All of my Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Swatching

By natashamiller

February 21, 2018

Today I would like to share one of my favourite crafting/journaling mediums: the Tim Holtz Distress Inks. These are produced by Ranger Ink in partnership with Tim Holtz (an amazing craft guru :)). They are water-based dye ink pads with phenomenal saturation. As you see in my colour-swatching You Tube video, the colour on the lid is the colour you can expect on the paper. With that said though, not all papers are created equal. Some paper-types will work better than others.

Distress Ink Swtaching

My preferred way to use these ink pads is with a blending tool. This way you can get colour saturation without the ink bleeding through thinner paper. The examples I use are the Leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal, a Scribbles that Matter bullet journal, Canson-brand mixed media paper, and Rhodia vellum paper. The two bullet journals are the most common bullet journals I see and hear about. When you use these two journals as well as the Rhodia paper/journal, you are going to want to stick with using the blending tool. Stamping or putting the ink directly on the page will lead to bleeding through the page. The paper, although great quality (like the Rhodia and the Scribbles that Matter), they just can’t handle too much saturation. The mixed media paper will tolerate the saturation but you will see some ghosting.

I also wanted to mention that the biggest difference between the journals and the Rhodia paper is how long the ink sits on the page:

Leuchtturm: Good. You have a bit of time to blend your inks before it’s dried/absorbed by the paper. Not the greatest paper quality for this (or for brush pens FYI).

Scribbles that Matter: Better. The ink sits on the page a bit longer allowing you to get an even blend without having to add more ink to the page. (It will tolerate brush pens too unless you start blending and saturating the page with ink. THANK GOODNESS for white out :P).

Rhodia paper/journal: Best. This paper is so great for blending! It gives you more time to blend than either the Scribbles or Leuchtturm. (Brush pen blending is phenomenal with minimal bleed through but there will be ghosting).

Mixed media paper is so fun to use these inks on. Majority of my work using these inks have been on mixed media paper so have fun with it.

Art Journal Final Product

Below you will see the gallery of the sets that I have as well as the corresponding kit number and the names of the different ink pads. I just want to mention that I am not affiliated with Ranger Inks or Tim Holtz at all. Just a HUGE fan of their products. If this relationship changes at all (fingers crossed :P), I will make the appropriate disclaimers to you.

So please have a look below and let me know if you want to see specific colours being used. I will be more than happy to play with any of the colours you suggest.


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  1. Woah! Very thorough information here ❤️ Great to know which paper works best and the technique it needed 👍🏼 Now I am going to go check on your YouTube 😍 video.

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