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. Stunning card Nina Marie! I am amazed at the vibrant color you achieved, I usually think of distress oxides as muted. Awesome!

  2. This is so inspiring–thank you, Nina! Your tutorial was excellent, I am anxious to try this and could relate to your comment about watercolor paints behaving differently than the oxide inks. I just wish I had all the pretty colors that you used here :)

  3. Wow! I had no idea Oxide inks could do that! So lovely and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us and your tips too!

  4. I was surprised at how bright and beautiful these colors are and at how beautifully they blend together. Wonderful card!

  5. I like that you used cheery colors for your card – such a nice way to help the recipient feel better, too.

  6. Wow!! This is such a beautiful card!! I love the colors you used and that background is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  7. This is so beautiful Nina, love the butterflies!
    Congratulations to all of your winners….YAY Janis!

  8. Ah, Nina, you make it look so easy. Maybe it’s that beautiful stamp, but I’m sure your skills have a lot to do with it! TFS!

  9. Your cards are always so colorful, Nina-Marie. This technique looks as though even I could do it! Thanks!

  10. Wow! What a gorgeous card! I love all the bright colors! Thank you for reminding me that I can watercolor with Oxide inks- can’t wait to try it!

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