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. I love the oxides. I have loved the distress inks and still do but the oxides are a whole new ink pad like no other. They blend effortlessly, stamp wonderfully, everyone who enjoys any kind of inking need them in their stash. Thanks Jennifer for all of your techniques.

  2. Hi there Jennifer, I’ve been following your blog via emails for years now, rarely enter giveaways, but as I’ve onky five oxides of old colours and longing for some new ones in such luscious shades, I thought I’d add my name.
    I love your brilliant videos and that your try and accomodate this with less crafty stash! Very caring of you.
    I’ve used hair spray with same result on oxides when sued with mask, they really amd even the colour pop. Amazed me, it probably doesn’t seal as well but sue it often to set colours.
    Guess you don’t get to read all these, but thanks so much for everything you share, anyway!
    Shaz in Oz.x

  3. Gorgeous cards, I especially like the “Good vibes”-one. Would love to try the Distress Oxides. Thanks a bunch for ideas and chance to win!

  4. I love the way the blend together on your cards.
    I have just one oxide ink pad so I have not been able to experiment to much with them.

  5. I love oxide inks and would love to have the new colors! Also love your videos and always learn something new to do.

  6. I love oxide inks and would love to have the new colors! Also love your videos and always learn something new to do.

  7. Wonderful cards. Love your backgrounds.
    I’ve not yet tried Distress Oxide Inks, I still don’t have any.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Wonderful effects! I love how you have made the swimming pool 🙂 Thanks for sharing the technique, would love to win the giveaway! I haven’t tried the oxides yet and they are on my list 🙂

  9. I bought a couple to play with but I’m excited to try more colors out to really play with some techniques! Thanks for all you do!!!

  10. I have tried oxide distress inks. I have a few of the second release. They are fun and a totally different product. Always love seeing what you create. You’re very inspirational

  11. As someone who struggles to get a good blend with the original distress inks, I love the oxides!

  12. Jennifer, your cards are amazing as always. Distress oxides they are awesome never tried them would be nice to win some of the gorgeous colours. I have some of the original distress inks use them from time to time when I have watercolour paper. Thanks for sharing another great video and showing some techniques.

  13. I own all the distress inks, but not the oxides. I love my distress inks and would like to have a chance to win the oxides. I know I will enjoy using them in my mixed media and greeting cards.

  14. What an amazing technique! Love the result. I do not own any distress oxide inks yet. I have just collected all the original distress inks, but I love the soft look of these oxides and the techniques you can try with them

  15. I love the oxide inks, I have set 1 and set 2 but have recently had to have another back surgery so I have not been able to get set 3 yet, but I can’t wait to play with the new colors LOL!

  16. I have all of the Distress Oxide Inks and love them.
    they blend together so well. You don’t have to worry
    about whether one color will look OK going over
    another color. I love the pool scene. I have a
    pool and I’ll be using that idea for some of my
    cards. thanks for sharing

  17. I have not had a chance to try the oxide inks yet. I love the look everyone is getting from them and I am looking forward to trying them out.

  18. I have the first 24 colors of Oxides but I had to work crazy hours preparing for a trade show for the music education industry that coincidentally was the same week as Creativation, so I’m still playing catch up on all the videos and new product releases. I also missed all the pre-order deals (found them in my inbox, weeks later, boo-hoo) and now am overwhelmed at all the new product and haven’t bought anything yet. Like you I didn’t think I needed Micro Glaze but clearly I was wrong!!! 🙂

  19. I own a few of the distress oxides and would love to add to my collection, especially since you keep giving us more ideas for them! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I have been wanting to try these inks but have not yet had the opportunity. I love looking at the wonderful things others create with them though! I can’t wait to try them myself!

  21. I love Oxide inks and I have some. I do not have the New ones.. I wonder if this will work on any white glossy paper. guess I will give this a try today.. I do have the micro glaze. yes it last forever. Thanks for sharing this awesome technique. Wonderful cards. So fun and creative.

  22. I love that I can easily blend with the oxide inks (my blends aren’t so great with the other distress inks lol).
    Your projects are beautiful, thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. Love Oxides! Can’t wait to try this technique! I’m building on a budget so I don’t have all the oxides yet. Love your videos!

  24. I love the distress oxides but have not really got the technique down like I feel is adequate. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  25. I have not tried them but after seeing your post, I think it’s time. Thank you for always teaching me new things and inspiring me to create.

  26. I have not tried them but after seeing your post, I think it’s time. Thank you for always teaching me new things and inspiring me to create.

  27. I love the Distress Oxide Inks! They are fantastic! Thanks for showing us many ways to use these amazing inks!

  28. I love the distress oxide inks. Don’t own the newest set but have used the others. Can’t wait to try this technique.

  29. Would very much like to try the Oxide inks but if I don’t win them it will be awhile as I have been watching your videos and have bought as much new stuff as my budget will allow! I love everything you do and think you are a wonderful teacher. Thank you!

  30. When I saw Tim Holtz demonstrate this technique in a video from Creativation, I looked on in amazement as he worked his magic with the Distress Glaze. I was so glad to see that you have a video on the technique as well. I have three colors of the original Distress Oxides and the glaze, but I haven’t bought the alcohol ink cardstock yet. I’m looking forward to experimenting and having more inks colors would be lovely. Thank you for the creative ideas you share.

  31. It is amazing how they go from looking so chalky to so vibrant. I am glad Tim was so kind as to give you the go ahead to share these marvelous products! I haven’t had a chance to use the last set of colors but as I clear projects off my desk, they are moving much closer to the front of the line. All you have done is added one more thing to try when I finally get to them. Would absolutely love to get the new set!

  32. I’ve played around with some of the reinkers, but really want to get some of the stamp pads. Would love to win. You do so many beautiful effects with them, would love to try some.

  33. Hello Jennifer,
    I love your videos and appreciate your wonderful and do-able techniques.
    Yes, I have used the Distress Oxide inks and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! They are so much fun and the possibilities are so endless. I’ve used some of your techniques, expiramented with using Distress Oxide and Distress together and have just been having a great time with them.

  34. I have tried some of the oxide inks, but only with blending and some stamping. I love the look of this technique & the way the distress glaze brings out all the layers! I’m super excited to try it out!!

  35. I got one of the oxides in a monthly subscription and loved it! I want to buy them all! Trying to wait until I move (because packing craft stuff to move is a pain – video idea PLEASE???).

  36. Thank you for sharing! I love your videos and blog posts.
    I have tried the Distress Inks before, but I wasn’t very good at blending them. When the Distress Oxide Inks came out, I was so excited. They were super easy to blend to create beautiful background. I love love love how they blend together so nicely. One thing I wish I could have been able to do was to blend them softly. I saw others blend them with brushes to get the soft look. But the brushes are so expensive. Do you have any techniques to help creating the soft look and doesn’t break the bank?

  37. I adore the Oxide Inks! I have some from the first release and now want MORE! I’m addicted.

  38. Thank you for sharing this fabulous technique. I have tried distress oxide inks. I love the way they blend. It is so easy to get nice smooth blending, without the blending tool marks or streaks. Thank you for the chance to win some of these great inks.

  39. Hi Jennifer. Do you have an unzipped swatch download? I can’t unzip files (company computer, they frown on that). I already have the first download, so if you have just the additional colors, that would be great. If not, no problem, I can make my own. Just didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. 🙂 Have a happy day.

  40. Hi Jennifer…i have never tried the distress oxide inks…kinda intimidated! By the way I love your blog!

  41. Love the Distress Inks and now, after your Distress Oxide
    tutorial, I am ready to try the Oxide Inks. Also am excited about trying the Distress Micro Glaze. Thank you for the inspiration!

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