Glazed Distress Oxide + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Welcome back. Today I am sharing a fun technique that I learned from Tim Holtz using Distress Oxide Inks and glossy cardstock. It gives such unique results!

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There are so many wonderful things you can do with Distress Oxide Inks. (Check out my list of videos below.) And I was excited to learn of a great new technique from Tim Holtz of using Oxide Inks on glossy cardstock. (Used with permission. Thanks, Tim!)

This technique requires you to use certain glossy cardstocks. The glossy cardstock I used is Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock and it worked great! You can try it with any glossy cardstocks you have – it may work. Not all glossy cardstocks are the same. But I know Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock works… as does Ranger Glossy Paper.

In my video, I share many ways of adding Distress Oxide Inks onto glossy cardstocks with water. The key is to always dry the paper before adding more layers. (That is the case on regular cardstock, too.) When I was done, the paper had a chalky, cloudy look. But by using a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply a thin layer of Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze, the backgrounds come to life and you can see all the layers. So cool!

My first card features a background I created with this technique… using a brush to apply the color. I pressed various colors of Distress Oxide Ink onto my Tim Holtz Tonic Mat and added a bit of water. I then used a brush to paint the colors onto a piece of glossy cardstock. I dried the background between each layer. Finally, I coated it with a thin layer of Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze. The results? A fun pool with lots of waves! I used the background as a pool with the Avery Elle Splash Stamp Set and Dies.

When you apply the Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze, the layers of color pop and are gorgeous. It is also fun to have a glossy surface on a card.

Here is another background that I created by adding the layers of color by dipping them into Distress Oxide Ink on my Tim Holtz Tonic Mat. Would make a great ocean, too. But that Avery Elle Splash Stamp Set is just too cute.

This example on the left uses the same technique but is much softer with less layers. I like that you can get different looks from this technique.

I colored all of the images with Copic Markers and added details with my Black Glaze and Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens. I stamped the sentiments with Tsukineko Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. (This is my new favorite ink for sentiments. I will talk more about it in future videos.)

Who doesn’t love unicorns!? I am simply giddy over the new Clearly Besotted Fairy Tale Unicorns Stamp Set. I also thought the Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds Dies were perfect for cutting clouds from one of my glazed distress oxide backgrounds. I added all the pieces to a Avery Elle Double Stitched Rectangle die cut... along with a Honey Bee Ridiculously Happy Stamp Set sentiment.

Here is another version using the same elements. The sentiment on this one is from the Pretty Pink Posh Encouraging Greeting Stamp Set.

You can see the Black Glaze and Tonic Aqua Shimmer I added to the unicorn… gotta love the shine.

For my last card, I white heat embossed Pretty Pink Posh Cherry Blossoms Stamp Set on a couple of glazed distress oxide backgrounds. I then cut out and added the images to a card along with a Pretty Pink Posh Encouraging Greeting Stamp Set sentiment. Simple!


Interested in learning more about Distress Oxide Inks? Check out these videos:


Tim Holtz just released new colors of Distress Oxide Inks. If you want to make ink swatches for these inks, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for all 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.


How would you like to win a set of the 12 new colors of Distress Oxide Ink? (I bought a set… and then Ranger sent me a set. So I have some to share!) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 3/10/18 telling me if you have tried out the Oxide Inks yet. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

*Avery Elle Splash Stamp Set
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*Avery Elle Splash Dies
[ SSS | ELH | AVR ]
*Pretty Pink Posh Cherry Blossoms…
[ SSS | SHP ]
*Pretty Pink Posh Encouraging…
[ SSS | SHP ]
*Clearly Besotted Fairy Tale Unicorns…
[ SSS ]
*Honey Bee Ridiculously Happy Stamp Set
[ SSS | ELH | HNB ]
*Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds Dies
[ SSS ]
Avery Elle Double Stitched Rectangles…
[ SSS | ELH ]
Distress Oxide Inks
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Ranger Glossy Paper
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Mat
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | HA | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
[ SSS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
Ranger Brushes
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Kokuyo Long Dot Liner Adhesive
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Mini MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tsukineko Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko Versafine Clair Purple…
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Sakura Black Glaze Pen
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Floral Mix Envelopes
[ HA ]
Cutting Board
Work Surface

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1,070 thoughts on “Glazed Distress Oxide + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I have never tried these things, but watching your video makes me want to start immediately! Your cards are beautiful.

  2. I’m just getting into “Distress” inks. The Distress Oxides look super cool. After reading/watching your blog I can’t wait to try them.

  3. I haven’t tried Distress Oxides yet, but they are on my long list of things I want to try! I would love to win! Thank you for the chance & for posting this great video!

  4. I am just learning about Distress Oxide inks. I have not tried them yet because they are not in my budget but hope to get some soon. I loved watching your video to see how they were used.

  5. Yes i have a few. Which my grandaughter used to make me some backgrounds for my c ards. I would love some more when funds permit. To win b somevwould be spectacular.

  6. Hi Jennifer,
    I am a huge ( I mean HUGE) fan, and learn something new each video— many thanks! My comment is in regards to my frustration with SSS, and how my cart is constantly being emptied while I wait the few days it takes for them to notify me of items that are out of stock and dribbling in a day at a time. If you have any sway with this company, may I just say HELP! I am ready to drop them lock stock and barrel!
    Again, the highlight of my day is seeing a new post from you in my email! You have inspired me so much, and I am so grateful!
    Marsha Brintnall

  7. I’ve watched this video several times already. I have oxide inks on order and can’t wait to start playing. Question on the micro glaze- do you have to put on clean felt pads each time? Or can you keep using the same one, without any concern former colors might get on your current piece?
    I just LOVE all of your videos!!!!!! !

  8. I LOVE T!M and his products, but I have not been able to try these new, beautiful oxide inks yet. The are so different than his regular distress inks. But I do love the glaze, that has saved alot of cards!😊

  9. I haven’t been able to get any of the oxide inks yet. When I do though I’ll have a blast! Always love watching you create cards. So pretty!

  10. I have not tried the oxide inks yet. I see them everywhere in blog land and have wanted to get some. Thanks for the chance to win some of these new goodies!!!!! Ranger products are fantastic!!!!

  11. I have a question that I am hoping you can help me with. I know you need to use glossy paper for this technique, particularly if you want to see all those beautiful layers, and you mentioned two different types of glossy paper you know works. Can you use yupo paper/card stock as well or just the two brands you’ve listed?

  12. Hi, I’m new to craft and I have to say I have learnt a lot from your videos. Thank you so much.
    My question is, after applying distressed micro glaze on the cardstock, does it effect the sticking of a self adhesive sentiment or double sided tape.
    I tried it but it keeps coming loose. I created a colour blended background on a normal cardbase, after applying the micro glaze I added the sentiment which has self adhesive backing. Can you advise me on this please?

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