Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Distress Oxide Watercoloring

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

Hello friends, its Nina-Marie here with you today sharing inspiration using our Simon exclusive Outline Butterflies background, along with some additional exclusives that we released in our new Blossoms and Butterflies collection

The card is watercolored with Distress Oxides; not only are these inks amazing to ink blend with, but the rich colors also make for gorgeous watercoloring.

I was going for an ethereal style with this card, so not only did I use a myriad of colors for the butterflies, but also in the background of the card itself. Mixing Oxide inks is extremely easy, so even if you are a beginner at watercoloring, I think you’ll find this Oxide ink watercolor technique super easy and also fun!

To enhance the colors of the butterflies, I used a rainbow of Nuvo Gloss Drops on their wings, and also in the background. For sentiments, I used greetings in both the You Got This CZ Design and our Comfort and Prayers set. 

Want to see how I created this colorful encouragement card? Be sure to watch the video below! 

WATCH THE VIDEO

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  1. Beautiful! I shy away from painting in general. But I think with the heat embossing and oxide inks, I think I can do it. Thank you for for the inspiration and great how to!

  2. Wow Nina-Marie what a colourful card. I love watching you watercolour with these Distress Oxide, they gave a bright awesome effect. Thank you so much for showing this great inspiration.

  3. -Your butterfly card was so festive and made me think of Spring. I have to get more adventurous and try some of these techniques. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Distress oxides are my favorite medium to work with. Between blending, stamping, and water coloring, they are my go-to! I love the bright airy feel of this card. Beautiful!

  5. I just started using Distress Oxide inks and I am always looking for other ways to use them. I can’t wait to try this technique! Maybe for my Mother’s Day Card for my mom! Thank you!

  6. Needing to get the most recent distress inks. Love the technique and seems really easy to do. Thanks for the video.

  7. Great colors…the video is so helpful for seeing how to work with such color combos. tfs And I won blog candy! Yay.

  8. Love the card. So bright and colorful and is sure to lift the spirits of anyone going through a rough time

  9. DELIGHTFUL – LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

    I really do need to get some Distress Oxides and enter this MAGICAL CREATIVE world :)

    1. YIKES … I just saw the winners list …

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  10. Adorable, bright, cheerful panel – what a fun and joyful card!

    Congratulations blog candy winners! It’s always wonderful to get happy mail!

  11. Such a bright and beautiful card. I will have to try this with the oxides I have as I love anything with a watercolor look and combined with butterflies..just too pretty!

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