When I first saw the distress stains by Ranger I really didn't think I needed them. I have the ink pads and both regular and distress stickles. So what would I need with more of the same? The distress stains cover a larger area, which I found out when I watched a Tim Holtz video on them and which I confirmed when I used this one, Aged Mahogany, on my first Steam Punk layout. I love this color.
I love the Tim Holtz stains, and they are easy to apply and blend nicely by spritzing with water. You have to let it really dry, however, before you can varnish and even then some of the color does come off.
Distress Stains are a terrific product. I can't say enough about them now that I have played around enough to discover some of their potential. I am addicted to making backgrounds using some of Tim Holtz's favorite techniques (you can find them on his blog, Ranger's website, YouTube, in his online class Creative Chemistry 101, or in his new book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2).
When I got the first 12 Stains I was terrified of them. There is a lot of liquid involved in using them, especially if you use more than one color. However, how that followed Tim's advice and played around- and use a heat gun every time- I will say I am a Super Fan. I have spent many hours simply playing with color combinations (now that I have all 37 colors) making tags for use later. Distress Stains are so simple to use- now that I know how- and are gorgeous colors.