Easy Distress Oxide Galaxy Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

Welcome! I love the look of galaxy backgrounds but am not great with watercolor. So I thought I would try creating a few with Distress Oxide Inks. It worked incredibly well and was super easy!

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

To create my galaxy backgrounds, I decided to use Distress Oxide Inks. These inks are great for “watercolor” layering and for a creamy, unique look. You can also do this technique with traditional Distress Inks, but I reallllly like the Oxide Inks even more! (To find out more about Oxide Inks and their unique properties, head HERE.)

I recommend watching the video above to learn how to create these backgrounds. It is easy to do, but hard to explain. Basically, I layered Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and pearlized water (Perfect Pearls pigment and water mix) over bright colors of Distress Oxide Ink. I also sprinkled on white paint for stars.

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my moon, I die cut a circle from cloud vellum (available in the Vellum Variety Pad) and white heat embossed images from the August Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit‘s stamp set. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Astronomical Stamps Set… isn’t it a good one? And Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels were the perfect starry touch…

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the background, I impressed the Hero Arts Star Confetti Die into Carta Bella White Shimmer 12×12 Cardstock with my die cut machine and Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mats. I wish you could see the shine and shimmer on this in real life!!!

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example, but without the vellum. Check out colorful Distress Oxide Inks peeking out from the Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink I added on top…

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Some people prefer more colorful galaxy looks. I like subtle ones, but you could easily make this one more colorful .

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next one is very simple! I just added images from the August Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit‘s stamp set. The white heat embossing stands out nicely on the colorful background.

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I wish you could see this background in person. It has a chalky look (thanks to the Oxide Inks) and shimmer (thanks to the Perfect Pearls). Lots of texture too.

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the August Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit featuring fun and unique products. The kit value is $77… but only costs $34.99! (The folks at Hero Arts are generous!) You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. (Remember that Hero Arts does now have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. You can find them all HERE.

HERE is the kit. All this for under $35!

The next stop on the hop is the creative blog of the wonderful Nichol Spohr. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 8/13/17. (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 shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)


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 from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store, such as Hero Arts (HA) and Simon Says Stamp (SSS).

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603 thoughts on “Easy Distress Oxide Galaxy Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I recently picked up some TH oxide inks, but I haven’t had time to play with them. I am soooooo in for a treat! I got some of the lighter colors, now it seems I need to get the darker ones, too! I love the effect.

  2. These are so cool and I love watching your informative videos! Thanks so much to you and to Hero Arts for their beautiful products!

  3. Thanks for another great video, Jennifer!
    I love galaxy backgrounds too and will have to try this Distres Oxide technique. I’m sure the layering properties will help me a lot!

  4. I absolutely love this galaxy look! The kit and stamp set is one of the best I have seen. I would love to have this to make cards with.

  5. Gorgeous! I don’t know how you come up with all of your ideas, but I’m glad that you do! He has obviously gifted you with mega creativity! I’m so glad that He did!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. I have never used the oxide distress ink before. The cards are so beautiful i cant wait to try making my own!

  7. Thank you for the ideas and inspiration. I really like the vellum balloon and stars on that first card, so cool!

  8. I’ve done galaxy backgrounds before, they are fun. However, I haven’t tried it with my distress oxide inks. Your background are wonderful!

  9. Galaxy backgrounds can be fun but yours is “Classy” you are amazing!!! Thank you for taking time to teach us all so many different techniques
    Cari Jewett

  10. I am very slow in collecting the new distress oxide colors. I have two so far. Can’t wait to make some galaxy backgrounds when I have more to play with. So for now, I will keep playing with my distress inks! This month’s Hero Arts kit looks so fun!

  11. Thank you for all the great ideas, I just got into the Distressed oxides and have gotten lots of good ideas to use them in different ways and will be trying them very soon. Thanks you for your blog. I am enjoying it very much. lots of good things to make a better card!

  12. Jennifer, your cards just are simply amazing. You are by far the best enabler…$$$ once again! : ) I will be so thrilled when my boxes arrive. I sure WISH that this kit was still available (sigh), however I signed up for the future kits and purchased many other goodies. HOPEFULLY I might win the kit!!!! I’ve been a huge Hero Arts fan for sooooo many years now. Thank you again for more wonderful inspiration!

  13. I wish I was in the States!! There are so limited stuff in our country and its super expensive and less people are interested in crafting. I am kind of lonely.. It is always comforting to watch videos. There are so inspiring. Sometimes I watch your video when I have trouble falling asleep 🙂 so relaxing and addictive!! I spent too much time on your video also during day time and it is the only problem I have.

  14. I need 1 of everything here!! Too much fun! Great cards as usual and u make it look so easy. Thank you for the inspiration.

  15. This release looks amazing. I love these galaxy cards and thank you for the great video showing how to create them.

  16. I love the look of the galaxy with the Oxide inks. The stamps and dies in this kit (and add-ons) will look fabulous with the galaxy backgrounds! Jennifer’s video’s are great teaching tools and I always appreciate them:)

  17. these are so pretty i love the multi color galaxy look without it being too over bearing! *__* that love you more than all the moon stamp is so cute too, i love any sayings in similar fashion <3

  18. I love these cards and appreciate the helpful tips you have shared. The stamp set is no longer available for purchase so looking forward to the possibility of winning it. Good luck to all, I feel confident that there is a long line of hopeful winners.

  19. I’ve never tried creating a galaxy background because they look so intimidating. However, you’ve made it look so easy by using oxide ink–I’m definitely on board! Thank you!

  20. I haven’t done any space background yet but after reading and watching your video I can see how easy it is to do. I love your 3 cards thankyou so much for the inspiration and tutorial in using the oxide inks. X.

  21. Genius as always. I just tried my own take at recreating a galaxy background and it is a lot of fun. No 2 cards are the same and I love that about this technique.

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