Friday 29 March 2013

Basic Info about Distress Inks !!!

Hi Everyone,
Hussena here   to share with you all some more info about the uses of Distress inks ...As you all know our DT member Mallika has done a detailed post on it and shown you one of the fun technique using the distress inks so I am here to add a little bit more info about it ...I am starting by giving you a basic information about the Distress inks and here is what Ranger has to say about these inks :-

'' Tim Holtz Distress Inks are a collection of 48 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They're perfect for the new vintage, stained, aged effect crafters are creating in their altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects.

Tim selected the colors and helped develop these inks to produce a realistic, weathered look on paper, photos and decorative fibers. All the colorful Distress Inks afford added versatility when photo tinting and color layering with the original, award winning tones.
The 2" x 2" pads are made with a higher raised felt for easier use with direct to paper techniques, Re-inkers available in .5 oz. amber glass bottles with eye drop applicators....''

You can check out all the NEW colors as well as the old ones HERE

These are the original 36 shades of Distress inks :-

 And here are the New shade's that have been added besides the original 36 shades :-

Now lets have a look at the tools that are mainly used with the Distress inks to help in blending & coloring your project :-

And these are the blending tools by ranger one is a wood handled applicator and other is  blending foam which helps in evenly spreading the inks across your work surface.
Now I wanted to discuss the different uses of these inks and why they are a MUST -HAVE for any new crafter!...Some of the most common techniques using the Distress inks are :-
1. BLENDING & DISTRESSING - Our DT Member Shalini Pahwa has done a fabulous tutorial on this technique ...As you can see below :-

And also a look at what Mallika had shown you all about how to go about Blending & the colgate paste technique. :-

2.EMBOSS RESIST & COLORING USING DISTRESS INKS - Here I have used the Distress inks to create the background as well as to color the stamped flowers and leaves....


3.STAMPING - Our Dt Member Priya  has done an  amazing tutorial on Stamping with Distress inks...Check it out below :-


4. USING DISTRESS INKS TO COLOR & DISTRESS YOUR HAND-MADE FLOWERS - I love making my own flowers...And with Distress inks it gives such a realistic look and it really enhances the look of your hand-made flower just by simply distressing the edges with the inks or coloring your entire flower with the Distress inks like I have done in the Orange flower below :-

ETA: I am Sorry that I had not been able to add our Dt member Kavitha And Anita's work in my post earlier as I was really struggling with Internet issues and I was finding it very difficult to upload and save pictures...But here is a look at their work now using Distress Inks! :)..
5.CREATING BACKGROUNDS WITH DISTRESS INKS- Our Dt Member Kavitha has done two amazing posts showing this technique on how to use Distress inks to create beautiful backgrounds...!!

6.STAMPING AND HIGHLIGHTING USING DISTRESS INKS - Our Dt member Anita has done a fabulous video tutorial on how to use Distress Markers to color and use the Distress inks to highlight her cards!..

Besides these techniques that we have shown...There are many more techniques and uses of the Distress Inks....Which Jennifer McGuire has shown in this video HERE...Do check it out!

And now lets discuss about how to go about buying your first set of Distress inks :-

The information that I have gathered from various sources of the net and from a fellow blogger Tejal who is an expert and a perfectionist when it  comes to Stamping is that one should start buying the BASIC colors first that is : 

Shabby Shutters (Green)
Broken China (Blue)
Worn Lipstick (Pink)
Mustard Seed (Yellow)
Barn Door (Red)
Once you have these basic colors then you can expand your collection by buying One shade darker and one shade  lighter colors that the Ranger company provides...Like for example: For Blue : You can first buy Broken China then go for Tumbled Glass (Lighter  Blue) and then Faded jeans (Darker Blue) and Chipped Sapphire( Very Dark Blue)...And Salty Ocean being the new edition in the Distress Inks family!

And buying the Vintage Photo (Brown) ink is DEFINITELY A MUST!...Once you have this color ink you will find yourself using it in almost all your projects!...And this I am telling you from my OWN experience!

And now coming to the best part...Crafter's  Corner has the ENTIRE  RANGE of Distress Inks ...Both OLD and NEW...!!...And that also at a very reasonable price of Rs 270 for the old inks and Rs 350 for the new shades ..So hurry and place your order Now :) ( All Craft supplies under one Roof )
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Have a Nice day Everyone :)


  1. Nice write up, Hussena...Thanks for highlighting about distress inks and its so helpful for newbies like me :)

  2. Inks and paints are like Greek and Latin to me but you have summed it all up so nicely Hussena

  3. Well complied post,gr8 work hussena.

  4. Well put together ... Thanks.

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