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Dyeing with Distress Inks

As most of you know, I love Tim Holtz/Ranger Distess Inks.  Waterbased, they are very easy to use, can be embossed and, of course, mixed with water (and each other) to create amazing effects.  So whenever I purchase an ink pad, I make sure to purchase the re-inkers.  (1) because I never want to let my ink pad run dry and (2) you can do really cool things with the re-inkers themselves.

Since my previous post was all about dyeing (with Making Memories dyes that are no longer available - therefore not fair right?), I thought I'd do some dyeing with Distress Re-Inkers.

Using my two favorite new Tim Holtz colors (Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey), I put 3 dropperfuls of Wild Honey into a container and mixed with 3 parts water to get the color on the right:

Distress Tags

I wanted to deepen the color so to that original mix I added 3 dropperfuls of Rusty Hinge.  Mixed and dipped the left tag which gave a richer color.

But honestly, the same effect can be achieved by filling a Ranger Mini-Spritzer

 1/2 full of water + 1 dropperful of color.

Lay tag on Ranger Craft Mat and spray tag.  Let dry, pat dry or dry with a heat tool.  This last method will use far less re-inker (and I'm all about saving ink for a rainy day!)



Ruth Graham

Just the info I needed. Thanks so much for sharing Nancy.

Ruth ;)

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