Tim Holtz Distress Inks Techniques for Scrapbookers: Video

by Lain Ehmann on August 5, 2011

I’ve decided to make Friday a free-for-all. Who knows what you might find: Links to my fave non-scrappy products, a glimpse into my “outer” world, a card idea, stamping… you’ll just have to tune in to find out!

Today, Free-For-All Friday is a video of how to use Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger. I include two different techniques, and I create this layout:

The watercolor technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire. She’s crafty like that!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pskl1L5pug 570 430[/youtube]

P.S. Here are links to the three inks I used in the video:

Rusty Hinge ($4.99 at Scrapbook.com)

Fired Brick (on sale for $4.75 at Scrapbook.com)

Mustard Seed (on sale for $4.75 at Scrapbook.com)

And here is the Inkssentials blending tool. It is also $4.75 at Scrapbook.com, and one handle comes with two pieces of foam. (You can get packs of just foam, too).


  • a1983alaskan

    Wow!   What a cool technique!  I’ve got the inks, I can get a mister.  I need the watercolor paper and a neat flower stamp, then I’m good to go :-)

  • Anonymous

    Try it out with what you have onhand, stamp-wise! :)

  • DaniNYC12677

    Great Video Ms. Lain!!!! You ROCK!! 

  • Lzepponi

    Many thanks for the instructional video!  I have been attempting stamping. I never thought to use several different colors on one stamp!  What a great effect!  Wonderful job on the video!

  • Anonymous

    Glad you liked it! I’ll do more. :)

  • Annawbk

    Try adding some Perfect Pearl powder to the water mister.  That way, your stamped image will have a slight pearly sheen. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve done that and love the effect!

  • Roxane F.

    Thanks for a great video.  I have some distress inks and used them on tags, I can’t wait to try in on the watercolor paper!

  • K_keiper

    great tips, great page. thanks

  • Anonymous

    Glad you liked it!!

  • Anonymous

    Show me what you come up with!

  • Gail E.

    Great video Lain!  Heres my tip for ya’ll,  I take a sponge applicator and use a velcro dot and attach an applicator sponge to the bottom of each Tim Holtz distress ink.  That way I just pop off the applicator when I wanna use it and then when done just stick it back on the ink case.  No color contamination or mixing up of applicators and  I always have it handy!

  • Anonymous

    I do that too! I didn’t want to include too much in that first video. ;)

  • Sylvie

    Hi, thanks for the great video. I am a beginner at ink and stamping but have been scrapbooking for 12 years. Love to learn new techniques :-).  I am a bit mixed up about the “contamination part” of the video.

    On the first part of the video you do use different color inks on the one flower. They seem to touch…does that contaminate the ink pad too? I have no clue how to mix my colors using the ink pads. 

    On the firt example, you added the red ink on that flower, then you added the yellow color to the same  flower, the yellow pad must have touched some red ink…is that ok? Then your yellow pad should have some red on it. I am sorry not not to understand the contamination part.

    I do get the different sponges you use for the second part of the video, nothing gets contaminated that way but am puzzled about the first part. I hope you can clarify a little bit before I try to practice that technique myself :-).

    Love your emails and especially loved your new craft room with different stations. Hopefully next year, when I move again, I will be able to have my own craft room :-). 

  • Anonymous

    Hey Sylvie — great question. Yes, the inks “touched” a bit, but I don’t really worry about the overlap. I’ve also noticed that with the felt pad (like the distress inks) versus the sponge pad (like cats eyes) there is less of a chance for any cross-contamination to happen, maybe because the felt is denser and less absorbent? I actually haven’t noticed any contamination at all, though I haven’t been looking closely. I’ll keep a better eye on it and see what happens next time I do something like this. Thanks for asking!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic thought! I saw Perfect Pearl mist at Michael’s the other day!

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