After playing again with the Distress Oxide inks, I’ve come to the conclusion that the reaction of the distress oxides in the black Dylusions journal is not typical of how they react when spritzed with water. After trying three different card stocks, white hot press watercolour cardstock, Cairn Kraft and Midnight black (all 300gsm/140lb). The ink was applied through a stencil, then spritzed all over twice, then heat set with a heat gun. The same process for all three. The images below shows the before water and after water when dry.
In my own opinion, I think there is some kind of coating or something to do with the way the black Dylusions journal is made that made the Distress Oxides react in this way. I also think that the Distress Oxides will behave differently depending on the type and brand of card stock being used. As with most things I would advise a small test area is done before committing to a larger project.
This is not an indication of how well the inks can perform when water is added to the inks before being applied to a page as you would for a background effect. More experimentation/playing and more research is needed. Finally…don’t just take my word for it, gather as much information and watch as many Oxide related videos as you can before making up your own mind.