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Class #3: Distress Oxide

by Justine Hovey

Welcome back to class! Today we are going to be focussing on Distress Oxide inks. Aside from your regular set of inks, this is the only other ink that I would recommend having because they truly do something different. Ink preference is such a personal choice and I’m always fascinated by which inks are people’s favourites and the reasons why. 

All dye based inks work the same – in fact, many of them are manufactured by the same company. Have you ever noticed that some of your ink pad cases look the same but are from a different company? They are probably manufactured by the same company!

Distress inks are different because they contain dye and pigment. This means they sink nicely into your cardstock (like dye based inks do) and they also sit on top of the cardstock (like pigment inks). This means a few things. They won’t dry as quickly, giving you time to work with them. They also have a chalk or “oxidized” look when you add water. Lastly, they don’t necessarily just blend together like regular Distress inks – they tend to layer.Don’t panic if you don’t have oxide inks. Try the techniques with whatever inks you have on hand. Some of the techniques will work just fine, others may look different. 

In today’s lessons, we are going to cover the following techniques:

  • Ink Blending
  • Adding Water
  • Watercolour Wash
  • Stencil on Backgrounds
  • Direct to Paper
  • Galaxy Backgrounds
  • Sunburst
  • Swipe and Layer
Password: Oxide

I am so excited to welcome this month’s featured company! Ellen Hutson has always been such a kind, welcoming person in the industry with phenomenal shipping times and great customer service. I just happened to meet her at Creativation one year while standing in line for lunch and I ended up creating videos on Ellen’s channel for quite a while after that. She has so generously donated a $25 gift certificate to give away to one lucky participant. I will announce the winner in the August 15th email! I will choose from the list of paid participants. No action is required on your part to enter the giveaway.

Additionally, I have a coupon code for you! It is valid all month long until August 31st, 2019 at 11:59pm. Save 10% all month long. Please click the button below to shop!

Suggested Videos:

The difference between Distress and Distress Oxide
5 Ways to Use Oxide Inks
Blending is seriously the best technique ever!
A great video on blending combinations!
Additional video on ways to use Distress Oxide with Stencils

Next Up! Class #4: Watercolour

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