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**VIDEO** Distress Oxides and what makes them unique

Distress Oxides was something I was so excited about when I saw the announcement of this new addition to the distress line!!! You all know I love my distress inks! Allow me to introduce you to the distress oxides!!! They just came in stock today so be sure to RUN over to the shop and grab what you want!

I have a video to share you all today showcasing these oxides. It’s a different kind of video as I don’t actually walk you thru making a card.. Instead, I make SEVERAL backgrounds using different techniques with the distress oxides. You can watch the video here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD by clicking HERE!

A few fun facts about the new inks:

A few differences I noticed right away between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides:

  • Layering colors:  The most obvious difference to me between the distress inks and the distress oxides is the fact you can layer colors on top of each other without a muddy result. Take yellow and purple for example. If you were to layer those distress ink colors, you would get brown. With the oxides, you can actual layer one on top of the other (I make sure each layer is dry before applying a new color) and you can see both colors beautifully. The video will explain this in more detail.
  • Chalk like finish: The finish of the oxides almost result in a chalk like finish without the chalky residue. When the ink dries, the colors lighten a bit and the beautiful chalk like finish is revealed.
  • Stamping: With the oxides, because they are a blend of dye ink AND pigment ink, you can stamp with them. I did not (KNOCKING MY HEAD AGAINST THE WALL) showcase this in my video! WHY? I don’t know!!! GRRR! But you can stamp with them! You get wonderfully solid stamped  impressions because of the mixture of the pigment ink fused in with the dye ink.
  • Water reactive: We all love distress inks and the fun techniques you can do with them and water! The same goes with the Oxides! The finish is a bit different, but they still react with water like magic!!!!

Lots of cards made, lots of techniques used and lots of experimenting with these distress oxides! These backgrounds were created using the distress oxides for the first time, so I know I have loads more to learn from them! This was simply a first impression/experimentation and I wanted to share them with you all!

How do you get them? Retailers are starting to receive their orders. Ellen Hutson received their first order yesterday and have more coming next week! I encourage you to get them when you see them if you want them! Click HERE to purchase! If you find that have sold out, fear not! More coming next week so just enter to be notified when they are back in stock!


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  1. I love your backgrounds…. so pretty!

  2. Betty says:

    can’t wait to have fun with these new inks – wonderful backgrounds – thanks for the inspiration!

  3. The more I see – the more I think I’m going to have to cave and buy these! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Laurel!! I am totally falling in love with these Distress Oxide inks!!! Your samples and final cards turned out drop-dead gawjus, Sistah! And you’re so right as I didn’t think about it…but this would be PERFECT for the peacock feathers! Why didn’t I think of that? LOL. Have a wonderful day and TFS!

  5. It was great fun watching you play, Laurel. Cannot wait to have a play with them myself. I ordered them from the UK about two weeks ago (with 10% off), and I’m hoping they will arrive soon.

  6. Maggie B says:

    Hi Laurel ~ LOVE your cards and your video too. As a self-described Distress Ink Junkie, I HAD to have these the moment I saw them. They’ve arrived but I’m still working on my son’s wedding invitations so I can’t play quite yet. I saw a Tim Holtz video on YT from Creatavation (I think that’s right….but not sure) and he said Ranger doesn’t have any plans for releasing any other DI colors in the Oxides. I sent them a note begging for more so hopefully they’ll listen to ‘lil ole me!! Hope you had an awesome weekend! ~HUGS~

  7. ANN GREENE says:

    Laurel, these are gorgeous. You have such a good eye for color. I really like the traditional water color card. Wow. Thanks.

  8. Seems like these distress oxide inks are better for people that have trouble blending, like myself. I loved all the different techniques that you used. Thank you

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