Distress Oxide Ink Stamping

Hello! I promised more card examples using Distress Oxide Inks. So… today I show how lovely they are on non-white cardstocks. I made 30 cards – with good reason!

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Several weeks ago, there was a high school in Cincinnati that was vandalized with horrible messages of hate. When I found out, I was crushed and wanted to hug each of the people at the school. So I contacted the school and said I wanted to do something nice for the whole staff. I found out how many staff members they had and I asked friends to help me to create a card with an encouragement message for each person on staff. I am taking the cards – along with lots of breakfast treats and coffee – to the school in a few weeks. Hoping it makes them smile. Just wanting the folks there to know they are LOVED.

Anyway… that is why I made 30 cards in this video. These cards each will go to encourage someone special. I will share others I make!

I really wanted to experiment more with stamping Distress Oxide Inks on non-white cardstock. I encourage you to watch the video for a better idea of what I did for different looks. But I wanted to share photos here.

For all of the cards, I used the lovely WPlus9 Feathers and Florals Stamp Set with the Distress Oxide Inks. This stamp set is the perfect mix of solid images with a bit of layered detail. So pretty!

First up is simple stamping with Distress Oxide Inks on Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock. The images stamp solid and intense. I did spritz them lightly with water a few times just to add to the “chalky” look. I think this medium-grey cardstock works SO well with the Oxides. The inks dry after a bit and I don’t have to worry about them messing up like I do with most pigment inks.

After I stamped the first layer with the colorful Oxide Inks, I stamped the layer images (details on the flowers and leaves) with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink. This gives soft white detail. I then went in with a white gel pen and added white dot details. This really makes it pop!

I also found that I liked the look of the Distress Oxide Inks on kraft cardstock. (I prefer Ranger or Hero Arts Kraft cardstocks – they are like a brown paper bag color.) For these, I gave even a few more spritzes of water. You can see on the “hello” card’s pink flowers… the dye portion of the Oxide Ink halos out of the stamped image… but pigment portion of the image says true to shape. Such a cool effect! The water “oxides” the images and makes them appear to glow while also giving a chalky look. LOVE.

Oh and the sentiments are white heat embossed from the WPlus9 That is All and Hand Lettered Hello stamp sets.

Simon Says Stamp Slate (a dark gray) cardstock also worked well. You can see the muted color and the bit of dark halo around the images thanks to the spritzes of water. So pretty in real life. On one card I put details with the white pen, and on the other I didn’t…

On the “hello” example below, I also used Mini Ink Blending Tool and an Iced Spruce Oxide Ink to add a softened edge around the card. It is almost dream-like!

I used some old, dark grey shimmer cardstock for this next card. It’s finish is very different… and the Oxide Inks still gave beautiful results. Check out how oxide-like-white those pink flowers look after a few spritzes of water. YUM. I hope to find more of this cardstock!

While I was on a roll, I decided to play with light gray (MFT Stone Gray Cardstock) and white cardstocks. For the light grey, I spritzed generously with water to give a messy watercolor look. You can see how the Oxides bleed but also keep their shape. I also sprayed the white with quite a bit of water but not as much.

Look at those chalky flowers… crazy cool! I usually struggle with unpredictable results like this but I am really liking this.

You can also see the oxidation effect on the white card…

Tim Holtz had recommended Distress Heavystock so I had to try it, too. And he is so right – the Distress Oxide Inks really behave so well on this paper. I used a lot of water on this for the crazy look. But I also added white pen details to “clean it up” a bit.

Again – not usually my style, but boy is it fun doing something different! I will be making more.

Remember to check out my first Distress Oxide Ink video HERE if you haven’t already.

Oh – and in the video I used the Misti Stamping Tool along with the new MISTI Creative Corners since I was mass producing these cards. These tools are very helpful for stampers. The Corners are out of stock in most stores because of the high demand, but will be back soon.

I know that getting new inks like these is an investment. I am hoping my videos give you a better idea of what they have to offer and if they are of interest to you!


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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84 thoughts on “Distress Oxide Ink Stamping”

  1. Sequoia and I loved watching this! We are going to try to wait until Mother’s Day so we can get Papa to get the inks for me/us! At 7, she is getting pretty serious about this card making stuff. Great fun!

  2. What a loving and thoughtful gesture to make cards for those teachers and staff!! Your cards are beautiful and I truly appreciate your videos and explanations of new products. I have the new distress oxide ink pads and have just started playing with them!! Thanks for all you do for the stamping community and your local community as well!! Hugs!

  3. You have a great big, caring heart. You have inspired me to do something for the teachers in my children’s schools.

  4. Jenn
    What a great video. I want the oxides but I am hoping they will come in the minis. Storage for my supplies is a huge concern here. Have you heard if they will come in minis?

    1. I heard Jennifer say either here or on her first video on Distress Oxides (and Tim Holtz at CHA says also) that b/c of the properties of the Oxides they will not be making minis. That’s what I heard, as I say, through their videos.

  5. You are simply lovely. What a thoughtful and wonderful thing to do. The only way to fight hate is with love. Thank you so much for taking up the banner of love!

  6. You have such a kind heart! The cards are so pretty. I always learn so many new techniques on your videos. I have a couple questions. Does the oxide ink work on vellum or acetate? And you mentioned card making being your job. Do you sell your cards? What all do you do? Thanks so much for all your videos. I enjoy watching them and I’ve learned a lot! You are so talented!

  7. Jennifer, you are truly an inspiration. Not only in the creative tips you share, but in living your motto of sharing handmade kindness. Thank you, the world could use more of you.

  8. You are really something, Jennifer. You made all those cards for the kids and teachers at that school. Wow! How really nice of you to do that, but then, that is so something you would do.
    You know what I thought of when I first saw your cards? Now don’t think I’m weird or anything but I could see me touching them, running my fingers along the images. I think maybe it’s because they look wet? I don’t know but for some reason I just wanted to touch them. I love them all! I have so many of your videos that I have to watch that it will take me forever to watch them all but I will. God is smiling down on you right now. You are one amazing person and card maker.

  9. Loved the video — can’t wait for my Oxide inks to arrive — was just wondering if you would comment on the difference between them and chalk inks like those from Tsukineko… thanks!

  10. Gorgeous. I’ve always loved colour on Kraft but the dark grey is stunning. I can see a night sky background on the same colour, tiny dots or stars stamped all over in blues and greens and spritzed. Even planets if you have a space themed stamp set.

  11. You are so thoughtful and they will really feel loved. Thank you also for sharing some tips on the oxide inks. I just got them in the mail the other day.

  12. I so wish my children and grandchildren would ask me to create cards for their teachers more than just end of the year kind of things. Teachers are so deserving. My husband is a retired HS teacher and now is a college adjunct professor, so I know firsthand how hard teachers work. Your cards are lovely, but, more importantly, between your two videos you helped make my decision about getting these Oxides an easier decision. Thank you, Jennifer, for all you do.

  13. I can’t tell you how valuable your tutorials & info are to me! Thank you, again, for the great scoop on the new ‘Distress Oxide’ inks….I love ’em!

  14. Oh my!!! I’m very touched!!! Jennifer, you’re a great and beautiful person!!! Your thought is rerally sweet and I’m sure it will be very appreciated!!! As always, your cards are so beautiful!!!

  15. Your kindness continues to blow me away. That’s the second act of selfless thoughtfulness I’ve heard of today.
    Must get these inks! I love what you’re doing with them!

  16. What a kind and caring gesture, that I’m sure will be much appreciated! You inspire in so many ways, Jennifer. Thank you! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful weekend.

  17. Thank you so much for the video giving us so much information about this new ink. This is so useful when budget do not allow to purchase as much material as wished !
    Your cards are beautiful, they will make the school’s folks very happy ! This is so thoughtful. You are definitively the Kindness Angel of the card making world !

  18. You are such a generous person, with your kind heart and by sharing your many talents. This is such a thoughtful gesture I the midst of soo much dissention in our country right now. I’m sure they will be overwhelmed by the fact someone cared enough to make a card. These are not exactly simple designs so making 30 was quite a commitment.

  19. I have been looking at these Oxide inks but wondering if I really need yet another type of ink. Your video was very informative and I definitely see some of these inks in my future! I also loved how you built up your stamped images in each corner. What a great way to mass produce cards! I bet the school will love your talent and generosity! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Wow, I didn’t think I could sit through a 20 minute video on this, but it was really helpful. I’m glad you showed some side-by-side samples so we could get more of an idea of how the techniques changed the look. Thanks!

  21. Beautiful cards for a great cause! You have such a big heart, as a retired teacher I really appreciate your kindness! Thank you!

  22. So sweet of you, Jennifer. YOU are amazing, too. Love these cards and appreciate you showing various ways to use the new TH Distress Oxides.

  23. What a fabulous champion you are for teachers everywhere Jennifer! This is such a beautiful gesture that I’m sure will be very much appreciated. The cards are just gorgeous. Thanks for taking the time to video and explain the new oxide distress inks and your mass producing hints and tips. Have a most wonderful weekend. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  24. OH MY GOSH!!!! I am in love with these distress oxide inks!!! They are AMAZING and cannot wait to get my hands on some of them. 🙂

  25. Wow, Jennifer, your heart for people never ceases to amaze me!! How kind and thoughtful of you. Those staff and teachers will be moved deeply by this gesture. I am sure each one of them will appreciate receiving one of these beautiful cards. You are a true example of what it means to be a follower of Christ!! They’ll know we are Christians by our love. Thank you for being such a shining example. You will be richly blessed for all you’ve done and continue to do for others.

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