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. I do like to get inky when crafting, and I’m passing the addiction onto my grandchildren too…lol! Thanks Jennifer, your work is stunning as usual.

  2. I love these inks. I wasn’t interested at first but your YouTube video changed my mind you have wonderful ideas!

  3. I DO enjoy the results of getting inky, if not the mess that I tend to create along with it.

    Thank you for another informative and educational video.


  4. WOW!!!!!! Thank you so much for putting all this info together in a video. I’d heard there were some new Distress inks and couldn’t fathom what the “oxide” was all about, but your explanations and demos of what exactly the story is on these new inks are invaluable! Can’t wait to try these — they are a game-changer for sure.

  5. ARGH! *laughs* I don’t watch you tube/etc videos, as I start wanting to buy things, and being disabled and unemployed, I can’t afford to buy a lot. Earning on InstaGC, i did “force” myself to buy a Stamp Perfect, and then when I went to Goodwill while waiting for a food donation, I found a deal I couldn’t pass up, 2 bags of Stampin Up stamps, from 1995 – 2000. So I went onto Youtube, to look up some ways to use the Stamp Perfect, and since it goes various ways, it “drifted” to Tim Holtz showing how to use the Oxides…I decided then I had to have them! (I think of the distress ink pads and other distress stuff, i might have 10 items…mainly from when it was all just brown). I have wanted to make the watercolor type backgrounds…and when I saw his demo, I decided i will get the full set, by sending out my bf to Joann’s/Michaels with 40% off coupons, and get 1 at a time, so I don’t buy other things. But…the next video, was of Jenny. I spent all day today, watching you-tube, 90% of it being Jenny. I have a list of things written that I have to get. But my “argh” comment is…I came to the site, to go through and get the “proper” names of some of the items, and found out that I was too late for the contest. Honesty I believe that I have watched more of her videos today, than I have any scrapping/crafting videos (unless they popped up while watching things like cat playing videos) in the last year, and maybe in the last 2 years.

    I don’t follow many people, for the same reason, although I did hit Pinterest with a passion for a while, mainly copying ideas over into my own pinterest, so bad, that I have started a new one, that I will be a LOT more selective, and also, better with my titles and categories. *laughs*

    But because of your site, you are going to help me start getting into my crafting again…i “can’t” craft, because my area (and house) is so bad, it could qualify for “hoarders” (not proud of it). I let it go too long, because of pain and depression and sleep issues. Watching these videos, you have given me hope again with my organization. I probably can’t afford all of the high quality items, but things like instead of the freezer bins, maybe making boxes out of priority mail boxes, but trying to do some of the same concepts with the envelopes and such.

    Wow. didn’t mean to write all of that. But iwanted to let you know, you really touched a person today, and gave me hope. There’s no way i can afford even a 100th of the items that you used in the videos today that I wanted (dies, stamps, inks, stencils, embossing powders, etc), but you inspired me a LOT, and gave me many ideas that i can do with what I have.

    Thank you, so very much!
    Your new devotee

  6. The inks are absolutely beautiful. I struggle with the regular distress inks to get them to blend. I would love to be the winner?? Your video’s are so inspirational!!

  7. I just watched your video Jennifer (just starting to feel better from flu) … I am super excited about these inks and even though I’ve missed the opportunity to win them I will definitely need to buy them! I too struggle with blending but omgosh you’ve really shown how easy these inks are to work with. I love all of the different effects you’ve achieved .. and your cards!! Oh my.. they are all WOW’S in my book! As always thanks so much for your videos, they do help me to decide in advance if Im going to love a product enough to make that purchase.. and I am always blown away with what you create!

  8. I wasn’t thinking too much about these until this video- now I’m excited to try the oxide inks! Always fun to play with inks#

  9. I love creating backgrounds and getting inky! I honestly didn’t think I would like these inks, but after seeing what you’ve done with them, I’ve changed my mind. The results are beautiful!

  10. YES I love to get INKY when crafting! That is incorporated in the name of my blog: INKYLAGENEY Thanks for the chance to win! I am thrilled with all the features you brought out about the Distress Oxide Inks!

  11. I love to make watercolored backgrounds. I love the properties of these inks, they are so easy and versatile. Thanks for your video. It really explains how they work.

  12. Love what you did with these fantastic new oxide inks. Can’t wait to get my hands on these. Thanks for continuing to inspire us with your (and Lila’s) creativity!

  13. Love what you did with these fantastic new oxide inks. Can’t wait to get my hands on these. Thanks for continuing to inspire us with your (and Lila’s) creativity!

  14. I love that you give us tons of informative information about products and your process; I learn so much by watching your videos. We love getting inky at the Freeze household.

  15. What a fabulous introduction to ALL of the possibilities one can do with these new distress oxide inks!!! Can’t wait to get them and experiment!!!

  16. I am new to card making and I have to say that these inks are very interesting. I have been going through and watching all your videos and I have learned so much. You are a great teacher. Now back to more videos.

  17. Nope….don’t like to get inky! I’m a messy crafter but HATE dirty fingers! What a crazy match! Loved your video! Thanks so much for showing the versatility of the inks! Can’t wait to play with them!!

  18. I just want to say THANK YOU for your video.
    I know I ‘m not in for the giveaway, but still I’m happy, because you made the difference between the inks sooo clear to me.
    The examples you showed are gorgeous and I know now, that I want to have all the colours of the oxides!!!
    It is going to take a while I think because of the money it’s going to cost me, but I will be patience.
    Thanks again for your super explanation.

  19. Always happy when I see an email from Jennifer McGuire in my inbox! Just settle in to watch the video and one is sure to come away with new ideas. Thanks so much

  20. I love your video’s, thank you for the inspiration. I really wasn’t interested in the oxide distress inks until you made this video, I too struggle with watercolor. I usually don’t like my watercolors with the regular distress inks, I get discouraged and stop. I think I could work with the oxide inks and be satisfied with the out come. Thank you again for this video!!

  21. i’m sorry….but i think Jennifer could sell ice to an Eskimo!!! i was really not thinking much on these inks…in fact i watched very little videos from CHA on them…i thought, nah, i don’t need them!!! and BOOM, i now have the set of twelve coming to my house courtesy of SSS!!! these inks look AMAZING…i am one of those that struggle with blending…even with the blending brushes that Jennifer did a review on!! thankfully, all my other inks are the mini cubes, so when Jennifer said they will probably not be coming out with mini’s i thought, ok!! I’ll bite!!
    Thank you Jennifer for another fabulous review!

  22. Jennifer, your enthusiasm about these inks and the excitement in your voice just made me giggle! Oh, yes, I love to get inky!!! (I just can’t understand how Julie Ebersole can’t stand getting inky! LOL!) Can’t wait to see more from you about these inks!


  23. Inky, inky, inky…it gets all over me no matter how hard I try to stay clean…but who am I to complain, I love it!

  24. Love to see this video and know all the things it can do. Thanks, can’t wait to get inky trying them. It’s okay-time!

  25. Oh my, I have so many wonderful things to say! I used to watch other people’s videos on YouTube, but now I’m only watching yours! You are so precise and professional, honest and true, that’s what I love about you!! I love all the product reviews. I’m a big Tim Holtz fan and LOVE the distress inks,looking forward to the oxides! I’ve changed my Facebook account to artsy instead of friendsy. My love is creating,second love is school bus driving. So in my art room I get totally lost to destress! Thank you for my inky inspiations! I too have migranes and have found natural herbs that help tremendously . THANK YOU! THANK YOU for all your work,god bkess!

  26. HI! I loved the video and all your vibrant techniques. I’m apart of a paper crafting class and I would love have the opportunity to use those great inks! Thanks!

  27. Thanks for detailing the difference between the two inks. It was very informative. You made some beautiful and unique cards. Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Thanks for detailing the difference between the two inks. It was very informative. You made some beautiful and unique cards. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Even though the contest is over, I want to comment on how informative and interesting I found this video. No disrespect on Tim, but I enjoy the card marker point of view, and I love that your colors are bright and cheerful, not “distressed” or “vintage”. Thank you!

  30. Wonderful video Jennifer, what a lot of work went into those. The oxide inks look fab! I don’t mind getting inky but I try not too because I end up transferring ink everywhere and ruining my card bases. Oops.

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