First time using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide

Do you ever had those nights when you just can’t sleep?  I have been having quite a few of these lately so on goes my TV, put on the sleep timer and then I log onto Youtube.  I have many many favourite Youtubers that I love to watch.  I have been fascinated with the tutorials that have demonstrated sponging Tim Holtz Distress Oxide overtop of an embossed print.   So today is my first try at this new to me technique.


Card base:  4 1/4 in by 11 in white cardstock (i am now using the 110 lb cardstock for my bases) – folded in half to make 4 1/4 in by5 1/2 in card.

Black cardstock:  3 3/4 in by 5 in

White cardstock:  3 1/2 in by 4 3/4 in

Stamp of your choice (Mine is Inkadinkadoo Dot Flourishes)

Phrase stamp of your choice (This was from Stampin’ Up but don’t know the name)

White embossing powder  (as my stamp lines where thin, I used the fine powder)


Embossing buddy

Heat gun

Black ink




I ran my embossing buddy over the white card stock then figured out where I wanted to place my Flourish Dot stamps. Using Versamark, I stamped the card stock and then sprinkled the white embossing powder over top. I melted the embossing powder onto the card with my heat gun.

I had decided to use two different colours of the Distress Oxide (Broken China & Faded Jeans). After some trial and error, I got the effect that I wanted.  I loaded up one of the daubers with ink.  I laid the cardstock on some scrap paper and started to swirl the dauber in a circle on the scrap paper first and as I rubbed it, started to move the dauber over the white cardstock over top of the embossed stamp print.  (I had to keep my pressure somewhat light to begin with and made sure that I did not move over on a corner first as I was bending the card).  I rubbed away on the card until I was happy with the result.  After I finished with the daubers, I took a piece of paper towel and rubbed it over top of the card.  This picked up the ink that was laying on top of the embossed areas so that the stamped image was white


I played around with where I wanted to the saying to be placed and it will depend upon your stamp and where you rubbed on the ink.  I stamped my phrase and glued the white cardstock onto the black which was then glued to the card.

For the first time using this technique, I was quite happy with the results and can’t wait to see what other ways that I can use the Distress Oxide.   And now I need to go buy some more colours.