Ranger Week: Tim Holtz Distress Stains Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of Ranger Week on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog as we 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 we have three different videos for you.  In the first video I’m going to share with you more in depth about Picket Fence Distress Stain which is a white Distress Stain.  It’s different than all the other Distress Stains because it’s only semi-transluscent, whereas all the other Distress Stains are totally translucent (meaning you can see through them).  Picket Fence has a white pigment in it which is what gives it it’s color, along with some opacity.  The more layers of Picket Fence you apply to your surface, the more opaque it becomes.  There are so many different things that you can do with Picket Fence both on it’s own and in combination with the other Distress Stains, that we thought it warranted a video of it’s own.

Introduction To The Picket Fence Distress Stain


Today we’re also going to share with you two variations of Tim Holtz’s Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.  In the first video Sophia will show you the traditional Wrinkle Free Distress Technique, and then in the second video she shows you the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique incorporating Picket Fence. She uses both techniques in the card below.  The greeting label using the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique with Picket Fence, and the background of the card (the sunburst pattern) uses the regular Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.  Please note that in the videos, the give-away date is listed as Monday, April 16th, the date on which we announce all five winners is actually Friday, April 20th (tomorrow) at 4 pm EST.

Wrinkle Free Distress technique


Wrinkle Free Distress With Picket Fence Technique


The finished card includes a colouring with Distress Markers technique.  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.



236 replies on “Ranger Week: Tim Holtz Distress Stains Day 4”

  1. Cannot believe how the different effects bring life to the projects. I especially liked the picket fence colour.

  2. wow -picket fence is a great addition to all crafters stash!! Another product I MUST have…..

  3. Thank you for sharing. I’ve never done this before. It looks like I will be trying something new. Thanks again.

  4. Love the technique – It will be so fun to “play” and experiment with these great products.

  5. Thank you so much for the cool info. I bought the picket fence but really wasn’t sure how to use it.

  6. I really enjoy the inspiring creations shared through your videos! Although the distress inks are not (yet) part of my precious stash, I’m sure -as demonstrated in Andrea’s videos- these inks would prove to be a fun addition to this paper-crafter’s arsenal of must-have tools. =-) THANX for sharing.

  7. I have been really enjoying all your videos this week, and today is no exception! I definitely need to get a bunch of these stains and try out everything you are demonstrating. I LOVE the outcomes of every technique!

    Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful techniques and ideas!

  8. I absolutely love these stains and have been looking for some great ideas. Thanks for sharing them all.

  9. I really love what you did with these stains…I would love to win all of them…I currently only have four….tfs…

  10. This was very helpful. I have the Picket Fence Stain but haven’t begun to explore what can be done with it. Thank you

  11. It’s funny- Picket Fence stain is the one I see referenced the most in tutorials and it’s the one I can’t find at any chain craft store. Gotta check my LSS in a big way!

  12. Thanks for the awesome video! I have been hesitant to use the Distress Stains, but seeing the versatility of these products has got me running to my LSS!

  13. Thanks for sharing the how-to’s! Found my way here after seeing the Ranger blog today. Will be back! 🙂

  14. I am loving the effects you can achieve with Picket Fence. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful techniques!

  15. Great videos and tutorials.Thanks so much for all you do and the opportunity to win.

  16. I love the stains but only have three of them… More would be Awesome for my students and studio! 😉

  17. Another super video!! I am learning so much this week, about a product I really knew nothing about…I am now ( or soon to be ) the proud owner of four bottles of distress stain( just have to wait for the mail man to deliver them), and after todays video, I am thinking I am really going to need to pick up Picket fence too!!! Thanks for a very informative video series.

  18. Great video and wonderful tips. This is adding to my knowledge on using the Ranger Distress Stains. I love them and sure hope I can win more. Thank you

  19. These tuts are amazing! Thanks so much! I’ve had the Distress Stains (a couple of them) for some time now and just wasn’t getting the results I’d hoped for. These really help! Keep up the good work!

  20. Love the shadow technique! There sure is a ton of things that you can do with these distress stains! That pretty much goes for all of the Tim Holtz products which is one reason that I love Tim Holtz products! More versatile than other brands! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Really great techniques and the various ways you can use the distress stains. Makes we want to play and stamp. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  22. Loving these videos and great tutorials. Love the card. Thanks so much these great ideas and the opportunity to win…

  23. Thanks for the great videos — they are so helpful for getting the creative ideas flowing!! Love distress stain!

  24. It is so important to have a nice selection of colors when the creative mood strikes. I hope, hope, hope I will be a winner! Good luck to everybody!
    Keep smilin’,

  25. Just love all the variations that these stains allow you to achieve. Would so love to win.

  26. I can’t believe all the different variations you can produce with this product. Hope I win this one.

  27. I made a tag with my distress ink since I don’t have the stains and stamped layered images over it. I love the look, but I can tell I need more practice and more supplies! Lol 🙂

  28. I’m enjoying finding out all the different ways to use Ranger’s Distress Stains. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing product! 🙂

  29. As usual, nothing less than amazing. Going to Michaels and will check if they carry these BUT would really work into my budget better if I could win them. Hoping, hoping, hoping!!!!

  30. Oh, the possibilities! I was hooked on Day 1, but it just keeps getting better and better. Thanks Andrea and Sophia for sharing all the fun techniques. Can hardly wait to see what you come up with tomorrow.

  31. The picket fence stain is a great new discovery for me. Thanks so much. I am loving this week

  32. I simply say WOW!!! I espessialy like The Picket Fence Distress Stain. Please pick me as a winner!!! I want to try this

  33. Great ideas and tips today! Love these distress stains. I wasn’t even thinking about Picket Fence–until today, that is. What a great way to extend one’s color palette!
    One more thing: I don’t know if it was my computer acting up today or the video on the site, but the first video stopped at about 6 minutes–had to go over to You Tube to watch the rest of it. Did not want to miss anything!

  34. Appreciate all the helpful hints on this product because it’s all too easy to feel like you’re wasting product when something doesn’t come out the way you think it should. Thanks for experimenting, getting some not-so-desired results, and then sharing the what-not-to-do’s.

  35. I especially liked the ghosting tecnique you showed today. So beautiful. I am loving the distress stains!

  36. These videos are terrific inspiration. I think I’ll be joining your library. Nice work.
    Peace, Becky Johnson

  37. I can do this…now that I’ve watched the tutes and have the courage to try. Mahalo for sharing great techs and ideas.

  38. Wow…that is amazing. Thanx for all of the inspirational videos and the beautiful samples. Great learning all that can be done with these stains.

  39. More great Distress Stain ideas! I am going to have to get some to try these techniques out! They come is such beautiful colors!
    Thanks to Ranger to providing such a great prize package!

  40. Fantastic techniques and very well done videos. Have always been a fan of Ranger Product but this was my first visit to this blog and will return often. Thank you.

  41. Wow! Another wonderful video showing how versatile the Tim Holtz Distress Stains are. Picket Fence is one of the products which I picked as a “must have.” Now, I know so much more about it than I did. I can’t wait until Friday to see if I am one of the “lucky” crafters. If not, I will have to put it in the budget. I want to thank you again for all the versatility you have presented to us thru these videos. I am overwhelmed. Thank you so much!

  42. WOW these stain are amazing!!! I can’t wait to get them so I can create some new cards and scrap pages with the new techniques they have shown in the videos. Great videos. We want more…

  43. Great videos today! Love these inks, I cannot believe I have never heard or tried them before. This week there has been some great techniques. Thank you!

  44. I have not used paints or stains when card making yet — but now I’m inspired! Next shopping trip — DISTRESS STAINS! Thanks!

  45. So many things to try. They produce wonderful effects. Cant wait to get my hands on some for a play. Wonderful demo that just inspire you to go try it.

  46. Great tutorial on how to use the Picket Fence Distress Stain. Would love to win a set of distress stains, thanks for the chance!!!

  47. All three videos today were great, I’ve been “hemming & hawing” about whether I really needed these or if I could get by with just the Distress ink pads…well, now that I’ve seen all these great ideas, I have a list of the ones I would like to get first! Thank you for sharing.

  48. Yummy candy! ! ! ! I must have some now. I love how they work. Thanks for all the techniques and info. Great tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win. I really hope I win. These are amazing.

  49. Wow! Loved the ideas in these videos. One of my favorites was when you showed using Picket Fence Distress stain over the decorative papers that are too bright for your tastes. I often give away sheets like this because they just aren’t me, maybe I’ll be able to use some of them now! Would love to win these stains as I only own about 4 of them.

  50. I love to learn new techniques, that’s why I like to watch videos…THANK YOU!

  51. I just bought some of these paints, so this is perfect timing. I’m going to try them out now.

  52. I’ve tried this technique with the inks on the mat and water spritzed on. Although I was happy with it, I think the stains look phenomenal like this. Thanks again for sharing!

  53. thanks for the great tutorial – and the opportunity to win a set of distress stains!

  54. I’m loving these distress stains more and more every day i watch these videos!!
    Great job!

  55. These distress stains have recently become a part of my stash and can not wait to try out these awesome techniques! Love the effect that the picket fence adds to the marbling. thank you so much for the great videos.

  56. I really want these stains the picket fence is awesome cannot wait to get to the store

  57. Great tutorial, I love what can be done with picket fence. I can’t wait for them to come to Canada. Winning them would make it faster. LOL.

  58. I’ve just begun to add more inks to my inventory. These stains will make a wonderful addition!!!!!

  59. Thanks for sharing another awesome video. It would be so nice to win some of the stains. Thanks!

  60. Love that picket fence and the ghosting technique. I will be trying the wrinkle free distress technique and hope mine turns out so vivid. I will have to remember to not be too sparce with the ink. Thanks for these wonderful educational videos.

  61. These videos are great! The demonstrations are so detailed and clear. I’m really enjoying them.

  62. What wonderful tutorials on Distress Stains! I am looking forward to watching more of your videos. I know I will be returning.

  63. i bought picket fence a few months back and never got to use it on it’s fullest potential. Never knew how and i also shoo-ed away from the other colors. Thanks for the great tutorial! Now i can dig it out and use it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. I know Picket Fence will be one of my favorite stains! Thank you so much for showing the many ways to use it! Awesome!

  65. I don’t have picket fence but because of these techniques, I want it !!! Thank you for the videos.

  66. WOW. That Picket Fence is a MUST have. I love the way you can mute the bright DSP’s. Something I need to do with lots of my stash. The wrinkle free distress technique opens many possibilities. I am going to have to get one of those craft mats too. Thanks Andrea and Sophia for some great video tutorials today.

  67. Love all the different effects and techniques with the stains. The videos are great–the step by step demonstrations are really helpful!

  68. Love all these uses for the Picket Fence!! I especially love the ghosted effect! Really great videos and so well explained – many thanks!!

  69. Wow this was the best yet, the cards were absolutely stunning. Would looooooooooooovvvvvve a set of these stains!

  70. Love the picket fence distress stain….I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the chance to win!


  71. once again thanks so much for share the different techniques with ranger stains, i will let ranger know the library is a leading instructor using their products.

  72. More great ideas! I’ve been wanting to try the picket fence since I saw Tim Holtz’ video about the new markers while he was at CHA. Hope I win the stains so I can try them out! Thanks for all the great stuff this week. I popped over to the Ranger blog to let them know how much I appreciate their generosity, too.

  73. Wonderful video with so many ideas! Thanks for sharing your knowledge of this product with us.

  74. Okay, now I officially must have the picket fence distress! These tutorials are wonderful and I am so happy to have access to them. Thanks for that and the chance to win the set of inks!

  75. Thank you so much for these fab tutorials! They are truly jam packed with information and techniques that I can’t wait to try out! Thanks so much!

  76. This has been a great week! Love all the videos of ways to use the Distress Stains. Now I know that they have to move up to the top of the wish list! Thanks to you and Ranger for the chance to win 12 to start my collection.

  77. What great tutorials! What a wonderful technique and really need to get some of these stains!

  78. I have a couple distress stains but didn’t know what to do with them, but seeing your ideas all week makes me wonder if a couple is enough. I definitely need to start experimenting using the techniques in the videos.

  79. Thanks for the great videos and for sharing all the wonderful uses for Picket Fence – must get some of this stain !

  80. I LOVE the marbled wrinkle free technique!!! Thanks for the great tutorials. Also…love the sample sunburst card!

  81. I definitely need to start experimenting using the techniques in the videos – great ideas.

  82. Another great week here at Paper Crafter’s Library!! I have learned so much about staining (as a medium) that I really need to win this prize so I can practice the different techniques — so much fun!!

  83. Have just learned how to use the stains in Creative Chemistry 101, would love the chance to win a set of stains. Never have the colors I want.

  84. Oh my. I literally just bought the picket fence alcohol ink because I saw what I could do with it in Tim’s new book. Now I HAvE to get this and a few stains to use with it!

  85. Another great video! I have really enjoyed them this week!! Now just need to play. Thanks for the chance at the Distress Stains; they would be well used

  86. Loving this product, so many extra shade of colour to choose from with introducing just one color!

  87. Thanks for the info on Picket Fence – so helpful to not have to learn all this by trial and error!

  88. Thanks for showing the many uses for picket fence and how each look. Amazing how one product can give so many different looks.

  89. Totally love the picket fence. Im so impressed with how informative and well taught your videos are. They are great and ya’ll rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing all the videos and for sharing the inks with 5 lucky winners!!!

    Maybe I will be one!!!! Now that my foot is broken, I can just sit and scrap and play with inks all day!!!!!

  90. I want picket fence distress stain!! 🙂 So many neat ideas and ways of using it. Thanks

  91. Distress stains are on my shopping list for this week. Thanks for another great project!!

  92. Love the idea of stamping with the picket fence stain! Thanks for the chance to win!

  93. Interesting and cool techniques and video using Picket Fences stain. Thanks for the videos!

  94. Really loved the saturation of Barn door on the fabric.! I love red and must have it.
    Great videos. Thank You.

  95. Hi,

    Love the wrinkle free distress technique, the introduction video of Picket Fence is my favorite. Well done.

  96. This was a great tutorial! So neat to see the different results that can be achieved with Picket Fence. Thanks for the opportunity to win a set of these Stains. They seem like so much fun!

  97. I have learnt alot from these videos and can t wait to get my hands on some distress stains. Thanks again

  98. I love learning new techniques. Thank you for these information filled videos. Anxious to try them out!

  99. Thank you so much for sharing. Loved the baby wipe tip! Total Aha moment for me!!

  100. Thank goodness for Ranger products – what an awesome line of products. Ladies thank you for some great tutorials – love the video presentations – so much easier to grasp how to use these products. Now just waiting for my distress stains to arrive from SimonSays.

  101. Love the how to”s on the the Distress Stains, especially the Picket Fence. Always wondered how to use them. Now I have a reason to try some. I love using Tim Holtzs Distress Inks.
    Thanks for all the info, and all you do.

  102. Would love the opportunity to have a play with these. Learnt lots through this weeks videos

  103. Thanks again for your tutorials. They are always interesting. Can’t wait to receive my picket fence distress stain that i’ve ordered!

  104. OMG! I am so amazed with the different techniques that you have showed to us! Very great info. These distress stains is a must have. I love the effect of the picket fence and I am itching to get my hands on it.

  105. Three great videos – what an amazing effect this technique gives. Really enjoying all the videos – thanks so much

  106. What a great product. I really like the last example of the picket fence foliage overstamped with the black ink . what a wonderful mixed media effect it has.
    thanks for the ideas and the chance to win some of these fab stains.

  107. Lovely videos – very informative! I only recently found your site and I’m quite impressed with the quality of the videos presented!

  108. I am in love this all of these distress stains. I see a road trip in my future. The picket fence will be great for my Halloween mini I am making. I can not wait to use it on the haunted house. Thank you so much for sharing such great ideas.


  109. I so far really like to direct to stamp use of the distress stains, not too taken with the tags……….I appreciate the coolness of the effect and the look but not me. The picket fence needs to be in my craft room! Thanks again!

  110. Great techniques! It’s always so great to find out what else these wonderful products can be used for. Thanks for stretching the limits and keeping the creativity flowing!

  111. Thanks for this whole week! I may have learned enough to try using these inks on my projects!!!

  112. I have learn so many was to use the ink stain this week is just great,… can’t wait to try them out. Thanks

  113. Oh my! I am really liking these distress stains!! It would be awesome to win some so i could try them soon!!! I think they will make creating even more fun!!

  114. Thank you so very much for the super videos:) You will be blessed for giving so much!!I love how you taught how to ‘smooth’ out the finish of the picket fence! What a golden nugget you have shared:)!!! Thank you to Ranger for the op to win 12—-get it—12 distress stains!! RANGER is an uber company!! I pray blessings for all of you!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  115. Love these techniiquesand the Ranger products…now to play a bit… Thanks for sharing.

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