Friday, January 25, 2013

New Tim Holtz Paint Preview with May Flaum!!

May Flaum here, and today I'm really excited to do my first post about Tim Holtz Distress Paints and share some initial thoughts with you - and why you may just have to have some! Tim Holtz created a great intro video that you can see on youtube here - but truly you have to see and try these paints to believe them!


First off, above you can see picket fence and picked raspberry on my craft mat ready to go. These dabber-topped paints are more fluid than traditional dabber or acrylic craft paints, but they are opaque and have more body to them than distress stains do.


Above you can see (left to right) distress stain, inks, and paints used in the same colors, onto manila tags. The stains have the most fluid, richest look I think. The ink pads are of course the most blendable, and the paints are just fantastic because while yes, it looks like regular paint it is anything but. It has distress properties and is reactive while wet, but once dry it is set! So while getting water on the stains or inks (once dry) would mean water spots and reactivity, on the paint you can layer other colors and mediums without fear! Once dry - it is set.


I just used the dabber and directly streaked paint onto my tag (above), not necessarily evenly so you can see that you can get a semi-opaque to opaque look with them. They dry matte finish and are very smooth. Distress inks, pens, and other mediums work great right over the top.


As I mentioned before they are reactive with water (and each other) while wet. Above you see some intense marbling of Picked Raspberry and Picket Fence. This was done simply by using the paints then spritzing with water. Pretty cool!

I am already a fan of using these on book or text printed paper as you can get a very soft milky semi-opaque wash look. I'm also a fan of using them for stamping. Just make sure that you spritz your stamp off with water to remove the excess paint when done.


Below you can see a card I created with Victorian Velvet (and water) used to color white cardstock. I also used it on my metal accent (yes, they work on metals and all sorts of surfaces!) on this card, and my 14 stamp is a Tim Holtz Valentine's Blueprint stamp that is embossed with black powder onto book paper.


I really like having this more opaque paint format of distress - it creates a totally different look and I know I will enjoy using the paints on everything from accenting metal embellishments to cards to layouts to mixed media canvas pieces as well. 


Now I could always get wild with that marbled pink background I showed you before as well...


Hmm, I may have gotten a bit TOO wild with my paints and blueprint stamps here - but that's ok! I am in that stage of creating with these where I am really getting to know the product and how I can best work with it. I'm a big believer in creative play and letting yourself be free to create and try stuff without pressure.


I can tell you that I'm already a fan, and I'm thrilled that I no longer have to mix my distress stains with white paint to get distress colors of paint! These are so much better, and I think I'll be having a lot of creative fun with them.

Want more ideas, tips, and projects? Well I will be back with another article soon! This was just my introduction to these paints that are now available for pre-order at Simon Says Stamp

Pre-order your favorite colors now! We anticipate to have them in stock sometime between now and mid February.


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165 comments:

  1. Thanks for the comparison between stains, inks and paints, there are so many products out there it's difficult to choose!

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  3. Great comparison between the inks, stains and paints. Looking forward to having a play with the new paints ! Sue C x

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  4. I love the comparison and I can tell these paints are going to make their way to my house!!

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  5. wow! these paints are wonderful!

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  6. Beautiful Background on the Love Card.. and I love all the different effects you can make with these.. FAB Colors ! :o)

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  7. WAUW this looks really great. Thanks for sharing with us, what the difference are, that´s been really helpful to me at least.
    Boy I really love these new bright colors here, and I can see millions of things to use this for. Really awesome product.
    Have a wonderful week-end everyone and lots of crafty fun too, and look after yourself out there in this darned cooooold.

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  8. I just love the new paint, I cannot wait to get going with it and have some fun!! Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. Thanks for the comparison of paints, inks and stains, very helpful :)

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  10. You make this product look even more amazing than it is!! I LOVE what you have done with it!! Can't wait to get my hands on a few bottles......oh. The comparison is fabulous!!!

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  11. Love the new colors! The distress paint is awesome!

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  12. Massive thanks to May for this masterclass, it is so helpful to have the comparison side by side like this. I may have to get some paints!!!

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  13. The TH Paints look like fun to play with!!

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  14. Thanks for the comparison, May. It was really helpful and your samples are beautiful. I want to get a couple to play with when they hit the stores.

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  15. Shoot! Now I think I need them! :-) Thanks May!

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  16. I really want these new paints, now!

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  17. Thanks for the review...These Distress paints seem like really good option to work with mixed media projects!..Will have to try one soon!

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  18. Thanks for the comparison! Can't wait to get some and play!

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  19. Wow, two more things to love about Tim Holtz products.

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  20. Can't wait to try the Distress paints in my art journal where I like to layer and play with different products.

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  21. I can't wait to add these new products to my crafting stash!

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  22. Great demonstration. Thank you.

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  23. At first sight I wasn't that impressed by just new paints, but it seems that they provide a totally new field of creativity! I definitely trying these out! ^.^

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  24. I REALLY can't wait to try these out!

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  25. This is fantastic, you can do anything with them.

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  26. I knew I wanted these as soon as they appeared at CHA!!!

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  27. Thanks for highlighting the differences! These are awesome...love your cards and that picked raspberry! Looks yummy.

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  28. Neat! Thanks for showing us the difference!

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  29. wow awesome technique..thanks for sharing..love the look..

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  30. Wow! I love all of your samples and cards! I watched the Tim Holtz video and seeing you post today-I can't wait until they are available! :)

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  31. These look great, definitely tempted to get some when they come out!

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  32. fabulous post May :-) I will have to try these new paints out too, they look gorgeous ! I love the stamping and the marbling effect is pretty cool :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  33. I don't like messsy crafting, but these paints do look like a lot of fun. Love the marbled effect.

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  34. Love the comparison pic, thank you! Can't wait to play with those new paints

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  35. interesting article, i like that.

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  36. These are awesome.. And thanks for the comparision you did for us..

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  37. Thanks for great techniques and comparison!

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  38. I loved this blog post! I have never used Distress stains or ink pads, but I've always wanted to. When I saw a video of Tim Holtz demonstrating the new paints, I knew I had to have them. Thanks for showing the comparison and some techniques with these paints! I'm really excited about these!

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  39. Tim Holtz products are amazing and these paints are no exception. The possibilities to create is limitless!!! Thanks for sharing and the comparisons!!

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  40. Great review. I wondered how they were that different than stains- didn't realize that when they're dry, they're non-reactive.

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  41. Love the colors. Love the non reactive property of the paints. Iris

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  42. Love the Tim Holtz inks, stains and markers...know I'm gonna love the paints as well!

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  43. Wow! I can't believe all the things you can do with these new paints! Thanks for all the tips :-)

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  44. awesome. I love how you took. the pics of the steps. helpful to people like myself. alittle dyslectic at times.
    those colors are gorgeous.
    mixing distress colors with paint huh? Never would have thought of that one.

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  45. I am excited by these new paints. I don't do a lot of mixed media projects but I love seeing them used in stamping (which I do a lot of) I may start with a couple colors and see what I can do with them. I probably will end up with all the colors though :p

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  46. Can Hardly Wait to get my Hands on those PAINTS!!!! Your Samples are Awesome......

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  47. These look like so much fun to play with.

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  48. Your cards and art work are always lovely and these are wonderful. I wasn't sure I needed the Distress Paints, but now I think I do need some of them.

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  49. wow....These are so neat. I love this kind of thing for sure. Tim Holtz sure knew what he was doing. I think I need some of these......

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  50. This was quite fascinating! Thank you for such a great comparison!

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  51. Thanks so much for the great info. The cards are beautiful.

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  52. Thanks so much for the comparison between the different products, really helps explain it to me as I so far only have the inks.

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  53. I have yet to try the stains but the paints look just as interesting--will have to try them both soon!

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  54. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these distress paints! They look so great. Tim's products are always my fave.

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  55. I am so excited for these!! I love the comparison of stain, ink, and paint, they're all fantastic :)

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  56. No nice colours !!!

    Hugs from France
    Lunéa ♥

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  57. Very nice colours...love the tags.

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  58. Thank you for the preview! These look like a lot of fun! :D

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  59. Great tutorial. I watched Tim's but it's nice to see what others do. Wonder how it works on muslin fabric? Hmmm??

    A

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  60. I have got to go back and read through this post to get all the details, but just popped in to check it out and it looks AWESOME!

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  61. Thank you so much for providing this preview and examples. Love what you have done. Cant wait to get my hands on this paint.

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  62. I can´t wait to try them out, they look like you can do a lot off fun things with them.
    Christina P.

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  63. Great information in an easy to understand format. I see why everyone is so excited for this new addition to the distress line of products!

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  64. thanks for the compare -
    Love the sample cards ... those stamps are my new favorites.
    Sandra ltb

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  65. Hey I love your store. I ways find you on e-bay! I'm a fan of Tim Holtz on FB and he mentioned this post! Very cool. Thank you!

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  66. Great review- I caved and pre order the whole set!

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  67. I am thrilled about the distress paints because of the fact that they will not react with water once they dry!

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  68. Wow the paints look fabulous! Thank-you for great tutorial. Nicola x

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  69. The addition of these distress paints are incredible! I can hardly wait to try them out on my mixed media collages!!

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  70. Very informative and fun, plus fabulous cards! TFS

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  71. Thanks for the enabling, er, review of these great new Distress Paints. LOL I can't wait to play with them! ;-)

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  72. thanks for sharing. can't wait to get some

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  73. Thanks for the comparisons - the paints are on my wish-list

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  74. Thanks, May - this was a great critique of distress paints!

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  75. Great comparisons of these Ranger products - thanks for sharing!

    karenajo

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  76. Thank you so much for the comparison. I had always wondered about the differences. I have a suggestion, maybe you can do a comparison on stamping inks too. I'd love to put a chart together for which inks you use for certain projects like stamping over ink, using on glossy paper, embossing, resist etc. I always forget which ones to use which for.

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  77. Thanks for showing how all these products look side by side!

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  78. Very informative article. It's a keeper. TFS
    Becky Johnson

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  79. loved the information which will help my future purchases.

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  80. Awesome Preview!! THANKS for sharing and I love the way your cards turned out!! Have a Fabulous Weekend!! =)

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  81. Those distress paints look yummy! I can't wait to try them for myself!

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  82. What a great article! I've been wanting to see a side-by-side comparison of Distress products, and this was just perfect! The paints looks so awesome! I'm super excited. :)

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  83. Can't wait to try these paints!

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  84. Wow. I need a video on how to create marbled background now!

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  85. I have to say I was skeptical but I like what I see so far with the distress paints!

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  86. Love this!! Thanks so much for doing this!

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  87. These are so exciting. I can't believe how many ways we can use them!

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  88. These paints look like they will be FUN to work with!

    Kris in Alaska
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  89. Wow! Way cool. Thank you so much for the photos. Using the same colours in each of these three types of distress really emphasises why we NEED everything ;-) I thought I needed the paints after seeing Tim's fab video, but now I definitely do.

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  90. Awesome post!! Can't wait to see more!!

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  91. can't wait to get those paints!

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  92. I'm anxious to try these out!
    DeniseB

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  93. Great overview of what these fabulous paints can do - can't wait to get my hands on them!!
    Alison x

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  94. It's cool, seeing how the different distress products work. Thanks. Great tags and cards, too. :)

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  95. Thanks so much, May. How great to see the distress products displayed side by side. I absolutely cannot wait to get these!

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  96. Oh My Gosh, I just placed my pre-order for the entire paint collection...can you say giddy? waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  97. Thanks for the comparison! I am looking forward to playing with these paints!

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  98. Great product review/comparison. I can't wait to get my hands on those paints.

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  99. Thanks for a really useful explaination about the new paints. I wasn't sure how different they were - but now I know I "need" them all!

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  100. Well, knock me over and cover me in paint. lol. Great tut, think this is something I'm gonna have to invest in....for sure!
    Laura

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  101. They should really call these de-stressed inks and paints because the result of playing with them has a calming effect! I LOVE the gorgeous results!

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  102. the paints are really cool and so is the rest of the stuff! love the projects!

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  103. Thanks for the visual on how the stains, inks, and paint can create different looks. These are on my gotta-have list.

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  104. Thanks, May. I just got a bunch of Distress Stains, so the paints may have to wait awhile. ;-) I really appreciate the side-by-side comparison.

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  105. Thanks for the side by side tag comparisons, May!! Love your blueprint cards, especially the second one :)

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  106. I liked the side by side comparisons of the ink, paint and stain.
    I really like how the stain looks.
    Linda

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  107. thanks for sharing the 3 different products all side by side.

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  108. lovely products! Hope to try them out soon! :D

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  110. These paints are beyond imagination! I love the fact that they are permanent when dry, this give so much possibilities! When I saw them on the CHA demo, I fell in love. I just *need* some!

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  111. Thanks for the great comparison between the inks, stains, and paints. It is really helpful.

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  113. Fun to see the comparison.

    Terri E.

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  114. Love, love distress paints. Thanks for sharing

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  115. Wow, love those colors and the projects!!

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  116. You've made some lovely projects! I've never gotten into distress anything so I think I may be missing out on some new ideas. Goregous projects!

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  117. These look like fun but I have a huge set of the regular dabbers that are completely dried up so I will never buy another Ranger paint dabber again.

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  118. Ever since I first heard about these paints I've been keen to start to see these being used in the hands of other crafters. Great aticle and I'm looking forward to more experimental show and tells. Thanks!

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  119. Thank you for showing more ideas! I love these new paints. They look so user friendly which in the craft world is key!

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  120. whoa! these cards are fabulous! looks like I need to get these new paints! :)

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  121. Thanks for showing us a comparison between the three products! The Distress Paints are a great addition to the line up of distress products. The paints are definitely going on my wish list now.

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  122. OOOH! These are just too good to be true! Thanks to May for letting me live vicariously through her play!

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  123. Great explanation ....but that now means I have to buy them...doh!

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  124. As a lover of all TH goodies, these paints sound perfect for me. Only problem.....I need more cash flow!

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  125. What a great comparison and lesson. Is there a print out I could post in my scrap room?

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  126. this was soo helpful! Thank you! Question: how would the paints work on ceramic and how permanent would they be on something like a coffee mug?

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  127. The side-by-side comparison on the tags was very helpful. Thanks!

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  128. I have been wanting to see a side by side comparison. Thank you!

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  129. Thank you for all the comments! So glad you enjoyed my article I'll be back with more soon - and I've got some "distress 101" pieces coming to my own blog next week as well! :)

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  130. Great to see the side by side comparisin of the 3 products, after seeing Tim's video and now this post, the paints are on the wish list, for sure!

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  131. I already own the Distress Markers & Inks... Looks like my new Love is going to be the Paints. Ooooo I Like a Alot!

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  132. Love that Picked Raspberry color....I must pick some of these up.

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  133. Love all of the colors can't wait.
    Chris

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  134. OMG.. I LOVE those pastel colors.. Very very Springlike.. Happy colors.. :D.

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  135. I love the range of shades for the colors. Thank you for showcasing them. Really have to get some Blueprint stamps from T!m LOL Thanks for sharing and chance to win.

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  136. I cannot wait to get my hands on these paints. Want, want, want. Did I mention I want?!?!?

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  137. I can't wait to try these paints. Thanks for the great preview, May.

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  138. Tim Holtz is always coming out with innovative ideas and great colors!!!

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  139. Temptation is everywhere!!! There goes the budget! Thanks for the info!

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  140. I can't wait for these distress paints to be out. Believe I'll have so much fun with them. Thanks for sharing.

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  141. These look like so much fun! Maybe even more versatile than the stains!

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  142. Thanks for showing us what we can do with the new paints - i can't wait to get my grubby little fingers on them :)

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  143. Thank you so much for the details in comparing the inks, paints and I also love that SSS carries them now.

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  144. That side by side comparison is great! Didn't really know what the difference was between the paints and stains.

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  145. Great post!! Love the ink, stain and paint comparisons and info! And your cards are fantastic too! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  146. I cannot begin to tell you how badly I want these paints! They are definitely very unique! Unbelievable what you can do with them! Tim's video was very instructive! Thank you for sharing, too!

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  147. Awesome. Thanks for the clear comparisons!
    missy k
    marilyn2222 @ hotmail .com

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  148. These are already on my want list! Can't wait til they come out. Let's just hope I have some money when they do lol...

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