Help me choose a brown Distress ink

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Posted 1/21/2014 by howdyheidi in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 1/21/2014 11:38:14 AM
Is it just me or are there a lot of brown distress inks? (okay, there are way more blues)

I have tea dye and antique linen. I feel like I need a darker brown. Which one do you think I should get?



~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/21/2014 11:54:15 AM
Yes, Tim shares that in his early days with Ranger he requested distress ink and in a conversation with the chemist he asked for 5 browns and black...no other colors. I think we all are very happy Ranger expanded his wishlist.

Over the years my most often go to brown was tea dye. But now I turn to brushed corduroy...so that is my recommendation. It will be interesting to see what other folks recommend.


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Posted: 1/21/2014 12:07:20 PM
Heidi, the distress ink I use most is probably Vintage Photo...it's probably my go to color in the browns..but of course I love all of them!


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Posted: 1/21/2014 12:08:31 PM
Buying more ink again Heidi?


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Posted: 1/21/2014 12:25:47 PM
Well, I have them all, but my 2 most used are Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. Vintage Photo goes with so much. Use Walnut Stain for darker edging.

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Posted: 1/21/2014 12:40:13 PM


Buying more ink again Heidi?


Yeah, and now she wants us to enable her!



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Posted: 1/21/2014 12:41:19 PM
Another vote for walnut stain and vintage photo


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Posted: 1/21/2014 12:53:49 PM
I remember when it first came out I felt like I just HAD to have Brushed Corduroy.

I just stamped Brushed Corduroy next to Vintage Photo with a solid circle stamp. At first the Vintage Photo looked a lot darker, but once it dried a minute, the Vintage lightened and it is very close to Corduroy.

Next I tried blending them from a craft sheet on to an index card with a foam dauber. The Brushed Corduroy fades out to a more yellowish color IMO. The Vintage Photo stays browner.

If I was to pick just one now, I would go with Vintage Photo. It's a nice rich chocolate color. (or maybe I'm just hungry!)

Between my phone camera and the computer screen I don't know how accurate this will be, but I'll try to post a photo.


browns

Ok, B is Brushed Corduroy. V is Vintage Photo. I stamped another V over closer to the B's to try and better see the difference.

I know. Way too much information probably, but I got on a roll


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Posted: 1/21/2014 1:07:57 PM
I love love love the color Sepia................

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Posted: 1/21/2014 1:11:25 PM
Heidi, I am just wondering if we are talking about different uses for your new brown. I mostly do not stamp with distress inks. Mostly they are my blending colors. So I generally think of softer blending colors. Guess that is exactly why Tim thinks we need so many browns!


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Posted: 1/21/2014 1:13:41 PM
Exactly Jan!

I just uploaded a pic of 2 browns both stamped and blended. I edited my original post.

And Sepia? How have I missed that one?!


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Posted: 1/21/2014 1:15:18 PM
Sepia is not a Ranger distress ink color. But I too love a nice sepia color for image stamping.


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Posted: 1/21/2014 1:15:19 PM
Vintage Photo is my go-to brown also.



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Posted: 1/21/2014 1:40:30 PM
Thanks for all the responses! I didn't expect so many!

AJ, YES, I am going to get a new ink, but maybe not right away. I also linked even more inks I like on the CHA thread.

I actually do sometimes stamp with distress inks, but I usually use it for blending backgrounds, direct to paper, aging an image that is on white cs, edging and coloring (like with a tiny piece of foam or q tip).

Cindi, thanks for your photo. I can see if i wanted that yellow look, I could just add some mustard seed yellow, which I have.

I have used sepia Archival ink for edging before. It is a nice color for that.

So Vintage photo or Walnut stain? Or maybe brushed corduroy? hmmmm Is the walnut stain VERY dark? No one mentioned frayed burlap. Maybe it isn't very dark?

Also, is vintage photo close to sepia? I always look at the package and think it might be too similar.

Also, does anyone have an opinion about what is the most neutral brown?


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/21/2014 2:36:23 PM
Vintage Photo for me too. It seems to work well most any way you use it.

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Posted: 1/21/2014 3:27:42 PM
Walnut Stain is pretty dark for the type projects I usually work on. I think I've only used it a few times. Vintage photo is the perfect neutral brown, IMO. I'm not sure I have frayed burlap, would be interested in hearing a review.


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Posted: 1/21/2014 4:14:12 PM
My go to is Vintage Photo


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Posted: 1/21/2014 4:14:37 PM
'neutral brown', Heidi? Not sure what that means. Can you explain what that means for you? I'm definitely interested, pal.

My current stash of DI browns include Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge & Aged Mahogany.

Some folks might not consider 'RH' & 'AM' as browns, but (for me) they are in the 'brown ballpark'.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 1:28:34 AM
I just bought Rusty Hinge & I think it's in the brown ballpark. It does have a tint of orange to it since it is Rusty.

I only have three or four browns. I think Walnut Stain is the darkest of all my browns.



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Posted: 1/22/2014 10:59:42 AM
Interesting. I store Rusty Hinge with the yellows and oranges; and I store Aged Mahogany (one of my favorites) with the reds. I never thought of either one as belonging to the browns category. I'll have to go in and give them another look.

The Walnut Stain is very, very dark.

Here's another vote for Vintage Photo.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:16:19 AM
This is a very intersting topic.

My background prior to getting into inks was paint. What I found/find fascinating is how each person 'sees' a finished color. There are very few 'pure' pigments & I may describe a 'brown' in many ways.

DIs are no exception. Tea Dye (a 'yellowed' brown) for instance. Brushed Corduroy feels the most 'plain' brown to me.

One thing I like about the labels on the DI pads is that they show me the color in a range of values.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:42:00 PM
I use vintage photo and gathered twigs a lot!!!


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Posted: 1/22/2014 1:22:36 PM
I think my neutral brown I mean a brown without a strong tint of another color. My colorbox fluid chalk ink in Chestnut Roan is a color I consider to be neutral.

Who knows, though. I don't know a lot of color theory.

Sepia isn't a neutral color, imo, because it is tinted orange?

I may not be using the word tint correctly.

Thanks for all the opinions!! Very helpful!


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Posted: 1/23/2014 1:00:39 AM

My background prior to getting into inks was paint. What I found/find fascinating is how each person 'sees' a finished color. There are very few 'pure' pigments & I may describe a 'brown' in many ways.


Daniel, this is my background too. I see brown in different ways too. My Rusty Hinge is in with my browns. Am I guessing your Crayola box is arranged by colors. I know mine is. My friends are like "Don't you think that is over the top?"



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Posted: 1/24/2014 8:23:07 AM
My go to brown di is TH walnut stain. I figured out real fast that I needed to order the reinker. It seems to be a brown that goes with everything.
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Posted: 1/24/2014 8:56:52 AM
I have vintage photo and use it most often. I had walnut stain but it's pretty dried up. It is a bit darker than the others.

Funny, I've always stored rusty hinge with my oranges too! Looking at it now, I can see a lot of brown in it.

Have you seen the mini distress inks? There's a set of 3 browns. Not sure what the price point is on them. I think the set has vintage photo, walnut stain and tea dye.


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Posted: 1/24/2014 9:23:47 AM
I think of Rusty Hinge as the color of a fox, so I say it is orange too. Lol. It is a lovely color, but I don't have it.

LeighAnn, I did see the mini distress inks. I wonder if you have to buy them as a set. It might work out okay for these inks that I would only use for distressing and backgrounds...
That is a good thought. I would likely buy the reinkers too.


~~Heidi~~

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