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. We have a few of the oxide inks but still have not had time to sit down and try them. You make we want to really do the stencil technique. It is so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us. Blessings, Lisa

  2. I just love these cards you’ve made. Absolutely beautiful back grounds. Unfortunately I haven’t tried these oxide inks as of yet, but feel I may need to soon.

  3. I have 6 of the first set of oxides. I have not had a chance to use them yet. They were a belated Mothers Day gift

  4. I have not tried the distress inks either version. I now have the oxides on my wish list though.

  5. I only have 5 colours so far and have been playing with them a bit – thanks for the tips and techniques.

  6. I have a few of the oxide inks and love the properties of them. They are different from any other inks! I would like to have the brighter colors too!

  7. I think the Distress Oxide inks are wonderful – and watching your videos with all your info is an added bonus!
    I have a few colors from the first release, but have only experimented with them a little bit, so far. Would love to get ALL the new colors! Thank you for all of your color swatch downloads – they are great!

  8. I have never tried these… but your videos have made me a believer! I want to try ALL the colors so bad!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  9. I’ve tried a couple of colors and am really enjoying them. I want to get more so I can try some of these ideas.

  10. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and how you made them. I have used Oxide Inks and I love them. I’m super excited about the new colors.

  11. I love the ways you used the Distressed Oxides. I have the first set and can’t wait to try the techniques you demonstrated.
    Please enter me in the give away.

    Thank you,
    Beth Ann

  12. Akkkkk….love the black suede look as well…can’t wait to try it, but of course would need to get it first 🙂 Here’s hoping.

  13. I have not used the Oxide inks yet. I’ve watched some of your videos and I’d like to give them a try.

  14. Love these cards! I have not played with Oxide inks yet, but love watching all the techniques you have shown us. Love that we can stamp with the Oxides too! Thanks so much for the video and inspiration!

  15. I love working with the distress oxides and I’m so excited about the new colors. They are brighter and make all the pads more versatile. Can’t wait!

  16. You aren’t gonna believe this! I have one Oxide ink from last month’s SSS kit and ack! I haven’t even tried it yet. Your encouragement has just put uaingg it to the top of my to-do list tomorrow.

  17. Hi,
    I love love love the Distress Oxide Inks. I have three so far and I am definitely getting more. I also like the techniques you showed with the background stamps as well as the stencils. I can’t wait to try those. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. You have opened a door in my creative brain I didn’t know existed.

  18. Great video! Love the cards you made. I haven’t tried the oxide inks yet but I would really love to. They are on my wish list.

  19. I have four colors from the original oxides. Looking forward to trying some of the new colors. First exposure was seeing them demonstrated by Tim. Still striving to make my backgrounds as pretty as his. Must keep trying!

  20. I have tried the Oxide inks a lot and still I’m expirimenting with them. So great that there is something totally new and different on the markt! Think I will be playing with them for years… So thanks for this chance and thank you for sharing your journey on using these Oxide inks! Have a colourful day!

  21. I haven’t tried the Distress Oxide inks yet, but they are on my wish list! I keep watching your videos on them – they look like a lot of fun.

  22. I do not have any of these inks yet. They surely are beautiful with what I have seen you use them with your projects. Would love to win these. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  23. Jennifer – Wonderful video! I have tried the oxide inks but they are on my wish list. I’m hoping that I can buy them one time when they are offered on sale. The new colors are beautiful – I really need to win the lottery!

  24. I have the first set and love using them. You have some wonderful techniques. I can’t wait to try the new colours.

  25. I have the first set of 12 Oxide Inks, I love them, different every time you use them. Love the colours and such fun names too.

  26. The new colors are great, I ordered the whole set and am now waiting for them to get here to play!

  27. Hello Jennifer! Thanks for a wonderful informational video and blog! I do not currently own any oxide inks and would be excited to try these. Thank you!

  28. I have four but haven’t attempted to work with them yet. This video will give me inspiration especially if I win them all. How great would that be. Myra from Florida

  29. I haven’t tried these yet! Really want to! I have been seeing a lot of cool projects on the web using these inks!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  30. I have the first set of Oxide Inks and I love them! It would be wonderful to win the next set. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  31. Hi, unfortunately I haven’t wirkend with them yet, since I haven’t purchased any (it’s pretty tough to get those things in germany, without paying tons of money. Thanks for sharing your cool and clever ideas. It’s much apreciated.

  32. I haven’t tried them, yet, but I’m working on a project that would put them to use perfectly! I’ve been wanting to try this out!

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