There are a lot of ink pad choices out there, but the best quality I have found thus far is from Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads. They come in a wide variety of colors - anywhere from classic browns and black to mustard yellow - and last forever. Also, the pad and case itself are square, which, at least to me, makes them more easy to handle when you are using direct ink to paper inking techniques.
You are looking at my FAVORITE Tim Holtz ink - Walnut Stain. It is definitely a scrapbooking staple if you are in to the distressed look, but make sure you check out the other colors Tim has!
P.s. You should store these upside-down to keep the pad nice and wet. :)
Used in this layout: It's a Girl! (2 page LO)
I have a couple of Tim Holtz brand distress inks now. I had a lighter brown and decided I "needed" this one. It is a dark, dark brown. It looks so go for edging and other paper inking techniques. I am very happy to have gotten it. I use it quite a bit. I did try aging with my other ink pads and it just seemed so much more difficult with them than the Tim Holtz style pads make it. I think this would be my suggestion for one of the first few colors to put into your arsenal for the inked and distressed look... if you had to limit yourself to just a few.
Used in this layout: Guitar Hero Birthday
I love all of my distress inks. They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways. You can pounce on the edge of your paper or photo for a vintage look. And if you lightly mist with water (wouldn't recommend doing that on your photo) you can get the ink to run a little giving a truly distressed, old time, feel. Walnut ink is my favorite for the distressed look. A nice dark brown reminding me of the photos and ephemera I find in my grandmother's scrapbooks.
Used in this layout: sign in for CJ
I love this ink, I love the look it gives paper with distressing. I have used it both on just edges and all over, and it is terrific! There are so many uses for this. Just recently, I dabbed it over letters for the mask effect, and I loved the way it went on the paper. Since purchasing this, I have purchased 3 other distress inks and I hope to purchase the rest of them soon.
Used in this layout: Castle on a Cloud
My friend BJscrapsalot recommended I try this shade of distressing ink and I am so glad that I did. It is a great dark color for distressing and has turned me into a lover of Distress Ink. I know also have fired brick. I spend lots of time trying to think of different ways to use this ink and would totally recommend any who hasn't tried it to buy one and give it a shot.
Used in this layout: LiL Lion
This is just the perfect product anytime you need to add a touch of 'hey, look at this'.
Awesome in every way. The inks last forever and adhere to the papers and silk flowers perfectly.
I have found myself having to repeat the mantra...'step away from the ink pads'. LOL
You won't regret the purchase!
Used in this layout: *Grandpa & Grandma*
Tim Holtz inks ROCK! ;) I reach for this one the most for inking edges - it's softer & more blendy IMO than black, but still RICH DARK color - great also for inking after sanding stuff - love how it seeps into the sanded parts ;) love that the top comes compeletly off, rather than hinged like some pads :)
Used in this card: Vintage ATCs ALL
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain is perfect for giving your layouts, cards, and tags the appearance of a burnt look.
Simply tear paper to show the white core then apply the Walnut Stain directly on the exposed areas.
The results are perfect!
Used in this layout: Rock a bye Baby
This is the 1st distress ink pad I got, years ago, and the one I use most (I've recently bought my 4th one). It's perfect with any color combination, and gives a great aged look to photos and papers. Clearly the one distress ink I couldnt live without!
Used in this image: Travel log "Benjamin's world" - country sheet
This inks are the best! They come in a lot of colors and they're perfect for inking paper. One of the things I love the best too is that if you use this ink on a rubber/clear stamp you get this really great aged look. i just LOVE these!!!
Used in this layout: My Florida Trip
Shipping was quick. I ordered this color from watching a You-Tube video on a project. The girl said that she uses this color on 90% of her projects and since I like a vintage look, I decided to order it.
I was surprised how nice it is to use this ink spreads as smoothly as you like and this colour is just what I was looking for . Very pleased with this purchase
This product gives great color and coverage. The color is VERY dark. I gave it 3 stars because of it's size. It's very hard to manuever into smaller places, so you'd need something else or make a complete mess of your project if you tried using this on smaller areas or inside corners. The pad is not soft & doesn't give either so you can't give your work a soft gradual finish as you can with a chalk ink. Once this one is dried up, I probably won't re-ink or buy more because of it's size.
Used in this layout: 1st Birthday
What everyone here is saying is true so I'll only add a bit about the importance of an off-black. If this ink pad is used so the application is very heavy it can "read" as black. In other words if walnut stain is stamped over a darkish background. This can be a good thing, black can be too harsh in some situations, and a good dark brown creates contrast without being so obvious. The other thing with an off-balck is burnt edges (offerings? joking!). If you examine real world paper with burnt edges it really isn't true black. There are some good demos out there for recreating this effect with Distress Ink pads.
this is my go to ink pad for everything- inking edges of cardstock, distressing, actual stamping even! The color is beautiful- it is better than using basic black, which can be harsh and overwhelm- the color defines and adds depth and charachter. and, this pad lasts forever! I've had mine for a long time now- I can't believe I haven't had to re-ink or replace it yet.
You need to have this ink pad if you don't own it. Seriously. It's that good.