This week I've been playing with some new goodies -- Tim Holtz's new Distress Oxide inks! (Ellen Hutson just received a new shipment today, so get them while you can HERE! If they happen to disappear quickly, don't fret -- I hear another shipment should be received next week!) This first offering of 12 colors is a beautiful selection; below I've shown a few of them.
(Ink swatches graciously provided by Jennifer McGuire and can be downloaded here.)
On the left side of the color swatches, I applied the ink direct-to-paper from the ink pad. On the right side of the swatches, I sponged the color on. As you can see, the sponged color turns out a little lighter (although more color can be built up to achieve the same color as the direct method) and blends BEAUTIFULLY -- so much smoother and effortless than regular Distress Ink!
The first thing I wanted to try with these inks was watercolor . . . And it worked beautifully!
Since these inks are a hybrid of dye and pigment inks, the resulting color is very nicely opaque, buildable and beautifully soft, resulting in a slight chalky feeling when dry. As the "oxide" name implies, these inks react to water with an oxidizing affect, turning a lighter and/or whiter shade of the original color when water is applied to the dry ink:
Therefore, when they are applied WITH water, a lighter, softer version of the original color is achieved and it is gorgeous!
Pink Ink's new Boho Flower Frame was the perfect little floral garden to practice on! I gold heat embossed the image onto Ranger watercolor paper and then simply picked up color directly from the Oxide ink pads with my waterbrush and colored away!
After coloring the image, I die cut it with Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. Then to give the edges of the rectangle some glam, I applied X-Press It's 1/4-inch Double-Sided High-Tack Tape and folded the excess over to the back of the piece:
Then I dumped some of WOW's beautiful new Sparkles Premium Glitter (Santorini) onto the tape:
And burnished the glitter into the tape, using my fingers.The glittered image was adhered with X-Press It Double-Sided High Tack Foam Mounting Tape to Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy card base. Pink Ink's pretty "Every Day" sentiment was also gold heat embossed in the center of the flower frame. Just change out the sentiment and you could easily use this floral image and card idea for just about any occasion!