How to Use Distress Inks Tutorial

These inks are the best!!! I love using all the various colors with the Ranger Ink Blending tool. I wanted this book to look more masculine so I didn’t use any patterned paper. I simply used the distress inks and the ink blending tool to create my own page backgrounds, directly onto the chipboard! I love how it turned out.

I used one of the chipboard Basic Grey luggage tag albums, various Ranger Distress Inks, Ink Blending tool, and Tim Holtz Ransom Alphabet Mask set.

I started by sticking the brackets and 29 numbers from the ransom mask set onto the cover of the album, then using the ink blending tool, I inked the cover with Antique Linen ink.

I then removed the bracket mask pieces and inked over with aged mahogany ink.

Next I inked over the entire cover with Walnut stain

The final finishing touch for this cover: inking with Black Soot ink all around the edges, this really makes the edges stand out.

Now for the inside pages. To add some texture, I used a piece of magic mesh and stuck it onto the next page. I inked over top of the mesh with Vintage Photo ink.

Then I peeled the mesh off and it left a cool design on the page.

I used some Peeled Paint ink and inked overtop

On the next page, I stamped a stamp into Perfect medium first and stamped it onto the chipboard, then I inked overtop. The perfect medium acted like a resist.

For the remaining pages, I mixed various colors of inks

On this page, I stamped all over it after I had finished inking it.



About Jessica Acs

Originally from Victoria BC, Canada, I'm now living in Chicago IL. I mostly just make mini albums now, and I’m the author of Memory Makers Book: “Outstanding Mini Albums”, 2009. I am a Certified Ranger Educator and I previously taught classes in Vancouver BC, as well as at Scrapbooking Conventions around the USA. I'm also an Exotic Animal Trainer/ Wildlife Educator and with my husband we do educational live animal shows for schools, parties and events. We literally have a small zoo at our home, with over 70 different animals. To add even more excitement to our lives, we recently became new parents when we welcomed our baby girl, Ava, in July 2012. As well as here at Homeketeers, I can be found over on my other 2 sites: and



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