Username Post: Tim Holtz Distress Inks?        (Topic#1566745)
twosmilestoday
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I have seen a few posts super excited about getting these. I am not familar with them. I watched a youtube video by Tim Holtz but I am not sure why I should love them.

Can anyone sell me on why you LOVE them?

How would I use them?

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I felt the same way at first & thought I wouldn't really be into the whole distressing look but I started watching some videos and decided to give it a try. I really loved it and look forward to doing more & learning more. I like to use them for edging & like that his colors are a little more faded & not so bright compared to some of the other ink pads. Of course it is all up to preference. Also check out his video about this product on Youtube.


Edited by aschlegel06 on 11-12-11 08:41 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Why you should love Tim Holtz Distress Inks:

Colors. The colors are amazing.

Dry time. Nice and slow, great for embossing.

Blending. One of the unique properties is how you blend the colors and not make it dirty looking.

Reaction. It reacts with water to creating a stony, mottled look.

Stamping. You can use them straight form the pad to stamp with, but I like Archival better for that.

I haven't done a lo without Distress Ink in years probably!

We are super excited for the limited edition fall and winter colors. I got them yesterday at my LSS and they are amazing!




 
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Some good reasons. That was what I was looking for. I am just getting started with scraping again. Previously, I was VERY simple with pages. Didn't really use embellishments much either.

I mostly just mounted pictures in layers and used stickers.

I am ready to branch out and design more elaborate lo's . I can see from all the long time scrapers that I have lots to learn, try, and enjoy.

Thanks for the info.


 
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I think what I love the best about them is the versitility of the inks! Because of the slower drying time, they blend so beautifully! And then I can spray a bot of water on them and get a whole new look! The colours work really well together too- same tones.

I didn't think I was into the whole distressed look until I started playing. It's still not a look I always go to, but I even love just inking the edge of a photo or die cut image just slightly to get rid of the white edge and give the shape a little bit of dimension!


 
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I love them! I freakin' adore them!

Aaaaaaand I was finally able to pick up my Winter colors today!

I love everything about them. The colors are all amazing. I like the way they look as shading/edging. One color can look like a lighter shade if just applied lighter, and with a distressed edge, it seems to look a bit darker when rubbed into the raw paper edge. And I love to blend the color on an entire area, and mist some water over it. It looks great.

Also, you gotta check out the techniques, especially the 'wrinkle free distress' technique. That's my favorite one, at the moment.

And my shallow side loves the look. I like the square container that stacks with the others.


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I like to use to stamp and use clear embossing on white card stock. Then I love to use the distress inks to bring out the image. They have a lovely almost suede look when using different shades of the same color.

I also use them as watercolors. It's one of the ways I color in stamps.


 
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  • Lunie on 11-12-11 08:19 PM
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I'm new to all this and not very skilled. What they said...And I would like to add that they are goof proof. I did my first lo with them and what at first what looked like a horrid mess, with a little water, all blended beautifully. I couldn't believe it.

Barbara


 
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You are right, Lunie! At first, I wasn't expecting to get the results I'd seen done online- but just blending them in a bit with the blending tool, and wowww. They make such a difference,

I'm now using a bag of makeup sponges I bought at the Dollar Tree to apply my inks. Works very well, and a big bag of sponges for a dollar!

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just picked up the Fall collection ... pretty


 
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  • Lunie2nz Said:
at first what looked like a horrid mess, with a little water, all blended beautifully. I couldn't believe it.

Barbara



NICE!


 
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  • stick on 11-13-11 10:27 PM
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Makeup sponges are good, but have to say I've become a fan of the blending tool and the little sponges that attach to it. I also like a fluffy fat cotton ball for a stippled effect.


 
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can anyone post a lo with this technique so I can see?


 
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We can do more than that! If you click on the "Superstore" link at the upper left of your screen & look up Distress Inks, you'll not only get a whole gallery of samples & copius reviews, you'll also get a video demo from Tim Holtz himself! Oh, & you definately want to check out Tim's blog...he does a series of Christmas tags that are chock full of cool techniques. Link Have fun!


 
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Tim Holtz's tutorials are awesome (and he's a cutie patootie to boot)


 
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  • rtay on 11-14-11 05:30 AM
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  • designguyKORY Said:
You are right, Lunie! At first, I wasn't expecting to get the results I'd seen done online- but just blending them in a bit with the blending tool, and wowww. They make such a difference,

I'm now using a bag of makeup sponges I bought at the Dollar Tree to apply my inks. Works very well, and a big bag of sponges for a dollar!

K


I started out with the make up sponges too, then slowly started investing in the blending tools...bought 1 at first, now I have several.....get at least one, and see what you think....I think your gonna see the difference. Make sure to keep your used sponges in a ziplock bag so you can use them over and over....but really, buy at least 1 of the blending tools, I think you will see a difference.


 
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I just love the colors and all the different looks you can get from his inks!!! I too am addicted to them!!!! I recently got the limited edition Winter and Fall ones - LOVE THEM!!!


 
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I have the blending tool- and DO love it and adore it- but for some things, I still use the makeup sponges from the Dee Tee.

I keep eyeing that kick-a looking metal spinning rack for the blending tools. Anything that looks like vintage office supply makes me feel funny inside.

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has anyone seen the new cargo and trinket cases?

they look fantastic!


 
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  • madmatter Said:
has anyone seen the new cargo and trinket cases?

they look fantastic!


Only in an e-mail from my LSS...not in person yet. They look cool!


 
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I SAW this in my LSS on Saturday!!! I really want the smaller one. The big one doesn't open as cool as the littler one. Does that make sense? The smallest one opens up in such an amazing way, that you can't believe all that space is in there- but the big one just seems to open up underwhelmingly.

I would've bought it if I hadn't realy picked up a ton of inks, paper, AND MORE DIES. I was seriously holding the case and saying, "Food....or case?" Ah! I just reminded myself of "The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe," y'all seen that? "Soup....Art.....Soup....Art..."

okay, all this coffee is makin me crazy.

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The colors are amazing! I distress just about anything...my kid will attest to this..I've attempted to distress him before! Start with the basics Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany. I use Aged Mahogany on just about everything that I do!


 
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  • designguyKORY Said:
I have the blending tool- and DO love it and adore it- but for some things, I still use the makeup sponges from the Dee Tee.

I keep eyeing that kick-a looking metal spinning rack for the blending tools. Anything that looks like vintage office supply makes me feel funny inside.

k




LOL

I use a metal spinning holder, it has 6 slots. I want another one, but they are hard to come by without ordering them from an office supply store.

I use the applicators for all colors for blending. I also use them mixed with a spray of water on the mat and straight from the pad to paper.

Good times.



 
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I've seen the spinners you can buy new online- but they're kinda expensive, and ... I don't know, doesn't seem as cool- I've got my heart set on finding one at these junk stores I'm always digging thru... one day...one day. If only I'd have grabbed the one I saw when my old job was closing down. But at least I grabbed all the wire mail baskets.

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  • stick on 11-14-11 09:04 AM
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  • stick Said:
Makeup sponges are good, but have to say I've become a fan of the blending tool and the little sponges that attach to it. I also like a fluffy fat cotton ball for a stippled effect.





Side note .... I seriously do not think I linked products to this post (too late at night, too much trouble, lol), is the forum doing it automatically now???


 
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I have NO IDEA!! LOL I was like, hey, I didn't link those!


 
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  • stick on 11-14-11 10:09 AM
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Kinda cool in some ways, but a bit repetitious for a thread like this, I think.


 
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  • HuskerMom98 Said:
  • madmatter Said:
has anyone seen the new cargo and trinket cases?

they look fantastic!


Only in an e-mail from my LSS...not in person yet. They look cool!


Saw the bigger "Cargo" one at Archivers this morning--like the idea of it, but at $50 I think I'm going to pass because the quality of it really didn't seem worth $50. I guess personally I was hoping it would be a great way to store and travel with the distress inks--and it is, but I wouldn't be able to easily see the labels I have attached to the sides or even the labels on top.


 
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  • stick on 11-14-11 10:38 AM
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The cases are pretty cool, I like the way they look, but they're just Timified versions of makeup cases, basically. And they are made out of paper & cardboard - easy to further decorate should one desire, nice for storage at home, but probably not so hot to actually travel with. I'd stick with Artbin for transportation if needed. And yeah - still not a good way to store ink and be able to find one without pulling out at least half a dozen. If he ever does come out with a really good way to store ink pads I'm buying it no matter how much it costs


 
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I have a shelf for stacking my inks on. it holds all the Distress I have and could hold more and it holds my Distress Stickles, Stains and alcohol inks.


 
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Yes, I think the forum is automatically adding products! Which I think is cool, but also annoying. Kinda like me. Haha. Really tho, it freaked me out at first.

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  • stick on 11-14-11 11:32 AM
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No more wall space, too much art (if that's even possible). I need storage that I can take out of a cabinet and put back into a cabinet.

Timified or Timmified? I think the latter. Go forth and Timmify!


 
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I use them to ink the edges of papers, pictures, and embellishments. I love distressing and inking and these ink pads are sturdier than some of the others.


 
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  • HuskerMom98 Said:
  • HuskerMom98 Said:
  • madmatter Said:
has anyone seen the new cargo and trinket cases?

they look fantastic!


Only in an e-mail from my LSS...not in person yet. They look cool!


Saw the bigger "Cargo" one at Archivers this morning--like the idea of it, but at $50 I think I'm going to pass because the quality of it really didn't seem worth $50. I guess personally I was hoping it would be a great way to store and travel with the distress inks--and it is, but I wouldn't be able to easily see the labels I have attached to the sides or even the labels on top.



As much as I adore all things Tim, & cute as they are, I can't rationalize the price for cardboard. Even if I had a gift card. Just can't. As if I had room for them anyway, whom am I kidding?

But, in case this works for anybody else, I was gifted a bottle of wine last Holidays that came in a wooden crate with a metal latch--cute as a button--& it's the exact width & depth of the Distress Inks! Holds 25 of them, has a rope handle & is adorable. Must find out where I can get another!


 
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I love these inks! For all the reasons everyone has listed, but I also love that the crackle paints & Distress Stickles having coordinating colors too!


 
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This is exciting - I've been out of the country since the beginning of Sept and just got back - in Hawaii now.

Didn't know thre was a winter set. Better order them tonight or tomorrow.


 
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