Today I am comparing distress oxides to regular distress ink!
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Today I am comparing distress oxides with regular distress inks. I know that oxides are new to the stamping scene and not everyone has them. So I am going to show you some samples of the same cards. Only one done with oxides and the second one done in regular distress inks.
I posted this card to the Unity show and tell Facebook group about a month ago. I got a lot of questions on how to do this background. So I thought I would do a video on it. In the video I did the first card with distress oxides and the second card with regular distress inks. I wanted to show a side by side comparison of the two distress inks. Distress oxides vs regular distress inks. I used this fabulous owl from February 2017 sentiment kit. Owl I Do Say.
Can you tell which one is done with oxides and which one is done with regular distress inks?
Here is the video.
The cards look very similar. If you don’t have distress oxides remember that you can use regular distress inks and get similar results with this technique. The biggest difference I noticed doing the video. Is that the oxides ink blend easier. That is because the oxides are a pigment and dye ink fusion. Regular distress inks are a dye ink only. When ink blending the oxides blend smoother because the ink sits on top of the paper because of the pigment in them and the regular distress ink tend to soak into the paper quickly and doesn’t blend as easily. You can still ink blend with the regular distress inks and get great results. I think both of these cards turned out great!
What about water coloring with distress inks?
I did two samples the exact same way. One card using distress oxides and a second card using regular distress inks. Can you guess which one is done with oxides and which one is done with regular distress inks? I love these two owls together!
The girl owl is an itty bitty called Springtime Owl.
These cards look very similar. I do prefer to watercolor with regular distress inks. Regular distress inks are translucent so they are more similar to watercolors. Oxides are more opaque and come off slightly more muted in color. You can achieve very similar results when watercoloring using either distress oxides or regular distress inks.
Distress oxide card is on the right and the regular distress ink card is on the left.
Here are two backgrounds I did. One with distress oxides and second one with regular distress inks.
For these backgrounds I ink smooshed three colors of distress inks on to a craft mat. Then misted with water and pick up ink off of craft mat with water color paper. I used seedless preserves, picked raspberry, and worn lipstick. The one on the right was done with the distress oxides and the one on the left was done with the regular distress inks.
Here is the completed cards. I colored and fussy cut these cute owls onto the backgrounds. I love coloring this owl in fun colors. Purple, pink, blue, green? The option are endless.
One of the differences that the distress oxides can do that the regular distress inks can’t do is stamp or stencil on dark colored card stock. This is impossible to do with regular distress inks.
For this background I used a stencil and distress oxide in broken china on navy blue card stock. I love this look that the oxides can do on darker colored card stock. The oxides have pigment ink in them that allows then to be opaque and seen on dark card stock. You can also emboss with them!
I hope you find these comparisons helpful in the differences between distress oxides and regular distress inks. Another difference is that you can not get the oxides in the smaller ink cubes. They are only available in the full size ink pads.
That’s are time for today! Please join me every Thursday for more stamp therapy sessions!