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

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

  1. Great video! I have the original set of colors and love mixing regular distress inks with them for variety.

  2. I love the oxide line!! I only have a couple of colors right now, but I live their blending properties. And I can’t wait to try the Micro Glaze product. Not sure you’ll read, or respond, to any of these comments, but quick question – what about regular glossy card Stock? You referred to regular (plain) cardstocknot being affected by the glaze, but will it work on other glossy? Thanks. I LOVE your videos, you’re such an inspiration!!

  3. Jennifer, your first video showing how the oxide inks react with water SOLD me on getting some. I have about 10. These stamp the way beginner me thought all inks would stamp! My greatest disappointment in card-making purchases has been faint inks. Thanks to your inspiration!

  4. Your cards are amazing! Yes I’ve tried the Oxide inks but only have a few colors so far. I need more…lol

  5. I am in love with the Distressed Oxide inks! Your backgrounds are so amazing! I’m definitely going to try this technique out. Thanks for a chance to win. Good luck, everyone!

  6. Hi Jennifer. I have not tried the oxide inks yet but your video sure makes me want to get some! The backgrounds you made are beautiful and what a great idea to use dies, that really makes the possibilities for projects endless. Love your videos, they are so informative and move right along. Thank you!

  7. I love Oxide Inks and use them all the time to create shadows under embellishments. Thank you so much for all
    the cards, tips and inspiration!

  8. I’ve tried a couple of the Oxide ink pads,…but not with this particular technique yet. Looks like I need to! You make it look so simple and so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.

  9. Thank you for the video, I always learn something new!! I’ve been a fan of Tim Holtz and his genius since he started in the crafting world but I have to say that these oxide inks are WONDERFUL!! I’ve make Alcohol ink papers before and they can be a bit messy but these new inks have it all!! I’m over the moon (to use one of your expressions) with these new inks and LOVE all the inspiration you have given me!!

  10. I have a feew of the first released ones and oddly haven’t tried them but love the projects I’ve seen and is why I got them lol. Your video inspired me to try so on my way out to fing the glossy paper. Ty!

  11. I wanted to get these inks for a while but have held off. They look like so much fun and would love to add them to my collection as they are so multi-purpose! Thanks for sharing a new way to use them!

  12. I’m just now brave enough to start playing with the Oxide inks. These videos are so helpful. I would love the opportunity to have more colors to play with! Thanks Jennifer!

  13. Oh, yes, please!. I just bought the first set expressly to do this technique. I saw Tim Holtz do it at Creativation and absolutely fell in love with it. I would LOVE to play with the new set of colors.

  14. I am just getting back into card making. I am so impressed with all the new techniques and supplies that are available. One of the first things I am looking forward to trying is the new distress ink oxide. You have made it look so fun and so easy! I just can’t wait to get my hands on all this inky goodness!

    Thanks so much!

  15. Love your creativity and cards!
    I really like the Ranger Distress Oxide Inks. I bought a few for the first time recently and would love to be able to play around with a few more colors.

  16. I have not tried the oxides as I just did not see where these were that different from regular regular distress inks.. But this technique has me wanting them as the gloss really changes the look! Thanks for sharing your talents and offering a chance to win!

  17. Would you believe I have bought three but havent broken them out yet. I just bought some layering stamps and will change that. lol

  18. I love distress oxides! they are so easy to blend and the oxide effect makes the most interesting backgrounds.

  19. This is a fantastic technique I love how it is so simple and so beautiful with so many possibilities

  20. I have not tried the Oxide Inks yet. I cannot wait to get my hands on some to try them out. The techniques look amazing!

  21. From watching your videos, I decided to try the Distress Oxides and have all of the previous colors. I love these inks and would love to add the new colors to my collection! Thanks so much, Rosanna.

  22. I have the first two sets of oxides and absolutely love them. Like Laura Bassen says, “ they blend like butter”

  23. I have added the glaze to my wish list. Tim Holtz makes great products and absolutely love the Oxide inks. Thanks for sharing this great technique.

  24. Would love to win some distress oxide inks. Love the way you show us how to get the most of our stash. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. I would love to try working with these! Love the saturation and love how vivid the colors are! Thanks for yet another great video, another great technique.

  26. Love learning new techniques with Oxides! Love your videos….I always learn something new! Thank you for the shot at winning the new set of Oxides!

  27. Another great video! I have a few oxide inks and just got some of the glaze, so I will try this technique soon!

  28. I’m retired so I only have a couple of oxide inks. I’d love to have a few more so I can try more of your techniques. Your blog and videos are awesome. Thanks

  29. You’ve done it again! What an interesting technique. I can see why you fell in love with the glaze as it certainly made a difference in the ending result. I many have to buy some of that based on your demo. Thanks for all you do!

  30. I’ve been using the oxide inks for a while, and love the soft, smooth look you get with them. I’ve learned all of my techniques for using them from you!

  31. I have a few oxides. They work like magic. Love the chalky look of them. Need to get some more colors. Thanks for sharing all your ideas. It is wonderful to see what others do with them.

  32. I love distress oxide inks, they blend so much easier than the distress inks. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  33. I got the first set of Distress Oxide Ink colors and I absolutely LOVE them – I’m also learning a lot from your videos about new ways to use them – I’m sooooo going to get some of the Micro Glaze – thanks so much for sharing the technique!!!

  34. I don’t have any of the Distress Oxide inks yet, but would love to try the techniques that you showed. Beautiful results!

  35. wow, gorgeous cards and what a great backgrounds!. When I opent your mailing I thought you played with alcohol inks, I can’t play with them because of a lungproblem and the odor takes by breath away. I always fell from my chair when I read that it was Distress Oxide, unbelievable. I watched the video almost with my mouth open, so gorgeous and so simple! Thank you Jennifer ( and Tim) for this great idea and the tutorial!
    I have a few Oxides and I love them because you can realy play with them, use with water, with out water, stamp with them etc. They are so versatile.

  36. Yes, I use the Distress Oxide inks and they are so rich and smooth and versatile. I made several card backgrounds by following your Distress Oxide techniques from a few months ago. They always get oohs and aahs from recipients. Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing your talents with us.

  37. Hi Jennifer! I have not worked with the Distress Oxide inks yet but have a couple on order after watching your videos. I would love to have the complete set to work with. I’m so glad I discovered your channel and blog. I am learning a lot! You do a great job of explaining things and I appreciate the links to products as I don’t always know where to find the things you use. Thanks!

  38. I have not tried the Oxide inks yet, have been trying to resist the temptation, but your video makes that tough. 🙂 Love the layering color effect they give.

  39. I do have distress oxides and am really impressed with them. Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to play around with them but once I do I sure will be trying out these ideas. Thanks so much for the inspiration Jennifer.

  40. I’ve put off trying the Distress Oxide Inks because I know if I try them and love them (and who wouldn’t?) I’ll want all of them. That’s not in the budget so why get to wanting what I know I can’t have. I’ve already got the Distress Glaze and the alcohol ink paper so I used a coupon and bought a couple of the ink pads. Dad blast it, now I have to find a way to get these things! They are every bit as great as you’ve said. Jennifer, you are most definitely an enabler!

  41. Hello. What a give away. I have to enter this giveaway. I have not used any oxide inks, to be honest I am a little apprehensive. I have seen what you have been producing and it is very tantalizing. I love the original Distress inks, I did not think there would anything to better them. I have been waiting to see if they bring out the dinkies size. However I have been told that there will be no oxide dinkie inks. I would be overjoyed to win and I would give them a good home in the UK. Cat

  42. Your backgrounds with the Distress Oxide inks are gorgeous. I can’t wait to play with mine.

  43. I have not tried the oxide inks yet. I have so many of the regular distress inks that I could not justify spending more buying oxides. You make it hard though when I see how beautiful they blend.

  44. Oh wow, this would be awesome to win. I would love love love to have this set. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. I have tried Distress Oxide inks, but not enough. Love them. Thanks for the chance to win new colors.

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