NEW Distress Oxide Inks + Water Stamping + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Twelve new colors of Distress Oxide Inks have just been released, so I thought it was time for another technique video. Today I am focusing stamping with water for unique backgrounds. I have loads of examples and a huge giveaway!

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Before watching today’s video, be sure to watch my introduction to Distress Oxide Inks video HERE. I share a lot more techniques there and give basic info on the ink properties. Today I am just focusing on one of the best techniques for these inks – stamping with water.

I share lots of examples in my video… and I will just walk through them here. (But the video is much better at explaining!)


After inking white cardstock with Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks, I misted the My Favorite Things Radiating Rays Stencil with water and “stamped” it on the inked paper. I left the stencil there for a few minutes for the paper to absorb the water. Once removed, I am left with a soft, creamy looking background with rays. I added a gold heat embossed sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sea You Soon Stamp Set and white sun and cloud die cuts from the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers Die Set. Those sweet gems are Lucy’s Cards Lemon Jewels.

Here is another example of stamping with water and a stencil… this time the Simon Says Stamp Star Medallion Stencil. I first applied Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks… and then added a bit of Seedless Preserves to the corners. I love that you can layer the colors thanks to the opaque pigment properties included in the Oxide Inks. The Pink and Main Congrats Die Set comes with the word and it’s shadow. I created the shadow from vellum and covered the black word die cut with Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer and a couple coats of Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment is from the matching Pink and Main Congrats Stamp Set and I added star accents created with the Memory Box Starry Border Die and DCWV Metallics Glitter And Foil Washi 6×6 Stack Glitter Paper.

If you are looking to make your ink blending darker in some spots, add a bit of Black Soot. Brighter? Try a bit of Antique Linen. That’s what I did to the ends of this background. (I also used Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks for the base.) Again, it features the Simon Says Stamp Star Medallion Stencil.


I used the same colors of Distress Oxide Ink on this next example as I did my first card, but used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to blend from the inside of the cardstock out. And instead of misting with water, I used Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz. The results? The same creamy look but with a touch of sparkle. The sun is from the My Favorite Things Radiant Sun Die, and that fabulous sentiment is from the Ink Road Compliments Vol 1 Stamp Set. That greeting is such fun! (This card is going to our 22-year-old who just started working at Disney in costume design!)


I find that I get the best (clean and clear) results with water stamping when I use a background stamp. And I have several examples!

After inking my cardstock with Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean Oxide Inks, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Flora Stamp with water on top. I let it sit for a few minutes and removed the stamp… leaving a soft, creamy, suede-like look. LOVE. I again used the fabulous Pink and Main Congrats Die. I am finding I send a lot of cards with this message now. Gotta celebrate the little things, too!

This next card features Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks, along with the Simon Says Stamp Cora Stamp. I really like that I am able to pick up the detail of the stamp with this technique. Also… do you see those bright pink dots? I added little drops of Tonic Morning Dew Nuvo Drops to the inked background. The Oxide Ink reacted with these dots and changed colors… becoming bright pink. So cool!

Most of my examples show backgrounds created by blending inks with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. However, you can also cover the cardstock with color by going direct-to-paper with the ink pad. These next two cards show a background covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink. The background on the first was stamped with water and the Simon Says Stamp Flora Stamp. (Can you tell I like that stamp?)

The next shows the Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars Background

I wasn’t sure I would like the Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink but boy is is awesome! When you apply it direct-to-paper, you get a a charcoal, chalky look that is beautiful. And when you stamp with water on it? It gets even better! AMAZING. (Stay tuned to a spin on this technique below.) So lovely.

The leaf is from the Ink Road Frond of You Stamp Set – I love the size and style of this. And the sentiment? it is a combo of the Ink Road Compliments Vol 1 and Pretty Pink Posh Friends Forever Stamp Sets. And the Lucy’s Cards Ice Cube Jewels are a perfect touch.

One of the greatest things about Distress Oxide Inks is that you can heat emboss with it. Here I stamped the leaf with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink and sprinkled on some Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder to the tips. The result? A gold-dipped leaf.


Thanks to the pigment properties in Distress Oxide Inks, they blend better than any other ink. Like butter! For this next card, I blended three colors of inks – Candied Apple, Wild Honey, and Salty Ocean. When the colors overlap, you get an orange and green. The perfect rainbow! I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Circle Doodles Background with water on top. The “hello” die cut is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die Set and the “friend” is from the Pretty Pink Posh Friends Forever Stamp Set. Oh – and I love how the Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels pick up the colors from the background.

Here is another rainbow blended background. This time I added Twisted Citron and Abandoned Coral. I am impressed that these inks blended so easily and that I was able to blend them in a small space. And I really like that Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles Stamped background. So smooth…


Another thing that is special about Distress Oxide Inks is that you can use them on darker colored papers. (The pigment property in the ink makes it opaque.) And then when water is added? The oxide look comes into play and it “brightens” the ink.

For this examples I used Ranger Kraft Cardstock and my MISTI Stamping Tool. I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Elinor Stamp first with a rainbow of Distress Oxide Ink then stamped it again with water. The water is like magic on the color.

I love these bright colors! Again, the “hello” die cut is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die Set and the Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels pick up the colors from the background.

Adding color to your water stamping is really pretty with Oxide Inks. Here I started with a direct-to-paper Lucky Clover inked background and stamped the Simon Says Stamp Cora Stamp with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and a bit of water. I really like how the two colors and bit of water react together for a gorgeous look.

I again used the Ink Road Frond of You and Compliments Vol 1 Stamps Sets, along with and Lucy’s Cards Ice Cube Jewels. I will be making more cards like this!

And last but not least… my favorite card. I used Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink direct-to-paper and stamped the Simon Says Stamp Cora Stamp with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and water. Isn’t it lovely??

I again used the the Ink Road Frond of You and Compliments Vol 1 Stamps Sets. And the Lucy’s Cards Shimmering Pool Jewels bring out the touch of blue in the background.


Here is a bonus card that I did but didn’t include in the video. I covered my cardstock with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink. Next I pressed various colors of Distress Oxide ink onto my work surface and added water. I picked up the colored water with my paint brush and flicked it on the background. I love the beautiful look this creates!

Whew! That was fun. 🙂


I have a free Ink Swatch Download for the Distress Oxide Inks just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE.

Here is a look at the new colors…

…and a look at all 24…


How would you like to win a set of the new 12 Distress Oxide Inks? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/15/17 telling me if you have tried the Ozide Inks yet. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for the giveaway!)


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1,234 thoughts on “NEW Distress Oxide Inks + Water Stamping + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I haven’t tried the Distress Oxides yet, but seeing the amazing creations makes me want to play with it. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  2. I ordered four of your favorite colors and should have them next. I’m like a little girl at Christmas time! Can’t wait to create beautiful backgrounds and turn them into cards and bring a smile to friends!
    Thanks for all you do.

  3. I do have some colors of oxide inks. And, you have been my go to person to get to know them better. Thank you so much for all your tips and techniques, especially on video! You rock my craft y world!

  4. Oh my goodness I have not tried any of the new distress oxide inks yet and am so excited over the chance to win a set. Thank you for all of the informative videos you share to keep us inspired.

  5. I still have not used the oxide inks yet. Would love to get my hands on a set. Maybe after I organize my room, will I treat myself😊

  6. I just tried this water stamping technique with my Oxide inks. I love the look!

    Thank you, Jennifer for your awesome tutorials. I so enjoy what you do. You are an inspiration to me!!


  7. I’m a rookie when it comes to inks. Never tried the Oxide inks but will be giving them a shot in the future. Love the look it gives. Great examples! Thanks a lot.

  8. I only have a few regular distressed inks and no oxide inks:( i would love a chance to try these on my scrapbook page backgrounds!! Thanks for a chance!

  9. I have not tried them yet, but I would love to. Thank you so much for the informative article and giveaway.

  10. Unfortunately I haven’t tried these yet! But would love to do so now..!! 🙂
    Thanks for the wonderful video!

  11. Hello, I’m contacting from Barcelona. I follow your works and I always learn a lot of new technics. You are a very good teacher. I have a doubt about Distress Oxide Inks that for sure you will know to solve. The water effects/white drops after inking and adding water….could be done with the reinkers? I mean, could I use the reinker ink (putting a drop on an acetate, for example) instead of using the pad? Thanks in advance for your help…and please continue creating these fantastic works and sharing them with us. Isabel

  12. Hi Jennifer, my name is Karen. Thanks for your videos. I find them so inspiring and am constantly adding to my book of ideas. This particular water/stencil technique is making me crazy. I’ve tried it 5 times and each time has been a mess. Either part of the stencil doesn’t show up or I get a glob of wet where there should be a pattern. Is there a secret? Please tell me you didn’t do this perfect the first time.

  13. I haven’t tried oxide distress inks although I love good ole regular distress inks. Got to earn some money before I add the oxide inks.

  14. I recently bought my first set of cubes of distress ink and love them. Now I can’t wait to try some oxide distress colors. Your videos are inspiring!


  16. Yes I’ve tried the first set of oxide ink just haven’t had a lot of time with kids being home for the summer break. They are wonderful!

  17. Oh, my goodness! I’m going to spend the rest of the day playing with this technique!!! Thanks for sharing all your techniques with us!

  18. Loving the first group of Oxides and now drooling over the new colors. These cards of yours are gorgeous!

  19. I love watching your videos! I learn so much and I am so inspired by you. I think it’s awesome that your daughter (I wasn’t sure you spelled her name Lila) is so interested that she helps pick out your nail polish. It seems from watching your videos you are very close to your children and there is nothing better then that.

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