Monday, March 19, 2018


New Products Overview
by Juliet Thomson
Juliet Thomson is our talented new products coordinator and designer here at Kaszazz, and she is excited to share with you our March 2018 new products release - Serendipity! Gold, silver, copper and rose gold have been popular for a while, and they’re not going anywhere soon! Add these to marble backgrounds and you get Serendipity ~ finding something beautiful, without even looking.
A dreamy collection of SB Papers and stamps with a touch of luxe.
March 2018 New Products
We have lots of amazing additions to the Kaszazz products range! Here's a summary:
SB Paper - Serendipity
  • 5732 SB Paper - Serendipity - Chevron
  • 5733 SB Paper - Serendipity - Script
  • 5734 SB Paper - Serendipity - Spots
Buy a 7295 SB - Serendipity Basics (16) pack to help you get started with these new papers - 5 sheets of each of these "Bling" 12x12 cardstock are included:
  • 1349 SB Essentials Bling - White 
  • 1350 SB Essentials Bling - Silver
New Un-Mounted Rubber Stamps
A stunning selection of stamps designed to coordinate with the Serendipity papers.

BONUS - a second new SB Paper and stamps collection to create with!
SB Paper - Black and White
  • 5742 SB Paper - Black and White - Diamonds
  • 5743 SB Paper - Black and White - Stripes
  • 5744 SB Paper - Black and White - Spots
Listed below are some coordinating cardstock suggestions to help you get started with these new papers:

  • 4926 SB Essentials - Black 
  • 4925 SB Essentials - White
  • 1095 SB Essentials - Stone
  • 4930 SB Essentials - Ash
  • 1094 SB Essentials - Charcoal
These are all included in the 7296 SB - Black and White Basics (18) pack!
New Un-Mounted Rubber Stamps
A stunning selection of stamps designed to coordinate with the Black and White papers.

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
We’re thrilled to add another 12 Distress Oxide Ink colours to the growing Oxides spectrum!

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inkpads are a water reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. Use with stamps, stencils, and direct to surface. Acid free, non-toxic and fade resistant. Embellishments
5727 Ribbon 5m - 3/8" Satin - White/Gold Edge
5728 Ribbon 5m - 1/4" Satin - Black
5735 Metallic Tape - 15mmx2m Glitter 10mmx5m Foil - Rose Gold
Stencil - Script - Strength
Colour your project through the 160x160mm semi-transparent laser cut 0.5mm plastic stencil, then remove to reveal the masked pattern!

Mixed Media
Fantastic mixed media products from Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz to experiment with.

Artist quality Opaque Crackle Texture Paste is ideal for adding dimensional crackle layers to a variety of surfaces. Apply through stencils using a palette knife, or create textures and patterns using 5644 Texture Tools.

Achieve various speckles, splatters, and texture on your mixed-media projects with this Tim Holtz Splatter Brush. Watch the video below of Tim Holtz demonstrating his Splatter Bruish technique! Click here to watch in YouTube.
Ezy-Press Dies 
Each of the new release dies is available individually, or as a "combo" set with its matching un-mounted rubber stamp!

The Die and Stamp Combo pack is an economical way to purchase them both together. Of course stamps and dies are also sold individually!
7297 SB Layout Kit - Serendipity
Create beautiful 12x12 pages like our samples!

7298 Card Making Kit - Serendipity
All you need are basic tools and adhesives - quickly produce Serendipity cards in bulk!


New Products - March 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Some Old Scrapbook Pages.

As I have not posted a lot of scrapbooking this year just due to the fact I have been so busy, I thought I would put up a few old pages I have done over the years. The second page was an old Kaszazz 2Hr Workshop, I can't remember the name of it but it just suited my photo. It is done from the Ebony and Ivory Range of SB Papers. Hope you enjoy these pages. We had so much lovely rain last week and hopefully it has not gone.

Until Next Time

Elegant Roses Bouquet Cards

Hi Everyone,

Here are two cards made from the 2H2009 Elegant Roses Bouquet Cards created by Cheryl Peterie. Donna has started her one on one card workshops for this year. These cards are beautiful and the photos do not do them justice. The fern sprigs are made from the 7210 Die Owl and Wreath. The beautiful Papers are from the Elegant Foundations Range of papers. They are all so versatile. I have been a bit slow with Scrapbooking this year but stayed tuned for my next page.

Until Next Time

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NEW Tim Holtz Distress Oxides have arrived at Kaszazz and are available for ordering!
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The Birth of Modern Scrapbooking

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The Birth of Modern Scrapbooking

If you had to pinpoint exactly where today's form of scrapbooking originated, the birth of modern scrapbooking is generally accepted to have occurred in 1980 at a genealogy event called The World Conference on Records. Marielen Christensen was invited to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints event in Salt Lake City to display her 3-ring binder albums (50 of them!) full of decorated scrapbook pages that she had begun creating a few years earlier. Christensen used archival-safe materials and put her scrapbook pages in clear page protectors - something done for the first time. She also introduced a unique photo and record-keeping system. The concept resonated with Mormon church members, whose faith values family and genealogy research.
Marielen Christensen
From left to right: Photograph of Marielen Christensen and her husband AJ in 1979. The Keeping Memories Alive booth at the World Conference of Records. Marielen looking at a scrapbook with two of her children.
In 1981, Christensen opened the first store devoted to scrapbooking called Keeping Memories Alive. The store, located in Spanish Fork, Utah, became a destination for scrapbookers. Scrapbookers from around the country would travel to Utah to visit the Keeping Memories Alive store. Soon after, the Christensens also started a mail-order catalog for those who could not make the trip.
Note: Jill Davis, Founder, was inspired by Marielen's ideas and innovations. She made several trips to the Keeping Memories Alive store in Spanish Fork, Utah, in the early 1980s to purchase scrapbooking supplies.
Marielen Christensen's Scrapbook
Two of Marielen Christensen's original scrapbook pages. One from 1976 and the other from 1979. 
Marielen Christensen Scrapbook
A close-up of one of Christensen's early scrapbook pages in a clear protective page protector. Christensen was the first to utilize page protectors to protect and store her scrapbook pages. This was a key advancement in modern scrapbooking. 
Christensen’s original scrapbook pages were, by necessity, on 8 ½" x 11" letter sized paper. She stored the pages in clear plastic sheet protectors inside three ring binders. This innovative use of page protectors was a key shift in scrapbooking for many reasons. Clear page protectors helped protect photos and pages from damage, but they also paved the way for a new era of page-by-page creation. The original, Keeping Memories Alive scrapbooking papers were also 8 1/2" x 11", and many of them were adapted from stationery designs.
By the late 1990s, however, the standard scrapbook page size was shifting to a larger 12" x 12" square page that better accommodated 4” x 6” photos. Albums began to be available in a variety of types of bindings: strap hinge, post, and ring, to suit a growing community's growing needs. Some strap hinge albums still had paper pages similar to those of the early scrapbooks, but albums full of sheet protectors (to allow each page to have a different background paper) were increasingly becoming the scrapbook format of choice.
Size Difference between layouts
An 8 1/2" x 11" page on the left (from 1999) before the transition and a 12" x 12" page on the right (from 2002) after the transition to larger pages. Both pages were created by Jill Davis - Founder.  

Digital Cameras

Around the time that color film was just becoming the standard for personal photography, the first digital camera had already been invented. Kodak engineer, Steve Sasson, developed the first digital camera, a prototype, in 1975. However, it would be a few more decades before digital photography became common (and affordable) consumer technology. And when it did, its takeover of the photography world was rapid.
The first consumer digital camera was launched to the photography market in 1990. By 2006, Nikon and Canon had stopped development on new film cameras and had shifted all new camera production to entirely digital models. It had been barely over 15 years since the first digital camera was sold, and now film was going the way of the horse and buggy.
Digital Cameras
Different types and models of Digital Cameras from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. 
Digital photography eliminated a major barrier to taking pictures: cost.
With film, each click of the shutter had a price - first to purchase the film itself, and then to develop it. Although the price of film photography had decreased significantly over the course of the 20th century, as the technology aged and improved, costs could still easily run at least $10 for each roll used.
By contrast, a click of the digital shutter to take a photograph was free. Cost per image only became a factor when the photographer chose to print out an image. With this new freedom, photographers began clicking away, taking huge volumes of photos.

The Advent of Local Scrapbook Stores

By the late 1990s, several local scrapbook stores had popped up around the country. These stores provided a large selection of scrapbook albums, papers, and other products. The Local Scrapbook Store phenomenon continued into the 2000s. These early local scrapbook stores were a response to the booming interest in scrapbooking, but there were also instrumental in helping spread awareness of scrapbooking and enthusiasm for it.

Learning to Scrapbook

The 1990s also brought the inception of several scrapbooking magazines. Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers and others saw meteoric growth during the second half of the 1990s and early 2000s.  These magazines taught people across the globe how to scrapbook and they were also instrumental in spreading awareness and interest in the booming hobby. By the late 1990s scrapbooking magazines could be found on magazine stands of chain bookstores and retail stores across the United States.
Creative Keepsakes Magazine
The first issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine published November 1996. 
Early issues of Creating Keepsakes Magazine. Top Issue Features Becky Higgins.
Several early issues of Creating Keepsakes magazine from the mid-1990s.
During the 1990s scrapbookers also began gathering at events called "crops" where they could share supplies and teach each other new techniques. These social scrapbooking gatherings, which still happen today, are similar to quilting gatherings called quilting bee's that were popularized early in the 20th century.
Creative Memories, Close to my Heart, and other home-based retailers of scrapbooking supplies were also very important to the growth of the hobby. Independent representatives for these companies held parties in their homes to teach friends and family members how to scrapbook, and sell the supplies needed in order to do so. Creative Memories, which was founded in 1987, became the largest home-based retailer and saw meteoric growth through the 1990s and early 2000s. Creative Memories representatives were both instrumental to the growth of the hobby and benefited from the rise in popularity at the same time. In 2004, at their peak, Creative Memories representatives drove over $400 million dollars in retail sales.
Jill Davis Launches
A photograph of Jill Davis on the day was launched in 1999.
Jill Davis, an artist and calligrapher, was one of the earliest pioneers in the modern scrapbooking movement. She had been inspired by Marielen Christensen in the early 1980s and started creating her own scrapbooks and developing her own unique scrapbooking techniques and ideas soon after. By the late 1990s, she was teaching sold-out scrapbook classes in Arizona. Davis wanted to share her ideas and love for scrapbooking to a larger audience. In 2000, she and her husband Charlie launched, a place where Jill, and others, could teach the world how to scrapbook.
Jill Davis Scrapbook
One of Jill Davis' earliest scrapbooks. Jill's early style was inspired by Marielen's scrapbooks and Jill also used clear page protectors as well, based on Christensen's system.
Jill's Layout
An 8 1/2" x 11" scrapbook page created in the early 1980s. Jill used calligraphy writing style for her captions and journaling on her pages. 
Jill Davis Scrapbook
One of Jill's early scrapbooks. This photo showcases current CEO, Drex Davis, on the left (Age 5) and current President, McKane Davis (Age 3).
Later, created an online project gallery where people across the globe could take photos or scans of their creations and upload them in one place online to share. Soon, scrapbookers everywhere were teaching and inspiring each other in a way that seemed unimaginable just a few years earlier.

Note: During the early 2000s several additional sites like Two Peas in a Bucket, Scrapjazz, DMarie, and a variety of other sites were also instrumental in connecting scrapbookers across the globe and helping to spread knowledge about the craft.

Smartphone Cameras

Now, our camera is omnipresent. It's ready to use at a moment’s notice. We can and do use photography now to record the everyday minutiae of our lives...
The advent of digital photography was a revolution in itself for scrapbooking, but when digital cameras were added to smartphones, it caused a second revolution.
The first mobile camera phone was introduced in 2000, although it wasn’t until about 5 years later that camera phones gained enough traction, and quality, to be truly useful. With the development of quality smartphone cameras, personal photography was transformed again.
Like the Brownie had 100 years earlier, digital photography and the camera phone changed  - not just how many photos we could take, but the type of photos that people took. The ubiquitous presence of our smartphones in our pockets or purses, at an arm's reach, meant that taking photos no longer required planning ahead or remembering to get out the camera and take it with us. Now, our camera is omnipresent. It's ready to use at a moment’s notice. We can and do use photography now to record the everyday minutiae of our lives, not just the big events. Now, we take pictures of our food, our pets, or the weather on a regular basis.
Smartphone Camera
Between the removal of cost barriers, with digital photography, and the constant use of smartphone cameras, scrapbookers in the 21st century began to be flooded with photos. Having enough photos is no longer a problem. Many were now taking the volume of photos in a month that they had previously taken in a year with film.

Pocket-Page Scrapbooking

Then, in January 2008, Creating Keepsakes Magazine launched a kit called Project 365 as part of their "kit of the month" program. Creating Keepsakes Creative Editor Becky Higgins designed the kit as a “photo a day” album, and it featured page protectors with individual pockets to insert photos and decorative cards. Few could imagine, at the time, that this simple kit would be the genesis of another major shift for scrapbooking.
Create 365
One of Becky Higgins' original Project 365 albums showcasing pocket-page scrapbooking.
Pocket-page protectors had been available to scrapbookers for quite some time, but it wasn’t until the Project 365 kit that pocket-page scrapbooking received wide-spread adoption and captured the imagination of scrapbookers around the world. Pocket-page scrapbooking challenged the very definition of a scrapbook as photos on a blank page and scrapbooking expanded to include putting things in pockets.
Project 365 by Becky Higgins
In late 2009, Becky Higgins left Creating Keepsakes and launched her own company to introduce the Project Life system. Project Life followed in the footsteps of Project 365 by offering kits of decorative cards that could be placed alongside photos in pocket-style plastic protectors. For scrapbookers, Project Life helped answer the question of what to do with all of the new “everyday life” photos they were accumulating. It also simplified the scrapbooking process and lowered the barrier to entry for new scrapbookers. Project Life appealed to those who may have felt overwhelmed by scrapbooking and also became an entry point for people who had never scrapbooked before.
Pocket Page Scrapbooking
A more recent Project Life pocket-style page created by a Project Life customer.
Note: The rise of pocket scrapbooking did not replace 12” x 12" scrapbook pages. Pocket cards now reside side by side with more traditional 12” x 12” pages as staples in many companies’ scrapbook lines – and in scrapbookers’ supply cabinets and albums. Many scrapbookers utilize both types of pages, sometimes even in the same album, to meet their needs for a particular project.
Note: If you are interested in pocket-page scrapbooking you can take our free video class and learn more here.

Social Media and Photography

Square Photography
Recent layouts from renowned scrapbooker Dedra Long showcasing square Instagram style photos. 
As the camera phone has come to dominate personal photography, photography trends from social media are finding their way into scrapbooks. The most prominent has been the influence of Instagram. Where once photography (and thus by extension, the scrapbook) was prized for its realism, now, scrapbooks are being filled with photos that have been stylized with filters that create artistic effects. Instagram, which initially only allowed square photos, also led to an influx of scrapbooking products created for the square photo.

Modern Planners, Journals and Recordkeeping

Proving that old ideas can be new again, the newest form of scrapbooking has roots in one of the oldest. Many scrapbookers are reinventing traditional weekly day planners as embellished daily journals and personal records. These planners are reminiscent of the centuries-old tradition of the commonplace book – an assemblage of notes and information from a person’s life. In the modern incarnation, planner enthusiasts are adding photos, stamps, stickers, and other embellishments to their handwritten notes to create a result that is both decorative and also a historic document.
Creative Planner
A modern planner used for calendaring, record-keeping and journaling.
Bible journaling has also exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, like Granger's old Kitto Bible, modern Journal Bibles are created with blank space in the margins for illustrations, stickers and journaling. Many scrapbookers will record their thoughts in the margin of their bible and personalize them. These bibles act as inspiring faith-journals and are given as keepsakes for future generations.
Old Bible with New Bible
An 1800s bible that was used for family record keeping (top) contrasted with a modern bible used for journaling and documentation today (bottom).
Bibles Through History
An antique bible used for family record-keeping and documentation compared to a  modern day Bible with bible journaling

Today's Scrapbooks

Dedra's Scrapbook
 Modern scrapbook layout by Dedra Long.
Today's modern scrapbook layouts combine handwritten entries (like those in commonplace books) with doodles (like those in grangerized ones). They contain professional portraits (like those of the 1800s) with casual photographs (like those popularized in the early 1900s). The modern-day scrapbook is the culmination of its history.
While the technology and techniques may have changed over the centuries, one thing has remained the same – the human urge to record our history and tell our stories. Whether you call it a commonplace book, a grangerized book, a photo album or a scrapbook, one thing is for certain - scrapbooking leaves a legacy for future generations through beautiful, meaningful, handmade self-expression.
Modern Scrapbook Layout
A modern scrapbook page created by Dedra Long. This page combines several elements including journaling, titles, decorative 3-D memorabilia and color photos.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Distress Ink versus Distress Oxide Ink.

Here is some great information I found on regarding Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks. You will definitely need a cup of coffee and some time to ready this.

distress ink and oxideThe first distinct difference is one of formula. Distress Inks fall into the family of dye inks. Dye inks are transparent in nature and, due to their "thin" quality, dry quickly. Distress Oxides, on the other hand, are primarily constructed of pigment ink, a type of ink that is opaque and, due to its natural thickness, dries more slowly. It is important to note, however, that Distress Oxides are technically a hybrid - containing mostly pigment ink, but also some dye ink too. This is the first key difference between the two inks. Learn more about the differences between dye, pigment, and other inks in our guide here.
Both types of inks can be essential to a card maker's repertoire, depending on his or her goals. For quick projects, a dye ink might be what you need. For projects that can stand to have a little more dry time, you may prefer pigment ink. It's entirely up to you!
differencesOn a clean, white piece of watercolor paper or cardstock, Distress Inks and Distress Oxides do not appear all that different, but once you get elbow deep into the nitty-gritty of your creative exploits, you will soon begin to discover otherwise.
Distress Oxides begin to oxidize immediately, giving them a chalky finished look, even though they contain absolutely no chalk. Because of this milky oxidizing effect and the fact that they are pigment inks, which makes them more opaque, they tend to "cover up" their background (i.e. the white cardstock). This makes the Distress Inks appear brighter and more vibrant in color when used on a white piece of cardstock. This is something to consider when you choose which ink you might want to uncap for your next project.
dark backgroundThe difference between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides is much more obvious on a darker background. Be it Kraft, black cardstock, or otherwise, you'll notice that the same thing happens: the Distress Oxide (pigment-based) "covers up" the background and the Distress Ink (dye-based) allows the background color to seep through. In cases of dark backgrounds, you may find that you prefer the brightness that the Distress Oxide delivers.
minisYou may notice that Distress Inks come in this cute mini variety - 1" x 1". Distress Oxides do not currently come in this tiny size.

How do You Use Water With Distress Inks and Oxides?

water distress inks and oxidesHere, we see two examples of Distress Inks and Oxides, on a dark background, then on a light. On the left, we have Distress Ink on the top half of our kraft paper and Distress Oxide on the bottom. The same on the right - Distress Ink on top, Distress Oxide on the bottom.
Both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides work harmoniously with water, creating visually stunning results. Using a sprayer is a quick and easy way to make impressive backgrounds and delicious designs.
water with distress inksFill up your craft water bottle and spray to your heart's content. You'll notice a difference in the effects you get right away.
Tip: Test papers. If adding water "doesn't work", it may be an issue of paper type! Some papers are more porous than others, making the aftermath of your water adventures not be quite what you had envisioned. You have two options here: GO WITH IT! Or, try different papers! Notice in the image above: the white paper allowed the Distress Inks and Oxides to travel, whereas the kraft paper held a "you shall not pass" mentality.
Is there a difference between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides when used with water? Yes!
distress inks and oxides in waterBoth Distress Inks and Distress Oxides wick with water (they spread and travel across the surface of the paper, creating galactic effects). They also both can air dry or be dried via use of a heat tool.
Distress Inks maintain their transparent constitution, allowing you to "see through them" all the way to the tooth (the texture) of the watercolor paper behind.
Distress Oxides also do not cease to keep their disposition. Covering the paper more opaquely, you see layers of ink, versus directly through to the back of the paper.

Can You Watercolor with Distress Inks and Distress Oxides?

Yes! Because both Distress Inks and Oxides respond well to water, watercoloring with a brush is a wonderful way to use both of these inks, and you'll get varying results with both.
reinkers watercoloring distress
For watercoloring with both Distress options, using Distress Ink and Oxide Reinker bottles is the easiest option. Use a palette to store your Distress Ink and Distress Oxide drops - one drop per place setting should suffice. Because the medium is ink, you do not have to worry about it drying up in its liquid form. If you don't use all of a color, that's totally okay. You'll have the ink ready to use for the next time you get creative!
On the left half of the pictured palette above, each place setting holds one drop of Distress Oxide Reinker. On the right hand side, each place setting holds one drop of Distress Ink. Notice that it's easier to see the hue of the Oxides, so it may serve you well to label your color spots if you're using Distress Inks.
Tip: Because Distress Oxides are thicker than Distress Inks, make sure you shake your Oxide Reinker (with the cap secured) before dropping it onto your palette to make sure the pigment ink fusion is cohesively blended.
watercoloring with inkGrab your favorite water brush (or a watercolor brush and cup of water). Both Distress Inks and Oxides are utilized as watercoloring mediums in the same exact way, but will have different effects.
distress inks watercoloringWatercoloring with Distress Inks will give you a more traditional watercolor effect - a transparent, watery look that becomes lighter hued with more water and more saturated with more "paint" - or in this case, Distress Ink Reinker, such as in the image above.
You'll find, just like in the initial ink comparison, that using the Distress Ink Reinker creates vibrant color when used on a stark white piece of watercolor paper or heavy lb cardstock, but creates a much less saturated result when using dark or kraft paper - just as standard watercolor paint would do.
distress oxide watercoloringHowever, on the contrary, Distress Oxide Reinkers will create a much more opaque effect on your dark backgrounds (and your white ones too, though the color might not be quite as bright as Distress Ink on a white background). Utilizing Distress Oxides in this way will create a finished product that looks a lot more like a heavier bodied paint and the ink will begin to oxidize immediately, creating the wow-effect that these Distress Oxides so steadfastly provide.
Both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides can be mixed and matched when watercoloring too, which gives you, the artist, more flexibility, creative power, and options!
distress inks and oxides watercoloring togetherWith the milky shamrock green of the Oxide variety and the black coffee transparency of the Ink, the differences in how the colors appear gives you the option to create unique blends of the two until the cows come home!
Tip: Both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides pads can be reinked via the Distress Ink and Oxide Reinkers. Once each pad starts to dry out, simply drop your reinker onto your dehydrated felt pad and watch it come back to life.

How do you Watercolor with distress inks and oxides?

  • Drop your favorite Reinker colors in a clean paint palette
  • Prep your waterbrush by filling it with water and gently squeezing to ensure its functioning
  • Dip your brush into your ink
  • Test your colors on a scrap piece of paper to test them before adding them to your project
  • Paint as you normally would and add paint/squeeze water as needed
  • When finished, allow your project to air dry or use a heat tool to dry

Which Ink Blends Better?

ink blendingThe tale as old as time, the search of generations, one might even argue the discovery is the joie de la vivre: how do you get the perfect blend with stamping ink? First of all, having the right tool is the smallest, easiest, yet most fundamental step in creating impressive, cotton-candy blended backgrounds. Either a Blending Tool with interchangeable pads or a reusable Dauber Set will get the job done and you'll be glad you invested in one.
Once you have the perfect blending tool, you need the perfect ink. Lucky for crafters everywhere, both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides blend well, but one may champion the other.
Distress Inks, due to their transparency (you may be noticing a theme), have a tendency to show streaks more than their counterpart. This does not mean that you cannot blend with them or that it is even difficult to blend with them. This does mean, however, that you may need to practice a bit more lightness of hand with them, being careful not to press down too hard in one spot, as once a streak makes the scene, you'll notice they take a little patience and TLC to smear back out.
One of the most fascinating and beloved characteristics of Distress Oxides is its ability to easily blend, nearly flawlessly. Drop your blending tool and make a smear? It's fine. Breathe easily and rest assured that a little pushing and pulling of the oxide will blur your accidental streak into oblivion.
blending ink
On the left, you can see the edge blended using Distress Ink, versus the right side, blended with Distress Oxide. The Distress Ink creates an edge that looks more antique and "gritty." The Distress Oxide looks creamier. The effect you want is up to you. If you prefer one over the other, there is no right or wrong answer. You may even prefer both at different times!

Can You Emboss with Distress Inks and Distress Oxides?

embossBoth Distress Inks and Distress Oxides can be used for embossing. Because the ink pad color will be the color of your end embossed result, Tim Holtz (the creative mind behind Ranger Ink's Distress products) recommends using a clear embossing powder so you can see the beautiful, rainbow hues.

How do you emboss with Distress Ink or Oxide?

  • Emboss as you normally would - coat your stamp with a generous amount of Distress Ink or Oxide
  • Stamp your image onto your paper
  • Set your stamped paper atop a piece of scratch paper
  • Cover your stamped image with a layer of embossing powder. Make sure your entire image is covered in powder
  • Pick up your newly coated stamped image and gently tap excess powder off
  • Put extra loose embossing powder back into its container and screw on the top cap
  • Holding your paper up by the corner, heat cure it with an embossing heat tool or craft heat tool. Get very close to your image and avoid your fingers. It's very hot. 
  • You'll notice your impression start to change color and texture. When it does, move the heat to a different part of your image. 
Final image tim

The Differences Between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides Recap

  • Distress Inks are Dye Inks
  • Distress Oxides are Pigment-Dye fusions
  • Distress Inks are more transparent
  • Distress Oxides are more opaque
  • Both Distress Inks and Oxides are available in the standard 3" x 3" size
  • Only Distress Inks are available in 1" x 1" minis
  • Distress Inks are brighter in color than Distress Oxides when used on white cardstock
  • Distress Oxides are brighter in color than Distress Inks when used on kraft or dark cardstock
  • Distress Inks dry faster than Distress Oxides
  • Both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides can be used for watercoloring
  • Distress Inks and Distress Oxides pads can both be reinked
  • Distress Inks blend a little bit streakier than Distress Oxides
  • Distress Oxides have a creamier result from blending
  • Both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides can be used for embossing
Now that you know the differences between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides, you're ready to go out into the imaginative and crafty world with your new, priceless knowledge to create, make, and most of all - have fun!

I really hope you enjoyed this article.

Until Next Time