Gorgeous cards, Joanne!
deb_, if you are only going to start with a few, what you pick might depend on what you want to do with them. If you are going to do wrinkle-free distress backgrounds, you will want to pick colors that you'd like to see together using that technique. A range of a particular color is fun for that, like many shades of blue. But if you are want to try painting with them, you would want colors that will work for the kind of images you will be coloring. If you want to play with distressing/aging elements of your projects, then the browns like Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, and Aged Mahogany and Tea Dye might be what you want.
In any case, you might start with a few, but you probably won't end up with a few. They are such versatile inks and come in so many beautiful colors that you'll likely start collecting them like so many of us have. Even green! I'm not big on most greens myself, but the Distress greens are so wonderful.
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