new distress Q&A and color swatches…


thanks for sharing in the continued excitement of the new distress color palette launching throughout 2015.  i love the anticipation i feel when we get to announce the new color at 12:00noon EDT the first friday of each month.  it’s been such fun to see the frenzy on social media when the color is announced and i sincerely appreciate the shares on facebook, tweets on twitter, and likes on instagram along with reading your comments here on the blog…

there have been several questions about the new colors of distress so i thought i would do my best to answer them here:

Q: where are the new colors of distress products sold?
A: since i don’t handle sales of any products i design, i don’t have specific answers.  i do provide links on my site, but you should certainly check with your local store first and ask if they will be stocking them.

Q: why do they seem to sell out so quickly, is ranger not making enough?
A: i’m beyond thankful for the support of this launch, and honestly ranger is working round the clock on production of the distress to keep up with demand.  they are also following an outlined production schedule to maintain stock of other ranger products (it can’t all be about distress i suppose…lol).  please know they are doing their best and shipping out american made quality products as fast as they can.

Q: now that there are 4 colors released, when are the mini distress ink pads being released?
A: as i mentioned during the debut launch at CHA, the mini distress ink pads will be available the following month after 4 colors have been released.  this means the minis for the first 4 colors will be shipping next month in may; then the next 4 colors in september; and the last 4 colors in december (since we didn’t want to make you wait until 2016 for the final mini colors).

Q: will the new colors of the mini distress inks be sold open stock like the rest?
A: yes they will, but this will not happen until early 2016.

Q: do i already have all 12 of the new distress colors selected?
A: yes, i would say they are 99.9% confirmed – but you know how the creative mind can get.

Q: where do i come up with the names of the distress colors?
A: it’s a team effort really.  i work with the art dept. at ranger to brainstorm on color names.  the name needs to consist of two words that describe, yet indulge the creative senses to imagine what that color would potentially resemble.  it’s a fun process for sure, and i just love the final names i choose.

Q: how do i determine what colors to blend in my new color video each month?
A: i honestly try to be as random as possible with this process and embrace the “what if” method.  the distress palette has been designed to work and blend with every color in the palette, it’s pretty amazing all of the possibilities you can come up with.

Q: since i’ve shared a color comparison for the last three colors: abandoned coral, mermaid lagoon, and fossilized amber, will i also create one for the first color cracked pistachio?
A: absolutely…please check it out below.

Q: is there a sheet i can print to make my own product swatches for the new distress colors?
A: yes, click here to go to ranger’s site and print one.

Q: are there labels to print for the new distress ink pad colors?
A: yes, click here to go to ranger’s site and print them – you will find labels sheets for the new colors, the full palette, and the mini ink pads along with other organizing items.

hope this info helps and here’s to welcoming 8 more wonderful colors to the distress family throughout the year…t!m

pistachio abandoned mermaid fossilized

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187 Comments to “new distress Q&A and color swatches…”

  1. KimberlyRae says:

    During this interview, 12 more distress inks, “coming in early 2016”! —>Can we be expecting them SOON….?

  2. Squirrel says:

    I now have all the 2015 ReInkers with the exception of December which is due soon – so the big question is….will there be any new colours for 2016? Or any others, ever?

  3. Mandy barry says:

    Can you please email me when the new distress ink pads are able to be ordered – regards mandy

  4. pat smith says:

    Oh, be still my heart! I am too old to get my heart rate up so much drooling over these colors! I just love them Each gets better than before.
    Hugs, Pat

  5. Jenny says:

    You, Mario and the whole Ranger team are truly awesome! Thank you for all this info and for the pics too 🙂 Happy Creative Day! 🙂 Jenny

  6. Ina says:

    I forgot to say how much I love distress inks. And love the new colors.

  7. Ina says:

    Thank you so much for the charts. I only just found them. Wow. I just spent time creating my own method.

  8. I can’t believe we’re almost on month FIVE! Can’t wait to see the Tag and the New Color!!!!!

  9. Leslie Thornton says:

    I Love the colors but what I love more is the being able to get complete sets – especially the pens being available at the same time that everything else is available. Thanks Tim – Thanks Ranger

  10. Sandra ltb says:

    thanks for the color comparisons … there are invaluable for challenged ‘artists’ like me!
    Sandra ltb

  11. Denise Bryant says:

    Love seeing the colors side by side! thank you!

  12. Love the colors Tim, keep them coming!

  13. cheryl c says:

    Soooo helpful, thx!!

  14. judy says:

    Loving the announcement of a new color each month. Makes me take notice and appreciate the color instead of it just getting lost.

  15. Love the color and these swatches for comparisons and blending.

  16. Rettaescape says:

    The colors are so vibrant! I love them all?

  17. Genevieve Payne says:

    I love these colour charts for the new Distress Inks! Gotta get my inky fingers all over them. Thanks, Tim, for expanding the Distress Ink colour palette. Cheers,

  18. Lory C says:

    I just picked up the Mermaid Lagoon products that I pre-ordered from my neighborhood scrapbook store. Can’t wait to play with them!

  19. THANK YOU for answers to our questions!

  20. Carol W. says:

    Love the new colors. Looking forward to see what the next color of the month is. Thank you!

  21. Nancy Lee says:

    Now that you have me hooked (I’ve ordered the first four sets of 2015 colors and had only ONE other distress ink pad before that!!) how can I find out what other colors there are available from before 2015? I have to have them all!!!! Also, I have become a HUGE fan of the blueprint stamps, got the baby blueprint CMS228 as my first set and cant wait to get more. I saw on a youtube video they are in a binder for storage, what size is it? your new biggest fan, Nancy Lee!

  22. LOVE this…many things I didn’t know. AND…wish I had known there was a comparison sheet for me to print…I made my own…lol! SO happy about the new colors…LOVE them all, and I can’t wait for more more more!!!

  23. Cheryl T. says:

    Love all the new additions to the family!!!

  24. Carol P says:

    Thanks for the update! Informative as always.

  25. Joanne Hughes says:

    So gtrateful for the creative minds that produce these glorious products x
    Off to print new labels and swatches in anticipation…thank you.

  26. Shari T. says:

    Fabulous! Thanks for the Q&A today-Very informative 🙂 XOXO-Shari T.

  27. teri says:

    love the colors, minis and the color swatches! the color comparisons really are visually helpful.

  28. Jenni B says:

    Thanks for answering all the questions Tim, it’s great to get a behind the scenes look at the thinking process. Great that the new swatches and labels are available. Can’t wait until May….another new colour:)

  29. {vicki} says:

    you had me at wild honey

  30. Shanna says:

    Thank you so much for the comparison sheets! I can’t wait to see the next color!

  31. Elaine S says:

    These colors are so beautiful, and play so well together..(like good colors should)…Can’t wait to see the new ones..Patience is a virtue I seem to run short of sometimes, LOL

  32. Debbie Emmons says:

    Great presentation of the colors! Thank you.

  33. Cathy Homan says:

    I love all the colors that have been released! I love your thought process – when you blend colors together, you continue to produce even more amazing colors. Thanks for all your hard work!

  34. Suzanne Sonnel says:

    These are so popular that I just put my name in to reserve every new one that my local store Scrapbook Centrale receives…love this new rich color!!!!

  35. Priscilla says:

    Gorgeous colors, I’m in love! Thanks for the color chart.

  36. Thank you for taking the time to answer all the questions surrounding the new colors and for the swatch boards. Love all the colors, but do not have any of them yet.

  37. Laurel S. says:

    Very interesting stuff! Love hearing more about how the creative process flows.

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