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Can you watercolor with Distress Oxide Inks?

Happy Wednesday, all! It’s been a week since I last posted so I’m excited to get back to sharing with you. :)

I’m continuing my exploration of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks by trying out some watercoloring (see my first card made with Distress Oxide Inks here). It’s no secret that I love the original Distress Inks for watercoloring, so how does this new formula of ink hold up?

These inks are equally as pleasant to paint with, especially when it comes to painting flat areas of color. The pigment and dye ink mix makes the watered down ink more opaque, which introduces some new opportunities for layering colors. I haven’t shown it here yet, but you can stamp with Distress Oxide Inks on dark surfaces!

I used Waffle Flower’s Across the Miles stamps and coordinating dies for this card. Be sure to check out the video below for more of my thoughts on watercoloring with Distress Oxide inks. Also, all of the ink colors that I used are listed and linked in the supplies area below.

Thanks for stopping by! :)


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

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  • Reply Rosann aka Rea' May 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Beautiful work ! And yes … those distress oxides are AWESOME (anything Distress w/Tim Holtz is awesome ) !

  • Reply Phyllis Freese May 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience with watercoloring Distress Oxide Inks. I’ve just started playing with mine.

  • Reply Cheryl L. May 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I hadn’t yet thought to try watercolor with them! Thanks for the demo!

  • Reply Billie A May 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Happy belated birthday to you.. Sweet image and wonderful coloring with the Oxide inks. I will be trying this soon. Love your videos. Thanks for taking the time.

  • Reply Joni S May 17, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I love the distress oxide inks – haven’t watercolored with them yet, so thanks for the demo! Cute card. One question – is there a reason you (and other’s I’ve seen with this stamp set) don’t color in the white space between the balloon and the basket? Isn’t that the air? so it would really match the sky, right? I know it wouldn’t be quite the same as the background as you did it, but the white really stands out to me. Just curious…

  • Reply Colleen Howell May 18, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Love how these inks worked in the video, I have a few colors looks like I need them all now. Great card

  • Reply Teresa Doyle May 18, 2017 at 4:44 am

    WOW, this is fantastic. Love the Waffle Flower set and I’d love to have the Oxides!

  • Reply Charlotte C May 18, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I love that WF stamp and die set. I still do not have the Oxides but they are on my list. Beautiful card, Kristina. Thank you.

  • Reply Susan Lang May 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I have wondered what that white plastic was you have been using. Thanks for letting me know where I can purchase that. The card is cute, but OMG, that ring is absolutely gorgeous. Love it!

  • Reply Martha R May 18, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Thank you for sharing how the DO inks do with water. I love the way you dressed up the hot air balloon! Sweet!

  • Reply Maggie B May 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Kristina ~ This watercolored card is fun, fun, fun!! The additional details you added to the hot air balloon really bring the card to life. Thanks for sharing how well the Oxide inks do with water. ~HUGS~

  • Reply Teddy May 19, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Love your fantastic work!
    I absolutely try to do it now.

  • Reply Kristie Maynard May 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Very cute card. Thanks for another fun and informative video.

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