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. These are gorgeous. These inks are one reason I may end up using kraft cardstock. I love your energy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. OMG!!!!!! I love using craft paper and now I think I’m adicted to oxide inks even before trying them…HELP!

  3. Absolutely beautiful cards. God bless you for your wonderful caring heart. I am impatiently awaiting the arrival of my oxide inks, so very excited to play with them. Thank you for sharing. I watched your first video about these inks and knew I had to have them, had I not seen your video I would have thought they were just some more inks!!!

  4. These are absolutely stunning! I have resisted getting the Oxide inks but after seeing this my resolve has crumbled and I know that I need to get y order placed so I can start playing with them!!
    Is the dark gray shimmer cardstock by Core’dinations? I have a few pads of it and LOVE it!! It says it is black but I think it has more gray than black to it!

  5. Hi Jennifer ~ You have NO idea how much I needed this video today….it’s like you knew! I love Kraft cardstock and find that I don’t use it often enough. Since my new Distress Oxide Inks arrived last week I am officially giving myself “permission” to play with them today along with your video. You are truly a bright spot in my day! ~HUGS~

    PS: Your cards are stunning, as always! ;-D

  6. WOW, JENNIFER! Your cards are GORGEOUS! I LOOOOVED watching you play with these inks & seeing the results! JUST WONDERFUL! AND I am SURE the staff at the school you talked about WILL APPRECIATE your thoughtfulness!!! Each card WILL BE TREASURED!!! 😉

  7. Very nice cards but the reason behind making them is even nicer! 🙂 Lovely idea. Thank you for sharing (and caring!).

  8. Fabulous cards and video! I just started playing with my Distress Oxide inks yesterday and I love them! I will certainly give this technique a try! I also wanted to say how thoughtful you are to think of the staff at your local school. Your thoughtfulness will be very much appreciated!

  9. You are an AMAZING ambassador for the new Oxide Inks! Your videos have helped me get started playing with these inks and your tips show beautifully the different ways this ink works!

  10. These cards are beautiful. I just got the oxide inks so I will have to experiment with them. Thanks for the ideas. Great video.

  11. I love your plan to take cards to the school’s staff! I’d love to help in some way. I know you don’t need help to make cards, but is there any way I can help encourage the school?

  12. So sorry to hear about the incident at the school in Cincinnati. When I taught, this was a problem and so very discouraging to me as a teacher and person. Really dragged me down. I can imagine your gesture will help the staff process their experience, provide a balance for their experience and help them move forward. Receiving a kind and loving gesture after being assaulted by fear in the form of hatred … I’m sure it will be much appreciated. Great lesson to be reminded of. Thank you.

  13. Such a wonderful thing you are doing. Did you hand write a message inside each one or how did you do the insides? Lovely cards!

  14. Hi Jennifer,
    This video was full of great information, and really beautiful cards, but most of all it was full of kindness!
    Your project warmed my heart. I had just gotten up and listen to the news and was feeling so much despair. You have me thinking about what I might do here in California to spread some kindness. Thanks for making my day, and for making the world a better place. (And I will get my hands on some of those beautiful inks – so much fun).
    Leslie S

  15. Thank you so much for bringing joy and kindness to this school’s staff and brightening my day. I wish we could make a card for everyone, maybe a fold for kindness campaign.

  16. Thanks for another great video that has lots of tips and introduces us to these me new inks. I love what you’re doing to spread kindness to this High schools students and staff.

  17. Jennifer McGuire, you are the kindest person I “know”! I am a teacher, and I can’t even tell you how appreciated I would feel if someone did this for me and my colleagues! We had a mom who used to make Christmas centerpieces for her kids’ teachers. I was in the receiving end of that for both of her kids and I was over the moon about it! I love when I see you have posted a video. I watch them all and am in awe of your talent! Thanks you so much for all you do!

  18. Thanks for sharing another video on these oxide inks. I was on the verge of buying distress inks for the first time when these came out. Seeing them in use and the versatility is really helpful. Thanks again.

  19. So many gorgeous examples with the Distress Oxide inks, Jennifer – I love those inks! And how kind of you to share your cards with the HS staff – I’m sure they need a lift which your cards will provide!

  20. Thanks so much for this video. I don’t have Distress Oxide inks (though they’re on my wish list), but I DO have the Feathers and Florals stamp set. Can’t wait to try the layout with some of the inks I have.

  21. You are an amazing person Jennifer! Most people would look at this incident as not involving them in any way and move on, but you will send some kindness their way. Thank you for being such a big-hearted person. I would love to try these oxide inks but my lss sold out of them in a day. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on some soon!

  22. These are beautiful! What a fun way to play with the new distress oxide inks and make some great cards that you will be giving away as well. Thanks so much for your wonderful video!!

  23. Super gorgeous!! And such informative video, thanks so much for sharing. Now I must put these Distress Oxide Inks on my wish list!!

  24. Super gorgeous!! And such informative video, thanks so much for sharing. Now I must put these Distress Oxide Inks on my wish list!!

  25. Jennifer,
    You are truly an amazing person with the biggest heart! More of us should be like you.. always thinking of others and sharing handmade kindness. May God Bless you and your sweet family and those affected by the awful vandalism in Cincinnati. I’m sure you will most definitely brighten their day with these super sweet cards! I know you def. brighten my day just by your posts and videos and your amazing cards and crafts! You are such an inspiration to so many of us! These cards are truly beautiful and elegant. The distress oxide inks look phenomenal on the different shades of cardstock and kraft paper! Especially when you spray the water and activate that oxide look! Very stunning! I love your videos and posts and have followed you for a very long time… like 8 or 9 years! You have taught me so much and I truly appreciate that! I also appreciate that you also keep some cards simple and always give alternatives in your videos and posts of other things that can be used if we don’t have a certain product, etc. I am a Veteran and cardmaking and crafting is my release. I hope to one day get some cards made for and sent to a few of my battle buddies that are still active, some of which are down range. But I only want to make the best for them! It takes time for me to save up for certain items like I am currently saving for a die cutting machine (hopefully a big shot that Ive dreamed of for years..lol and I will get it eventually with some penny pinching) but it takes time on monthly Veteran compensation and being a full-time mom of two rowdy boys. But that’s what I love most about your videos… You show ways to create with limited supplies or give alternatives for products and you are genuine with your suggestions. You wont suggest a product without thorough testing and unless its a product you truly like. Which is very nice… especially for those of us who must save up and want to make informed purchases. And you like many of us, believe that crafting is about having fun and doing what you love and of course, about sharing handmade kindness! And its not about what you have and don’t have. A lot of us get wrapped up in what we can or cant have and collecting every stamp, every ink but that’s not what its about. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have more than my 5 ink pads and want every color but 5 is better than none and I can create with just one if that was all I had and that’s something I have learned from you! To be creative and just create! No matter what you have… just have fun! But sorry for the long comment… But I do mean it when I say… I’m very glad to have you in my life as a source of education and inspiration for kindness and cardmaking/crafting!. Have a wonderful day and thank you for all that you do!
    Jennifer T.

  26. These are so gorgeous Jennifer, such a fantastic job! Those Distress Oxides look like they would be amazing to play with!

  27. You are such a caring person. Thank you for sending kindness to this school. They will love the cards and treats for sure!

  28. I love every one of these cards, these inks are awesome looking. I want to get them, will have to get them slowly but hope to get them all before the next colors come out.

  29. As a teacher myself, I would be greatly encouraged and feel very appreciated to receive one of your lovely cards. They were made with such love and care. Thank you for your constant support of the teachers in your city. So wonderful to have a positive act after such negativity. May you and yours be richly blessed as you reach out to bless others.

  30. Such a thoughtful project, Jennifer. You inspire us in many ways. What a great bunch of cards! I like the one on top of the stack that you did on kraft cardstock. So beautiful! Love all the tips and techniques. Thanks so much.

  31. Jennifer McGuire, you are a very special person!!! You are always letting other people know how much you care, I just wanted to make sure you know how special you are to all of us!

  32. I’m sure the staff at that Cincinnati school will love your act of kindness as it is very evident it comes from your genuine kind heart. The cards are gorgeous! As always, TFS:).

  33. What a wonderful person you are to do this for the school. I am sure you included the support staff as well! The cards are amazing! I am curious what you put inside the cards as far as a sentiment goes. And did you sign your name on them? Just thinking I could perhaps do this for one of our local schools

  34. I’m sold on these inks. Can’t wait until they’re available in stores!
    Jennifer, what a wonderful thing you did for the faculty.

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