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. It seems to open a whole new world of color and texture. Myself and my young art students would love to experiment with them.

  2. These cards are amazing. I have a bunch of the regular distress mini ink pads, but these new oxides look SO much easier to work with… I would love to win this-thank you for the opportunity. You are very inspiring Jennifer.

  3. Distress inks are my fav inks, but I have tried only “normal” pads.
    You make such beautiful backgrounds with them!

  4. Yes I have the first set of 12 and love them. The first time I’ve splurged in a whole set of inks and the reinkers. Love the new colors so thank you for the opportunity to win a set. Beautiful cards and tips!

  5. I was introduced to them at a craft class and liked the ease of use and they make beautiful cards.
    Thanks for the chance to win a set.

  6. I have several and they are marvelous…especially when you watch your videos. They are SO much fun and the best part are your inky fingers…you know you’ve had tons of fun when your fingers are rainbow colored!! Would LOVE a change to win the latest set. Thanks for all your wonderful videos, tips and expertise!!

  7. Hi Jennifer,
    I love watching your videos and am so inspired by your techniques. I just invested in the first 12 oxide ink colors and cant wait to use them with my new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies! Your encourage me to ‘share some kindness’ and that’s what I intend to do!! I would love to add the new colors to my stash. Thanks so much!!

  8. I have 4 of the Distress Oxides and want more! I was blown away by the cool effects of color separation I got with Peeled Paint sprayed with water!

  9. I only have one so far – Worn Lipstick – that I got with an SSS kit. I used it on a wedding card and it’s just gorgeous! I’ll definitely be getting more, and trying some of your techniques!

  10. I have a few of the first release I held off for a long time and just had to try them, they are so fun to blend with I have been crafting with my twin grandchildren lately and they tried them also and love them. If you be so Fantastic to win a set, thanks for the opportunity

  11. Yes, I have the oxides and love them. Need lots more time so I can play with them and try the techniques from your videos! Thanks for a chance to win!

  12. I have the first 12 and love them. The colors are so smooth and rich right off of the stamp pad. I haven’t worked with any other product like it. Your technique videos for these inks have been so helpful and inspiring. Thanks a bunch. WRE

  13. I would be so blessed and excited to win the new colors of oxide inks. I love them and money is tight right now and playing with the colors would be an adventure

  14. Yes, they are amazing! I love making backgrounds for cards. You give so much inspiration. Winning the new colors would be awesome! Thank you!

  15. Awesome video, LOVE these in depth technique videos! I do have the first 12 DOX inks, and saving my pennies to get these too! Thanks for a generous giveaway and sharing your incredible talent.

  16. Hello Jennifer,
    Firstly, thank you for sharing some amazing ideas and posting them in such a way that is easy for the not so talented (me!) to follow and make some lovely cards. Yes, I have tried a couple of the new distress oxide colours and what I love about them is that they look awesome on dark coloured cards. I hope to save up and buy some more colours at some point.
    Kind regards, Angela

  17. Jennifer,
    No, I haven’t yet tried the Oxide inks although I am anxiously awaiting to get them! Thanks for the videos – and thanks for sharing your creativeness and talents. Truly inspirational!

  18. No, I haven’t tried the Distress Oxide inks yet, I would love a set to share with my crafty DIL!

  19. I haven’t tried the oxide inks yet. Started to make a little collection of distress inks.
    But these oxide inks look amazing. Winning these will give me a head start and gives me another chance to create awesome backgrounds!
    Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas with us!

  20. Wow! there is a whole lot of inspiration in this video. I have not tried the Distress Oxide inks. They are on my wishlist.

  21. Hi Jennifer,
    I have started playing with Oxide Inks…they are really fun! Thank you for sharing so many cool techniques.👏🏻

  22. I haven’t tried the oxide inks yet. I have been eyeing them for a while, but keep talking myself out of them. I do get inspired after seeing your video, soon they might be added to my cart!!
    Your card ideas are great!

  23. Hi😄 Yes, I have tried the distress oxide inks and they are so much fun. Your tutorials are the best and so easy to follow. When I check my email I always look to see if I have one from you. Thanks for sharing!

  24. I love the Oxide inks. They are fun to experiment with. You just don’t know what the final result will be.
    Can’t wait for the new brighter colors.

  25. Wouldn’t I love to be the lucky winner! So far I’ve purchased two and have only used them for stamping, can hardly wait to try your suggestions in August when I’m back home!

  26. I have a few of the first colors released and I really like them. I have been looking for other ways to use them, so really appreciate your video.

  27. I bought 3 oxide ink pads to try. I just love them and would love to win a the full new set. The new colors are just beautiful. Please pick me!

  28. Really love both this video of ideas using the new distress oxides and your older one with the original set!! Can’t wait to play! I picked up a couple but haven’t been able to play with them yet! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  29. I have 3 different colors of oxide inks so far. I just ordered some more. They are really fun to play with. I’ve been doing the background techniques from some of the videos. I love the results. So far, Cracked Pistachio is my favorite color.

  30. Jennifer, Nobody does random and stuffed full better than you! Thanks for so many wonderful ideas. Yes, your last video convinced me to invest in 5 of the Oxides… and the results have been amazing! Thank you for the chance to add to my Oxide collection. 🙂

  31. That would be awesome to win a set of the new oxides! I have the ones that came out earlier. Now that I see this video and how easy you make it look, I can’t wait to try them out! And those new bright colors are so fun! I have to say the black is so exquisite and I am very exited to get my hands on that one for sure!!! Thanks Jennifer for the opportunity to win and for your video:)

  32. No, I have not tried the oxide inks yet. I would like to though! Thanks for the great examples and ideas!

  33. I have not tried the oxide inks yet. I have been looking at the fabulous colours on the different blogs and craft sites. Your cards are gorgeous. I would love to win a set of the oxide inks to recreate your examples. Thanks for the chance to win them!

  34. No, I haven’t tried Oxide Inks just yet but will soon be experimenting when my monthly Hero Arts box arrives!!

  35. Would love to try the oxide inks but haven’t had the pleasure yet. Thanks for the opportunity to win some and the great video!

  36. I have 16 0f the oxide inks & like them so far. Thanks so much for all your great ideas using them. Can’t wait to get started.

  37. I am surprised with how much I love these oxide inks! They are so much fun. It would be awesome if I win the new colors!

  38. I have several of the previous release of Oxide Inks and I can’t wait to add the new colors to my stash! I am loving your ideas in this video and I will definitely be trying those techniques out.

  39. Thank you for inspiring me. I tried your technique last night. I love the result. I would love to add to my 5 pads of THDO. You can pop by my blog to see the card. Thank you so very much for the chance to win. Most of all the inspiration.

  40. I have tried them and love the silky matte look and feel of them. Nothing like them in the market. I have the first set and the colors are gorgeous. I would love to win the newest colors! Thanks for the opportunity.

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