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I've been perusing the gallery for a while now and I love the lo's with distres ink. So I'm going to take the plunge and order a few. If you were just starting out with using these...

a) what 3-4 colors are must haves?

b) what other accessories are required? I've seen a brush, heard of spritzing with water, what do you suggest?

c) anything else I should know - I'm trying to avoid hours on youtube

TIA!


 
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I just got into Distress Inks and I love them! I highly recommend Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Bundled Sage. All the colors are really pretty! They do react with water, so you can ink and then spray with water for a cool feathery effect. I also suggest going on Tim's website as he demos all of his own products and gives really great tips and techniques. I watched all his videos before I purchased any of his products. OH - try his masks too! They are great with his inks or Glimmer Mists.


 
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Are you talking about the Distress Ink pads by Tim Holtz or a distress ink spray like Tattered Angels?


 
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Oh I had only really seen Tim Holtz, not familiar with Tattered Angels.


 
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Tattered Angels makes Glimmer Mist sprays and other products. They have them here at SB.com.

As far as the Distress Inks, I have all the colors that have been out for a few years and honestly never use them. I tend to lean towards my Technique Tuesday mini-stamp inks pads because they are smaller and get into more intricate places on some of the new chipboards.


 
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I use Distress Inks on almost every layout! I would go through your own layouts and see what colors you use most.

I love Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge and Pumice Stone.


 
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I use tea dye antique linen, and fired brick a lot.


 
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One of the brown colors like tea dye, walnut stain or vintage photo (and there are a couple more) are probably my go to colors....then there is fired brick, peeled paint, broken china for when ya need some color!



 
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  • Ami G on 08-20-10 01:59 PM
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My 4 must-have colors:
Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.

I use a plain makeup sponge (wedge type) for inking the edges of things. Very cheap and works great. You'll love Distress Inks!


 
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Is it just me, or is there a very strong smell to those inks - I've been at a demo once and came away with a headache, so have been hesitant to buy them.


 
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  • Foamy on 08-20-10 02:58 PM
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Ohh I love all the ones mentioned but my favs are
Aged Mahogany
Broken China
Scattered Straw &
Spiced marmalade!

Happy inking!!


 
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  • Foamy on 08-20-10 02:59 PM
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  • dalmation Said:
Is it just me, or is there a very strong smell to those inks - I've been at a demo once and came away with a headache, so have been hesitant to buy them.



I never noticed it... The one that is strong to me is the Staz on... phew!


 
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Fired Brick and Tea Dye Distress Ink are my favorites. No I have not noticed any smell from them.


 
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great.... Now I want distress inks.


 
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Yes. Yes you do. They last a long time and I never have noticed a smell.


 
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I haven't noticed a smell either, and I've used mine a lot.


 
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Vintage photo is a most have. Walnut is to dark on many things where the vintage photo has just a touch of orange in it that really highlights.


 
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Yesterday I bought Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, and Antique Linen. I've never used them and thought these would be good to start with.


 
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I have a few now. I think that Black Soot, Walnut Ink and Tea Dye would be nice starter colors.

I think a blending "tool" would be nice. I really like that effect for edges. The product below is specially made for this but I've heard of people making their own or just using things like makeup sponges to save a little money. I did buy one of the tools and accidentally pulled the wrong part loose - the sticky part instead of the velcro fastner - on very first try and have never gotten it to hold quite right again without messying up my fingers in the process. Of course, I am kind of a clutz.

I haven't experienced any powerful odor with these either.


Edited by KatieJo on 08-20-10 08:56 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I like tea dye and vintage photo,,,,,WHEN I use them,,,which I don't often care to,,,,I like chalk inks for distressing much more,,,,,I think they're smoother, easier to put on,,,,but that's just me If you want to antique, I'd suggest the browns like tea dye, mahogany stain, and vintage photo.


 
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I am not a fan of the makeup sponge, I used to do that until I went to TH class and used the applicators...SO much easier. Love the blending tool!


 
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Yesss the blending tool, in my opinion, is absolutely necessary. But you really need to use a different one for each color. So to save money instead of buying a blending tool for each color you can just get the refill pack and they attach and detach with velcro. I love spun sugar, rusty hinge, antique linen, victorian velvet, broken china... they're really all amazing so you can't go wrong


 
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Thanks for this post. I've been debating buying some of these inks too. Got my first (dusty concord) at Meijer's on clearance a couple days ago, but haven't had a chance to use it yet.


 
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I have recently gotten into distressing inks as well!! I use my mini misters all the time!! The look of the ink is too cool when misted with water!

I use broken china, worn lipstick, & antique linen all the time!
The inks I have are:


 
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The first colors I picked up in them were were the brown shades then I started with color. Frayed Burlap is one of my favorites, not too dark and Antique Linen looks good on everything!

okay had to edit this because I spaced out and put the wrong ink in and said it was medium. Frayed Burlap was the Medium brown shaded not Aged Mahogany I use this one the most out of all of them...you'd think I could remember the name lol.


Edited by Lindy_Pop on 08-22-10 08:56 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Did you notice today's (Saturday)Deal of the Day?


 
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Hahaha!! Nice!


 
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I used mine last night...I think I'm in love!! Applied some directly from the pad and also used my finger and some Qtips.


 
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It's been so very long since I've used any of mine- but I have to have them all! LOL I'm addicted to cool supplies...


 
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  • lisymarie Said:
Did you notice today's (Saturday)Deal of the Day?


Sure did!! And since I only had 5 or 6 (and wanted more) it was a great deal! I picked up 8 more colors!! Yeah!! Even with shipping it was still way cheaper than I can find here in Alaska!!


 
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Okay, I gave in and bought a couple today. I asked the gal at the stamp store and she recommended the Walnut Stain, Antique Linen & Vintage photo as a good starter set. I only wanted 2, so got the first two. She was saying that the pink one is a lovely old-fashioned rose tone that she uses a lot, so it may be my next buy.

I'll be curious about the smell. I've resisted all these years because of the headache after a demo class (with Tom H.-he's so fun), but maybe that wasn't what caused the headache....hmmmmmm...


 
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Mine are on their way. Will probably arrive on Monday so I won't get to play over the weekend but I can't wait. I foresee some late nights ahead of me.


 
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My favorites are Straw, Walnut Stain and Burlap if I am looking for a vintage feel.


 
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  • Foamy Said:
  • dalmation Said:
Is it just me, or is there a very strong smell to those inks - I've been at a demo once and came away with a headache, so have been hesitant to buy them.

Hmmm I don't think they smell*=[ I haven't noticed, Anyways I love all of them hard to decide that's why I've been buying all of the colors.



 
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I've never noticed a smell with the distress inks,,,,,maybe I'm just not sensitive to smells, IDK,,,,but it's never been an issue for me.


 
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If you are just starting out I would get the blending tool (a must!) and vintage photo and black soot. If you love them then I would get more applicator pads and start getting some of the colors (tattered rose and scattered scraw are some of my favs).


 
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I just have the one Vintage photo! I love it and ususally just do pad to paper.

lol

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I'm a fan of walnut stain, tattered rose, fire brick red, broken china, and crushed olive


 
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  • rtay on 08-27-10 01:37 PM
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I don't think I make anything without my inks..I'm working now on completing my set.I have most of them.
If I could only keep 3 of them, it would be:
Black Soot
Tea Dye
Fired Brick
The tool is a must have. I use my finger alot too. Using the craft mat makes a big difference too.


 
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Thought I would post to let you know that I bought AND USED some distress ink. Still playing around to master it but I'm liking the results...

Rothenburg (l) By Pugs223

Rothenburg (r) By Pugs223


Edited by pugs223 on 09-10-10 10:21 AM. Reason for edit: Figured out how to embed image


 
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  • pugs223 Said:
Thought I would post to let you know that I bought AND USED some distress ink. Still playing around to master it but I'm liking the results...

Rothenburg (l) By Pugs223

Rothenburg (r) By Pugs223



Can I ask how you got that paper to look like fabric? Manda K does that a lot too and I love it! I would love to know how it's done!


 
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I'm going to say luck. But just to clarify - which paper were you talking about?


 
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I don't fully understand distress inks...or at least that one brand. I'm not gonna lie. I've used it a few times. But I don't get it...

It's very different from an ordinary ink pad and I don't know how to use it. I think I'm going to just stick to the older kind LOL



 
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  • pugs223 Said:
I'm going to say luck. But just to clarify - which paper were you talking about?



In the second layout you posted the crumpled paper looks like fabric - so cool!


 
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I followed this tutorial

http://www.swirlydoos.com/page.php?37

Wet the paper, scrunched it, dried it. I had no clue what i was doing but am happy with the result. Again, refer back to luck plus I think the photo makes it look like fabric maybe?

Thanks for the luv on the LO


 
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Thanks for the link! I will definitely have to try this technique.


 
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That looks pretty easy...let's see how long it takes me to make it look nice. LOL


 
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  • Smashley Said:
That looks pretty easy...let's see how long it takes me to make it look nice. LOL



I started with the little square in the top layout, then just jumped right in to the one on the second page. Good luck!


 
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  • CommaHolly Said:
I like tea dye and vintage photo,,,,,WHEN I use them,,,which I don't often care to,,,,I like chalk inks for distressing much more,,,,,I think they're smoother, easier to put on,,,,but that's just me If you want to antique, I'd suggest the browns like tea dye, mahogany stain, and vintage photo.



I tend to use the chalk a lot as well. I do like the tea dye distress ink though. You really just have to experiment and find what works for you.


Edited by cheball on 09-10-10 05:03 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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