Ranger Week: Tim Holtz Distress Stains Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Ranger Week, as with continue with our week-long focus on Tim Holtz Distress Stains. Throughout the course of this week we’re going to share with you a TON of different free video tutorials on a range of different techniques using Distress Stains, we’ll also show you some examples of projects incorporating these techniques.  To top off the week, Ranger has graciously donated five sets of twelve Distress Stains.  Each day this week someone will win this fabulous collection of Distress Stains.  All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST. You can keep up to date on what’s going on at Ranger by visiting their blog, and their Facebook Page.

Today’s video continues on with a technique I shared with you in the “Introduction to Distress Stains” video we posted on Day 1 of Ranger week when I showed you how Distress Stain can be applied to fabrics (including ribbon and fabric embellishments).  In that video I mentioned some of the great canvas resist products that are on the market.  In today’s video, Paper Crafter’s Library Senior Educator/Designer Sophia Landry introduces you to the “Canvas Resist Technique” – showing you how easy it is to create your own canvas resist embellishments.  Sophia uses this technique to create the leaves that you see on the “Popping Poppy” card below.

Canvas Resist With Distress Stains Technique


*Please note that the video mentions that all 5 winners will be announced on Monday April 16th.  The correct date should be Friday April 20th at 4pm EST.

The finished card includes another resist technique, this time using Distress Inks.  The video on how to create the card from start to finish is available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.

A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library

The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelmingAfter spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through my series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, I began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 I launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in the library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.


Here at Paper Crafter’s Library, we make a great effort to provide tons of FREE content in the form of video tutorials.  You can access our free videos from our Public Video Library Page by clicking on the categories that say “this section contains one or more complimentary videos” underneath the link.  By signing up for our free email newsletter,  you’ll also receive a free weekly video tutorial.  Another great source of ongoing inspiration and information is the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page. Access to the FULL library and to our premium content is a members-only benefit, for which there is a monthly fee (like signing up for an ongoing online class).  If this interests you, you can check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.


Distress Stain Give-Away


As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, every day this week we’ll be giving away one set of 12 Distress Stains – to a total of 5 winners.  All you have to do to enter is to leave us a comment on each day’s post.  You can expect the posts to be published before 12 pm EST each day this week.  All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST.


P.S.  We’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word about Ranger week on your blog, FB and/or Twitter!  The more people that visit and comment, the more we have companies like Ranger sponsoring our site with great products we can give away to you!


P.P.S.  We encourage you to stop by the Ranger Blog to thank them for their great give-away, and let them know we sent you!

If you are interested in purchasing the products we are featuring this week, they are all carried by our trusted partner Simon Says Stamp.  They have fantastic customer service and great shipping rates. Simply click on any image below to be directed to the product.


257 replies on “Ranger Week: Tim Holtz Distress Stains Day 2”

  1. Water colors have always been my favorite medium to work in and these Tim Holtz inks put a whole new spin on things. I am looking forward to the next videos. I have on order the Tim Holtz distress markers too, anxiously awaiting them to arrive. Please enter me to win a set of these inks.
    A big fan

  2. I wouldn’t have thought of using them on fabrics like canvas…. that’s a great idea! So pleased to have these videos on the Distress Stains! Thanks for the opportunity to win a set also! Great prize!

  3. Thank you for such a great idea. I love resist technique, but would not have thought to use it on fabric.

  4. A group of girls I create with have been interested in using the Ranger products. I would love to win this so we could get together and have some fun trying these techniques!!! That would be a blast!

  5. What a great technique. I’m new to Distress Stains, so everything I’ve seen you do is a “wow” moment. Great video, as always. I’m hoping to get my hands on some distress stains, even if I have to buy them. 😉

    Thanks for the great info and for letting us play along.

  6. Thank you for the luxury of getting to glean from your videos!! You do such a super job on your videos:) LOVE the Ranger Distress Stains!! And especially how you are inspiring us to use them!! It would be an over the top blessing to get to win the awesome Distress Stains from you via the over the top Ranger:) be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  7. I’m having a great time watching these videos and getting some great ideas. Thanks!

  8. Love these tips and tricks…keep them coming! I hope to see more products showcased in this fashion in the future!

  9. Yet another awesome way to use the distress stains!! Love the embossing and then coloring in! I actually have some canvas that I liked but wasn’t sure what to do with it! Guess I”ll be trying this technique. Would be pretty to make canvas flowers the same way!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Would love the opportunity to win, but I’m in the states and I’m not sure if it’s open to us. Either way I appreciate all the videos. I’ve learned so much and always inspired.

  11. This card is just so beautiful. I love it, and love the tecknique with the leaves. I have to get those distress stains, just a few…. I want to try this.. Hope that I’ll for once in my lit will be lucky and winn them.

  12. This card is absolutely beautiful. the stains add so much demension to the card. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Great videos to watch. I have lots of distressed inks, but no dabbers yet. The colours are so rich, nice to get more tips on how to use them. Thanks.

  14. I totally enjoyed these videos. I had no idea how transparent the stains are which makes them very versatile. I was very impressed and look forward to the remainder of Ranger week.

  15. Really nice. Thanks for sharing this project. The stains appear to be quick and easy and not as messy as I expected. 🙂

  16. Great techniques. One question: my hands are a mess. What should I use? It’s mostly pigment ink.
    Thanks, Becky Johnson

  17. I only have one distress stain and it is a rose color. Not really my go to color these days lol. I just started paper crafting a few months ago and I Love everything about it. There’s so many amazing products out there. I love everything Tim Holtz makes and the distress stains are no exception. I have a ton of canvas I could use too 🙂

  18. Great technique…I’ve never seen that one before. Thanks for the chance to win Ranger’s wonderful Distress Stains! 🙂

  19. Love this effect. Thank you for showing us. I look forward to the rest of the week!!

  20. Thanks again for making these wonderful video’s. I enjoyed the one today showing how to use the versa mark ink and then the distress stains. I’m afraid I don’t try enough new things on my cards. I love all these techniques you are showing us. They looks so simple. Please enter me in the drawing of the distress stains. I love Tim Holtz products and especially the distress. I have only one and it is an ink pad.

  21. I love the canvas. Keep the ideas coming. Gotta love those distress stains.

  22. please enter me too for the giveaway! Love Tim Holtz products! thanks for sharing all these great techniques!

  23. As I stated yesterday, I love learning about new products. I think the Tim Holtz products by Ranger are so well thought out and very versatile. Thanks for another opp to be a winner.

  24. I love this card! So super cute! I can’t wait to try using the stains on canvas! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  25. what a great technique for the distress stain’s thank you for the video, and the the chance to win 🙂
    oh and the card its lovely

  26. This video is fantastic! I cannot wait to buy some distressed inks to try thisout!!! (Or maybe win some) 😉 Keep up the great work on your site and all the nifty items you fins to talk about…love it all!

  27. Great technique! The dots look so great peeking through those colors. Thanks for the chance to win the Ranger stains. I can’t wait to get some and try your techniques.

  28. Love the ranger products. Use the alcohol inks for dominoe necklaces. The colours are vibrant.

  29. Love these stains… I even have my husband using them for wood cribbage boards he carves. He just needs a hint of color and they work great. I can buy more since we both use them!

  30. Wow I am continually amazed by Ranger and their products. Can’t wait to try this, with hopefully a wonderful free set I will win on this contest. lol

  31. Very effective technique and could be adapted to many uses. Great card!! Looking forward to the rest of the week!!

  32. Your instructions are always so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

  33. It shaping up to be a great week! love this resist technique and can’t wait to try it. Just got some of the canvas sheets. I’m sure the camera doesn’t show what great texture the canvas adds to this project.

  34. Sophia, you are sooooooo creative. I love the canvas resist technique that you introduced. Your projects always get my creative juices flowing. Thanks so much!

  35. This is wonderful! Love how versatile these inks are, so many things you can do. Thanks for the wonderful video!

  36. Glad to see you can use this on fabric/canvas – it will be great for flowers! Very nice, thanks!

  37. Great technique! So much to learn and try. Now, to find the time. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Another great project on using the stains. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents. Bev

  39. This was a cool technique. I looked at distress stains today and I’m trying to decide which colors to buy.

  40. I love that technique, I think it so much fun! Love the colours the effect everything!

  41. Great video, made technique look really easy. ( awesome fingernail polish) Looking forward to tomorrows video.

  42. Beautiful card, love the colors used! Thanks for sharing the die-cut canvas resist technique – it can add a lot of interest to your project.

  43. I wouldn’t have thought of using stains on fabrics like canvas. So pleased to have these videos on the Distress Stains! Thanks for the opportunity to win a set. Tks for sharing these techniques.

  44. I have some canvas that I don’t really use. This technique gave me some ideas. Thank you !!!

  45. The tutorial was great. I’ve never used Ranger Distress stains before, but now I want to. Thanks for the opportunity to win a set.

  46. Great tutorial. I have not seen the tissue paper on the roll. I only have the tissue tape. The tape works in the same way. I plan on buying the tissue on a roll. Thanks again to you and Ranger.

  47. Love my Distress Inks and thanks to these videos I’m getting some ideas on what to do with the Stains. I’d love to win 12 to start my collection! Thanks,

  48. What are the chances of me winning this fabulous stain from Ranger???? About the same as winning the lotto, but this is so much more fun to learn about all the ways to use stain. Thanks Andrea.

  49. Very nice card. The probability of winning the stain is much better than winning the lottery, but depends on how many people comment. Yeah, I am one of those geeks.

  50. I love the distress stains, I really love the effect of bleeding them on the wet project.
    Very cool!!

    Great job Andrea!!!

    colleen in Calgary

  51. I used distress stain to color ribbon and a fabric flower today and loved it! It’s truly as easy as yesterday’s video showed. Now I need to play with canvas and get more stains. Oh I hope I’m one of the winners this week!

  52. Well dang … never would’ve thought of that! What will you think of next … ? (Can’t wait to see!!!)

    Also, thanks again for a 2nd chance to win the Distress Stains!

  53. Great techniques on day 2. I want to thank you for such informative tutorials. My stores carries the stains and I am going to have to ge some. Lanna

  54. Loved this! Will give this a go, as I love to emboss and am crazy about the Ranger products. TFS

  55. Great project, love using Canvas! Its my new thing!! Changing ribbon to add to the canvas by re-colouring, and distressing works well! Great video and tutorial, thank you for chance in giveaway!

  56. Enjoying the indepth info your giving , it makes it easy to see how you can use the product yourself. Thank you.

  57. I really like the distress inks, can’t wait to get me a couple to play with. Thank you and Ranger for the giveaway.

  58. I love learning newe techniques so that you for always adding something new to my stamping repertoire.

  59. I love the distress inks but have not ventured into using the Stains yet … time to change that with all your help this week. Thanks so much

  60. With each video i get new ideas, I am loving this stuff. Anything that goes with the distress inks is a win in my box. They are the best products out there. Thank you for sharing such wonderful products and ideas with us.

  61. Thank you for more tips and techniques on this product I now need to find and try =)

  62. I love this new wonderful medium it makes life so much easier and the projects so much dimention thank you for all the new information. .thank you so much

  63. I am really enjoying these new techniques. Thank you so much for providing these videos.

  64. Love today’s idea…off to make some of my own canvas embellishments!! Thanks for the great tip and the opportunity to possibly win the great prize!!

  65. Love today’s idea…off to make some of my own canvas embellishments!! Thanks for the great tip and the opportunity to possibly win the great prize!!

  66. I’ve used canvas before, but love this new take on making embellishments. Thanks for another great video!

  67. The Ranger Distress Stains are wonderful and so are your videos. I can’t wait to get started.

  68. The intro video for the stain was great….learned a lot that I did not know.
    Thanks for sharing.

  69. This looks so easy using these distress stains. Never thought to emboss on my canvas before. Thanks for all the new inspirstions for me to try. Great giveaway.

  70. I love these canvas embellishments. Canvas alone adds texture, then embossing it adds even more texture. Thanks for the video and for the chance to win some great Distress Stains.

  71. Although I have considered the distress stains before, I have wondered if they would be worth the outlay of money. Your videos have convinced me they would. To win the assorted colors would be amazing. Keep up the good work

  72. Love the look of resist ! I really need to get some stains and markers… they look like sooo much fun 🙂

  73. I love the effects you can get with the Distress Stains and can’t wait to give them a try! Amazing how you can easily go from a plain sheet of paper or canvas to something so stunning!

  74. Love how you layered the stains on the leaf. There’s so much to do with distress stains. Thank you

    Carole Miller

  75. I love Distress Ink pads and did some classes at a friend’s scrapbook store before she closed.

  76. Have some canvas – will have to try this! thanks for opportunity to win!

  77. Coolness! Once I start playing with Distress Stains I cannot quit, but I loved (LOVED) the leaves with just Wild Honey (one color I don’t have! Darn!). I gives me an idea……..

  78. I like the flower and the colors. I have never tried the Distress Stains, but have seen them in action a couple of times. Thanks for the ideas.

  79. The resist technique looks like lots of fun, so doing it tonight! Thanks for all the amazing ideas.

  80. I hear that the stains are different from the inks. I’ll have to keep watching your tutorials to learn about them.

  81. Have looked at these stains in the shops so many times and wondered how they would be used. Thanks for your tutorials – you always have such great ideas and instruct so well. Hoping I am luck enough to win one of the sets! Thanks for the videos.

  82. What an awesome technique. I am so looking forward to trying these out. Thanks for the videos too!

  83. Great technique! I had no idea you could do so much with these stains! Thanx for another awesome video and for all of the inspiration! 🙂

  84. So many ideas and wonderful demonstrations of Ranger Products. Thank you Andrea and Ranger.

  85. i love learning great techniques, now i need to get some more stains and start creating thanks

  86. Love the resist technique shown on the video. I can imagine all kinds of beautiful card backgrounds. Thanks for sharing!

  87. Love all these resist technques – I’m really excited about your wonderful giveaway! Once you have a couple of these distress stains, you want all the yummy colors!

  88. I LOVE this technique! What a wonderful way to use the stains. Thank you for sharing this technique! I can’t wait to give it a try.

  89. Another awesome technique !! I never knew you could heat emboss on Sticky Back canvas, Wow what an auper way to add demension to your projects!! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  90. Great tutorial! Love the canvas technique and am starting to like the distress stains.

  91. Lovely technique–always fun creating one’s own backgrounds! Would love to try this new product.

  92. I just found this group on today. I am thrilled to find some help and videos on Tim’s wonderful techniques. I love his stains and stamp, stamp pad, alcohol ink etc. Thank you so for sharing with us this resist technique with the canvas which I never knew existed. Another new item I need to get. You made this so easy to understand and I am one that needs some visual display to see or watch to understand it sometimes. So that you and I will go back and watch day one and now day three. I see there are so many other ideas in past newsletters and I will take a look.
    thanks again

  93. Great easy technique, but a whole lotta punch! tfs loved the background on the card too!

  94. Gorgeous project–until I watched the video I wouldn’t have expected three colors were used on the leaves.

  95. Great idea for the leaves, I’m new to the whole stamping thing and love learning new tips.

  96. AMAZING! I know about resist on paper but on fabric?!? I will have to invest in fabric now.

  97. Wow! Another use for sticky backed canvas. Hadn’t thought of using it for embossing resist! Thanks for the great ideas

  98. Thank you so much for this great tutorial on Canvas Resist Sophia. I have some canvas sheets, but never knew the best way to use them. Now I can try this technique. All I need are some distress stains. 🙂

  99. I love to use these on my fabrics now – I love the way that you can coordinate ribbons and twills perfectly to match any distress colour scheme you have used. Thanks for the inspiration.

  100. Great technique and tutorial. Love how the embossed part resists the Distress Stains!

  101. Great video – I find watching the videos explains how to use the product much better. Thank you for taking the time to make these videos and thank you for the chance to win some great stains!

  102. Thank you once again for this series of videos, I am learning so much. I would love to win the inks because I feel that by the end of this week I will truly know how to use these products and it won’t be something that sits around not getting use because I am unsure of how to use it!

  103. Love the video and the different possibilities these stains give. Will be purchasing some to try on my projects. Thanks for sharing.

  104. I am definitely going to try this technique. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. Love it.

  105. I have some canvas that I’ve been saving (hoarding) for years and this is a wonderful idea for it . thanks for the chance to win some distress stains.

  106. This is such a great idea! I just thought of at least 3 different things to try with canvas/embossing and distress stains. Great teachers do inspire! Thank you so much –

  107. Great technique — I am going to try this on a T-Shirt. What do we need to do to keep the color/designs on the shirt when it needs to be washed? Really like the look of the foliage behind the flower. Awesome job! Thanks for the giveaway.

  108. Another excellent video. I’m such a visual person that I LOVE it when there are videos to show a process.


  109. I love the polka dots on the leaves. I have looked at the distress inks , but just not sure what to do with them till now. Great video thank you. Best of Luck to Everyone.

  110. Oh I love this technique. Wow I learned something….You did great then. I love how this card turned out. Thanks for the tutorial.

  111. Great video. Love the polka dots and resist technique on canvas. Going to have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  112. Great tutorial. I can’t wait to get some of these to play. They have inspired me to pull out my other ranger products and plays. Thanks so much.


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