The Iced Spruce Distress Stain by Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink is a fluid, water-based dye for porous surfaces such as paper. The stain comes in a 1 oz. bottle with a brushed nylon tricot dabber with a spring valve that covers large areas quickly. Try mixing the stain with water and misting for paler color and a mottled look. Apply layers of stain for deeper color.