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Oxide Ink Basics

Updated on January 22, 2019
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

About Oxide Inks

Oxide Inks have hot the craft world by storm ! They are a very unique fusion of water reactive dye and pigment ink. They create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water!

The first thing to know is that the ink is opaque. Because of this feature, you can use them both on dark and light paper. (distress inks will almost never show up on dark paper)

You can use them with stamps, stencils and to direct application. You can blend them with a blending tool or foam. They blend seamlessly without getting "muddy".

They can also be used in water color techniques.

Another great feature of oxide inks is that you can emboss with them. They stay wet long enough to add embossing powders and finish before they dry.



The oxide ink colors are the same as the distress ink colors, but do not look the same on paper

What Can You Do With Oxide Inks ?

There is a multitude of things that you can do with oxide inks. Because of their versatility, they more than make up for their cost. Here are just a few of them !

  1. Create backgrounds with unlimited combinations. You can go with as many colors as you would like ! You can also create multicolored stamped backgrounds.
  2. Stamp with them. Unlike distress inks, they give crisp, clear images.
  3. Stencil with them. You will get a clear image every time.
  4. Heat emboss with them. Yes, they are juicy enough to hold up under embossing powder.
  5. You can water color with them. Lots of fun !

One of the most exciting things that you can do with oxide inks is to use them on darker color papers! Think black and kraft paper ! Dark blue is one of my personal favorites.

Oxide Ink Colors And Pads

The oxide ink colors duplicate the colors of distress inks from Ranger. There are 36 colors in all. The colors are rich and vibrant. Click here to see the color range.

There are re-inkers available in all colors.

The pads are the larger 3 inch by 3 inch pads, the same size as the larger distress ink pads.This is the only size available. The pads have a grey color rather than the black color pads of the distress ink pads. The ink pads themselves are a felt pad


Catagorizing Your Oxide Inks

I like to create a catalog page with my inks. I do this so that when I design my cards or scrapbook pages, I can see the colors I have. Creating an inventory helps with design, but also helps me in another way. When I know what I have, I can plan to add to my stash without buying duplicates.

If covering a large area, use a scrap piece of paper underneath your non-blending hand to hold down the cardstock you’re working with. This will help avoid smudges on your projects as well as minimize inky fingers.

Basic Blending And Water Technique

There is so much fun to be had with oxide inks ! Once you get started with them, you are going to want to get every color in the line. The fun thing about oxide inks, for me, is that you can mix colors that you never would have thought possible ! Plus, the blend is even better than distress inks.

Supplies

2 oxide inks in your choice of colors

Blending tool and pads ( one pad for each color)

White cardstock

Paper towel

Water spritzer

  • Lay your piece of card stock down on a craft mat
  • With the blending tool, start laying down one color of oxide inks in a circular motion.
  • Now with a fresh ink pad, apply the second color on the rest of your card stock.
  • Spritz with water on different parts of the ink. ( you could just use your fingers to splay the water)
  • Allow to dry or use a heating tool to dry faster.

Now that you have seen the magic of these inks, let your imagination go wild ! Tey this technique with multiple colors !



Water Color Background

Supplies

Watercolor paper

Oxide inks in the color of your choice

Paint brush

Directions

  1. With some clean water, saturate your water color paper. wet the paper with your paint brush
  2. On a craft mat. lay down your oxide ink colors
  3. Start laying your colors down on the water color paper
  4. Make sure to blend between colors
  5. Heat emboss the paper to dry

Second Oxide Ink Technique

This is a variation on the first technique and is as much fun ! Because of the inks properties, you can keep adding color over and over again.

Supplies


Oxide ink pads in the colors of your choice

Craft mat

White card stock or glossy paper

Water Spritzer

  • Spread a fair amount of ink on your craft mat
  • Spritz the ink with a small amount of water
  • Run a portion of your paper into the puddle
  • Dry the paper with a heat gun
  • Take a second color and do it again
  • Repeat the process with as many colors as you like

Oxide Inks And Stencils

You can get a really nice effect with oxide inks and stencils. The first thing is to create an oxide ink background and allow to dry. Then follow the directions :

  1. Mist your stencil with water
  2. Wipe away the water from the edges of the stencil
  3. Place the stencil on your inked piece water side down
  4. Blot over the stencil with a paper towel. This presses the stencil on the piece.
  5. Remove the stencil and blot the piece with paper towels
  6. The wet stencil lifts the ink from the piece and gives a faded look.
  7. Allow to dry

Oxide Ink Stamping Technique

Stamping with oxide inks gives a beautiful subdued image that is perfect on cards,tags and any and all journal pages. Here is one technique to get an image that is sure to please

  1. Create a ink oxide background using two to three colors of your choice. Use a heavy hand to make this a strong background.
  2. Ink up your stamp with Versamark Ink.
  3. Spritz the stamp several times with water
  4. Stamp over your background
  5. Allow to dry

More Oxide Ink Techniques

Storing Oxide Inks

Unlike distress inks, oxide inks must be stored flat. The reason for this is that there is pigment in the ink. If you store them on their side, there is a chance that the pigment may puddle at the bottom of the pad. Since you are making an investment in these pads, why take any chances?

Blender Tool And Pads

Blender pads , especially the round pads can be saved and reused. Simply apply a piece of velcro to the bottom of the container. The pad will stick to the Velcro on the bottom of the pad.

Blending Tool And Replacement Pads

Mini Ink Blending Tool-1 Round (Mini Ink Blending Tool With Replacement Foams)
Mini Ink Blending Tool-1 Round (Mini Ink Blending Tool With Replacement Foams)

The ink blender tool is an absolute must if you are working with oxide or distress inks. The tool has removable pads that are held on with velcro. Once you use the pad, you can keep it by attaching the pad that you used underneath the color of ink. So the pad will last a long time.

 

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