Distress Oxide Christmas card

Have you discovered the new Distress Oxide ink pad yet? If not, then you really have to try it! It is a combination of pigment and dye ink which reacts to water by oxidizing. It even works fantastically on darker surfaces which makes it different from the standard Distress Ink pad range. 

Create a background

You can use a combination of different colours to create beautiful backgrounds which can be stamped on once they have completely dried. For ours we used Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans for the background and we stamped onto it with a black StazOn ink pad. You can find instructions for how to do the background in the Tips & techniques section.


Use a Posca pen to draw small white dot “snowflakes” on the dried Distress Oxide background.

Paint with Distress Oxide ink

Draw an acrylic block over the Distress Oxide ink pad. Now, using the acrylic block as a palette and a fine watercolour paint brush soaked in water, you can paint with the Distress Oxide ink. It’s also a good idea to have a few sheets of kitchen roll handy. Stamp on your motif using a black StazOn ink pad and leave it to dry for a couple of minutes. When it has dried, use the Distress Ink to add colour to the stamped motif. The more water you use, the lighter the colour will be, so try applying a few layers using varying amounts of water if you want a shaded effect.