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
[ SSS | ELH | AVR ]
*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’ve been having a blast trying out the different techniques you’ve shared with Distress Oxide inks. I can’t wait to try this one!

  2. NO I have NOT tried them yet, but I have been dying to try them, I have entered so many contest to win them but of course I have not won any. I have seen so many cool videos on how to use them, so I would like to try them, and I have the alcohol paper you are talking about, SSS sent it by mistake instead if the regular Tim Holtz paper I use, and I never return anything and I mean anything, clothes, crafts etc, lol. If I am lucky enough to win, I guess we could call it even for you not answering any of my many letters I have sent you, lol.

  3. i have tried oxide inks and find them easier to use for many methods than the distress inks. but still like the distress inks for stamping

  4. I have tried the Distress Oxide inks and love how they blend much easier for me than the original Distress Ink. I haven’t purchased the new release yet and would love to win the set. Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. I love distress oxides. I use them on glossy photo paper but instead of the microglaze all you have to do is wipe the background off with a baby wipe. It’s so much fun creating beautiful backdrops this way. Now I must try using the microglaze as well.

  6. The distress oxides look cool to work with. I don’t have any and it would be great to win a set. Loved your backgrounds. I especially like the one used for the cherry blossoms.

  7. I haven’t had a chance to use Distress Oxide yet due to limited funds. I only have a few of distress inks snd I love how versatile they are. And they seem to last forever. I would love go play with the Oxide inks and try your techniques. I even have a few ideas of my own.

  8. I have tried Distress Oxide inks and love them! After seeing your video today I’d love to have more to play with. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Abandoned Coral Oxide ink is Just Beautiful! So different from regular distress inks. Can’t wait to try it on Glossy paper.

  10. Thanks again for another great technique. I haven’t tried the Oxide Distress Inks yet either but will pick up some soon. Of course if I won some, it would be a nice bonus!

  11. I love distress in. I used them to make under the sea invitations to my annual bbq. I can’t wait to use them more often.

  12. Since watching many of your videos using Distress Oxide Inks, I’m crazy to try them out! To my dismay, none of my local craft shops are carrying them yet, and I haven’t ordered online because it’s too hard to choose the colors to buy first! Jennifer, you’re an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your talents!!

  13. I love love love the new distress oxide inks. Love the color varieties and the many many options how to use them. They blend wonderfully, or can just do water splatters for a quick step up. So versatile.

  14. I love the Distress Oxide inks!! I want them all! I’ve tried this technique and have made some beautiful backgrounds. I can’t wait to try this with all of the colors!

  15. Beautiful cards. You inspire me so much!!! I have watched other tutorials but nothing like yours.. I have not had the opportunity to use the oxides inks yet, but I sure would love to. I never win anything, so to win the inks would be fabulous. If not, I will have to purchase them the first chance I get.

  16. I tried the distress oxide inks when the galaxy cards were part of the MyMonthlyHero kits (August?). I was hooked. I ordered the set of available colors at this time. Would Love to expanse my palette!

  17. I do have some of the oxide inks & , like everyone else, I love them. Also, just went to a class at my LSS & we did this technique with glossy paper. Really enjoyed it & bought the glaze.

  18. Haven’t tried the oxides yet. Just barely have a basic rainbow of distress inks. I will work up to them soon, I hope!

  19. I have tried distress oxides on regular Card stock, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try them on glossy cardstock or Yupo paper. Your paintbrush lines turned out so nicely as a background for the pool!!

  20. I have used the Distress Oxide inks. But I can’t wait to try them in this way. The summer cards were so welcome after getting 18+ inches of snow here yesterday!

    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Oh wow these cards are all gorgeous Jennifer!!!! I had no idea there were so many possibilities with these oxide inks! That glaze really makes a huge difference and I really like it!!! I have the first set of oxide inks that have come out and that is it. I cannot afford anymore of them so it would be so cool if I was able to win some! Would love them!!! Thank you for the chance and thank you for always doing what you do for us. I appreciate it!
    Jo in Jersey

  22. Thank you for showing us the possibilities with distress oxide (have distress inks, have read reviews of both but could not see what all the fuss was about … then this!). I wanted to know the ink and powder you used for white heat embossing – the white really popped out against the background but sadly, the products aren’t listed. And I’m looking forward to hearing more about the Versafine Clair inks … thanks for the chance to win the oxides.

  23. Hi Jennifer. GREAT video, thanks! I have yet to try the distress oxide inks, but I’m a huge fan of the regular distress products so I’m sure I’ll love those too:). TFS…you’re the best.

  24. I have used the Oxide inks and just got an order of the newly released colors. I’d love to have another set though. Your work is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. I really like the oxide inks-so many fun things to do with them!!! Thanks for sharing something new. Can’t wait to try it!!!

  26. Jennifer,
    How kind of you to offer to share your extra set! You make it look so fun working with these Distress Oxide inks. I agree they look so vivid. Would love to try them. Love all your videos! Have a great week end!
    Jill Pletcher

  27. i finally just got regular distress inks & im a little underwhelmed. im curious to find out if oxides are better

  28. I have used distress oxide ink pads a little bit, but I definitely need more practice (and more colors) to get better results. I have not used them on glossy paper. Thank you for the chance to win!

  29. I’ve had my eye on those Distress Oxide Inks for quite some time… I especially like that you can blend them on colored papers as well as white papers. But I was mesmerized with your video… and not only Oxide Inks, but now, that beautiful Cherry Blossoms stamp set and that Distress Micro Glaze are also on my Wish List! What a difference that Micro Glaze makes! Jennifer, I can’t begin to tell you how many stamp sets, dies, and other supplies I have purchased after watching your amazing videos! I have a Board dedicated to your videos on Pinterest and view those videos quite often. Thanks so much for sharing your creative talent with us!

  30. I wasn’t sure I wanted to get into oxide inks, however, after binge watching your videos I have determined that I may be wrong. I love batik fabrics and oxide inks and micro glaze will allow me to achieve the look on my cards. I can’t tell you how much you inspire my creativity. Thanks Jennifer.

  31. I love oxide inks! Would love to win a set of the new colors! I am officially obsessed with your stamping videos and always NEED it all! LOL

  32. I have the first set of distress oxide inks and love them. These glazed backgrounds that you created are just gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring me to use the distress oxides in a new way. You always create such beautiful cards!

  33. I have tried the Distress Oxide inks and I LOVE them! I would love to add the newest set of colors to my collection. I absolutely love your cards and intend on trying to replicate the backgrounds with this technique. TFS!

  34. I got the first set and used them for backgrounds. Love the splotchy look.
    Thanks for keeping us updated with new ideas and products. WooHoo!

  35. I have yet to try the oxide inks, but I absolutely love my distress inks. Absolutely love watching your tutorials and learning new techniques. Thank you for your inspiration and hard work!

  36. OH YES, PLEASE! I have the first two sets and want this one, but the wallet is saying nope, not now! But I do love them. They are sooooo much fun to play with. I’ve done the technique that you showed today but didn’t finish with the Micro glaze. Just rubbed over the finished background with a soft cloth and it did remove the “cloudiness”, but it didn’t restore all the shine or make it waterproof like the Micro glaze. Dang, there’s another thing I need! Along with the VersaFine Clair inks!

  37. I have tried the distressed oxide inks on regular car stock, but definitely will try on the alcohol paper like you have shown here. Looking forward to this look.

  38. I love what you did with these inks. They look like they are a lot of fun to play with. I do not own any, but I would love to win them. I know my grandsons and I would have a lot of fun with them. Thank you for the chance to win.

  39. Yes, I do have some of the oxide inks but not all! I’m going to have to try that distress glaze!

  40. I haven’t tried the Oxide Inks yet, but I would love the opportunity! I’ve seen some interesting tutorials on them. Thanks for the chance to win some.

  41. I have the first few colors that came out and love playing around with them! The quality of cardstock you use really makes a difference. I’ll have to try the glossy paper next! Would love the new colors!

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