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. Would I like to win some oxide inks?!?! Are you serious?!?! I’d LOOOVE to get my inky fingers on them…howver I can! Haven’t been able to get them from a store ‘down here’ yet (Aust)……I’,m salivating!!!!

  2. Yes! I have tried Oxide Ink…and I’m hooked. Problem…..I only have 5 colors. Wanting to do so much more with them, but not in the budget at the present time. Love the way the look, feel, blend, and, thanks to your instructions, water stamp for beautiful results… Would love to be able to play with all the colors. P.S. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  3. No, I have not got to try any of the oxides. I see so many cool designs with them though. Thank you for the chance to win some!

  4. I love the distress oxides, every time I use them, it’s another adventure in the making. Would love to have the new ones! Thanks for this giveaway

  5. I have played quite a bit with the first 12 and love how easy blending is. However, i could never get my craft card stock to flatten back out, even with weights… what is your trick when you don’t use watercolor paper?

  6. I am new to stamping and card making and I have not tried the distress oxide inks yet! I had previously picked up a set of the mini distress ink cubes from Michael’s, but I struggled with blending. I want to get some of the distress oxide inks because they would be easier to blend and I could even stamp with them, because I do not have any colored dye inks to stamp with. Now I just have to figure out what colors to get! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Wow! Your cards and techniques are always amazing me. I haven’t had the chance to try any of the distress oxide inks yet. Fingers cross that this is my opportunity to try them. 🙂

  8. I’m dying to try the new Distress Oxide inks, but where I live they don’t sell them. I will have to order them online or something to get my hands on them. They look so pretty and the new colors are yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

  9. I haven’t been brave enough to try the Oxide inks yet, but your videos and pictures sure make me want to! Thanks for a chance to win some to experiment with!

  10. I got some of the first distress oxide inks after I saw your first video, I love how well they blend. I would love to get the rest of the colors so thanks for the opportunity to win them. Your videos are so helpful, thanks so much for taking time to do them.

  11. I have not tried these inks yet But would love to soon. I just can’t decide which colors to purchase first!

  12. I do have a few of the Oxide ink colors and would love to try this technique with them. Your creations are always so beautiful and you make the process look so easy. Thanks for sharing such great inspiration !

  13. These inks look so beautiful! Have not tried them yet but they are on my list! Love your creative ideas!! Thanks so much!

  14. I love the Oxide inks!!! I’ve only used a couple of them for underwater scenes, they are amazing! I’ll defiinitely be trying your technique for water stamping!!!

  15. The new Distress Oxide ink colors blend easily. When you used the colors with stencils it gave me some great ideas. It gave me some fresh ideas when I was in a rut. Thanks for new ideas. I guess my cross stitch can wait.

  16. I have the first set of Oxide inks and I LOVE them!!!! Love all your great techniques and cards!! Thanks Jennifer!!!

  17. I have the first set of Oxide inks and just this week took my granddaughter, who is 11, to a demo for the new colors at my local craft store. I bought her 3 colors of her choice so that we could play with them while waiting for Mom and Dad to get home. Well, we ended going back to the store the next day and buying more Oxide ink pads and showing one of Ella’s friends how they work and how much fun they are to play with. Ella has informed her mother that she MUST have all of the colors!!! Thank you for your great video, we enjoyed all your samples and techniques.

  18. I have set 1 & am still waiting for set 2 to arrive on my local – Australia doesn’t seem to be a priority destination for suppliers 😒 I have loved using the inks so much & am eagerly waiting for set 2. Your video is so inspiring, as always. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your talent & passion for paper craft – your informative videos allow us to get great results straight up without trial errors hehehe.

  19. I have the first set of the distress oxide ink pads and I love them! Happy to see another set out on the market!

  20. Jennifer: Love this technique! Can’t wait to try it out. You have the best tutorials around! ❤

  21. I haven’t tried the Oxide inks, but I recently purchased and used the Distress inks to make a background after finding your videos! I was really happy with how they turned out. Thanks for posting such great techniques!

  22. I’ve got some of the first set and have only briefly played with them. I love what I’ve seen so far myself and what I’ve watched in your introductory video (with first release). Tim’s video was also inspiring/ now I just have to find the time to really play & experiment! I love all the colors in this release. Can’t wait to watch your new video! Thank you!

  23. Oh, all the cards are so gorgeous!! I bought some of the first release of distress oxide inks and the new colours are just to die for! I can’t wait to try some of these techniques this weekend

  24. Thanks for a fabulous video Jennifer. After watching your beautiful blending and stamping, I was so inspired, I created a rainbow unicorn card for my daughters birthday.
    Thanks for sharing, really love your cards.

  25. I have not tried the oxide inks yet, but thanks to this video I will be adding them to my stash soon! Thanks for showing us these techniques.

  26. I am new to the card making world, but I have tried the new oxides. I have 2 colors so far. Building my stash slowly. Thanks Jennifer for all you do! I especially love that you are not afraid to say you are a Christian, I am too. I love the blessed stamps & dies cuts as well. Need to get them. You have a blessed day!

  27. I haven’t tried the new inks yet, but sure am curious. I’ve liked almost every one of the cards I’ve seen made with them so would love to win a set to try making one myself.

  28. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful card designs! You are a prolific, artistic creator!!! Seriously, I learn so much from you. Thank you, also, for this opportunity to win some Distress Oxide stamp pads. I don’t have any yet, so it would be wonderful to try them. It’s hard to justify buying them when I have so many of the original Distress stamp pads. Maybe after time I’ll try to get a few. Again, thanks for sharing.

  29. Jennifer I love your videos, you explain techniques so well and clearly! As I was watching I ordered the congrats die because I just loved the card you made with it. I have not ever tried the distressed inks, but would love to try them!!!!. I’m newly retired from teaching and I’m looking forward to having more time for card making and will be watching more of your videos for awesome card designs!

  30. Hi Jennifer, I have not tried the distress oxide inks yet, but I have watched your videos and I would LOVE to give them a try. I loved the water stamping using stencils – what a cool effect! They are a bit pricey for me at this time, so it would be great to win a set. Thanks so much for your great videos

  31. Gorgeous cards! Haven’t used the distress oxide inks yet but the colors and properties seem amazing! The various jewels you used on these cards are also really pretty. Thanks for the chance!

  32. I have not tried the oxide inks yet, but I am dying to!!! Thanks for the chance to win a set, Jennifer and SSS!

  33. I have tried the some of the first release oxides and wouldn’t have known how to use them if I hadn’t watched your video!! thanks for the opportunity to win the second release

  34. I absolutely LOVE these new colors in the distress oxide inks! Thank you for your tutorials! My brain is wild with ideas!

  35. I haven’t tried them yet, but only because of my budget.. 🙁 I would love to see if they blend like butter! Thanks so much for the chance to win and love all your amazing cards Jennifer~!!!!

  36. I just received four of these in the mail and am so very anxious to play around with them. Your cards above will give me a start on how to work with these inks. Thank you.

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