Distress Oxide Ink Watercoloring

Hello, all! Kristina here. Today I have three fun ways to use water with Distress Oxide Ink watercoloring. Distress Oxide inks react with water beautifully, so I thought I’d experiment with different ways to add water textures to watercolor backgrounds. :)

These cards are actually super simple! I used Strathmore watercolor paper for all three backgrounds.

For the first card, I controlled the water added to the background by painting on small hearts with clean water and then picking up the color with a paper towel. This leaves a “bleaching” effect. To finished the card, I added a greeting from the Handwritten Love stamp set and adhered small hearts from the Mini Hearts die set.

For my second card, I used only two colors of Distress Ink (Mermaid Lagoon and a small bit of Chipped Sapphire) to create a monochromatic look.  I sized the watercolor area to go behind the Sweet Tulip die cut. After it was painted and dry, I sprayed water into the palm of my hand and then flicked the water onto my painting. Just like before, the water reacts with the Distress Oxide ink and I’m left with organic water droplet shapes when picking the water up with a paper towel.

My third card is super colorful! I created a more rainbow background by changing the colors as I painted (see the exact colors I used listed below in the supplies). To add a water texture after my painting was dry, I flicked water onto the background from a watercolor brush. Like before, I was able to lift up color by pressing a paper towel onto the watercolor paper.

To finished this card, I used the Stained Glass Love stamp set and white heat embossing powder.

Those are my cards for today! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you trying out some watercolor backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks. :)

Supplies

Simon Says Clear Stamps STAINED GLASS…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps HANDWRITTEN…
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Simon Says Stamp SWEET TULIP Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamp MINI HEARTS SET…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER 5.5×7…
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Jack Richeson 9 X 12 INCH HARDBOARD…
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3M Scotch SAFE RELEASE MASKING…
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Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
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Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
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Art Impressions WATERCOLOR PALETTE…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE…
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD…
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Brutus Monroe ALABASTER Ultra Fine…
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Bazzill LICORICE TWIST Card Shoppe…
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Neenah Environment 100 LB SMOOTH…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE Adhesive…
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EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision…
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat…
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  1. I love the watercolour effect! I really like the simple heart one, its so pretty and I think I might even be able to CAS it. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques and ideas. Your cards are amazing Kristina!

  2. These are all so pretty. I love the sentiments. The stained glass ‘friend’ is one of my favorites. I love how crisp the sentiments are over the pretty distress inks.

  3. Beautiful cards….love this technique. Can’t wait to play. Thanks, Kristina for the inspiration.

  4. Awesome cards Kathy–those water color backgrounds are gorgeous, so simple but so effective. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Those cards are so pretty; I love that watercolor look with them I just made some cards using peeled paint oxide … OMG , so pretty !!

  6. Hit button too soon… That technique with the hearst is so amazing too ! Thanks for the inspiration. I gotta go find the Easter Bunny I need MORE oxides !! :)

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