Ranger Distress Ink

To create an aged look to your papers, cardstock and canvases, Ranger has a whole line of distress inks in many adventurous colors. You Tube also has many videos with Tim Holtz demonstrating said product, that are a joy to watch.  The one color of ink I use the most is called “tea dye.”  This is the perfect shade of brown that gives a vintage aged quality to my substrates and/or their paper parts.


If there were ever a product that matched itself with the term, “So many techniques…so little time..”, it’s this one!  I love cutting an edge of cardstock with decorative scissors and simply scraping the sides along the ink pad.  This works well with a contrasting color of cardstock.  I’ll use the same technique on ivory-colored paper, but will further age the piece by inking a tissue and rubbing it directly along the paper’s edges.  I recently used this color of ink on a canvas for my daughter’s college apartment.  It added just the right amount of old world sophistication to the edges of a collaged map piece.  Another fun technique is to crumple up your cardstock or paper, smooth it back out and then layer different colors of ink onto the surface.  Spritz lightly with water and watch magical things appear… I love Ranger’s Distress Inks for their versatility and endless creative experimentation.  Aging never looked so good!


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