Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink Result 1-2

Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink No Oxidation

Hello and Happy Valentines Day 2024! This post is going out to my lovely daughter who wants to try her hand at Batik. I was trying to describe my method of Faux Batik that I
thought I had filmed many years ago when I made neckties for my son and husband. However, it looks like I never posted it and that footage is now long gone. I remembered I had filmed the same technique for a different reason/project and so I went searching for it and found again it wasn’t edited/posted. I mention in the video another project that will be part of a series in the future, so this one is a little out of order 😉 .

In today’s post I was trying to solve a dilemma. I had stamped in Distress Oxide ink, and I wanted to come back over it with Distress Oxide and regular Distress spray stains. However, I didn’t want the color of the stamped image to oxidize.

I’ll show you at the end of the video what I ultimately decided was my best course of action. But there were multiple things I tried, and so in the video, I go through what I tried and show you what happened.

In this case I had a stamp designed and made by me. I could use that image to cut a matching mask on my digital cutter, but I understand most people can’t do this. So I mention it just in case you can- it is a viable alternative.

In one of the first attempts, I had used a foam stamp (this will be in a future set of posts/videos) and I don’t have a mask for this. Ultimately I decided to try Distress glaze over the parts of the stamped image that I wanted to protect. I just used a paint brush and painted it on. So that is definitely a possibility when the design is simple and you can basically color over the image you need to protect. I was able to use the Distress Oxide sprays and a little bit of regular spray stain and where it was covered by Distress Glaze, the color stayed true, and where I didn’t the color oxidized. For simple shapes, this is definitely a possibility.

The next attempt was to try stamping first with the Distress Oxide ink in the color I wanted- in this case Squeezed Lemonade- and then I tried to stamp over it with the Distress Glaze. You would need a stamp positioner for this. I felt like the Distress Glaze dried too quickly for my taste, but you can certainly give it a try if you have some kicking around.

Next I tried the exact same process with Vaseline and that worked much better.

In that same vein, I repeated the same process with drawing gum- one by Schminke and one (very old) by Pebeo. I had filmed stamping with drawing gum ages ago and this literally was the same jar, haha. This worked also, if you waited until the drawing gum was cured before spraying etc.

In all of these cases, you need a stamp positioner so you can line up the stamped images. To apply the Vaseline/glaze/drawing gum, you could use a foam applicator, or cotton pads or even a make it yourself ink pad- including the idea I demonstrated years ago where I used a piece of felt to create a stamp pad to use with bleach and paint. You will then stamp over the original stamped image. If you are using Vaseline or glaze you can use the Distress sprays right away. With the drawing gum, as I mentioned earlier,  you need to wait until it has cured. After everything is completely dry, just use a soft cloth to remove the glaze or Vaseline or your fingers to remove the drawing gum.

Ultimately what worked the best for me was stamping my image first in the Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade ink, again using a stamp positioner, and then stamping over it with an embossing ink, and embossing it. I used Versamark ink and Distress Embossing Glaze in Fossilized Amber here, but you could use clear embossing powder as well. The embossing glazes and maybe any colored embossing powder seem to add some additional color to the inked image. I demonstrate at the end of the video using clear ink and the Distress Embossing Glaze and there was no color left after I finished the final step. So keep in mind that different embossing powders may react differently with this technique. If you want no additional color over the stamped image, use clear embossing powder.

Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink Step 1
Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink Step 1

The method is similar to the previous attempts. I stamped in Distress Oxide ink, then again with Versamark (or any embossing ink). Some folks use the Distress inks to emboss with, but I’ve never had enormous luck with that. Then emboss with your choice of embossing powders as described above. Then spray with your choice of sprays and let dry naturally or use a heat gun to dry if you wish.

This video also demonstrates in my mind, one of the coolest Distress combinations I’ve come up with. I stamped with Distress Oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade on Distress Kraft cardstock (this is key). As I mentioned earlier I used Distress Embossing Glaze in Fossilized Amber which appears to add a bit of color to the stamped image. I used Distress Oxide Spray  in Worn Lipstick and regular Distress Spray Stain in Walnut Stain. Where the Walnut Stain hits the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, the pink color oxidizes to a cool blue or blue/grey color. It’s way more pronounced on the Kraft cardstock. And then with the Squeezed Lemonade staying bright yellow, the whole color combination is magical. Add a few spritzes of Distress Oxide Spray in Spun Sugar if you like.

The final step after you have sprayed and let everything dry is to remove the embossing powder. You could leave it if you like, but it will just look like an embossed image. You could sand it and take some of the shine away. However, I wanted the flat, matte, almost a faux batik look instead for my stamped image.

So in order to re-melt the embossing powder I tried to run it through my laminator since I had it up and running for a foiling session. I did put paper on the top of the embossed image because I didn’t want the embossing powder to contaminate my rollers. The paper stuck to the embossing powder as it was melting/cooling and when I went to pull it off, it pulled the whole thing stamped section off. Undeterred, I tried it once again and tried to peel off the cover paper as soon as it came out of the rollers while the re-melted powder was still hot theoretically. It worked a little bit better, but in my mind, it’s probably not the way to go.

My go-to method to remove the embossing powder is to use an iron. I use the highest setting- linen, no steam, and I iron over another sheet of paper/cardstock to pick up the embossing powder from the original image. This is a dedicated iron- do not use the iron you use for your clothes or you will be very unhappy 😥  . Generally, I use another piece of cardstock and try not to move the cardstock when I just lift it slightly to peek at my progress. If everything works as planned, you’ll get a transferred image from the embossing powder, which then will somewhat resist inks/sprays as well.

Today however, I used newsprint. It’s a very thin paper and I usually get it for free because a lot of shipped stuff comes wrapped in it. Years ago I made a post/video where I embossed directly on newsprint and it went translucent. I wanted to see if using the newsprint with this embossing powder removal technique would result in the same translucency.

I demonstrated using the iron over the newsprint on top of the embossed image. It’s much easier to tell that it’s working because  newsprint is such a thin paper that you can actually see that the embossing powder has started to re-melt into that paper.  Again you can carefully lift the newsprint, and if you want to reuse it take care not to move it off the stamped image- maybe tape a corner down or something. When all the embossing powder has melted into the top paper, you will be left with an image on the original cardstock that is flat, matte, and in the original Distress Oxide ink color with no oxidation. Success!

Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink Iron Off
Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink Iron Off

On the newsprint I realized after the fact that the transferred embossing powder would not make it super translucent because, duh!, it had color in it. A dark stamped image that I placed underneath, did show through somewhat so dark text might work. If you really want it to be translucent, then you should use clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder to protect the original stamped image. But I liked the look of the little bit of color that the embossing glaze gave to the ink, so I will probably stick with that technique.

Tim Holtz Embossing Glass On Newsprint Somewhat See Through 2
Tim Holtz Embossing Glass On Newsprint Somewhat See Through 2


Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink Final Result 3
Distress Oxide Spray Over Distress Oxide Ink Final Result 3

A few more tips:

If you plan on using cardstock to lift off the embossing powder, different cardstocks/papers will react differently. Off camera I used cardstock to lift off embossing powder from another sample, but I was using inexpensive office supply cardstock and that didn’t work well. Then I used Neenah Bright White and that was great. I got a crisp inverse image of the embossing powder, and then I can use Distress sprays over that and hopefully get a resist. Kraft cardstock took a bit longer to re-melt the embossing powder. So play around with cardstock and papers you have on hand to see what will work for the transferred image.

I also tried using the Distress Specialty Stamping cardstock for the project and the combination color combination didn’t come out as cool as it did on the Kraft. The color combination of Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Spray and the Walnut Stain Regular Spray looks way better on the Kraft paper. Also, there was a bit of shininess left from the embossing powder. The Specialty Stamping cardstock stamps great, but for this technique, you probably want to stick with one of the uncoated cardstocks.

The last thing I pointed out was using just the Versamark ink with the Distress embossing glaze in Fossilized Amber on Kraft cardstock just to see if it would leave any color behind with this technique. It did not. So it seems as though the embossing glaze might enhance or add to the Distress Oxide color (maybe because it was wet?), but not directly to the paper. It was still a cool look with the Kraft cardstock showing through though, so not a total wasted effort.

Please- don’t forget to turn off and unplug your iron – they can cause fires!!

Make sure you unplug your embossing gun when you are through- they can cause fires!!

I hope you like this technique! I plan on re-visiting it in the future for more fun Faux Batik!

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