Stamp It Saturday: Distress Oxide Galaxy Background

Time for a little creative inspiration with me, Elaineabella, for Stamp It Saturday.

Stamping Bella Stamp It Saturday: Distress Oxide Galaxy Background feat. Uptown Zodiac Girl Capricorn

Create a Galaxy Background with Distress Oxides:

You may recall previous posts showing how I created galaxy (or more accurately probably a nebula!) backgrounds using Copic markers. If you missed them, here are some links!

I love colouring these backgrounds using Copics, it can be quite relaxing. It does however, take a bit of time and patience, which are both often in short supply! A much quicker and easier way to achieve a gorgeous background effect is to use ink blending! Both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides are great for this. My preference now tends toward Distress Oxides, because I love the soft finish they give, the ease with which they blend and the ability to layer colour on colour.

I used Distress Oxides to create a background for one of my recent Uptown Zodiac Girl Capricorn coloured images (from THIS POST). Here’s the finished card (yes, I made a card, finally!):

Stamping Bella Stamp It Saturday: Distress Oxide Galaxy Background feat. Uptown Zodiac Girl Capricorn

Stamps used: Uptown Zodiac Girl Capricorn, Unicorn Sentiment set.

Here’s how I created the background. This isn’t the only way to achieve the look – play around with adding different colours in different areas, layering and blending.

I used Strathmore Bristol Vellum Surface paper – I find the ink glides over it beautifully, and I like the way it behaves when water is added (test out your papers – different papers give different results when you ink and then add water, which can give a variety of cool effects).

Before adding more ink I dried with my heat tool, this allows the Distress Oxide colours to layer on top of each other. I then started adding more ink – there’s no rule here, I just wasn’t quite happy with the piece, so I layered more ink.

I dried the piece before spritzing with water.

Practice spritzing to see how your spray bottle behaves and what pressure/distance you need to get the effect/spray pattern you would like!

I then blotted with a paper towel before drying with my heat tool.

I added some more Black Soot around the edges and dried the piece again using my heat tool. I then decided I wanted a more intense black at the edges to frame the piece, so I added Black Soot Distress Ink over the top (then heat set a final time).

BONUS TIP: When putting the final card together I found that the background paper was fighting a little with the focal point of the card (I used the same Prima paper Capricorn’s dress is paper pieced from). I used a piece of vellum to help soften the effect, and added some embossed stars using Versamark Ink, a stencil and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (also used for the sentiment). If your background paper is pulling focus, try adding some vellum over the top to knock it back a touch!

Over To You!

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Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!




  1. Nancee Purdum says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. I have never tried the Oxide inks but I am going to try these or sure! ?

  2. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    I don’t have any Distress Oxide Ink in my arsenal but I would like to try this. Can you do it with any ink that you have? I also don’t have that dauber thing but I do have some make-up things that are made of the same thing as your dauber. Would that work? I really love your background and I want to try it.

    • Stamping Bella says:

      Hi Gail, Elaineabella here. You can absolutely try with the inks you have on hand. 🙂 Always give the supplies and tools you have a try – you never know what will work for you, and there is no harm in trying it out!

  3. chark says:

    beautiful, thanks for the step by step! Gail, I use the makeup sponges myself.

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