Foxy Oxi

by Beate Johns

Use your OxiClean® to create a distressed looking background.


  • OxiClean® Versatile Stain Remover [what is it]
  • Water spray bottle
  • Neutral colored Cardstock
  • Dye ink, Distress inks used here
  • Blending Tool
  • HeatTool (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Start applying ink to your cardstock.

  2. Continue until your entire cardstock is covered in ink.

    You can add ink with watercolor brush instead of sponging for a slightly different look.

  3. Step 2

    Sprinkle some OxiClean™ on your cardstock.

  4. Step 3

    Spray water over the OxiClean and let sit for about 30 seconds.

  5. Step 4

    Clean off all the OxiClean crumbs. It's easier to do when your cardstock is dry. Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

  6. Your distressed background is done.

    Every paper and ink reacts different with OxiClean.

  7. Step 5

    Once the cardstock is completely dry you can stamp on it. Use cardstock piece either completely or trim down to size with cutting dies.

  8. Finish your card.

    Use bold colors or black for stamping over the background. OxiClean keeps on bleaching your images out a bit. Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Foxy Oxi. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I am going to try this card I would never thought about using washing soak
maggie anne coffison  |  Wed Apr 2, 2008 at 7:20 PM
Hallo Anke, ich denke diese Hintergründe sind super geeignet für einen Vintage- Look.
L.G. Katja
Anke Lingertat  |  Sun Apr 12, 2009 at 7:54 AM
would you get the same effect if you stamped the flowers and text background BEFORE oxycleaning the cardstock?
konad  |  Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:19 PM
Hi Konad,
If you stamp your images before you apply your Oxy Clean, your images will have bleached out speckles as well.
Beate  |  Mon Mar 1, 2010 at 5:23 AM
Do you use a different applicator for each color of the distress ink, or the same one for all colors? I want to try this, but am unsure about using the same applicator for all colors. Thanx!
mary sue  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM
Hi Mary Sue,
I do have different applicators for each color family. It makes it easier. You could have just one handle and use different foam pieces for each color.
beate  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM
I couldn't get the "what is it" to open up, I see its made by clorox, does it have bleach in it? I wonder if the oxygen cleaner from the dollar tree would work?

How long does it continue to bleach the coloring?
Linda  |  Mon May 21, 2012 at 5:20 AM
Salt also works like this!
Sharon  |  Fri Sep 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Was hoping this would work with paint and canvas.
Jean  |  Sun Sep 9, 2012 at 7:48 AM

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