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Old 02-04-2007, 10:24 AM   #1  
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I just got one of these ink pads for my bday and I have *NO* idea what to do with it! Any suggestions? Any examples in your (or anyone's) gallery I could take a peek at?
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Did you get the ones from Tim Holtz in the Ranger inks line? If so here is a link to his web site with tips for distressing.
http://timholtz.com/tips/distress.php

Also check out the Ranger website here for projects using distress inks.
http://www.rangerink.com/projects.html

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i would think that you would just rub or smudge with it. i do that with all my regular inks. it is a great way to hide "mistakes" makes it look like you meant to do it. i just always tell myself it is handmade when ever i make a "mistake" anyway.
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I know with the distress inks from Ranger you can use with water, for example you would crumple a piece of cardstock to distress, flatten out cardstock and ink as much as you want, then spritz with water and you will see the ink will travel out. These inks are designed to work different from the other inks. They can also be used on photos to age.
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If your a paid subscriber to the Technique Junkies Newsletter (www.patstamps.com)

There are currently 4 techniques in the Feburary issue that use Distress Inks
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thanx for sharing safaricat- i didn't know they were different from regular ink.
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Distress inks are designed so they are archival dye inks and when mixed with water on paper, they will hold their true colours.

There are a lot of techniques suggested on the Ranger site linked to above, plus, you can just use them like regular inkpads. They are my primary inkpad and my gallery is full of images stamped with them. I remember reading a thread a while back where someone was surprised you could get clean stamped images with distress ink, because they thought the ink was made to leave a smeary mess. They do stay wet longer, so you can soften the image you've just stamped by wiping over them with a dry cloth. The detail lines and everything stay visible, but the whole image has a subtly soft look to it after being wiped.
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Great tips girls! Thanks so much!
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I was wondering if we have a tutorial about using Distress Inks. I got some from my Mom for x-mas and am not sure how to use it. HELP!!! Thanks
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Here is a great link for these inks. I am just beginning to discover how awesome they are.

http://www.rangerink.com/tips_distress
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I can let you know after the 31st - I am signed up for a class on how to use them!

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The link to the range side has great info. One thing you should know though. When I took Tim's class at CKU he told us that these inks are not really meant for white paper and you might find that the colors look a little strange so test before you use them on your good stuff. They are meant for cream and tan papers.

Also, in his class he had us use his craft mat (not sure of the official name) and a sponge applicator. We applied ink to the applicator then start off the paper and blend onto the paper. He said this avoids having a blop of heavy color. If you are using his craft mat you can do this and clean up the ink from the mat afterwards with water and a paper towel. You can also swipe the pads on the craft mat to make stripes then spritz them with water tile the color blends and press your paper into the ink. This gives sort of a tie dyed look.

Have fun playing with them!

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Have a look on my blog (scroll down a bit). I was at a retreat recently with Tim Holtz and we made 'tags' using different techniques.

What a fab time I had with him - he's got a wicked sense of humour !
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Any reviews or ideas about using this product?
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I'd like to know too- what exactly makes it different?
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I just love the colors myself , but here's a page that will give you a better idea of all the things they do.
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Look in the tutorial techniques and you will find alcohol ink instructions and gallery.
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Thanks for the link, Susan. Much appreciated.
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Look in the tutorial techniques and you will find alcohol ink instructions and gallery.
Just to clarify, Distress Inks are water-based dye inks. I think you might be thinking of the alcohol-based Andirondak inks Ranger makes.
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The distress inks are good to use if you are going for a very aged look and will be using water etc, the inks will run but will maintain their color etc.... hard to explain but it seems this ink can be manipulated in different ways and still look good...
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And the Distress Inks are great to use for everyday, normal stamping too. My gallery is full of this ink and its fabulous range of colours, and I don't do much else than just ink up a stamp and slap it on the paper.
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I love the vintage/shabby look and have been tempted many times by the "Distress" ink pads. Is there a trick to using them? What do they actually do?
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I have done DTP with them or sponged them, then misted the paper. The ink runs and gives the paper a gorgeous dirty look. I then dry my paper with my heat gun. I'm sure others will have other ideas too.
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The inks are designed for DTP and distressing effects and Rangers says they are best on paper that is not white. When dirtying up your paper like in the first post, you can combine colors and do some wet and some dry and also do some with the paper crinkled and some flat. Fun inks to play with and there are many cool colors. I prefer the darker ones.
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