Monday, 15 November 2010

Me and the Distress Ink thing....


Betty-the-bag-lady commented twice over my use of Distress Ink on the snowflake card in previous posts. I'll not picture it again, for gawd's sake, talk about thrashing the impact out of a picture! I've given Betty the impression that I'm in love with the Distress Inks that in the past, I may possibly have been a bit rude about. Well, I'm not in love with them yet. But if it's possible, I'm less out of love with them. Make sense? Certainly Mr Holtz must have heard me when I talked about him working in seven shades of wee wee - I mean, why else did he produce all the bright colours, huh - Spiced Maramalade? I rest my case. I still maintain that you can't get a decent stamp image off these inks - particularly with clear stamps - even treated, sanded and blahdy blah. No doubt it's better with real rubber, but still it seperates a bit on the surface. But I do like 'em for colouring and blending in an offset direct to paper technique. (That's my way of talking about using a bit of cut'n'dry foam to sponge ink over a surface. You gotta admit, I sure can pull technique names out of my erm, head.) If the more vibrant colours hadn't arrived, I would still be in the un-loving camp. But I can't resist strong and bright colour, to the extent that my collection has gone from six to nine inkpads. Now I realise that TH isn't going to get rich from my collection, nor is he remotely interested in my occasional use experience, and there's a way to go before I increase my alcohol ink collection (currently 2), but hey - I only pretend to be a big girl crafter..and I never pretend to like what I don't. Can't. Unless it's given as a gift and it's a handbag....but that's a whole other story!


Doone dear gal, if you're reading this: I haven't been able to get into you blog this past week - Google keeps telling me that you've been infected with a malware that you aren't aware of - is it just me?

28 comments:

Bettythebaglady said...

Aha but have you tried over stamping with the colour ink you have just distressed your piece of paper with and loving the blurry effect you have created-eg that crushed concord and say a blue rubbed onto a craft mat or similar surface then sprayed and piece of card swooshed over it then stamp with the blue or the concord-or both. If you stamp with bleach as well the opposite happens-fab background. Dry it off-spray it with something glittery or emboss with white or or or-must rush off now to play. Hugs BettyXXX

Pam said...

HAHAHA..."seven shades of wee wee"!!! It's too early in the morning for me to be laughing so hard - I might wake somebody up!

Oh, and Doone - me too! Goes straight to the profile page. No nasty malware msg, just straight to the profile. (Good catch Ms. Dunnit)

Jan said...

LOL! Tell it like it is, sweet lady!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

lol! excuse me while i cleaned up my coffee mess. Way too early for me to laugh so hard. lol my sweetie looking at me like what going on? I love reading blogs like this. Thanks for a laugh! i need it after this weekend.

Helen said...

I must admit I tend not to use distress inks if I want a perfect image, cos they are "distress" inks for a less than perfect look, though you can do it. I don't know that I've tried with clear stamps, as I hardly ever use mine.
I LOVE the spiced marmalade ink though.

Karen said...

Julia Dunnit - I love you hahaha!!! Its about time someone was vocal about these!!!! They are not everyones cup of tea but because they come from TH some peeps just accept their faults! Saying that, I do have a few myself & use them for watercolouring & background stuff. Good for you my lovely XXX

BEAR's Mom said...

funny...stand your ground girlfriend...
i don't use distress ink so i can't go pro or con...but dissing another bloggers creations...i say to her get a life :D

secret scrapbooker said...

Im now totally in love with my distress inks lol...took me a looong time to get the hang of them but defo my faves :0)
I have two doubles (unopened) if you want them?
They are bright colours honest lol....barn door and spun sugar.
Just send me a email if you want them...as a gift.
Kate x

Mickie said...

I love a lady who speaks her mind. I like and dislike the distress. Can't seem to get the hang of that shading from the outside of the paper to the inside. Rather use my pencils. Guess I'm from the old school.

Lynne said...

Fab description of the distress inks! ROFL

I do love mine and use them all the time for shading, backgrounds, painting and sometimes stamping.

Jennie said...

love your opinions! :)))) and yes stamping with them isn't really a goer unless you want distressed...lol Try an archival pad to stamp over the background you have created with your direct to paper technique! lol. I have to admit, I didn't know what to do with them at first but am now seriously addicted! guess it is better than being addicted to soemthing else!

Sue said...

Hi ya Julia
as ever a brill read, wee wee colours perfect, i luv the bright colours, do quite enjoy colourin with them, not got any alcohol inks so you streets ahead of me hun,sue,x

LadyBug said...

I agree with the inks! not my thing at all but I'm loving the idea of Handbags for gifts!!!!! I might have to remind Trav that's it's nearly christmas ;) hope you are well Mrs D?

Diane said...

:-) :-) :-)
That's so funny!!!

misteejay said...

I do love to hear your views on things - there are some shades of the DI pads that I love and have used for ages (mainly for aging edges) but I don't think I'll ever have a complete set...unless someone would like to give them to me - would never be so rude as to say no to a gift LOL

Toni :o)

Linby said...

ha ha so funny! I am with you - I only have two but have to say that the "linen one" is great for backgrounds.
Linbyx

Serendipity Stamping said...

Oh my, I thought it was just me. I about 9 DI pads and only opened one so far. Haven't a clue as to why I just let them sit there. Keep thinking I'll try coloring with them and then just grab my pencils. Crazy huh?

She said...

You are a very funny lady:) I am undecided about DI and you wee wee discription hits it on the head. I will probabley get the hang of it someday.

By the way I loved your "life laundry" comment.

Sheilagh

Cardarian said...

Oh well I had to say something to this post....I am in purgatory with these inks! I am not sure if I like them or not - I have quite a collection and occassionally make a card with a zillion colors but I must admit it is such a relieve when I don't have to use more then one of them on a card! I like the effect but....You know what I mean Julia!
Loved this post!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Stressed Stamper said...

Feeling down so thought I would read yr blog to cheer me up - Thanks it worked...fab posting
Sarah x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I currently own ONE distress ink stamp pad, so you are a big girl crafter in my book! But, I did invest in the reinkers, because I can use them in background techniques. As for AIs, I'll stick with staz-on reinkers and alcohol. Much more economical and gives similar results. Now I must go wee-wee, too! Happy Tuesday.

Carmen said...

I've never tried to use the inks to colour in just to ink edges and stamp. You've got more than me though. I'm on 4. I must admit - I do love the colours - all the wee wee shades and all - it's the price stops me buying them.

Lyn said...

Chuckling as usual, thanks Jules, after the day I've had, I needed it! Now. It has taken me a lot of time, pain, sweat and swearing, but I now officially LOVE my DIs. I have however only used them for ATCs and tags and just a couple of cards. Note to self: use DIs on more cards :-D Hmmmmm.... Barn Door is one I don't have .....

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

I can't be separated from my Walnut Stain and apparently now Fired Brick as well, but I haven't got all the colours.

Your 7 colours of wee wee made me spit cherry squash all over!

Hugs

Kay

Anne said...

Standing up to be Counted !!!! I Am a VERY big Tim Fan and find the distress inks versatile ---- but each to their own . We all like different things or the World would be boring . It's good to see what others are up to and develope our own styles .
Sorry missed last week WOYWW - see you all tomorrow
Anne xxxxxxx

nnalorac said...

Dare I say, have 29 of them Julia, love using them, wouldn't do for us all to like the same See you tomorrow. Carolxx

Ali said...

I love Distress Inks, though am only slowly building up my collection (you currently have more than I!) but yeah, different inks works best for different techniques and I don't use the Distress Inks for stamping images... I used them for edging, distressing, creating backgrounds etc. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes Ranger needs to do a better job of making containers for ink pads. I tear my hair out when I rummage around in drawers for the distress inks, losing the tops and getting everything inky - but you can't believe how bad the Nick Bantock packaging is! If they can do a good package on versafine, why not the rest?