Distress Oxide Watercolor

April 13, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by.  I’m playing around with the new Distress Oxide inks, and they’re so cool.  I created this card panel with partial die cutting, and it’s a simple way to stretch your supplies.


This wafer thin die is from Hero Arts, and it matches the Color Layering Peacock stamp set.  I laid the die on watercolor cardstock, which I highly recommend, since we’ll be using lots of water for this technique.  I used Post-It tape to hold the die in place at the edge of the cardstock, which is 6″ x 9″.  Then I used a T-ruler and a pencil to draw a straight line at the top and bottom of the die.

I’m using my die cutting machine, called a Sizzix Big Kick, to cut out my shape.  Each machine is different, so you might need to adjust the technique, but here’s what I did.  My machine has 2 cutting pads, one below the die, and one above.  I lined up the top cutting pad with the pencil line I drew earlier.  Then I ran it through my machine.  Where there’s no pad, the machine doesn’t cut.


And you end up with cuts like the one on the left.  I used my paper trimmer to cut on the straight lines up to where they meet the die cut.  I also cut the center with scissors where it didn’t completely cut out the silhouette.  And now I can move on to stamping.


I stamped the peacock’s body with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, and the tail with Cracked Pistachio.  Then I misted the image with water and let it bleed across the page.  Distress Oxide is designed to react to water, just like Distress Ink does.  But because Distress Oxide is a blend of both pigment and dye ink, you don’t lose the detail completely.

I know I’m jumping ahead here a little, but look at the feathers on the peacock’s tail.  Even though I misted the left side with water, you can still see the stamped image.  This ink is so cool!


After I dried my panel with a heat tool, I added the next layer of stamping.  I highly recommend a MISTI or similar stamp positioner for this, because you may need to double or triple stamp on watercolor paper.  I stamped the second layer of the peacock and tail with Altanew’s Dusk ink.   For the third layer, I used Canary pigment ink from Colorbox.  The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter’s My Precious, and I triple stamped it in the Dusk ink.


I trimmed down my panel, and adhered it to a blue card base that measures 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″.  I popped up the panel with foam tape, and added a few Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.  I cut down another piece of watercolor paper to 3 3/4″ by 5″, and used a stamp positioner to triple stamp a sentiment and feather from Hero Arts’ Color Layering Peacock set.

Here’s a second card I made the same way.  I love the that the watercolor gives a different look every time.  Have you tried Distress Oxide yet?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon.


P.S.  I’m linked up with Word Art Wednesday, and A Blog Named Hero!


  1. Lovely card. I really like peacocks. I will have to try that technique. I have tried the Distress Oxides and I love them. I want more colors.

  2. Beautiful card, l love how you put the peacock over the edge. You used the new oxides inks well! Thank you for joining a Blog Named Hero.

  3. WHAT? Hello amazing technique. You’re a genius! Every time I see this peacock I love it, but think “Oh, I don’t need it…” This might send me over the edge.

    Thanks for joining us at A Blog Named Hero!

  4. Wow.. just a stunner.. Love this technique.. i really fell in love with that bleeding of colours..
    Thank you so much for joining us at A blog named hero this month

  5. Michelle, That is absolutely incredible. Wonderful use of the die, stamping and the distress oxides. I appreciate the inspiration.

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