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.



2 thoughts on “How to Use Distress Inks Tutorial

  1. Hello! I’ve seen these inks around for years now and haven’t been able to see the big attraction. I was hoping this would help me, but while it’s a great tutorial, I’m still failing to see what all the to-do is. I’ve been a stamper now for 21 years and am not seeing anything different that a person couldn’t do using regular inks. Please help me understand what the heck I’m missing!

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