Thursday, March 9, 2017

Technique of the Week: Oxide Background

This post is in conjunction with the Art 'n Soul Newsletter article "Technique of the Week"

This post is less of a technique and more about trying out the new Distress Oxide inks. I was skeptical in the beginning, but now I know I LOVE these new inks.

Oxide inks are a hybrid of Pigment ink and Dye ink. Where Dye inks soak into your paper, Pigment inks sit on top and take longer to dry. The Oxides have the best of both of these worlds. They blend like a dream, and they stamp better as well. They also incorporate the best of the water-reactive properties of regular Distress ink. there are 12 colors currently available, and Ranger is overwhelmed with orders, so we have to get in line; but we WILL get them in! 

Right now we have 8 of the 12 colors for demo'ing at Art 'n Soul, and we will be happy to demo them for you.

For my card, I first blended Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Broken China, adding a little Wilted Violet at the end. 

I sprayed the card, using the Tim Holtz spritzer bottle, which makes large and small droplets. 

You can almost do no wrong with these inks, whatever I have done looks good. However, I wanted to stamp and emboss with White Diamond embossing powder, and I decided that my inks were a little too light for the white to pop out properly.

This panel is actually very pretty in real life, and it is at Art 'n Soul for you to see

Starting over with new colors was no problem, because playing with these inks is just so much fun. For the second try, I started with Wilted Violet.

I added Broken China (I LOVE the combo of these 2 colors), Cracked Pistachio, and Spiced Marmalade.

Since the inks have pigment, they are so easy to blend

If you compare the colors side by side to regular dye based Distress colors, they will look just a little different. This is because these Oxide colors with pigment sit on top of the paper, and the regular dye based ones soak in.

I spritzed it to get the water spots, and decided it was still too pale.

I made sure to dry the spots and went over the card with some Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, and intensified the colors in the Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.

I love how rich the colors are

This time I thought the colors were dark enough, and so I added more droplets with the spritzer, and dried the card thoroughly. I stamped my image and sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with White Diamond embossing powder by JudiKins.

I added a little of the Wilted Violet to the center of the largest flower in the stamp.

I hope you'll give these new inks a try. I think you'll find them as fun to work with as I did.

As you know, Art 'n Soul is Magenta's Retailer of the Year for the seventh year in a row, and this allows some privileges. The reason I mention this is because we have advance viewing of the new Magenta Spring Collection, and one of the stamps for Spring is a new one by yours truly, a Zen Bouquet of flowers, shown here on my card. I also have several sentiments in the collection, including this one.

Since I received my stamps just yesterday, I decided to give you all a sneak peek of two of my new stamps on the post this week. These are available for pre-order at Art 'n Soul now, along with the entire 2017 Spring Collection. Please come by and see our sneak peek catalog and place your order. You can be among the first in the world to receive the beautiful new Magenta stamps!

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. We are taking orders for the new Spring collection now. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can visit the Magenta online store here. The new collection will be in the online store very soon).

44.024.Q Zen Bouquet
07.968.H You are Amazing

Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide inks: 
Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China, 
Wilted Violet,Cracked Pistachio, and Faded Jeans
Versamark ink
White Diamond embossing powder by JudiKins


  1. Pretty cool your new stamp Dianne !

  2. Love your new stamp. Congratulation on the new design.

  3. what was in the bottle? Water? Alcohol?

    1. Irene, it was water. Oxide ink is a combination of dye and pigment and reacts with water.

  4. Very helpful! Thank you!

    Would these dry if blended over gelli plate prints w acrylic paint?

    1. Hi Suzie! I'm actually not sure. Oxide inks are a hybrid of pigment and dye inks. The acrylic paint might act as a resist, but it might still be interesting. By the way, you can use Oxide inks on your gelli plate for a really good look.


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