Hello my crafty friends and welcome! Today I want to share with you my favorite blends for my Distress Oxide inks. The Distress Oxide Inks are the first inks that I ever bought the full set of and on pre-order too. They are some of the best colored inks I’ve tried and they are a breeze to work with, too. The colors are vibrant but some, like Milled Lavender as you’ll see, are very muted but still stunning in person. I purchased all of mine along with the reinkers (I still need one set) from Simon Says Stamp. Simon is my go to store for all of my crafty needs, it’s very rare that they don’t have what I’m looking for. Check them out through that link, it’s not an affiliate link, I just add it so it’s easier to get to to shop your heart out! That’s what I love to do! Plus their customer service is absolutely amazing, I had a reinker explode on me and they immediately replaced it and another time they accidentally over sold on an item so to make up for it they gave me a cute little octopus stamp set. Okay, now that I’ve plugged Simon Says Stamp too much, let’s jump into this post!
The first ink blend I want to share with you is one that is great for outdoor scenes: Mowed Lawn and Mermaid Lagoon. These are great grass and sky colors as you can see. There is a slightly harsher blend line with this one than with the others I’m going to show but since I usually put a scene on top it doesn’t bother me too much. A tip when you are blending with these inks, have a piece of scrap paper handy to hold the already inked side down when you blend the other side so you won’t get your finger prints all over your blend. I forgot to do this on this one at first and had to go back an fix it. I love these colors because they are so bright and opaque, it doesn’t take much pressure to blend them together. I use the Tim Holtz round blending sponges and round blending sticks to apply the ink to the paper. I’ve found that Bristol is the easiest paper for me to blend on because of it’s smooth texture.
My second most used ink blend is with Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac. I really love to use this blend when I’m doing baby cards and don’t know the gender, or sometimes even if I do know the gender. Both of these colors are much lighter than the previous two. The blending line is a lot less harsh and it’s easy to get a seamless blend between the two. It’s great for any type of card but I use these colors most for baby cards.
This is a blend that is newer to my rotation. It is Victorian Velvet and Milled Lavender. Both of these need to be reinked but I don’t have their reinkers yet but I was able to get them to work for this post. Milled Lavender is very light and I mean very light and Victorian Velvet is a gorgeous dusty rose pink. I like using this blend when I use my cameo stamp set that came with one of my cardmaking magazines. It feels elegant when I look at it and it’s a nice soft blend without any harsh edges.
My final favorite blend is what I call my sunset blend. From bottom to top the colors are: Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, and Mustard Seed. While I call it my sunset blend, I don’t always use it just for sunsets. Sometimes I will do this blend and then die cut a sentiment and put it in the center going long ways. The Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed blend seamlessly as do the Candied Apple and Picked Raspberry but all four together there are a few noticeable lines. When I put the sentiment down, though, it’s hard to see the blending lines. This one does take a bit more back and forth to blend the colors than the ones with just two colors in the blend.
Here you have all four of the blends I created today. I had a lot of fun with this post, I love ink blending. I can’t believe I hadn’t done this post sooner, actually. Which of these four blends do you like? Do you have a color combination that you love that you think I should try? Let me know! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you on Tuesday! Don’t forget to always be creative!! XOXO