Distress Oxide Emboss Resist Layering Technique

Happy Thursday, all! I finally have my hands on the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and I played with them a bit. I’m glad I had my camera recording when I was playing because I loved the results! This is my first time trying out Distress Oxide inks. :)

I’m calling this technique Distress Oxide Emboss Resist Layering. Because that’s exactly what it is. Ha! :)

Basically, I started out by creating a watercolor background using a plastic sandwich bag. I smooshed the ink pads onto the bag, sprayed it with water until the ink beaded up, and then placed my watercolor paper down onto the bag (face side down). I then flipped it over and used my fingers to press and move the watery ink below the sandwich bag. I removed the bag and dried the background.

For the emboss resist, I stamped the large stripes from Concord & 9th’s Stripe Builder stamp set in VersaMark ink, applied clear embossing powder, and then heat set it. Then I repeated the sandwich bag smooshing with more Distress Oxide ink. Because the clear embossed stripes protected the first layer of color, I was left with a stripe pattern with lots of color.

Because I loved the background so much, I kept the rest of the card design very simple. I added some stacked diecuts cut using Paper Smooches Mr & Mrs die, a small stamped “congrats” from the New Beginnings stamp set, and then some scattered sequins from Darice (Crystal sequins in 8mm and 5mm).

I hope you love today’s card. I love how the background turned out. To recreate a background using this technique I recommend using very solid stamps or background stamps. You want large areas of the first layer to be protected by the clear embossing.

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