Distress Oxide Water Painting

Hello. Today is all about getting more out of your Distress Oxide Inks (or traditional Distress Inks) by painting over them with water. The results are subtle and beautiful.

Distress Oxide Water Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

Distress Oxide Inks react with water and give a soft, white-ish look. Today I show how you can cover a background with Oxide Ink and then paint over it with water. This does work with traditional Distress Ink, but will look a bit different.

For my first example, I white heat embossed several images from the Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers Stamp Set on white cardstock. I then used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks very generously on top. Next, I painted in the outline flowers with water. The Oxide Ink reacts with the water and becomes softer in those areas. So pretty! I added a sentiment using the new Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Dies and Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words Stamp Set… along with a few White Nuvo Drops.

Distress Oxide Water Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next example is very similar, but I instead used Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks for the background. I like how the water caused these particular ink colors to get softer with a bit of a blue tint. The dots were created with Morning Dew Nuvo Drops.

Distress Oxide Water Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After applying Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers to this next background, I painted the images with water. I let it dry and then painted again with a Twisted Citron Oxide Ink and water mix. This gives a green tint to the images…

Distress Oxide Water Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last example shows a bold Candied Apple and Abandoned Coral Background. I again painted with water… and then a mix of Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink and water. I love that creamy look!

Distress Oxide Water Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For heat embossed sentiments, I like to use Gina K Detail White Embossing Powder. A perfect image!

Distress Oxide Water Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


  • If you are looking to paint with water on traditional Distress Ink, check out THIS video.
  • For other techniques using Distress Oxide Ink and water, watch THIS.
  • For the basics on Distress Oxide Ink, click HERE.


The products used today are part of a new Simon Says Stamp release. I will be back tomorrow with another video showing more of these great products! To see them all, head HERE.


Want to find the products I used? 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 the TH Media Mat and SSS branded. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.)

Simon Says Stamp New Release
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Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring…
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Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words…
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Simon Says Stamp Emphatic Stamp Set
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Distress Oxide Inks
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Arteza Water Brush Set
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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MISTI Creative Corners
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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Gina K Detail White Embossing Powder
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Grafix Platinum Vellum
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Gina K Connect Glue
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Darice Foam Adhesive Strips
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White Nuvo Drops
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Limoncello Nuvo Drops
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Morning Dew Nuvo Drops
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80 thoughts on “Distress Oxide Water Painting”

  1. A great way to use those beautiful oxide inks. Just placed an order for the new colors, perfect timing!
    Thanks for the great technique!

  2. Gorgeous!! Absolutely gorgeous! Never would have guessed the colour would lighten that much just by adding water. Guess I need to get some of the oxide ink pads to use this technique!

  3. Great colors! I’m absolutely crazy for the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink. So vibrant! The blue and green look great together!

  4. Distress Oxides are my favorite inks by far!! I’m so thankful for another way to use them!! To paint with water is such an amazing idea! Beautiful cards 😀 Thanks so much

  5. Jennifer,
    I do seriously love your cards. This technique that you’ve
    done is sooo beautiful I love how the cards turned out..
    Thank you for sharing this video with us.

  6. Amazing results! Being new to cardmaking, I get super excited every time I see a new video pop up from you. Thanks a ton! You inspire me!

  7. What a lovely look adding water gives! I wish I could do ink blending like that, then I’d give this a try!

  8. I have always loved your ink resist techniques. I think I’ll use this design for teacher appreciation cards in May. Love the Thank you die.

  9. This is a beautiful look.I love how the colors blend with the background.Thanks Jennifer for teaching me.

  10. WOOOOOOW !!! this is SO BEAUTIFUL !! you’re genius Jennifer ! Thank you so much for inspiring us so much !!

  11. Thank you…again, for such a terrific technique and tutorial. I think this technique is in my wheelhouse!

  12. Such a Beautiful look!
    {Wish Ranger would release Oxide Inks in cubes so I could try them out}

  13. These cards are gorgeous! I just love the way the distress oxides change color with water. I am really anxious to try this technique!

  14. I really love this look using the Distress Oxides. Thank you for your time in creating such great videos.

  15. AWESOME! What a great idea, I love what you did, the cards are stunning. I realy want to give this a try, thanks for, again, stretching a craft product!

  16. What a great technique – going to give this one a try! I was wondering, could you use distress oxide inks for the background blending but use regular distress ink to add the layer of color after the water painting? I have more regular distress inks than distress oxide. Thanks!

  17. Jennifer, I can’t get over all the techniques you can do with the Oxide inks. This is really cool technique and I love the results. I should have known water coloring with the Oxide inks would be beautiful.. Thanks again for another
    great technique.

  18. Amazing cards ! More I see your creations and videos and more I use them, more I love my Oxide inks !

  19. So beautiful with few supplies. I am ready to give this a try. I have new (new to me) distress oxide inks from Christmas that will be great. Thank you so much for your time making thesee videos. They are greatly appreciated.

  20. I’m looking to buy a stamp positioner – yes, I know, I come late to this feast – and I know you use the MISTI.
    Would be able/willing to comment on the PRO’s and CON’s of the MISTI versus Tim Holtz stamp platform off-the-record or in a youtube video? Thank you.

  21. These are all so beautiful Jennifer, I can’t wait to try this with the Oxides, the colours are all so rich and elegant with the white embossing.

  22. Wow! Got to get my hands on some oxide inks! Beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration. ♥

  23. Beautiful! I bought the whole new set of distress oxide. I think I’ll see what I can do with abandoned coral as that was just beautiful. I always love the blues and greens you select, too!

  24. I’m not bold to try my own experiments with cards, so I truly appreciate learning from your examples.
    These are So Pretty…I Will try this! Thank You

  25. A few years ago I did something like this painting with bleach. I love the results, but it was too hazardous having a mini-crafter by my side. This will be fun! Thank you!

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