So I hear all these wonderful things about Tim's stuff, and now that I've watched some of his videos, I'm intrigued. I'm just not sure where to start! I really like stamping and embossing, so I would like to try some of his embossing powders. What is the difference between his distress inks and other inks? I know that the colors are supposed to just look worn and distressed, is that the only difference? What does everyone use them for other than actual stamping? And what is Distress stickles? I kind of don't understand how glitter glue can look distressed. TIA!
I have some of the stressed and non-stressed stickles and powders. The stressed seems to have more glitter "gunk" to it. In other words, the glitter is bigger. But I am no expert, someone else may be able to explain it better.
The distress inks are water based so you can do some really cool effects with them. I would suggest watching some of his videos on the distress inks. I LOVE the distress ink and they are my first choice for inks unless I am going to be getting my project wet and I don't want the ink to run.
I like the Tim Holtz embossing powder, but I like Zing powder the best. The distress powder has its place though. I think of all the products I would start with would be the distress ink and a blending tool. The alcohol inks are really cool too if you work with a lot of glass, plastic, or other non-porous materials.
One technique he used with the stickles was to paint with them a bit when I took one of his classes at CKU. I usually just use them from the bottle and smudge them a bit at times, but he had us put them on a plastic mat and dip a brush in them and paint a bit with them.
I think I'll get some inks and a blending tool and see how I like it. I'll also have to watch more videos because the only things I'm used to doing with ink is stamping and inking the edges of things. I need to get outside my crafting box.
Regular stickles are made with myelar(spell?), like the balloons, and Tim's stickles are made with mica, the mineral. So Tim's stickles are not glittery but a little bit shimmery and look like "rock candy" when they are spread out. I love them! The tip on the Distress stickles is not as fine as the regular stickles either, because they are meant to be spread out.
p.s. did you see all of Tim's new Distress Ink colors premiering at CHA this summer =D
Scroll half way down on the right and watch all of the thinking inking there is 3 classes per week and there is 9 weeks of classes (done last summer) each video is about 10 minutes long as she goes thru all of the different tim holtz stuff and now I need it all Hope that helps
(they were done 6 months ago, if that helps PM me if you can't find them all and I will send you all of the links!)
Distress inks are great for blending. I love to make tags or elements to go on my LOs. I stamp about 3 colors on my non-stick mat, then spritz with water and run my tag through them, then dry it with a heat gun. It gives some really cool water color effects! You can also use them for embossing, as the ink stays wet for quite a while.
The distress stickles I don't care for as much. I agree with someone above, how can glitter be distress? I know the glitter isn't as "strong" in the distress stickles, but I guess I just haven't learned their place yet...lol
The distress embossing powders are cool, just remember to shake them up before you use them, so that the crystals spread out evenly.
I think my next move is getting the Distress Inks. Everyone always raves about them, and I haven't really found a brand of ink that I LOVE yet. Well, I do like my cat eye pads, but I only have a couple of those. I know what I'll be asking for come my birthday!