Distress Inks vs. Distress Oxide: A Side-by-Side Comparison


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Hi Crafters,
the new Distress Oxide inks are all the hype right now after Creativation 2017! I actually took part in the workshop provided by Tim Holtz and managed to snag a few of the inks to play with and I wanted to show you some projects I created PLUS a video comparing Distress Inks and Distress Oxide side-by-side. When I first saw the announcement of these inks, I figured I didn't need them, what difference could there possibly be?! After seeing them at Creativation, however, and getting the chance to play - boy was I wrong! Don't forget to keep checking back here because I will be featuring these and a giveaway for the complete set of Oxide inks in the near future :)

Here is a close up of the two tags I created using the EXACT SAME COLOURS in Distress Ink and Distress Oxide: Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Fired Brick. You can see the opacity is quite different - the oxides (pigment and dye mixture) gives the colours a milky look with clear colour on top of colour while the distress inks are more vibrant.

Here is a quick breakdown of the differences between the two inks formulas

I wanted to share what we made in class at Creativation. Most of you know me as clean and simple but I do like to get inky and grungy with mixed media when I am crafting on my own so this was also something that was right up my alley.

Not to mention I got to meet and chat with both Tim and Mario afterwards and it was such an amazing time. I can't wait until next year!

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  1. Thanks for the comparison of inks video...I was curious about these, but you answered my questions.

  2. Great information about the new digress oxide inks and the comparison in the video! I wondered what the differences would be and now I know so thank you so much!

  3. Thanks so much for the great video Justine. I'm loving the look of these new Distress Oxide inks. I am totally addicted to distresss and can't wait to try them out for myself.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. These new inks are amazing - when has Tim ever let us down? 😍

  5. Hi Justine, Love, Love , Love you and videos! I learn a lot from you and your creativeness..... Thanks so much...

    Chris B

  6. Interesting ink. Thanks for the comparison.

  7. I was wondering about the mini version pads - thank you for answering that question in your comparison video. :-)

  8. The Oxide inks can also be beautifully used without water - for easier blending than with Distress, clearer stamping with better coverage, adding layers, etc.

  9. I have watched a video where Tim is demonstrating these inks and they are truly amazing. Thanks for doing a comparison.

  10. Thank you for showing us this comparison. I wasn't going to purchase them but I now see that you get a completely different look.

  11. Thanks for showing me the comparison, it is very helpful!! I am going to have to have some because of this video!! Bev chester

  12. Fabulous and timely comparison, Justine; I was sitting on the fence about submitting an order, but not any longer! Distress Oxides joining my collection!

  13. Thank you very much! You answered my questions!

  14. Thank you very much! You answered my questions!

  15. Oh Justine, I just found your videos. They are simply fabulous, just love them!

  16. Justine, Do you find that when the Oxide inks have dried and you rub your finger on the paper that a white powder substance can be left on your finger? I have experience this. Thank you, Debbie

    1. I have never noticed before. I'm on vacation and don't have anything made on hand with the oxides or I could check. There is Distress Glaze by Ranger that "sets" the ink though that will probably solve that issue :)

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  18. Always great examples Justine. You are easy to listen to and to follow. Thank so much
    Ps I appreciate that you are always ready with your supplies. Others are always reaching and saying oh I should have taken this out or I guess I could have gotten this ready but you are ready !!!!!!! Love it. Thx again. I too love both inks but oxide is my fave

  19. Just wanted to say Hello to another Justine :)
    --Justine from Maryland, USA


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