Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Product Review

by Lain Ehmann on June 5, 2011

You know about the love affair I have with Stickles! So when I saw Tim Holtz’s Distress Stickles from Ranger, I had to take them for a run:

Watch this short video to see what I think of them, and to find out how you can win your own bottle!

As mentioned in the video, here are some close-ups of the Distress Stickles vs. “regular” Stickles:

This is a layout with a lot of tone-on-tone stamping, so I wanted to play up the flowers. I thought a dash of Stickles in the middle of each flower would help play them up. Here’s a close-up or two:

You can see the matte versus glittery result.

Contrast this with a layout made with regular shiny Stickles:

Just one little dash of Stickles on the heart to draw attention there:


  • Lzepponi

    Glad you did this this product review.  I was thinking of purchasing some distress stickles.  I liked how the distressed stickles looked on your page.   In the video and pictures it looks somewhat shiny/sparkly.  THanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/Bookworm Bookworm

    I like the colors of the Distress Stickles, but I think I’m with you — regular Stickles remain my favorite kind.

  • Donna

    I like them both, but (almost) everything looks better with a little glitter!

  • Anonymous

    I agree. :)

  • Lynnette

    cute, cute, cute assistant!  You introduced me to Stickles and now I am up to my 6th bottle!  Had fun experimenting with them during LOAD.  BTW, nice to see you in your new room and the color looks so happy and spring-y!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FHPE3ZAQIUNUBBPJ3SIZMUYHJQ Ninny

    I think the distress stickles will be for me- most of my  subjects are boys ( 4 grandson’s that is) 

  • SueTR

    Hi Lain!
    I have to say, I have never used stickles at all….I know, I know…hmmm though, makes me want to pick up a few bottles of both kinds and experiment once I get my new studio up and running!  Thanks for the review, would love to win some!
    Sue 

  • Anonymous

    She’s so funny when she’s on video. Starts making funny voices. ;) Glad you are enjoying Stickles. Aren’t they da bomb???

  • AnnieB

    I’m with you, Lain, I like the sparkle! But I can think of some layouts (I have 3 boys and 3 grandsons) that might prefer the ‘sandy’ look.

  • jenlynnie

    i like both. the distress stickles have mica in it so it isn’t the go-to bling. i would use it on the body of the flower. then pop in some stickles. then i think that it would look jazzy = D

  • Anonymous

    Good idea – I like that!

  • Lynne

    Stickels of any kind – the only way I will do glitter anymore.

  • Anonymous

    It makes it so easy, doesn’t it?

  • Lynne

    Distress stickles are wonderful for covering a space with a bit of shine and texture. They are designed more to spread (like with your finger) over an area rather than to draw a line or make a dot. because they dry more flat and not glossy. The tip of the bottle is actually a larger hole.
    And…. if I remember right, I should go review TH blog again, you can use the heat gun on the distress but not the regular stickles…
    But I can’t live without either anymore….

  • Roxane F.

    Thank-you for the review!  I just bought some distress stickles and I was’nt sure if I was going to return them-but after watching your review I think I will keep them.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the tips!!

  • Anonymous

    Make sure to show us what you do with them!!

  • scrapbooker 27

    I just bought a set of 12 Distress Stickles to go with the distress ink.  Wish I had seen your review first.  I like the glitter look.  Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find a use for the Distress Stickles too.

  • Amelia A.

    I’ve never used Stickles before since I’m not a huge fan of glitter on my pages. The new Distress Stickles give an amazing effect and I’d love to try them out!

  • Anonymous

    These might be just right for you — not shiny!

  • Anonymous

    I am sure you will. ;)

  • teri

    I’m thinking the distress stickles might be great for masculine projects. Truth is I “need” both. Glittery for my girlie girlie and matte for my boys:)

  • http://twitter.com/daniellevekris danielle van ekris

    I’ve used the distress stickles in broken china and worn lipstick on snowflake-background. The snowflakes were made with masks and distress ink in both colors. The stickles just gave them some sparkle. When i need much bling I will use the  icicle stickles.

  • Anonymous

    It sounds beautiful!!!

  • Anonymous

    I go ahead and use the glittery stuff for my guys. They just have to suffer. If they complain I’ll tell ‘em to make their own pages. Haha! ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/ruth.bonser Ruth Bonser

    Hi Lain, I havent tried stickles before, I am new to your blog and was thinking of adding a bottle to an upcoming order based on your commentry and the fact that i have bought most of the basic supplies you recommend and thoroughly agree with your comments on them. Thanks for the honest and helpful reviews and commentry, it is so great to have someone even handed giving an opinion.

  • Anonymous

    You will LOVE Stickles!!!!! Let me know when you try them out! :)

  • Sheri

    I think I like both. The Distressed would give interesting texture without the sparkle and since I have boys (even the dogs) I don’t get to do much sparkle.

  • Lisa

    Thanks for the review! Every time I saw the Distress Stickles in the store, I wondered about the difference between these and the regular Stickles. I think I agree with you; I love the glitter too much!

  • Anonymous

    So glad it was helpful!!

  • AnnaB

    I agree that the regular stickles are great for shine and I use them on almost every layout.  I, however, found some great uses for the distress where the regular ones wouldn’t do.  I make a bucket of sand embellishment for a beach page and use Scattered Straw distess stickles to give it demension.  It looks great!!! Just enough shine and texture to make it come to life.  I also like to spread the distress stickles with my finger over a larger area. The glue dries clear and matt so all that is left is the bits of glitter.  It’s a great way to liven up cardstock or a flat embellishment.

  • Anonymous

    That is a fabulous idea!

  • http://scrappycanuck.wordpress.com/ Scrappy Canuck

    Hmmmm – still not sure about the matte finish.  Looking for more ideas!  But I sure would like to win some – glittery or not! :)

  • De Jewell

    I like the sparkle so much better but that’s my own preference.  Glitter for everything!!  Have a great day and thank you so much for your fantastic videos.  I am learning so much.  (Still trying to get through the getting rid of extra supplies and stuff) : (  LOL

  • Anonymous

    So glad you are enjoying the videos! I’m also trying to winnow down those supplies… :)

  • Lainehmann

    Danielle, at long last you are our giveaway winner! Please send me your address and I’ll send YOU some distress stickles! :)

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