Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Distress Inks are an amazing way to produce a realistic weathered look. The pigment ink gives a great vintage look and appeal to Christmas Cards, place settings and even present tags.

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, Tim Hotlz 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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

Distress inks are a collection of pigment inks which were first developed to add an aged look to card and paper. 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...

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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!

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

Same again but three very different effects.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

Stamping with Distress inks can yield some very unique results.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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 in the top image.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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 the ivory card. It makes a stunning background for the die-cut wildflower.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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 splatter 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.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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 some of the images above but you would definitely notice if it wasn't there.

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas

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 windows.

I wanted to finish with the window because I think there 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

Using Distress Inks to create Magic this Christmas