Distress Oxide Ink Watercolor + GIVEAWAY

Hello! I was very excited when the new Distress Oxide Inks came out last week… so I thought I would play with them right away! Today I show how these inks are excellent for doing watercolor on dark colored cardstock.

Distress Oxide Ink 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 are simply incredible. Due to their unique properties, they are one-of-a-kind! If you haven’t already, please watch THIS Oxide Ink introduction video. It explains many of the great techniques these inks can do. (I link to other videos you might like below.)

Since Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks have both dye AND pigment properties, they offer a very unique look when used for watercolor. The ink moves nicely with water (thanks to the dye ink properties).. but is somewhat opaque (thanks to the pigment ink properties). So when you paint with them, the “paint” is creamy… and can be used on dark cardstocks! LOVE this.

My first example shows watercoloring Distress Oxide Inks on Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Cardstock. After white heat embossing the flower from the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers Stamp Set, I pressed different colors of Oxide Inks onto my Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat and added a bit of water. Using a brush, I painted in the flowers as I always do for watercolor. You can mix colors… but even better… you can layer them to build up more intense color.

Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this card I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn, and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide Ink. Again, these inks are somewhat opaque, so the colors show up even on the dark cardstock. After adding the sentiment, I did spray the panel with Design Master Clear Finish Matte Spray to protect it.

By the way, the “hello” is from a discontinued stamp set.

Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My second example also uses the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers Stamp Set. However, this time I stamped it on kraft cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and clear heat embossed. I then added lots of Distress Oxide Ink with water and a brush.

Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this one I used Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Moved Lawn, Twisted Citron, Forest Moss, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks. The colors look so bright!

Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I colored in the word “beautiful” with a White Gelly Roll Pen.

Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Here are a few more videos I have done with Distress Oxide Inks. These inks are the most versatile for techniques!


I have a free Ink Swatch Download for all 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 all of the Distress Oxide Ink colors on my swatches:

Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The unlabeled ones are Salty Ocean and Black Soot…

Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink Distress Oxide Ink Painting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


How would you like to have a set of the 12 new Distress Oxide Inks!? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/25/18 telling me your favorite of the new colors. (To leave a comment, head to blog, 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! Ranger sent me a set, and I bought a set… so I can give one away!)


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 with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.)

New Distress Oxide Ink Bundle of 12
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New Distress Oxide Inks
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*Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers…
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Creative Corners
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Gina K Connect Glue
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VersaMark Ink
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VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
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*Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Cardstock
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Neenah Desert Storm Light Kraft…
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Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
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White Gelly Roll Pens 3 Sizes
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White Craft Foam
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Design Master Clear Finish Matte Spray
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932 thoughts on “Distress Oxide Ink Watercolor + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I simply cannot be forced to pick one color…
    That would be to hard! So I’ll pick tumbled glass, spun sugar and mowed lawn for a tie! Thanks for your inspiration Jennifer! ❤️❤️

  2. I use tumbled glass the most of all the distress ink colors and I am sure it will be a favorite in the oxides as well.

  3. Tumbled Glass would be my first choice. It was a tough decision, but the glass won! Yeah!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing your techniques and information with us… 🙂

  4. Blues are my favorite color, so tumbles class would be my pick. Spun sugar would be a close second. I had no interest in the Oxide Inks until I started watching your YouTube videos. You have such wonderful videos and are very inspiring. I have started taking some classes and trying many different techniques. Thank you.

  5. All of these new colors are so beautiful! I honestly can’t choose my favorite between shaded lilac and dusty concord. Just stunning!

  6. These cards are really beautiful, and the painting looks like it is so much fun to do– lovely results without too much stressful work! I think that my favorite new color would be Tumbled Glass, but Stormy Skies has a special place in my heart because real-life stormy skies are one of my favorite sights.

  7. Great cards! So hard to choose just one favorite, so I chose two, Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive.
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  8. Great cards! I am still so amazed to see that the Distress Oxide inks work on colored and kraft cardstock. Mowed Lawn is my favorite of this new set. I love how intense the green is; it reminds me of my wedding colors, which were pink and green.

  9. I love tumbled glass. Thanks for the chance to win! And thanks for sharing more ways to use the oxide inks!

  10. Beautiful cards and great technique. Can’t wait to try it out. So many wonderful colors, but the two I like best are Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon. Love red and orange!

  11. Blues are always my favorite so I’d have to go with Tumbled Glass. However, I love all of the colors!

  12. My favorite color is red, so it will be barn door and ripe persimmon. But I also like mowed lawn and tumble glass. actually I love them all, those cards came out beautiful.

  13. Beautiful cards, as always, Jennifer! Thanks for the inspiration – and easy to follow instructions 🙂 I think my favorite colour is Ripe Persimmon.

  14. Lovely technique! Quick question: Is foiling ink resistant? I’d like to try watercoloring on dark cardstock and wasn’t sure how foil behaves with water and ink. Thanks for any helpful insight! 😆

  15. So hard to pick just one. I love everything tropical in color and name, so to pick just one I’d have to say abandon coral.
    Love all of your videos! I find myself watching one after another. So full of great tips and tricks and keep me inspired. Thank you Jennifer!

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