The Difference Between Distress & Distress Oxide Inks: Part 3
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Editor’s Note: We’re happy to have designer Deborah Nolan as our guest on the CardMaker blog today!

It’s a pleasure to be back as a guest designer sharing another project that utilizes Ranger Distress Oxide inks.

This is the third article in a series about Distress Oxide ink that I’ve written for the CardMaker blog. For a quick explanation of the difference between the original Distress ink and its Oxide version, click here to see how to create a layered background. To learn how to remove color from your layered background with water and a stencil, click here.

Today we’ll be looking at how Oxides are great for stamping images, thanks to the pigment ink in its formula. Stamped images can be used as is or spritzed with water to either make the colors intensify and/or to produce a softer, Impressionistic image.

Step 1. Stamp images as desired. Even if you don’t add any water, these colors are rich and beautiful.

Step 2. Hold mister 18-24 inches above stamped panel and mist. Once dry, the colors will pop. 

Tip: For an Impressionist look, hold spritz closer to the panel – larger drops and more water create  bleeding. The more water used, the more blurry the result.

Step 3: Heat misted panel until dry. 

Step 4: Option: Highlight images with a white gel pen.

Step 5: Die-cut sentiment frame and sentiment from black cardstock and adhere to stamped panel.

Step 6: Trim stamped panel and adhere with foam tape to a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4-inch black card base. Adhere gems.


Supplies: Cardstock (black, kraft), Distress Oxide inks (broken china, candied apple, faded jeans, fired brick, fossilized amber, lucky clover, peacock feathers, picked raspberry, seedless preserves, twisted citron, worn lipstick) and Tim Holtz Distress sprayer from Ranger Industries Inc.; Signo white gel pen from uniball; gems from Prima Marketing Inc.; Stitched Thank You Square Frame die set from Memory Box.

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