I am very excited to tell you that we now have a range of some of your favourite Ranger inks available through our website. Go to the Tim Holtz Hub section of the website to see further details. We will be adding new products all the time so be sure to check for latest releases.

Tim has been designing dies exclusively for Sizzix for quite a while now but he is probably best known for his range of Distress products for ranger inks which are universally popular with all kinds of makers.

I like to work in a range of different styles and after Sizzix, Distress inks are my number one 'go to' product.

Below you will find a collection of cards made using Distress inks. I have applied the inks using several different techniques and they represent a very small selection of my cardmaking stash.

I haven't itemized the inks or dies used but if you have any questions about specific makes or techniques then pop it in the comments and I will do my best to get back to you.

Distress inks were first developed to add an aged look to card and paper as we can see in the images above. Over time Tim has developed a number of techniques to complement the gorgeous range of colours now available. The aged look is just the tip of the iceberg...

Above we can see a couple of blended backgrounds, each of which have been lightly spritzed to give that classic mottled effect.

Above we see ink blending directly onto the face of the card along with a few ink splatters.

Ink blending can be very contemporary and modern lending itself to so many different styles of making as we can clearly see above.

Two simple cards where the strips of blended ink were applied directly to the card. I used Sizzix Makers Tape to mask off the areas to be kept clean. A perfect technique to make these classic silhouettes pop out!

on the right, we see and inked background which was then spritzed before die-cutting the aperture detail. for the card on the left I used a different technique. I applied the ink pad directly to a craft sheet before spritzing with clean water and dipping the card directly into the ink droplets repeating as necessary with a selection of different colours.

I used the dipping technique to create the effects you can see above but this time I chose the most interesting piece of the inked card to die-cut my shapes.

Same again but three very different effects.

Rather than use coloured card or patterned paper I like to create a selection of inked backgrounds from which to die-cut the elements I need, as you can see from this stunning robin above.

I never tire of creating starry night backgrounds, There are so many colour blends you can use that each one is absolutely unique. The snow scene in the top image is one of Tim's Colorize die range and the different colour layers were created by applying inks to plain white card before die-cutting. This is a great way to create really unique Colorize makes.

Stenciling is another way to use die-cuts and Distress Inks together. both the unicorn and triangles were die-cut from Sizzix Stencil Film and I used the negative of the die-cut as the stencil. The positive can also be used as a mask.

More stenciling, different techniques. The buildings were heavily inked before applying the stamped detail. Next, I spritzed with clean water before allowing it to drip and pool. For the leaves I sketched over the top of the stenciled images with a fine line marker.

The petals of the flower were die-cut from ivory card before inking toward the centre from dark to light using a few shades of red ink before spritzing with clean water.

Sometimes, placing an inked background beneath a die-cut aperture can yield beautiful results.

Stamping with Distress inks can yield some very unique results.

Above are two more examples of stamping with Distress Inks. You can blend the inks on the stamp as seen in both and you can even spritz the inked stamp before applying to the card as seen the the top image.

If you stamp using an embossing pad and apply clear or white embossing powder, this acts as a resist. When you ink over the top of the stamped image it remains white or whatever the colour of the base card happens to be.

How about using an acrylic stamp block to apply the colour? I blended two shades of Distress Ink directly onto the rectangular block before gently spritzing and using the block to stamp onto ivory card. It makes a stunning background for the die-cut wildflower.

In the three images above I have used a single colour to get three very different effects. for the top card I blended black ink from dark to light before die-cutting the five hexagons. For the middle card I blended a single colour from top to bottom fading out as I went. for the third card I used the dipping technique before trimming a strip to use as a background.

You'll also notice that I used the same colour ink to achieve the splattered effect. I did this by applying the ink directly to my craft mat which I then spritzed with clean water. Where the ink pooled, I picked this ink up with a palette knife which I flicked onto the card.

Distress Inks can be used in a very subtle way to just enhance the edges of a die-cut shape. It's barely perceptible in the some of the images above but you would defiantly notice if it wasn't there.

Finally, the stained glass effect was created by blending different inks onto an A4 sheet of card. I die-cut three different windows from different areas of the card and pieced them together into Grey die-cut church window.

I wanted to finish with the window because I think there is a is a perception in some quarters that Distress products are all about vintage, mixed media or grunge makes, but I think we can see from the sheer variety of styles above that this is most certainly not the case. Have I mentioned that you can use them to paint with too? that's a conversation for another day!

Until then, thanks very much for stopping by.