Distress Oxide Inks + LOTS of Cards + GIVEAWAY

Hello! I am so excited to bring you this video. In it I share an intro to the new Distress Oxide Inks along with LOTS of card ideas! Check out the giveaway, too.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Please know this video is just an intro of Distress Oxide Inks… showing you my discovery process as I used them for the first time. I will be doing a series of videos soon showing lots of things you can do with them. This is just the tip of the ice berg! These dye-and-pigment-ink-fusion inks are FUN.

Also, I learned about these inks from the creator of the inks, Tim Holtz. He is the expert – not me – but you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy them! I am sure Tim will sharing lots of info on them in the future. You can find his blog HERE.

Please watch the video for info on everything and the instructions for each card’s background and colors. I shared a lot! Here is a bit more about each card….

These first two cards were created by putting Distress Oxide Inks and water on a craft sheet and pressing white cardstock into it. I then would heat set, spritz with water, heat set and repeat.

The sentiment uses Neat and Tangled Love Notes Dies and Neat and Tangled Love Notes Stamp Set.

Those colors are dreamy! I wish you could see the matte, suede, creamy, chalk-like finish!

For these lighter watercolor backgrounds, I put Distress Oxide Inks on my craft sheet and spritzed them with water. I then used a watercolor brush to add them to a cardstock background. After drying, I spritz the background a bit and heat… repeatedly.

The fish is the Hero Arts Koi Fish Die and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish Stamp Set.

Here are two examples I created by putting Distress Oxide Ink directly onto white cardstock and spraying with water. I then heat set, spritzed and repeated.

I used the Concord & 9th Butterfly Card Dies to create that dynamite butterfly element and the My Favorite Things Deepest Sympathy Stamps for the sweet sentiments.

Here is another examples of direct-to-paper inking followed by lots of heat setting and spritzing with water. The background looks like a creamy stone.  I added a Mommy Lhey Hello sentiment to a My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle die cut and finished with Pretty Pink Posh Gold Mini Star Confetti Sequins.

These two cards show that you can go light or dark with Distress Oxide Inks. I love the variety! I added a Bossy Joscie Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:3 scripture stamped on a My Favorite Things Cross Stitch Rectangle Die Cut. That cut bow is a Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames die cut from some silver glitter cardstock.

When I first started playing with the inks, I had several “experimental pieces” of cardstock. I didn’t let any go to waste! For this card, I put a inky piece behind a Poppy Stamps Floral Stem Collage die cut window with a My Favorite Things Hello There “hi” die cut. I wasn’t sure I loved the inky background until I incorporated it into the card and now it makes me happy!

Here is another of my “experimental pieces”. I used the Concord & 9th Say Hello dies to create the large “hello” window. This die set is so versatile! I also used the Concord & 9th Say Hello Stamp Set.

Here are more using the Concord & 9th Say Hello dies. I also used some pieces where I created oxide-like paint splatters. SO fun.

Boy was it fun making those splatters… and they end up with such a smooth, chalky look.

Speaking of splatter… these inks look so good on craft! These next two cards use the Poppy Stamps Celebration Balloon Collage Die and Impression Obsession Congrats Word Set Dies.

When you apply inks to cardstock and lightly spritz it, the ink looks like it starts to glow (aka. oxidize). Especially on kraft cardstock! I love it. This next one shows Distress Oxide Inks applied over a Hero Arts Spiral Petals Stencil. I again used Neat and Tangled Love Notes Die and Neat and Tangled Love Notes Stamp Set.

I had a few “experimental pieces” that I didn’t like as much. So I used the Poppy Stamps Pinpoint Balloons Dies to cut balloons from the areas I did like. This worked so well! I drew silver lines to “tie” the balloons to the Concord & 9th Party Wishes sentiment. Wow – that sentiment is awesome!

Have fun playing with the Distress Oxide Inks. (Or any inks!) Then die cut any shapes from your inky pieces and create a fast card…

Heck – I even used the scraps I cut off my trimmed backgrounds and created this woven card. And that cute sentiment? It’s from the Right At Home Handmade By Me Stamp Set.

You also can easily create smooth, clean, creamy backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks. This one has a Concord & 9th Friend Like You die cut sentiment.

I was simply blown away at how easily these inks blend. WOW. SO EASY. For these I applied a rainbow of Distress Oxide Inks with a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

That background die cut overlay is from Neat and Tangled Scalloped Cover Plate Die and the sentiment is Jane’s Doodles You Got This Stamp.

I didn’t find any problems with the ink rubbing off after it was dry. I know Tim mentions it isn’t a problem either. (Since I just got these inks, I can’t speak of how well they hold up, but so far, so good!)

So here is the verdict: You need Distress Oxide Inks. Especially if you like techniques. Bravo, Tim. I am in love!


I have a free Ink Swatch Download for the Distress Oxide Inks just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE.

Here is a look at the colors. You can find the inks HERE.


How would you like to win an entire set of Distress Oxide Inks? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 2/22/17 telling me if you like to get inky when crafting. I love it! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Thank you, Tim and Ranger!)


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. I purchased the Oxide Inks from SSS. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.)


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3,052 thoughts on “Distress Oxide Inks + LOTS of Cards + GIVEAWAY”

  1. WoW these Oxide inks are amazing and I look forward to buying some when they arrive here in BC at the shop I go to, look forward to with great enthusiasm thanks to your video on Simon Says! Love the excitement in your voice. I think I am going to love these new inks far more than the plain Distress Inks. Thank you so much for sharing and the chance to win some!!! omg so excited.

  2. Of course I’d love to get my hands on these! I love making cards and being messy with new creations! I really dig the free flowing art technique that Tim has. His supplies really just make the abstract art come alive.

  3. Oh wow I just love all of the ideas. I love the way inking a background looks. I would love to win a whole set of Distress Oxides they just look like so much fun to play with.

  4. Just watched this wonderful video. Jennifer, thank you so much for your time and talent. I am so inspired after watching this….now on the hunt for Oxide Inks……gotta have ’em. Again, big huge thank you!!!!

  5. These inks are fabulous. I love, love, love getting inky. I am amazed how much they pop the colors.
    You have done a great job describing on the ways to use them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. When I first heard about these inks, my first thought was they’re just another ink pad, but after watching your video I’m in love with them and can’t wait to get them! And, yes, you have to get inky! The bigger the mess the better the creativity!

  7. Im with a few others, was not sure about these but after seeing how youve used them i think they are awful neat! Keep sharing, i always learn something new.

  8. I absolutely LOVE to get inky. The inkier the better.

    Thank you for making this video. I was unsure how different they were from the originals, but now you have show just the beginning of how versatile they are, I’m eager to have a go myself. So thank you for the chance to win them.

    Great video BTW x

  9. I was wondering what the difference was between the Distress Inks and Oxide inks and thanks to you and you great video I now know. I am so looking forward to getting these oxide inks and trying them out as you have shown. Its to late to register to be a winner of these inks as I just found your site today and have bookmarked it. Thank you again and looking forward to getting crafting and inky with you.

  10. I’d love to get these inks to open another artistic outlook…..as well as another way to get my fingers covered in color. Have no idea why it always happens, but suffice to say I accept the sacrifice of clean hands.

  11. Love the look of the oxide ink and am eager to try them. I have trouble blending with the distress pads and hope this works better. Thanks for a clear introduction!

  12. I LOVE the Opaque look of these inks… And YES I love to get my hands inky when I craft as well.. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your ideas and videos Jennifer… Thank you for the chance to win this set of ink stamps and Thank You for explaining all the details about the properties of these new inks.. You are the BEST 🙂

  13. Thanks so much for the ink swatch download! I just received my set of Distress Oxide inks and I’ve fallen in love with inks all over again!!
    Another neat way to use the inks when stamping is to stamp a large stamp and then use a paintbrush & water or an aqua painter to “highlight” certain areas with the cool oxide affect. Like spotlighting minus the spotlight. You know what I mean. ? Can’t wait to see more videos of you using these inks! Until then I’ll be mastering the techniques and experiments you’ve show thus far! Thanks for always being a well of inspiration, Jennifer!

  14. I would love, Love, LOVE to win a set of Distress Oxide Inks! Just when you think a line of Tim Holtz products can’t get better, he then turns around and comes out with something new and different and exciting!

    I love the application of these Distress Oxide Inks for card-making. Thank you so much for sharing your video, which was so helpful in giving me ideas on techniques I can use in the future! And the colors you used were simply gorgeous!

  15. Jennifer, I got some Distress Oxide Inks and had a chance to play with them a little bit. One of the things I did was to use my blending tool to add color to a background, then use a stencil and a baby wipe to remove some of the ink. It looked fantastic. Hope you give it a try.

  16. I love to get inky!!! I love all the Ranger products and enjoy learning how to use them by watching your amazing videos!! Thanks for the chance to win. ~ Lisa

  17. Loved your demo, best I have seen. I am new to card making and would love to try the new inks!

  18. I was excited about Distress Oxide Inks when I saw Tim demo at CHA, but I knew I had to have them when I saw this video. I ordered them right away and should be receiving them any day — can hardly wait to play with them! I do get inky when I craft and love it except when I get ink where I don’t want it! Thanks for tips to deal with this. 🙂 Thanks so much, Jennifer, for your comprehensive videos and great uses for these inks and other products.

  19. Just love your videos and now the new oxide inks are fantastic. I would love to win them and copy all your beautiful cards. Thanks for all your info and tips.

  20. Love these inks. Soft beautiful finish with milk glass like appearance with no chalky residue. Also the ability to layer is amazing. Go Tim!

  21. I love how you take the time to show us all the things we can do with each product! Its so inspiring!!? Your work today is beautiful and I guess I’d better get them! I cant wait! Thanks so much for taking the time to show us all the ways we can use the Distress Oxides.

  22. Yes I do love to get inky when crafting! Creating my own backgrounds and my own background papers are one of my favorite things to do. Also I enjoy trying out all of the different techniques that you can do. I am excited to try these inks out they look like a blast!

  23. I L O V E these new inks! I just wish I could get them locally. Many of our craft stores do not have them yet unless I go to one of them out of town.

  24. Have you tried them with micro glaze yet…..I was super skeptical, and was not going to buy them as I have nearly all the distress inks in the cubes and sprays. But then I took his class, which I was afraid it was going to be the oxide. I ended up getting set 2. Now I feel like I need set 1 too, and I may secretly like them better than distress…..Ugh it’s like picking a favorite child.

  25. Great video to show the techniques that can be used with these new Ranger oxides. I love to get inky and would love to win a set!

  26. Hey Ms. Jennifer! I LOVE all the cards you made and I LOVE the Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks!!! I use them all the time and would be THRILLED to win a whole set. Thank you for sharing your crafty skills, inspiration and for an opportunity to win a set of inks. Can’t wait to get home and GET INKY!

  27. Thank you for consistently offering options to re-use in a different way items that we already have; a die or a stamp can be expensive, but when we are able to use it in ways we had not consider, then the price is prorated by the number of options. You teach us this, and I thank you.

  28. I think these distress oxide ink pads are just different or a whole new level of simple ink pads the ways of creativity we can do with these things is just wow I always wanted to try them but needed an introduction video which u just posted and is amazing

  29. You will crush my budget ,love to own all the colors, but not possible ! Thanks for sharing… bless you and yours.

  30. I loved your video about distressed vs oxide inks so helpful and easy to understand all of the examples and explainions really helped me understand it all!! I have almost ever color of distressed inks but not one oxide ink😩I now know the different looks I can achieve and will have to buy some oxide ink and start to play !!!😆

  31. Thank you, Jennifer and Team, for providing the ink swatches. I’ve recently decided to try Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxides and I’m enjoying playing with them thanks to your videos. I have lots of his Distress Inks so the swatches will be handy there as well. I have lots of Gina K. Design inks. Thanks, again!!

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