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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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