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Amazing ideas using Floral Details & Distress Oxide that you will want to try out.

Distress® Oxide® Inks are not new but they are to Close To My Heart & I thought it would be fun to play with these fun water-reactive dye & pigment ink fusion & use the Floral Details & Background stamp to showcase the different looks you can achieve Distress® Oxide® Inks with with one image.

What I love about Distress® Oxide® Inks is that they are easy to blend, if you had issues blending before, than try these inks. They help give you nice coverage with no lines. They create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water , the look is unique to these inks. But with these inks you can also stamp & emboss with them & there are soo many things you can do with them.

Distress Oxide Stamping & Embossing Resist

This is one of the simplest techniques, it really just embossing resist, but Distress Oxides blend so nicely & are easy to wipe off the embossed image.

Once I embossed the image, I added picked raspberry & candied apple. I buffed off the excess ink on top of the embossed image. The card design came into play due to the fact when I was covering the embossing there was just one part that didn’t emboss properly so I only had once nice area that I could use that I just did not want to toss after all the hard work, but wow I loved how this card came together from this mistake. I used the inside of the large stitched rectangle & cut out a piece using one of the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts & added foam tape to raise it above the background.

Distress Oxide Stamping & Water

When you add water to the inks they run which is great to create water colours but doing this directly on cardstock they do nor run or smudge much. To get that to occur you need a barrier like Gesso or even stamp onto watercolour cardstock, to stop the water from sinking straight into the cardstock.

Once the Gesso was dry I stamped the Floral Details & Background stamp onto it & then used a water brush to spread out & smudge the ink into the stamped images.

Once the background was done I cut it with the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts & backed with Sapphire Cardstock & created a shaker on the front with Gold Star Confetti I loved how the background turned out it is so pretty.

For anyone wondering what else you can do if you do not have Gesso, in this card I used the Distress Watercolor Cardstock & stamped onto the smooth side & was still able to do the blending & smudging.

For this card I stamped the Floral Details & Background onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide™ Ink  onto the smooth side & smudged & blended the ink with the Round Waterbrush.

Distress Oxide Inks + Water Stamping

With this technique you cover cardstock with Distress® Oxide® Inks & then cover your stamp with water & stamp – thats right stamp the image with with water. Make sure you let the stamp sit for a bit on the ink before removing & dry with a heat gun to speed up the oxide reaction.

For this one I cover white daisy cardstock with candied apple before I stamped over with the Floral Details & Background stamp in water. I cut the cardstock down & added a thin strip of black cardstock & silver shimmer trim. I really like how subtle the stamp image is.

Now I also tried this technique with Black cardstock – one of the things with Distress® Oxide® Inks is due to their pigment properties they sit on top of the cardstock showing the colour.

I covered the black cardstock with seedless preserves before I stamped over with the Floral Details & Background stamp in water. I die cut the Thanks Thin Cuts I added some White Opal Pearls to the Thanks image & extra flowers. It is amazing how the water stamped image stands out so much more on the black cardstock than the white.

Distress Oxide & Waterpainting or Watercolour lifting technique

For this technique I used water in a water brush to colour in images. I started with the Distress Oxide Stamping & Embossing Resist techniques first described in this post. I covered the entire piece of cardstock with mowed lawn Distress® Oxide® Inks & buffed off the excess. I then went back with the water colour brush & painted the flowers & leaves with water & let it dry. To remove more colour you can dab off the excess water & add more water. The whiter/lighter colour intensifies over time as it dries.

Once I was happy how the leaves & flowers were lighter, I stamped, die cut & coloured the fawn from the Woodland Friends image. Added the stitched rectangle die layered a few times & a Merry Christmas cut using the Cricut.

Iron Off Transfer

For this technique I started with the Distress Oxide Stamping & Embossing Resist techniques first described in this post. I then used the Distress Oxide & Waterpainting or Watercolour lifting technique as above. Then I covered the cardstock with another piece of cardstock & ironed over it – only the embossing powder will transfer, unless you did not buff off the excess ink off the embossed image. It makes the cardstock flat so you no longer see the embossing & on the transfer piece the embossed image is a little more smooshed, not as fine lined & crisp.

I then covered the iron off transfer with more distress oxide inks & it looks more softer way than before.

You can see the two pieces before I created into cards side by side. The left side is the embossed image that I covered with Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade & the right side is where I have ironed off the embossing powder & then covered with Abandoned coral, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade.

Painting with Distress Oxide Inks

So we know we can create a water colour like paint with the distress oxide inks, so I thought it be good to do some painting/colouring with the watercolours I created with them. To create the watercolours I smooshed some ink onto the All-purpose Mat & mixed with some water & picked up the colours with the water brush to paint onto the images.

The gold embossing kept the paint in the lines & adding more layers of paint over the dried areas helped create shades.

On this card I stepped up this technique a notch & coloured over back soot with the watercolours I created on the All-purpose Mat and wow I loved how this turned out.

I white embossed onto white daisy cards stock & then covered the embossed image in black soot distress oxide ink. I then smooshed some ink onto the All-purpose Mat & mixed with some water. I picked up the colour with the water colour brush & coloured the leaves & flowers in with the Distress® Oxide® Inks & then on the flowers I added some Clear Shimmer Brush for some extra sparkle.

The ink mixed with water not only oxidized the black soot, but also allowed me to layer the colour on top of the black soot background. They are soft & pretty over the black soot.


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I hope you liked my ideas & it has inspired you to try some of these out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!


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