Warning, wordy post!!
I had pre-ordered the entire set of Distress Oxide inks after seeing some of the demo videos Tim Holtz did at CHA. At first I had to sigh, how can there be yet another Distress line!? Even seeing the neat backgrounds Tim was making, I would not have picked them up, but when I saw that you could stamp with them and some other things, I thought that I would spend my Christmas money on them and see what I could do.
I got them on Monday! When I first started playing with them, I was getting a little frustrated that I couldn't get the background results I had seen in the demo. After watching them again, I really think this is because I do not have a spray bottle that sprays big drops of water (like the distress one, I only have the mini misters.) I am going to get that soon to see if it makes a difference. Yes, you can get those big drops using your hand or a brush, but the process of drying the background with a heat gun AND holding a brush and having water nearby was too cumbersome.
Here are my very first experiments:
(Please click on any of the photos to enlarge them.)
Like I said, I would not be happy with getting these if I could only do backgrounds, so I decided to not only make the background but also stamp over it with the Distress Oxide inks. Even the sentiments are stamped in the Distress Oxide inks. This first one turned out well, I think. The background was made with Cracked Pistacio, Broken China and Faded Jeans in lots of layers -- drying in between. I stamped with the Faded Jeans. You can definitely see the chalky Oxide look to the surface. It is pretty neat.
The second card I am not really happy with. The green color of the flower silhouette was not dark enough to show my image well and it oxidized more as it dried, making it even more blurry looking. I thought I would share it anyhow. I would have been more happy with it had I used the Broken China to stamp with instead of Peeled Paint. The background was made with Broken China, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio and a little Vintage Photo.
Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna Sheet, Sentiments 3, Distress Oxide Inks, MFT Pierced squares dies, Elizabeth Designs embossing folder.
I would love to participate in the following challenge: