwhelming, so adding the same brown from the regular distress line fixes that for me. My style is not so grungy, and I think that is why the browns are too brown for me.

I agree with others that it is no big deal if you don't like them. I do like them, but there are plenty of stamping trends I have passed on. Also, it is hard to get excited about more ink lines because it seems like every single stamp company now has their own line of ink. How different can they be?
Heidi, as I commented on your blog, your cards are lovely. There aren't - yet - enough blogs and videos showing CAS cards using amazing Oxide techniques. You just helped fill that gap. : D
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I am still on the fence about them. I wanted to be wildly enthusiastic. Maybe, as you say, two colors is not enough to get a sense of how they work.

I just wish I felt more excited about their ability to do plain old stamping.
Definitely more colors.{whispering: cracked pistachio, which wasn't a go-to with regular Distress} But that's if you want to do some techniques, blending, layering, etc?

You know, there are so many inks that stamp beautifully, I wouldn't suggest someone get Oxides mainly for stamping. I think the stamping is nice, and you can get some unusual stamping effects, but it's more of a side benefit and not the main show. Just my take.
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I bought the whole set- fangirl?-lol? but admit I'm still on the fence. I don't do a lot of 'wet' backgrounds, but that seems to be where they are strongest, in layering. The colours 'sit' on top of each other, rather than blending together, in regular blending use. My biggest like for them is being able to use on black cardstock. That is the most useful reason I have them for.
One point I'll make, I was watching a video of a UK You Tuber, who does art journalling, and he used them in a recent video in his black Dylusions journal, and they didn't work well at all. The colours faded almost to white, especially when misted with water. Worked fine on other black cardstock though, so that was odd.
If they expend the range, there are a few colours I'd buy, but I would not be going after the whole range, as I did with the regular DI's.
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Just an FYI on the Oxides, because I remember the regular Distress inks weren't supposed to break down in water... here's some noticeable breakdown in the Faded Jeans Oxide ink. Not a bad thing necessarily, just something to know.

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Dini, I'm confused. (So what's new? Nothing.) All Oxides react to water, and depending on how much water and how it's applied, can give different effects. I think you're referring to something different though, right?

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I'm referring to the colors - sorry for not being clear! The Distress inks were not supposed to break down into component colors. This is splitting into some blues and purples with the addition of water.
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I'm referring to the colors - sorry for not being clear! The Distress inks were not supposed to break down into component colors. This is splitting into some blues and purples with the addition of water.
Distress inks weren't supposed to break down into colors or Distress Oxides? (Who's on first haha!) Either way it's pretty. : )
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Distress inks do not split. Distress oxides missed the memo.
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Some more ideas/techniques:

Justine's Cardmaking: 5 Ways to Use Distress Oxide Inks

Technique: Water Coloring with New Distress Oxide Inks ? Stamping
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I came here to share a link, but Vic already beat me to it! Guess I will still paste the video directly because it really is cool!

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I came here to share a link, but Vic already beat me to it! Guess I will still paste the video directly because it really is cool!
And what's also cool is there are actually four videos that two bloggers created. Here's the first one:

Distress Oxide 101 - How to Create an Envelope With a Matching Card - HolyLise

And a hint about layering colors that normall make mud. You won't get mud if you let ink dry somewhat between layers. It doesn't have to be bone dry, just dryish. When I layer without water, by the time I close the one ink pad, open the other and am ready to stamp, that's usually dryish enough.

If using water, just zap it with a heat tool a bit - though the amount of time depends on the heat gun.
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Just thought I'd share these 3 videos I found using oxides on glossy photo paper. They're all from the same poster with the her technique being refined as she went on. Videos are a little long and shaky as she's recovering from hip surgery and is in a recliner while stamping with 1 hand and recording with the other. She's hardcore!

I only have 3 oxides but I'm going to try this! (The 2nd example was my favorite - looked so dimensional)



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I will take pictures of the glossy photo paper/oxide inks that I did a couple weeks ago..I had used it with my Brushos and loved the look. Bought a ton of 4x6 close out from Dick Blick....I also print my own photos so double duty..it is cool. But I did find out, at least on my glossy photo paper, it dries really quickly and is not as reactive to water...but cool none the less. thanks fifiwesfan for sharing the videos...
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Hi everyone, I jumped on the oxide bandwagon! I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. Bored with the same old cards and such.

Both of these examples are done with Oxides. Depending on the kind of paper you use makes a difference too. I am loving the new experience. I also bought the TH spray bottle, you can regulate the size of water droplets you get from it. It's better to have different size droplets and not a mist.

I bought 2 to begin with. Definitely need at least 3 colors. But now I have them all. Love them

It's good to step outside now and then!
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This was done on a piece of basic gray SU card stock and a gob of wink of stella
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I really like my new Distress Oxide inks. I need to find something to store them in, that would work well if I want to take them with when I go to stamp with friends. Anyone have any good ideas of a box or something to put them in?
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I really like my new Distress Oxide inks. I need to find something to store them in, that would work well if I want to take them with when I go to stamp with friends. Anyone have any good ideas of a box or something to put them in?
I have a Scout accessory bag/make-up bag that fits them perfectly three across and four high, plus has a room at the top for blending tools/pads/sponges. I love that it's soft sided so can more easily be squished into a bag but is quite strong and waterproof, like most Scout bags. (My crafting tote is also a Scout - the 6-pocket Pocket Rocket.)


The only question I have is whether the link I'm giving you is for the right bag. The height measurement on their site seems wrong at 8.5". I think it's more like 6.5" and wonder if it's a typo. If it was 8.5" it would almost be a square and you can see in the photos it's not. I emailed them and should hear back Monday and will re-post.


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BTW, I put Plasti-Bands on each one when traveling with them - like rubber bands but flatter.
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Thanks, I will go look at your SCOUT link now. I went to the Container Store today and didn't see anything at all that would work.
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Here is a photo of a card (along with the oxide panels I made) that I am currently working on. I made two different oxide panels.......one with many colors and one with greens. I cut one of my Tim Holtz "Wildflower" dies with the colored one and then cut another with the greens. On the colored one, I cut just the stems off and on the green I cut the flowers off. I had cut the same die on a panel of watercolor paper and then "inlaid" the flowers and the stems. Then I used one of the smaller wildflower dies to cut another flower out of the the colored panel and place in front of the large wildflower using clear Kool Tak. I also want to add that I used some Heidi Swapp "Gold Color Shine" on the colored panel....love that stuff! I am so loving the oxides...I am only missing "Faded Jeans".



I do want to add that the colors are SO much more vibrant in real life...I just could not capture that in my photo!!!
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Thanks, I will go look at your SCOUT link now. I went to the Container Store today and didn't see anything at all that would work.
A Scout rep emailed me back and said the only difference between what they show and the bag that I have is they've added an internal pocket. The odd measurement is if the bag is flat (which seems illogical). If put on a table standing upright it's about 7", which makes more sense.

I love mine for carrying Oxides. But don't do what I did: I keep round blending pads velcroed to the bottom of each ink pad, and when I packed the ink pads after class, the blending pads inked the lids underneath them. I should have slipped a piece of copy paper in between each row (best), or stamped off the excess (kind of a waste but would have worked).

So worn lipstick colored the lid of spiced marmalade and so on. First world problem. ; ) Let me know if you want me to PM you photos showing them in the bag.

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My son bought me the reinkers for Mother's Day. Well, he bought gave me the Etsy card. It was just enough for the full set. So now I have to buy the purple and the two browns. I didn't buy them originally because I am not a purple person (having declared that, there is no doubt a purple card in my near future just to make a liar of me), and the browns, well, I have always left the inordinate love of brown to Tim. But now I'll have them all. (And will no doubt be making a completely brown-toned BG any moment, again just to make a liar of myself.)
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Hi everyone, I jumped on the oxide bandwagon! I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. Bored with the same old cards and such.

Both of these examples are done with Oxides. Depending on the kind of paper you use makes a difference too. I am loving the new experience. I also bought the TH spray bottle, you can regulate the size of water droplets you get from it. It's better to have different size droplets and not a mist.

I bought 2 to begin with. Definitely need at least 3 colors. But now I have them all. Love them

It's good to step outside now and then!
So neat! The second one reminds me of an artist whose name escapes me. And is bugging me.


Re spraying vs. spattering vs. misting water, on a card made in an Oxide class, we applied inks to CS with a blending tool, and then very LIGHTLY (instructor's uppercase letters on hand-out!) misted the ink. It gave a more vibrant look - but you cannot see any halos or spatters.
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Have people used these with those brushes (that cost so much, but seem to be the latest and greatest for blending.)? I forget what they are called.
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Clarity? Yes. Other types of brushes too, after inks are swiped onto a craft mat and water misted onto them. But you could just brush the brush onto the inks like you would a blending tool. Prices are a little lower since they're more readily available.

On the opposite end, I've used eyelash extension microbrushes - which aren't really brushes - to touch the ink and make tiny dots.
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Just as a blending tool, using it straight from the pad, what do you think of the clarity brushes as opposed to the blending tool, bjeans?
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Just as a blending tool, using it straight from the pad, what do you think of the clarity brushes as opposed to the blending tool, bjeans?
I wonder if Lydia (Understand blue) has tried this? I know she loves her clarity brushes and probably has oxides by now?
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In general a much softer/lighter application since the brushes are so soft and flexible compared to the blending tool (I have the round pads). You can go very light with the blending tools too, but since they're dense and flat it's harder to control than with the swishy soft brushes.

Actually, I'm not sure if I could go as light with the blending tool, if that was the goal. I'll try it and let you know. You've made me curious. Maybe others with both can give their impressions too.
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I have the Clarity brushes and they work really great with my Oxides!!!
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This is a video of Tim demo'ing Oxides at Simon Says Create. It was posted on May 1st so apologies if it was posted already.

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- Ranger wasn't behind the inks
- They're now working around the clock to meet demand
- New set of 12 will be released in the Summer (brighter colors, to include Pickled Raspberry)

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I am glad they are going to introduce brighter colors. The Raspberry is one that I have been hoping for and I also hope for black soot. I think they can see which ones are popular on Pinterest and other places and see the need for the brights. I have no interest in getting ALL the distress colors in distress oxides... but I would take a few more
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Heidi, I'm with you there. I will most probably get some more of colours I really like, but won't be getting every single one. I'm pretty sure eventually it will be the whole range(again) and I don't need to store another 60+ inkpads!
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More colors. Sigh.

I was hoping they would, and also hoping they wouldn't. At least for a while.

Because of course I don't have to buy them, and yet also I do.

I know you know what I mean.

Tim Holtz is one of those people who has been lucky enough to find the exact arena in which his genuis can shine. He never ceases to amaze me.

Thanks for posting this, I had not seen this video.
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I'm always happy to see new colors, but surprisingly, I've been really satisfied with the 12. Well, I'd like a few more. ; )

Some of the current colors seem bright to me, especially if misted lightly from higher up - not splattered or to make droplets.


A bonus I stumbled across before an Oxide class and duplicated during and afterwards: spiced marmalade morphs into sunny yellow when applied with a blender tool to white CS.


To show the brightness and "marmalade yellow," here's a (bad!) snapshot taken with my old phone of a card I made in class. After blending *very heavily* with worn lipstick and spiced marmalade, a stencil was placed on top, the card lightly misted, and some ink removed with a baby wipe.


(The card is not my design. Credit goes to Laura Fulcher from Angela's Happy Stamper in Virginia who is also an amazing IO designer.)

P.S. the colors look a bit off on my PC - darker and not as vibrant. But maybe you'll get the idea.

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I've only had time for 23 minutes of the video, but I plan on watching it all. Honestly, I think the mix of colors in the first release was great so I probably won't need more...at least not now. Thanks for sharing the video.
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I see now that Tim has slightly evolved his "stamp seasoning" recipe. He used to say that you should "ink up" your stamp with Archival black and let it dry, (and then just use water to wipe them clean when stamping) and he really was fully inking them with Archival so that they were dead black. Now he is saying to "swipe" your stamps with Archival, and his stamps don't look anywhere so coated with black.

Just something I noticed.
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