I am a huge huge fan of many many products that Ranger Produce, and many of them shall be popping up in these ‘Why I Love’ posts, but I have a MASSIVE fan of almost everything that Tim Holtz creates and the man is pretty much my idol, so I thought I’d begin the Ranger/Tim Holtz with their first collaboration and tell you Why I Love Distress Ink Pads.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I resisted Distress Inks for quite a few years, thinking oh I don’t do a huge amount of stamping I don’t really need them, and then I wanted to make a mini album for my Best Friend and thought I’d give them a go as they has such a big range of colours, so I started my collection with three colours, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo – and I don’t know how I ever survived without them, they have to be one of the most diverse crafting products that I own, and I would say I now use them in some way shape or form in almost every product!
From my three original Ink Pads I now have all 48 colours from the original 2 releases and then all the seasonal releases, I am yet to get my hands on any of the new releases from 2015, which I’m rather devastated about as I am completely in love with Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral in particular and can’t wait to get creating, unfortunately with a rather huge investment of a house on the horizon I cannot afford any luxuries right now however much I may want them. Although as soon as I have some funds spare they shall be the first things on my list.
It never ceases to amaze me, how many different techniques and effects can be created using Distress Inks (especially know the range has been expanded to so many other different mediums – but that is for several other posts) and having followed along with all of Tim’s 12 Tags (although I may not have had a chance to play along) that began in 2012, and taking part in Creative Chemistry 101 and 102, the options are truly endless. From the classic spritz and flick technique which produces such wonderful results, to stamping on watercolour paper and allowing the ink to react with water and wick out to create fabulous effects, to simply blending the colours together for beautiful backgrounds, it is a fact I can no longer deny I LOVE DISTRESS INKS!!
Do you love Distress Inks, I’d love to see what wonderful creations you have made with these wonderful tools