Comparing Distress Oxide vs Distress Ink – How are they different?


Hi and welcome to my Distress Oxide vs Distress Ink comparison. If you followed crafty news throughout the last week you probably have seen the big announcement from Tim Holtz: Distress Oxide. Boy, was I excited, especially after seeing first demonstrations and taking his class at Creativation 2017. And guess what, we were able to keep the Distress Oxides from the class πŸ™‚

You can now get them here (

Of course I had to share them with you! Besides just showing what they can do I wanted to compare Distress Oxide vs Distress Ink so you get a better idea what the fuzz is all about πŸ˜‰

In my video I’m showing a technique for the Distress Oxides that you might have seen before from other Distress Ink videos. Of course, I will use the Distress Inks in the same way, so you’ll get a direct comparison. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you don’t miss my give away for an entire set of Distress Oxides. A friend of mine and I are planning some fun shenanigans πŸ™‚

I definitely can’t wait to play more with these inks, excuse me, Oxides πŸ˜‰ and I will definitely share my experiments! What do you think? New trend for 2017? Or not your thing?

Here is the close up one more time:
Distress Oxide vs Distress Ink Comparison


  1. Josefine, its so cool of you to make this video. I would love to see the effect of how black embossing would look on both of those finished tags to see the difference in contrast. As of now I’m not that impressed by the oxides but would like to see this same kind of video with a mixture of 3 vibrant colors like mustard seed, salty ocean and twisted citron to see how well the oxides mix and look without turning into a new color. So far I still love the vibrancy that regular distress links leave versus the chaulky faded look the oxides leave.

    • Hi Dilia, I will definitely make another video as soon as I have all the other colors. During the class I used a mix of Fired Brick, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet and it was amazing. The blue made it look like rust. I also want to try other techniques with it to see how versatile it is. So stay tuned πŸ˜‰

  2. Thanks so much for sharing Josefine. I’m really intrigued but not completely sold, would love love hear your review about stamping with these.

    • Hi Juhi, I will definitely try stamping with them. I assume, if they are like the Distress Inks, it’s probably a little difficult as I never had luck with clear images. But stay tuned, that’s definitely on my list πŸ™‚

  3. I really enjoyed your video. The samples you made are gorgeous.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this technique. It’s beautiful.

  5. Thanks forsharing the video. I want to know if it is possible to mix both inks (distress and distress oxide).

    • Hi Martha, yes you can mix them. You get some amazing effects when you do. If you look at some of my other videos where I use both you’ll see how it could look like. Enjoy your inks πŸ™‚

  6. Just recently found your site. Loving everything that I have watched. Plan on doing an art journal this winter. A little nervous.

  7. Just fund your site and I learned more from you than I had from all the many others I’ve watched, even Tims. Only have a couple oxides but many inks so now I know more about how to go about deciding what I want to do. Thanks so much

  8. Thanks for helping me learn what to do with what, sometime these new products can be so confusing and your videos are appreciated

  9. I’ve watched Jim Holtz for a while and I have seen him at shows but did not pay too much attention. Now somehow I got stuck. I bought my first distress inks then the second and now I’ve purchased the 15th set. I only have a handful of oxides and that is how I came to be with you. I wanted to know the difference. Maybe a woman explains things woman to woman better than a man to a woman? I love the video thank you

  10. Fabulous and timely comparison, Justine; I was sitting on the fence about submitting an order, but not any longer! Distress Oxides joining my collection! ~carol

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