If you haven't yet used Distress Oxide inks, DO IT! Find someone who will let you use theirs and just play! That's how I found out about them. Some friends got together JUST to play with the Oxides. I was hooked from that moment! What beautiful backgrounds they make. I know there are other ways to use them, but since I am still quite a novice, I don't know their many other uses. . .yet!
Basically, for these backgrounds, I rubbed the ink pad straight onto my crafting mat leaving ink stripes. I put several colors together. Then, I spritzed the ink with water before I laid the paper on top. I moved the paper around in order to pick up more ink and to blend the colors. I used my heat tool to dry the ink a bit. Then, I spritzed it with water again (using larger drops- the Tim Holtz spray bottle works great for this!), then I dabbed it with a paper towel as I used the heat tool to dry it.
Also, all the images were colored with Copics!
Without further ado:
This is also a stamp from Craftin Desert Divas! It is a Digital Stamp called Cool Summer! On the top of this background, I used the Oxide ink to stamp with. It gives a great tone on tone image that is subtle but still effective!
On this final example, I used the Oxides a little differently. Using a blending tool, I blended different bright colors onto Bristol paper. (It is heavier paper that stands up to the wet media.) After that, I blended the Black Soot Oxide over top of the colors being sure to leave some of the color visible. Then, I spritzed the paper with water. It blended the colors and obscured the lines. I dried it with my heat tool, spritzed it again, dabbed it with a paper towel and then dried it again. After the whole thing was dry, I splattered silver acrylic paint over it to look like stars.
That is all I have for now! Try out the Oxide inks if you can! They are more than just ink!
Thank you for looking and have a Crafty Day!