I participate in many forums online and about every other day someone asks: "what is so special about oxides? Do I need them?". My quick answer is that they are fabulous...and yes you NEED them!!! I also see "I don't see a difference in oxides from regular distress inks". I am planning a post for the future that I think will show the difference, color for color nicely so check back!
For me, I think the key is color combos you chose so that's what I'm focusing on today. If I take all my oxides and mix them on a background....I'm not sure I like the results. BUT....if I carefully chose my color combos, I'm in LOVE!!!! That's what I wanted to show today. And I use the word carefully......maybe that's the wrong word to use. I mean, if I am going to make a card with a beach theme, I might pull out some blues to work with...mix in some green. If I wanted a grassy effect background, I would pull out my greens maybe mix in a brown.
All these backgrounds are using watercolor paper and I show the inks I used and then tried to take a close up of the background to show the color layering I was able to achieve with the oxide inks. For all these backgrounds, I used the same method, I smooshed the oxide pad onto my craft mat and then spritz with water to activate the oxide effect. I then took my watercolor paper and pressed into the ink on the craft mat. I used no more than three colors at a time. I would then take my heat gun and dry that layer. For the other layers of color , I would repeat that process, drying each layer in between. If the ink on my mat got used up or mixed with the other colors I was using, I would wipe it off and reink my craft mat. This helped me make sure I was getting the ink color where I wanted it on my background.
For my first example, I used Iced Spruce, Broken China and Faded Jeans. I love Broken China: it's a nice bright blue. Great for any beach or sea cards. But also any sky background.
Here's where you can see the layers. Can you see the Broken China blue on top of the Iced Spruce? The little dots that didn't muddy at all! I see Iced Spruce as a gray color on this background. That's the fun thing on oxides, they can take on different looks with different color combos or techniques.
Once again, here's the close up where you can see the ink layering. I would not be able to achieve the Iced Spruce spots on top of the Spiced Marmalade color. The Wilted Amber never muddied even with the darker Iced Spruce on top of it. That's the secret of Oxides!!
Here is the close up of the colors. I see this as a mermaid card!
Close up view of the colors.
Now into the purple....the Wilted Violet is a beautiful color. I love pairing it with green or blue. I also used Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint. I have a hard time using the brown distress inks with other colors, I end up with mud. But with the oxides....I get great depth of colors!
Look at that fabulous layers of color! I swear I am not a master of colors....it is the oxides! It is very easy to layer color as long as you dry the layers in between. I love that the purple looks like I used three or four shades of purple when really it was achieved with ONE ink pad!
I love this next color combo: Faded Jeans, Broken China and Spiced Marmalade. I LOVE this one. I have no idea what I will use it for, but it is gorgeous in person!
I will say I have a love/hate relationship with Worn Lipstick. I love the color by itself but when I start mixing it with other colors, it almost goes to pinky for me. But I love it mixed here with Fired Brick and Walnut Stain. I think as Tim Holtz adds more colors, I will find more color combos that I love with the Worn Lipstick. I also took an ink blending foam and inked the Walnut Stain around the edges of the background. This background has a country feel, I can see a great card with cowboy boots or a guitar on it using this one!
I never could get the pink color OVER a brown color using regular distress inks!
This one isn't my favorite, once again I think its the Worn Lipstick that throws me off. I like it....but I struggle that I think it might have to much color.
I hope this post was able to really showcase the oxides. It's the layering of color that makes them so special. It's beautiful!!!
Have you tried the Oxides inks yet? What are your favorite ink colors or combos? Are you like me, hoping, drooling for more colors to come out? I'm hoping for some more blues. I love the color variations of the blues.
Thanks for stopping by today.
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Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Walnut Stain - $5.39
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Broken China
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Fossilized Amber
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Wilted Violet
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Worn Lipstick
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Fired Brick
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Peeled Paint
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Iced Spruce
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink Pad - Faded Je
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