Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads & Reinkers

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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads and Reinkers are water-reactive dye & pigment ink that creates oxidised effects when sprayed with water. Perfect with stamps, stencils, and mixed media works. They can be blended using Ink Blending Tools and Foam or use with a water brush for your painting work. Re-inkers can be used to re-ink Tim Holtz Distress® Oxides® Ink Pads, which are sold separately. Re-inkers are available in .5 oz bottles.

Distress Oxides are available in over 72 colours. They are currently only available in full size 3" x 3" ink pads only.

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Features:

- Acid-free, Non-toxic, and Fade Resistant
- New Higher Felt with Raised 3″ x 3″ Pads
- Have more opaque properties with matt chalky finish (the ink contains no chalk)
- Hybrid ink with a special formulation of pigment and dye inks 
- Distress Oxides are bright in colour than Distress Inks when using in a dark colour cardstock
- Blend really well and give a creamier result when blending
- Also available in 0.5 oz reinkers in every colour

Distress Inks vs Distress Oxides

Distress Inks are dye-based inks that are transparent in nature and dry quickly due to their "thin" quality.

Distress Oxides are primarily constructed of pigment ink which has an opaque property and dries slower due to their natural thickness property. However, Distress Oxides are actually hybrid ink with a major component of the pigment ink with a small amount of dye ink in the compound.

- Distress Inks appear bright and more vibrant in colour when using on white cardstock.

- Distress Oxides have a milky oxidizing effect resulting in a chalky appearance even though they don't contain any chalk in the compound. 

- On darker cardstock (or background), Distress Oxides will cover up the background better while the Distress Ink allows the background colour to show through.

- Both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides can be used with water to create visually stunning results. Both can be left air-dried or dried via the use of a heat tool. Please note that the results may vary depending on the type of paper you use. 

- You can watercolour with both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. We recommend using a paint palette to store your Distress Ink and Distress Oxide. One drop for each would be more than enough to get you going creatively. The inks will not dry up. It's recommended to shake the Distress Oxides well before dropping them onto the palette. 

- Blending: Due to their transparency property, the Distress Inks have a tendency to show streaks more than the Distress Oxides. You can still blend with Distress Inks but a little bit of practice may be needed. Try to blend as lightly as possible and avoid pressing down too hard in one area. Distress Oxides blend much easier and nearly flawlessly. Blending Tools like the Ranger Domed Foam Ink Blending Tool or the Distress Blending Tools work perfectly when blending with your Distress & Distress Oxides Inks.

- Both can be used with Embossing Powers. A clear embossing powder is recommended to see through the beautiful colour of the stamped image.

- Distress Inks are available in 3" x 3" full-size ink pads as well as 1" x 1" mini ink pads while the Distress Oxides are only available in 3" x 3" full-size ink pads.

Distress Oxide Ink Pads vs Distress Reinkers vs Distress Oxide Sprays

  • With the ink pads, perfect for stamping and blending, raised surface, easy to control with the blending tool or blending brush. It's a great way to apply colour to a small surface. You have total control over the colour applied.
  • Sprays are ideal for working on a large surface....to cover a large area with colour and build the colour on top of it. 
  • Distress Oxide Sprays are the sprayable version of the Distress Oxide Ink Pads. However, they do not have the same concentration as the Distress Oxide Reinkers.