Monday, July 1, 2013

Using Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress Paint

Hi, Marlene here after an absence due to life interferring with my craft, I am here to give an opinion and demo.  I was in a scrapbooking store (The Crafty Scrapper, Waxahachie, TX) and saw distress paints which were new to me.  I love distressing and like the look of backgrounds with depth so, of course, I bought a few colors.  The paint comes in a dauber style bottle and was easy to apply, unlike ink or stain, it does need quite a while to dry.  I suppose that with experimentation I could find the right combination of paint colors and water to get a similar effect, but for the price and convienience, I really like this product.
Taking a hint from an earlier post from this site, I wanted to extend from the my photo to create an embellishment/background straight from the photo.  Flat red wouldn't work so I used the distress paint.    A mock-up of the butcher's diagram was done by adhering 1/8" ribbon over a sketch on white cardstock.  Make sure the ribbon goes along beside not over the pencil lines which will save having to erase the lines later.  Lilybee ABC's for the numbers were the perfect size and shape for this project.  The dauber did not get close enough to the stickers to make a clean, stenciled look, so I removed the dauber top and with a small paint brush got in closer.   A gum eraser was used to clean up the paint and glue from the white areas in some trouble spots.  The end result is intended to look like the side of the building for the subject of the page.  I can see myself using these paints to create all sorts of backgrounds and embellishments.


  1. Hi Marlene! I love how you used the ink to make your background an extension of your phtos!! This is so creative - thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. Such a neat idea to use the butcher's diagram as the background! Love this technique too!