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Old 03-09-2018, 01:14 PM   #41
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Just one more thing, was your blending foam inked up well? My old foams blend like butter for all my inks
You know, it's interesting that you asked this. I was using new ones. I'm going to give them another try, and I'm going to ink them up well. Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:22 AM   #42
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The highlighted statement was the one that worked for me. I apparently was pushing way too hard and had the front of the blending tool pushed almost down when I hit the paper.


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Tilt the tool at a 45į angle so that only the part furthest away from your paper or card is touching the surface. Start off the card on the mat and come in with quite large circular motions as the blender finally hits the card. Kathleen Mc (don't know how to quote on one thread and carry it to another).

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You know, it's interesting that you asked this. I was using new ones. I'm going to give them another try, and I'm going to ink them up well. Thanks!
You are welcome! I hope this works. Whenever I use a new foam, I ink it up like the dickens to get a really good layer on it. I don't usually stop until I can't see any white.
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Which paper do you recommend for stamping with Distress Oxides? I have tried a smooth white Coredinations paper that I have and the ink bleeds a little. Hoping to get some Neenah cardstock soon.
I use three different types of cardstock to achieve different looks with Distress Oxides. I use Recollections 110 lb. from Michaels if all I am going to do is blending. I don't like c/s that curls so I don't use Michaels when doing a lot of misting. Bristol is amazing for both blending and misting techniques as is 90 lb. watercolor paper. I love putting DO on a non stick craft sheet, misting and smooshing my watercolor paper through it. Such a fun background technique. Just a note though, you achieve a totally different look with watercolor paper. It is more muted and shabby chic but still amazing.
I love Distress Oxides and am teaching beginner classes at Class Act in Oshawa, Ont. Canada.
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Old 04-08-2018, 06:17 PM   #45
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I just bought some of the oxide inks. I watched a few videos, and am wondering how often do you find you have to reink? I realize it varies with usage, but it seems like the techniques use a lot of ink. How many backgrounds can you do with ink pad direct to paper, or even using the tool? It just seems like everything uses a lot of ink.
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I just bought some of the oxide inks. I watched a few videos, and am wondering how often do you find you have to reink? I realize it varies with usage, but it seems like the techniques use a lot of ink. How many backgrounds can you do with ink pad direct to paper, or even using the tool? It just seems like everything uses a lot of ink.

I use mine a fair amount and have over the last year+. I haven't had to reink my favorite colors at all.
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I haven’t reinked yet either. I have had them since they came out.

I decided to wait until I needed them to buy reinkers after seeing Tim Holtz say in a CHA video that the shelf life of this ink is not as long as other inks. I might actually buy a new pad eventually instead of a reinker.
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I haven't re-inked, and was taught in a class to blend heavily - using multiple thin layers rather than one heavy one. So I've used a lot of ink. But I have purchased re-inkers for my favorite 20 or so colors. ; )

(Sometimes I've wondered if that is part of the issue with no mini cubes, at least at this time - that people would use up the ink quickly and complain. But I could be totally wrong, since Tim has talked about it being more of a chemistry issue - and that it's being worked on.)

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Sheena Douglass from Crafters Companion often blends by picking up a couple of drops of glycerine with the blending foam then picking up the ink (distress ink or oxide or probably any dye-based ink).
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I havenít reinked yet either. I have had them since they came out.

I decided to wait until I needed them to buy reinkers after seeing Tim Holtz say in a CHA video that the shelf life of this ink is not as long as other inks. I might actually buy a new pad eventually instead of a reinker.

Good info. Thank you to everyone who chimed in on this.
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Sheena Douglass from Crafters Companion often blends by picking up a couple of drops of glycerine with the blending foam then picking up the ink (distress ink or oxide or probably any dye-based ink).

Fascinating! I'm going to try this.
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I had a lot of fun playing with the distress oxide inks for the first time today!
My question is: is there a technique for getting the little disk off the tool? I was inserting a fingernail, and pulling. The white part of the Velcro is pulling off, and would have come off completely if it wasnít stapled to the tool. Am I doing something wrong?
Also, I feel like Iím pulling off tiny bits of the foam as I pull it off.
Looking for suggestions.
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I had a lot of fun playing with the distress oxide inks for the first time today!
My question is: is there a technique for getting the little disk off the tool? I was inserting a fingernail, and pulling. The white part of the Velcro is pulling off, and would have come off completely if it wasnít stapled to the tool. Am I doing something wrong?
Also, I feel like Iím pulling off tiny bits of the foam as I pull it off.
Looking for suggestions.

I always hold the Velcro down with one thumb and pull the ink pad off with thumb and forefinger of the other hand. It's an acquired skill . Because most of us felt like we were pulling off bits of foam the first few times we did it as well!
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Thank you. I’ll have to work on acquiring that skill.
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I just posted a card that I added a diecut that I did with the oxides. I blended three colors and the stamped over them. I love the diecut, but not crazy about the finished card



Contact paper masking by muscrat - at Splitcoaststampers

I think that is a lovely card and the colors blended beautifully! Well done!
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