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Distress Oxide Ink and Micro Glaze

Welcome back! As promised, I am sharing the secrets to the Distress Oxide panel I shared on Monday.

Really, it’s no secret. Tim Holtz shared this technique during Creativation, and Jennifer McGuire also shared it recently. I just happen to think it’s so magical, I want to share it again.

I don’t have step by step pictures (Jennifer McGuire does on her blog here). But I have some “before,” and “after,” pictures that will knock your socks off!

Before I share the magic, let me describe the technique. All you need is Distress Oxide inks, Glossy Cardstock, water and Distress Micro Glaze.

You start out very basic, using the ink smooshing technique to apply Distress Oxide ink onto the Glossy Cardstock. Please, use Glossy Cardstock. This will not work with glossy photo paper (honestly, I tried…). Ink smooshing is where you smoosh your ink pad on a slick surface such as a craft mat, spray it with water, and then push the cardstock into the inky puddle. If you want to layer different colors over each other, us a heat gun to dry the ink between each layer. If you try to add different colors while they are wet, the colors will blend and turn muddy. Drying the layers in between prevent the colors from turing muddy. Here are the results of my smooshing session.


I tried to create a rainbow panel with Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.


After awhile I lost track of the colors. I think this is Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac, but  I could be missing a color.


This one is (I think) Blueprint sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucy Clover, Cracked Pistachio.


You can see how the colors in the panel above are layered on top of each other, instead of blending together. This panel is Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

Ok, now let’s add the Micro Glaze and see what happens.


See what I mean by magic!!! It intensifies the colors! And, you see even more of the layers!

Let’s look at a panel before Micro Glaze, next to a panel with it.


The panel on the left has Micro Glaze, the one on the right does not. The difference is crazy!

You can see the tiny jar of Micro Glaze peaking out of the top of this picture. You apply the Micro Glaze using a ink blending tool with a foam pad. The Distress ink round blending tools fit perfectly into the jar. And, a little goes a long way! Seriously, you only need a tiny bit. The Micro Glaze also makes the panels water proof, so it has the added benefit of protecting your panel.

After you apply the glaze to the panel, use a dry rag or cloth to buff off the excess. Then just let it dry. It dries pretty quickly. I was blown away when I saw this on YouTube, and had to try it right away. I learned, as I mentioned above, that you have to used Glossy Cardstock. Glossy Photo paper is not designed to hold that amount of water.

Thanks for stopping, and I hope you enjoyed this magical technique!




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