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
[ 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
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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
[ HA ]
Cutting Board
Work Surface

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

  1. I love the oxide inks and have a set. They are easy to work with especially for the women I teach at church. We just started a class and so far I have had about 10 to 12 women a session. I consider card making and, of course, sending a ministry and am glad to share it with others. Its one of those “no fail” techniques. You are my fav artist I track online. In fact, I am ordering the Fortune Cookie and So Matcha sets to make programs for our Women’s Club spring program. So thankful for your clear, practical and creative blogs!

  2. Jennifer, I have never used any Distress Oxide Inks. Watching your videos, however, has awakened my interest in this unique ink and I would love to win a set. My daughter has caught my addiction to your videos and came over the other day and we had to make top edge die cut cards immediately! When we were done so tells me she bought the micro glaze based on the beautiful backgrounds you made.
    Thank you in advance and for your kindness campaign!

  3. I have not yet tried the new colors of Oxide Ink Pads, but I sure would like to! I love the ones I have from the earlier colors!

  4. I have not tried the Distress Oxide inks yet but am loving the way they look on all the card examples. The technique used on your cards in this blog post is awesome!

  5. Wow, it says you have 997 comments already! You are such an inspiration to all of us! I LOVE these backgrounds! , I have played with Distress Oxides – I was inspired by you to purchase the first set! I love them and I can’t wait to try this technique! Thank you for the wonderful giveway and for taking the time to make your inspirational videos!

  6. I have not tried the distress oxide inks yet, but would like to try them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. I have several distress oxide ink colors and I love them all! Don’t have any of the new colors – thanks for the opportunity to win some!

  8. I have a grand total of 3 oxide inks. I have played a little with them but after watching your video, I definitely have more playing to do. I do like that they’re easier to blend for me, less sponge marks on the paper 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize.

  9. I love seeing instructions with products that I am not familiar with. I have only two colors and just trying to play around to find a good techniques with the distress oxide inks. Thank you for your beautiful cards and instructions, they are very well done. You inspire all of us. I would love to have more colors to use and learn. Thanks for all your instruction.

  10. You come up with the best techniques and designs, Jennifer. These scenes are so realistic looking and colorful. No, I haven’t taken the plunge yet on Distress Oxide inks but would love to try them. I’m in the market for better impression inks anyway. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  11. I have only tried the Oxide inks a little at a cards for Troops session
    but would love to have some of my very own to try!
    Especially love how the flowers look!

  12. I haven’t yet tried the distress oxide inks, but look forward to utilizing some of the techniques you have shared.

  13. I have tried the distress oxide inks. I made some amazing night sky and outer space backgrounds using them. So easy and fun to use!

  14. Ur designs are an inspiration and make me wanna try whatever u make…so distress oxides investment here I come…..

  15. I have made several backgrounds with this technique and buffed the paper after it was dry to get a shine and set all the inks. I also tried some perfect pearls in water and used that as the water sprayed on the inks. It gives the perfect finishing touch with a little glitter. Can’t wait to use these on cards.

  16. I have not used these as of yet. Fairly new to the stamping world. I am being very inspired by your blog, & youtube channel. Looking forward to more stamping in my future. Thanks for the change to win..

  17. Yes I have tried them not very good with them yet but I love your tips and will keep practicing

  18. Yes I have tried them and thank you for more ideas on how to use them. Waiting to get my 3rd set, have first and second ones and enjoy working with them.

  19. Ooohh…I love how you used the inks!! I have one Oxide ink pad…the Black Soot. I used it on a web stencil and I loved how it turned out!!! I’d love to get more colors. These ink pads are perfect for blending.

  20. I love all these videos that you post and I have bought some oxide distress inks. I haven’t put in enough time to play with them yet but would love more colors to try all these techniques that you show us. They are all so inspiring!

  21. I just started buying these recently after seeing one of your videos! I am pretty new to stamps and card making but I LOVE the way they stamp and blend!!! I actually use the couple I have more than any other ink I own!! Thx for all your work you do! You are truly an inspiration.

  22. Love the look of these pieces you have created. I’ve been trying to stock up my stash of backgrounds lately and these would be beautiful to add. I haven’t tried the oxide inks yet, but sure would love to. SIGH…. maybe someday. Thanks for all the instruction and inspiration.

  23. OMG OMG OMG!!!! I WOULD LOVE TO WIN this giveaway!!!! I have been DYING TO TRY these inks!!!! My office staff (I am a nurse) is going to start handmaking (instead of buying premade) cards to send out to people who need a note of engagement in the community And having these inks in our ‘handmade kindness’ toolkit would be so awesome

  24. I bought the original set of distress oxides and love them I added the black when I saw one of your videos. I love your creatitivity. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  25. I have tried the Black Soot as part of the Northern Lights technique but didn’t do an extra sample yet to spritz and see what happens! Thank you for the opportunity to win 🙂

  26. I have tried them and love them. I have all the other sets and so want to get this one too.
    Would love to win..thank you for your generosity and your wonderful videos.

    Annette Bridges

  27. I bought ALL the Distress Oxide ink pads (no refills yet) but I didn’t know about the Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze. What a difference that makes! That’s on my “to-buy” list.

  28. Yes I have used the distress oxide inks, love them. Can’t wait to try these new techniques with them. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Fabulous cards – great video! I have five colors of the distress oxide inks. I haven’t had a chance to use them much – will have to try this technique. Thank you for the chance to win!

  30. I have watched you and Tim’s videos and am in love with the
    effect of the inks. I bought my first three just this last weekend,
    so excited to give them a try!

  31. I have! Still trying them out. You make it look easy.
    I just got 2 more, so I have 5 now.
    I loved the videos you have done. In the first video…the colors are outstanding, and the beautiful combo of blue, green and teals, …”I love you to the moon and back” and the balloons with ‘wish” and the scraps… all were over the top. I think I have watched each of them 5 times.
    I want to ink oxide something…and not just paper!
    Thank you for being such an helpful and outstanding teacher!

  32. I haven’t tried it yet, but as I have been inspired by your videos, I had purchased six oxide inks and they just arrived today. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for your videos as it is very helpful for newbies like me.

  33. The papers you created with the oxide inks and glossy cardstock are beautiful. I have distress inks but with my limited budget, no oxide inks yet. All your cards turned out great and give me inspiration to head to my craft room…

  34. I only have one color of the Distressed Oxide inks. I am so glad to see how you used it. I would love to have a set of more colors. How in the world do you figure out what to do every post??? Something new each time. You are the one youtube channel that I won’t miss watching and look forward to each new one. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  35. I haven’t tried the distress oxide inks yet but they are on my wish list. You have shown many techniques that i want to try out

  36. I love the look of distressed oxide inks, but have not tried them yet. I am anxious to try them.

  37. I haven’t had a chance to try them yet but sure would like to win a set!! I have all the Distress, so now I need the Oxides!

  38. I’ve not had a chance to use the Distress Oxide inks as I live in a country where they are not available. I’ve watched many videos and would love to try them out!

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