Painting with Distress Oxide Inks

Hi there! I’m back with a new card to share today after taking a brief vacation over the last week. I tried something new (to me, anyway) with Distress Oxide inks and painted with them. I love the results! They give almost a chalky effect while the colors stay vibrant, even on darker cardstock.

First I cut a piece of dark gray cardstock (I used a 110 lb. Recollections brand from Michael’s) 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ and then stamped portions of the same image from the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set with Versamark ink. I then heat embossed using Wow fine detail white embossing powder.

The oxide ink colors that I used are Peeled Paint (for the leaves) and Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber for the flowers. I pressed each ink pad on a Tim Holtz craft sheet and used a slightly damp watercolor paintbrush. The amount of water on the brush is key. At first, I tried painting with a water brush and it gave ok results, but once completely dry, it wasn’t nearly as vibrant.

I started over with the paintbrush and just a tiny bit of water on the brush to move the ink and activate it just a bit. I got much more interesting blending between the colors doing it this way. I continued to add layers of the various colors until I liked what I had going on. It changes slightly as it dries and it’s almost magical.

To finish the card, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from this stamp set and added a strip of patterned paper to the left side.

I was a little bit skeptical of the oxide inks at first, but there are some really cool uses for them and painting with them is probably going to turn out one of my favorites!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!


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