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. Yes, I love, love, love the Oxide inks! I haven’t yet purchased any from this third release, but I do intend to!

  2. I love the way you made the backgrounds with the distress oxide inks. I have two colors and would love to have some more in the future. I am even more interested no that I see the Distress Micro Glaze in action with the inks. Thanks for all the fresh ideas!

  3. Oh the possibilities!! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas and techniques! I have yet to own any Distress Oxide inks but I am so tempted to pick up a bunch…they look like so much fun to play with!

  4. These backgrounds are awesome! I love the oxide inks. I only have a few but they my new favorites!

  5. I love these inks, have to get them a little at a time though. Wish I could get them all. Love what you do with them.

  6. I have a couple of distress inks and a couple of Oxide distress ones, watching you, tells me I need to play around with them more. That glaze was interesting too.

  7. I love Distress Oxides. I have a few but I need all the colors. Just recently bought distress glaze. If I get any duplicate colors I plan on sharing with my sister.

  8. I have not tried these inks yet but hope to soon! I love watching your videos and am a new subscriber.
    thank you!

  9. Beautiful cards! Love the Distress Oxides effects! No I haven’t tried them yet and would love to! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win!

  10. Hi, Jennifer, I love your videos. I do not currently own any Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. They do look like so much fun to play with though. I would love to win some from you. 😉
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. I have not tried the Distress Oxide inks yet! Space is at a premium here in California, so I keep hoping he will come out with the minis like the original Distress inks.

  12. Thank you for the new technique using the micro glaze, always thought it was like the old decoupage. I love the coverage of oxide inks. I’m so glad they have come out with more colors.

  13. LOVE the Distress product lineup and can’t wait to try the glaze…but it would be fantastic to try it on the NEW colors!!! So perhaps this will be my lucky day!

  14. LOVE all your videos and the Distress products really shine! Looking forward to trying the new products!

  15. What a fabulous technique! Thanks so much for sharing it and all the different ways to make the backgrounds – definitely need to get some microglaze and glossy paper to give it a try. I have a couple oxide ink pads so thank you for the chance to win some more.

  16. I bought a couple distressed oxide inks when they first came out and I love them I don’t have them all but I want them all!!

  17. I love Oxide Inks and have a small supply of them. I always love to hear about new ways to use them. Your cards are awesome and the video is great!

  18. I have tried the Oxide Inks and they are so easy to blend. Even when I have a line when I first start blending, it will blend out to look smooth and professional. Thanks for all the new ideas.

  19. Yes I have tried the oxide inks and LOVE them. They are my go to ink. I also love blending them for backgrounds.

  20. Lovely cards! Thanks for the new technique. No, I haven’t tried them yet and really would love to. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. I haven’t tried them yet – I just got most of the colors of the regular distress ink and have been making backgrounds after watching your videos. Then you started doing the Oxide ink videos and so far I have not taken the plunge to purchase any of them, but winning them from you would be a joy! And I had never seen anything done with the Micro Glaze before – very cool!

  22. I love everything Tim Holts, and I’ve heard alot about his distress inks…can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the oportunity to win them!

  23. I have never tried oxide inks before but you make them seem like such fun.. I would love to learn to use them. You inspired me..

  24. I’m a new card maker and love watching your videos. I have saved many of your videos on my Pinterest board. I just started collecting the Distress Oxide inks and have been having fun using them. So glad Tim Holtz will be coming out with some new colors this year. Thank you for having such informative videos.

  25. I love the new look the glaze gives!!! I waited for two years after TH hinted at the oxides release: and I have NOT been dissappointed! I have last years’ sets, but none from 2018…Hope to have luck for this candy!!!

  26. Love all of the fun ideas you provide. Takes the “scary” out of trying new products. Just discovered the TH Distress Oxides and having so much fun.

  27. Love distress oxides! I have a few distress inks a nd just bought 2 of the oxides to check out their cool properties. I love the backgrounds they create. I would love to have some more!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

  28. I love the new backgrounds you showed with the distress oxides. I have a few colors and hope to try backgrounds using this technique. Thanks for all the videos you share….love card making and crafting in general. Have a blessed day.

  29. I love the oxide inks. I find myself thinking up ways of using them instead of my patterned paper pads.

  30. I recently bought two sets of the Distress Oxide mini ink pads. I love the colors – they really pop! I am just starting into the world of making my own cards and really appreciate your videos!

  31. i love these cards! wow! i just bought this set and i love how you were able to make the pool water! those women just make me smile!


  33. I make cards for a non profit here called Rosie’s Birthday Club. This group gives handmade birthday cards to kids who most often don’t have their birthday’s recognized at home. I am anxious to make up backgrounds so that each kid gets a unique card. What better way then to create my own with the Distressed Oxide ink.

  34. What a gorgeous array of cards Jennifer and another item to add to my list to buy – I don’t have any glossy cardstock! I have tried oxides but really haven’t had much time to experiment with them, so I really need to do that! And that glaze is just beautiful over the top. I have used it on normal cardstock but as you say it doesn’t provide the shine that you get with the glossy. Great product though. Thanks as always for the video, Lisa xx

    1. Hmm…. weird comment under my reply… “Your comment is awaiting moderation”. Can’t figure that one out.. I do love the oxide inks & it’s great to see what they can do! Kristal

  35. Hi Jennifer… you constantly amaze me and my cardmaking friends with all your original ideas, shortcuts, organization, and ways to stretch the tools and materials we already have… thank you for sharing with us!
    I have played a little with them, not as much as I’d like… we watched one of your first videos on my iPad while we experimented… can’t wait to be fully retired so I have a lot more playing time to create little cards to more cards to spread kindness like confetti… Thanks for all you do…
    I’m waiting for the distress oxide minis to be available… I’ve not seen them anywhere yet… even searched online but I noticed someone in the comments above said they had them…
    Kathy M

  36. Hi. This is amazing. I have tried the oxide inks before, and these ideas expand the possibilities. I would definitely try them out. Thank you for sharing.

  37. Hi
    This is such a clear video showing how to use these inks. I just treated myself to a set of distress inks and wasn’t sure I would need these until I saw your video. The answer of course, is ‘yes’! I am going to a craft show in April and hoping I can find these at the show. Definitely can’t afford them before that!! Thanks for ALL your video’s. I’ve learnt so much from you. I love making cards, but sometimes I lack inspiration, you help me with that every time! Again, Thank you!

  38. I love all your ideas.I have not used the oxide dyes yet.Hopefully I will win them and have the chance to use them soon.Thank you for all the great things you do.

  39. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOE LOVE your Cards and the AMAZING Video!! How FUN to change up the look of the Distress Oxides!! I have used them and I LOVE them!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  40. I remember when your video first same out on these and it was AMAZING to see all the different things that you could do with it. I have a few of the inks now and I am planning on going back and rewatching your video so that I can try a number of the techniques. Would LOVE the chance to win some of the Distress Oxide ink pads. Thanks so much for everything that you do!!!

  41. I have not tried oxide ink yet, but I am thinking of picking some up when I head to a convention next month.

  42. Oh man oh man I’d love to get my hands on some Oxides! Even just only 3 colors!! I’ve seem them blend so smooth that I can’t wait to try one day!

  43. That technique is colorful. I have some distress odides but didn’t know how to use them. Thank You

  44. I just purchased a couple of the Distress Oxides and am trying them for the first time! Love the oxidizing effect!

  45. I have a few of the Distress Oxide, but not enough! These are a lot of fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

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