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!)


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. Thank 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)

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

  1. Great Video, I can’t wait to get the Oxide Inks, the colors are beautiful, and the blending looks so do able. Thank you for all of you video’s, I always enjoy them.

  2. Yes I have tired the Oxide inks. I have the first set, now I need to get the next set. I love working with them. Your cards are great looking. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I haven’t tried the Oxide inks yet…I would love to have some to play with. Your cards are gorgeous….love how adding water changes the look of the inks. Thanks for the chance to win =)

  4. I haven’t tried the Oxide inks yet, but I would like to! Your beautiful cards are a great motivation to give them a try!

  5. I love the oxide inks that I do currently own but having the complete new set is a must!! The colors are amazing!
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  6. I have not tried the Oxide inks yet but I sure would like to! You always do such beautiful work! Can’t wait to give these a try.

  7. I’ve not tried these yet Jennifer. I would sure love to make some great cards with them ^.^ Thank you for all your videos Jennifer, I’ve learned so much.

  8. I love the intensity of the colors , I have not tried your products. I have gads of stencil s and rubber stamps. I recently purchased a Big Shot die cutting machine and would love to try your techniques. Lovey cards.

  9. What a generous giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win! After watching your video from the first release, I just had to have them. I tried them once, but was unhappy with my results, so I went back and watched your video again while I was playing with them and had much better results. Now I can’t wait to get these new colors. They are some of my favorites.

  10. I have not yet tried the oxide inks, but after watching your video I cannot wait to try these techniques. Love the results! Thank you for the video and for the opportunity to win!

  11. Thanks for the great video. I have tried the Oxide inks and have enjoyed them. Can’t wait to get some of the new colors!

  12. I LOVE the Oxide inks! Your cards give me lots of ideas. I have the first set but not the second. They look beautiful!

  13. I haven’t had the opportunity to try the oxidized inks yet but the colours make my heart sing and my fingers are itching to get hold of them!… Can’t wait to try them!….


  15. Hi there. No I have not tried any of the distress ink oxides yet, really want to try them. They look wonderful. I love all of your work. Thank you Jennifer for all you do.

  16. The new oxides are beautiful. I bought a few of the older oxides, but have not used them yet because I wanted at least 6 different oxides to play on a project with. The cards you made are fantastic and really show the luscious pigments of these new oxide inks! I am looking forward to a day when I can create a project with many oxide inks because, these have ruined my excitement with my regular inks, lol!

  17. I have not try new oxide inks but I use distress ink in the past. Watching your video I would like to have a opportunity to win
    Love all your video and learn a lot
    Thank you Lora

  18. I bought the first set of 12 colors–does that count??? I want to just go play with them but right now my life is so busy I haven’t been able to just play. When I go to my craft room to make a card–it’s one I need right away and no time to play around! My time will come this fall–after the summer growing season! I love seeing all the cards you have made and all of the techniques you have demonstrated in your videos! Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. I love these inks – like butter! And so easy on my hands which is a huge help! Thanks for another great video Jennifer.

  20. I just love this technique and thank you so much for the very clear video! The distress oxides are fabulous inks and I’m having fun playing with them!! I can’t wait to get the new oxide colors!!!

  21. Love your videos! I ordered some oxide inks, but haven’t tried them yet. Would love to win the new colors!

  22. Jennifer, I am so anxious to try the new Distress Oxides. I watch the videos and love the backgrounds that can be made with them! So many beautiful, Mixed Media techniques to try! Thanks for all you do to keep us inspired!!!

  23. This was a fantastic introduction to the distressed oxide inks. I have not used the oxides yet. Thank you for sharing! I love your videos; please keep sharing them.

  24. Great video, beautiful results! I don’t have any of this ink yet, but I will be trying this technique when I get some. Just one question… when you say hold the wet stencil/stamp on the card for a “couple of minutes”, do you mean a couple of seconds? or literally several minutes?

  25. I definitely have tried them! How could I not after watching your first video about them. They are so unique and create such a fabulous effect. I’ve raved about them to my friends as well and we finally have the first few colours in our local Michaels store. Can’t wait to try these new bright colours, they’re much more up my alley in terms of crafty colours I like to use. Thanks for the chance to win them SSS!

  26. I have not tried the new oxides yet, but I have every color of distress ink and use it all the time! I am so curious about these new inks, I would love to win a set!

  27. Yes, I have tried the first 12 and am having fun with them. Your video’s have been very helpful in using them in different ways. They are now my favorite inks and looking forward to the new colors. Could you do a video using the old distressed inks and the oxides please.

  28. I have the first set of 12, but because I am moving soon, they are packed and I haven’t been able to play with them yet! 🙁

  29. Yes, I have used the distress oxide inks. They are beautiful and so easy to blend. Can’t wait to get some of the new colors. Thanks for the awesome videos. You are such an inspiration.

  30. I’m anxious to give these a try. Winning a set would be icing on the cake! Thanks for all the samples and tips.

  31. Erg! I would love to have distress oxides to make beautiful cards like yours :). I have not tried them yet as there are a ton of products competing for my small scrappy budget. Keep the inspiration coming! I’ll cave soon 😉

  32. Lila is awesome – love the pink and purple nail polish! 🙂 I have played with the oxide inks and they are so fun! It is addictive. Beautiful cards and great techniques.

  33. I have not used the Oxide inks yet. As always, your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

  34. Hi, I haven’t tried these inks yet. I think I’m getting one soon from an online order I placed. Your videos make it seem so easy – I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the wonderfully helpful videos.

  35. Since I’m very new to card making, I have not purchased much inks yet. BUT after seeing your video on these distress oxides inks, I may have found the set to try!

  36. Yes, I just got 2 Distress Oxide ink pads and had to try them out. So far, I’m really liking them. I can’t wait to try some more techniques with the inks. Always love your cards! Thanks for sharing.

  37. Yes! It is perfect for ink blending like you said! Love how it just blend like butter. Haven’t get my hand on the new 12 colors yet, BUT soon!

  38. Wow this was so much fun to watch. I have used Oxides before and love, love them. They’re so much fun to use and you get a different look each time. Great product. I haven’t purchased this new set yet, so I’m crossing my fingers I’ll win. Lol.

    Thanks so much for your inspiring videos.

  39. I haven’t tried them yet but can’t wait to! The abandoned coral and peacock feathers are delicious!!!!!:) thanks for your inspiration, Jennifer!

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