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Old 04-15-2019, 03:50 PM   #1
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I purchased a few distress oxides inks and some distress inks from various hobby stores around here. It seems like every single ink pad I purchased, even the 4 pack of inks is dried up. I have watched countless videos about juicy ink pads but mine won't put any ink on the sponge pads. Is this normal? I bought the refresher spray and it has done nothing to the pads. Are there better inks out there or do I need to buy them elsewhere?
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I had this issue last summer with a relatively large order of Oxides, but they'd been sitting on my porch in the August sun in Las Vegas all day while I was at work. I bought refills and freshened them up. Since this is obviously not the case here, I'd take them back and explain the issue and ask for a replacement or refund. If no response there, email Ranger and see what they have to say...
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I bought two Oxide inks, from different stores, and I find them both to be on the dry side. I don't like the way they blend and find them difficult to work with. I must be the only stamper on the planet who doesn't like them. I like the original Distress inks, but I'm passing on the Oxides.
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I'm glad (sort of) that I'm not the only one! My Distress Oxide pads are dried up after only a few weeks and used only once or twice. They were in a cool room, in a drawer, so not exposed to heat or light. Such a waste and very annoying! I won't be tempted to replace them, that's for sure.
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Jumping back in to say that I felt the same as JaneUK and Scrapjanny before I added ink to the dry pads. Now I LOVE them! Great coverage, very versatile, easy to blend (especially if you get these brushes). Just in case you care...
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Jumping back in to say that I felt the same as JaneUK and Scrapjanny before I added ink to the dry pads. Now I LOVE them! Great coverage, very versatile, easy to blend (especially if you get these brushes). Just in case you care...
Thanks for that, but really I'm just not that impressed with the oxides anyway. . . at least for what I do. I think they'd be more useful for doing art journals and mixed media. Thanks again, though.
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Thanks for that, but really I'm just not that impressed with the oxides anyway. . . at least for what I do. I think they'd be more useful for doing art journals and mixed media. Thanks again, though.

I just use them for cards - regular stamping and tons of backgrounds, and die cutting from blends. (My style is basically clean and simple.) I don’t make art journals and the only mixed media is if I happen to use two types of media on a card, not “messy” mixed media, and often no water.

They’re my desert island inks, along with Versafine and Clair. But I’ve wondered if I hadn’t taken an LSS class with an amazing teacher if I’d love them quite as much. That said, there are lots good videos with them that aren’t using them in mixed media.

And there is no rule that we all have to love the same inks.
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I just use them for cards - regular stamping and tons of backgrounds, and die cutting from blends. (My style is basically clean and simple.) I don’t make art journals and the only mixed media is if I happen to use two types of media on a card, not “messy” mixed media, and often no water.

They’re my desert island inks, along with Versafine and Clair. But I’ve wondered if I hadn’t taken an LSS class with an amazing teacher if I’d love them quite as much. That said, there are lots good videos with them that aren’t using them in mixed media.

And there is no rule that we all have to love the same inks.

I can't get a clean, simple, crisp image with Distress Oxide ink. The regular Distress inks aren't too (emphasis on "too") bad but I have to use Versafine, Memento, SU. etc. for that. I still only use the Distress inks for backgrounds or when I deliberately want a softer image.

I put my craft things away for about two years and have recently just pulled them out and regained an interest, so of course some of my pads have dried up. But the Distress Oxides are new.... they shouldn't have dried up already.
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I can't get a clean, simple, crisp image with Distress Oxide ink. The regular Distress inks aren't too (emphasis on "too") bad but I have to use Versafine, Memento, SU. etc. for that. I still only use the Distress inks for backgrounds or when I deliberately want a softer image.

I put my craft things away for about two years and have recently just pulled them out and regained an interest, so of course some of my pads have dried up. But the Distress Oxides are new.... they shouldn't have dried up already.

Agree. I never do regular stamping with regular Distress but frequently do with Oxides and get a very good image - as many do. For really crisp, small, detailed sentiments I mostly use Versafine, Versafine Clair, a couple others. But Oxides should still stamp well for you. If they won’t give you a good image plus are dry, yet have been stored properly, something is wrong. Maybe even a bad batch?
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