New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Sets + give-away!


Guess what? Tim Holtz + Ranger have released three more sets of distress minis! These little snack sized distress ink pads have sure stolen my heart and taken over my craft space! Today I’ve got two tutorials to share, and a set to give away!


To kick things off, I’m going to be playing with the inks, butterfly die, and just having fun mixing and matching colors. I colored watercolor cardstock with shabby shutters then die cut and embossed it…


Then I came in with pine needles, iced spruce, and brushed corduroy.


Ok so I have a butterfly. Now what?!


I pulled out a box and covered the lid with tissue. Just tape it down and trim off all that excess. Easy!


Supplies Used:


Looking so very stark white, I decided to use some ink to color it up a bit.


Oh and let us add a bit of texture paste with stencil just to add texture.


Once dry, I added chipped sapphire and brushed corduroy to the texture paste. Love!


Now things are starting to come together!


This doily just needs some tea dye distress and matte medium to hold it down.


Oh, and everything can always use a squirt or ten of sunflower sparkle!


Now it’s time to finish this project off by pulling out the junk drawer!


What I love about this is that I designed the gift box so it will be 100% reusable and able to store treasures, gifts, or anything else the recipient might want to use it for.


Here’s the final box:

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Finishing touches? I added tarnished brass distress paint and black archival ink around the edges. I also dabbed the box with watermark ink then sprinkled with UTEE and heat set for added metallic sprinkles.


Here are some detail shots so you can see how texture filled and colorful this project is –



This was too fun – I love how the layers all show and contribute.


But wait – I have one more project! Next up I have stenciled with three new colors of mini inks, then coated with clear glossy gel medium.


Once dry I inked with green and brown distress and soaked with water. The stenciled area will remain true to color and vivid!


Next up: green alcohol ink and some finishing touches.


Oh, and a stamped image to add more to this simple tag


Cut everything out, and we’re good to go!

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I love how this came out – and while Christmas might be months away I think we all know it is going to sneak right up on us!


I had a blast with these twelve awesome new minis – shipping now to stores, by the way! Thanks to Ranger and Tim Holtz I have a set to give-away here to one of my lovely readers!


If you’d like to be entered for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post before August 21st. A winner will be drawn at random on the 22and and notified via email. Good luck – and thanks for checking out my projects today!

283 thoughts on “New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Sets + give-away!”

  1. As always, your projects are user-friendly and easily to follow. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway and for the awesome inspiration; I always look forward to seeing what you’re up to 🙂

  2. I just picked up the butterfly die and now your project has inspired me to use it! Love all the buttons and metal embellishments you added in at the end. When I do this kind of random look, it looks terrible (to me), so I”m going to practice some more.

  3. Great things come in small pkgs. Wonderful Mini Distress Ink. Like the creativity with the Butterfliy, colors & variety of embellishments for great texture. Thanks for giveaway chance. Please sub the symbols for the words in parens & no blanks:
    sunshine_honeybee2004 (at sign) yahoo (dot) com
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  4. Lovely, lovely, lovely project and tag and all the layers are making me swoon. Love the minis and thank you for the inspiration today!

  5. Love the butterfly and the holiday tag! These new minis look so versatile and a great way to try lots of colors .

  6. Just when I think there couldn’t be another layer of cuteness you add one! Your creativity is always inspiring. Thanks also for your generosity and the chance to win the mini inks.

  7. Awesome giveaway. Love how you used the butterfly die. Love all of you inspiring projects. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Tim Holtz’s Mini distress inks are permanent on my desk now, so small and take up so little room but such great impact. I use them for all my ATC’s. Your box is gorgeous and love all the metal embellies that give it dimension. Beautiful tag too. Love to win more mini’s.

  9. PLEASE put my name in the hat May!! I don’t have ANY of the new distress mini pads….I LOVE my distress and they are used CONSTANTLY but I have all of the Large distress pads, it took years to do…I just can’t stress the need enough to my DH to make him not think I am crazy asking for all of them in a small size now!
    I know if I had some to play with I could sway him! LOL help!

  10. great projects! I love these little guys – thanks for the opportunity to win a few!

  11. I love the burlap panel and the tag is festive. Thanks for sharing. Would love to win a set of mini’s.
    Linda from Alaska

  12. Wow May, I love the butterfly box, it is beautiful! I think the tag is great too, I need to start on Christmas tags, thanks for the reminder. Please throw my name in the hat as well. I would love to win some Tim Holtz distress minis. Thanks!

  13. Love that box, the colors are great and so transformative, going to try that technique in my art journal, really beautiful!

  14. What a adorable way to decorate your boxes…love the Xmas tag..would look so pretty on a card to give…I would love to play with these mini and see just how much fun I can get into with them…thank you for the chance…

  15. Gorgeous projects. I’ve been using my butterfly a lot lately, so it’s nice to see a new idea to use with it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  16. The projects came out amazing! Didn’t think I would like the minis, but I’m LOVING them! I need to get this last release to complete my collection! Thanks for the chance to win some!

  17. Love the projects! I think those mini distress inks are so cute – I have the set with salty ocean in it and love them!

  18. I love these! I’m going to have to invest in some Texture Paste, it looks like it’s so much fun to play with!!

  19. Hey May! Beautiful and crafty – Thank you for sharing…

    ONE QUESTION – how did you mix the ink and matte medium for the doily?

  20. Oh, I love what you did to a box top! Thanks always for the inspiration and for the chance to win these great inks.

  21. I always look forward to reading your blog and your projects. Love them. Would love to win the distress inks. Thanks for the chance.

  22. What aa stunning canvas.the tag is also a great sample of how great the minis are the work with!

  23. Excellent inspiration! And there are only 18 (…..I think….?) Fridays until Christmas. Yikes!

  24. Love the box, especially the buttons peeking out from the wings of the butterfly. Yay!

    I love the idea of minis –Just my size!

  25. Oh the butterfly is so pretty… love the stenciling over the tissue paper … just so cool and those embellishments clusters are awesome … love all the layer details just amazing !!

  26. I love both your projects but the first one really caught my eye. I love all the layering of the embellishments, it adds such texture and dimension to the piece.

  27. Love your creations and use of materials. What a beautiful Christmas tag! Would love getting a mini ink pad set!

  28. The texture paste on top of the tissue paper looks awesome. I like the color combinations you used. Finally the rest of the minis are here.

  29. Your projects are just beautiful and look fun to make! Thanks for the chance to win some mini distress ink!

  30. I have that butterfly die and thanks for the ideas on using it. I’m happy that the new minis will be out.

  31. Your projects are so inspirational and inspire me to start creating Christmas projects. I love the mini ink pads, and would be so happy to win. Thanks, May!

  32. Love the butterfly die and so pretty with all those embellishments…WOW…the tag is very pretty and one that I think I can do easily!! Thanks for great ideas!

  33. Thanks for giving me another idea for using the butterfly die. I also bought the dragonfly and bee dies so maybe a trio of boxes?

  34. Very nice art, as always May! I especially like that blueprint holly stamp, and I love how the stenciled areas stayed so bright. Thank you for the opportunity to win the distress inks! Have a happy weekend May!

  35. Love both of these projects. Think I will have to get that butterfly. Thanks for the give away!

  36. Love love love the cute little Tim Holtz minis and your gift box and card May. Thanks for the ideas and the chance to win.

  37. The butterfly die and embossing folder has quickly become one of my favorite toys! I love the ideas you’ve shared and the techniques, especially the clear gloss gel medium over the embossing paste. And what a clever idea to decorate a box top instead of using wrapping paper. It’s a gift in and of itself! Thanks for the chance to win some new distress minis!

  38. I too have caught the mini bug! I love these little guys… and I love the cases! Gorgeous projects!!!

  39. I’m with you…can’t remember a craft project I’ve done recently without some distress minis….but I don’t have any of the new releases! Thank you for the opportunity to win!!!

  40. I own all the full size pads but have not gotten any of the minis yet. I would love to have them! BTW, I love your box!

  41. May, May, May, What a BEAUTIFUL box for someone to receive a present in, actually the box is the “present”. I would flip if someone gave me this as a present. It is just so hard to believe that a simple box top can be created into that. I just love your style. And thank you for showing us how you create so we can have a chance to try it out. I would love the opportunity to win the distress inks they are so darn cute and I love ranger inks, Thank you !

  42. Simply gorgeous projects! really love the butterfly one.. The minis are a definite must have… I so wish I get lucky 🙂

  43. What an awesome idea using a box lid .. why didn’t I think of that 🙂 Love the butterfly .. I need to buy that one !

  44. ok you are soooo right I love the minis, however I don’t have any 🙁 I can’t justify buying them. but if I won a set then you know I have to finish it 🙂 it would be great to win and get it started. your butterfly makes me want that die as well. I think I will start off there…oh wait I have to get off work first 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!

  45. I love the ideas for the gift box. So juch fun distressing and coloring going on – fantastic! There are so many new ideas to try, I don’t know where tostart first.

  46. Fantastic projects and I adore the butterfly! Thanks for the chance to win these new minis!

  47. Love the tag but that box is amazing. Such a simple idea but you have made it look fabulous. Love the texture. Thanks for sharing

  48. Ahhh I LOVE seeing holiday stuff- I’m so over the heat of the summer! Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder that cooler weather (and holiday fun) is just around the corner!

  49. I love your projects. The mini collections make choosing your colours so easy! I’d love to win a set to add to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. I haven’t words to describe how beautiful and amazing are your projecsts! tahnks for the opportunity to win!!!

  51. The butterfly die with the embossing folder is gorgeous! Great project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  52. New inks hurray! I don’t have any minis and only four of the regular size distress ink. I sure would be thrilled if I had a chance to win the new minis. I like your gift tag, and who cares if it isn’t christmas yet. 🙂 things get so busy around christmas you will be glad you have a tag already made ahead of time.

  53. Beautiful use of the new butterfly die. LOVE this project.
    I am a big fan of distress inks and love the mini sets. So convenient.
    I will get them as soon as they arrive at my LSS

  54. Just love both these projects. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity for the giveaway!

  55. Well certainly would love these ink pads, but first off to try and make that tag. I love it!

  56. Amazing! Thank you for sharing your talent and the precise instructions. I love to learn new techniques and it makes it so easy having great instructions. I love your choices of color, but shabby shutters is one of my favorite!

  57. Wow, May, you truly are getting into that mixed-media/texture vibe! You had me going with the blog post, before I saw the “read more” – I was thinking you were such a tease for starting the box and not finishing it.

    Lovely projects. Thanks for sharing.

  58. Oh, yeah, Christmas certainly sneaks up on us doesn’t it? Beautiful tag. And I love the pretty box, too. Great techniques. Thanks very much for a chance to win. Michelle t

  59. I love both of your projects!

    I would love to win these little things. Thanks for the chance.

  60. Lovely creations! The
    box came out so pretty
    and the tag is wonderful!
    Carla from Utah

  61. The butterfly gift box is beautiful. I keep hoping those mini distress inks will show up in my local craft store. Thanks for the inspiration. You are an artist!

  62. What a beautiful, eclectic treasure box. I also love that you call the minis little snack sizes – they make me think of candy!

  63. Thanks for the tutorial. It’s always nice to get inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win


  64. More to add to my never ending wishlist! Love the butterfly, will have to make it my next purchase.
    I’m excited about the mini distress pads, now I will be able to pack more into my bags when attending a class. Thanks for the tutorial!

  65. What fabulous projects you’ve created! I especially love the tag. These mini ink pads have stolen my heart, too.

  66. The butterfly box is so steampunk-y cool! I love the distress ink minis – can’t wait for these new colors!!

  67. Wow! I don’t know how I’ve never seen your blog before. I love the butterfly and all the embossing paste. I can’t wait to get updates from your blog to see new awesome ideas to inspire!

  68. I love all your projects, May. The butterfly box was gorgeous! The holly stencil is a beauty. Although I don’t have any minis I can see how great they are to use with stencils and direct to paper techniques. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  69. These are some really great artsy projects! That gift box is gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  70. Love the minis I have, love the new colors and really love your tutorial, May! Great ideas! Can’t wait to get the new colors myself.

  71. What an amazing project! The box turned out just fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    onescrappynovice at yahoo dot com

  72. I see why these mini pads can be so much fun to use. Wonderful techniques. Sincerely, Elaine Rico

  73. WOW–just love the butterfly topped box. You really got my mind thinking. OH how I love the look of the mini distress inks. Would love to win so I can try them.

  74. Lovely project and Christmas stencil! Who knew mini’s would make distress so much more fun?

  75. What a lovely gift box you have created. It certainly would be perfect at holding some beautiful tags or maybe a mini canvas. Love the idea of giving art as part of the gift wrap – two gifts on one! That is so special. Thanks for sharing.

  76. GORGEOUS box and DELIGHTFUL tag May!!!
    LOVE the colors, textures & layers on your box, a perfect home for the AMAZING butterfly – LOVE IT ALL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and for giving us the chance to win some INKY AWESOMENESS 🙂

  77. I love the mini distress inks! And I love how many layers you worked into the decorative box. Now I want to get crafting.

  78. love the gel medium on top of the distress ink with the stencil – beautiful! thanks for sharing…

  79. So fun to see all your amazing projects. I love how the Distress Inks layer color so well, and that the Texture Paste takes color. Can’t wait to get some of that too. Thanks so much!

  80. Wonderful projects, your gift box is spectacular and your Christmas tag has me singing carols! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of Tim’s new distress mini releases!

  81. un grand merci ces tuto la réa et le tag sont magnique, j’adore les couleurs de distrss inik mmini que vous avez utilisez; merci pour le partage, je croise les doigts

  82. I now have a wonderful use for my cool butterfly die. Thanks for the chance to win those cute little minis!

  83. WOWOWOWOWOWOOWOWOW!! SO SWEET!! I LOVING the New Sets and ALL of your Creations for today!! =) WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  84. That tag is awesome! So soft and pretty! The minis are so great, easy to store in my small crafting space and such a Big Bang for the buck! Thanks for the chance to win the newest batch!

  85. May … I love your butterfly!! Scrumptious layers. Thanks for walking us through your creative process. I know it takes time but it really is an inspiration. I loved it. How fun … a chance to win ink!!! So thrilled that all 48 colors are out now in mini. — Mary Elizabeth

  86. Wow, 2 super fun projects with the mini’s. That butterfly is stunning.
    The mini’s look so wonderfully easy to use.

  87. Love the look you made with the box lid. So unique. And the Christmas card is beautiful. Really nice.

  88. Love the canvas project, so masculine yet feminine with the butterfly. And the tag is gorgeous!!

  89. Now this is a package I would want to look at a long time before opening! How Special! Very nice ideas! Love your Christmas tag too! thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  90. Those are two very beautiful projects. Love the tutorials. Thanks for the chance,

  91. Two beautiful projects! Oh, how amazing it must be to be one of your friends and the receipient of such beautiful gifts!! I have been eyeing those gorgeous mini pads – thanks for the opportunity to win a set!! Oh, my head is filled with projects…. thanks again for the awesome projects and wonderful chance to win!!

  92. Love the holiday tag and the incredible butterfly box. I always love ways to learn how to use the many products I have safely tucked away in my TH collection. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  93. Absolutely love the project! Thanks for the chance to win some more of my favorite inks.

  94. Gorgeous box….love the butterfly! Beautiful Christmas tag….so ready! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  95. Like the butterfly die and embossing folder combo! I didn’t know that was available so now that goes on my wish list! Mixed media is such fun for this project! Makes one feel like an artist no matter what your skill level!

  96. I have the blueprint birthday cupcake stamp and die set and would love to use the mini distress pads with it! Your projects are inspiring! Really love the stencil/texture paste/distress ink combo on the box-would love to do this somewhere!!!

  97. Love the butterfly box. When I host Bunko I am always looking for unique ways to decorate boxes for the prizes (something the ladies say they look forward to more than the prize) and this is one that I will definitely case for my next bunko!!!!

  98. Your projects are gorgeous!! I love all of the layers – terrific inspiration! Thanks for sharing, and the chance to win!

  99. Mary I just love both of your projects, love all the detail that you put into them. TFS

  100. WOW!! Amazing, awesome, fantastic, incredible, gorgeous, beautiful….. What more can I say!! Love everything you did! Thanks for sharing your techniques. Love ya’

  101. Wow! I had no idea where you were going… what a transformation! It’s beautiful. Thank you.

  102. What amazing talents you have! I am so glad that you take the time to share them with us. I can’t wait to get my hands on these mini distress inks. At first, I thought I don’t need these because I have all the regular sized ones … but after seeing how easy it is to work with the minis, I think I know what I am going to put on my wish list. You have a talent like no other – can’t wait to see what you create next.

  103. Oh, gosh, I can’t contain myself, I gotta go make a butterfly project!! I have all the products, except the inks, but I think I can manage to replicate your most awesome work of art. Thanks so much for the tutorial and have a wonderful day!! Thanks to Tim and Ranger for the chance!!

  104. FINALLY…a way to transform any box into a beautiful gift! Genius!!!!! thanks for the inspiration.

  105. Oh my gosh May, your work is fantastic. The gift box would be gift enough for me. Gorgeous. Still haven’t splurged on the minis although they are on my MUST list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  106. Wonderful texture on your gift box. I’ll have to try the gel gloss medium with the stencil over the distress inks. Looks like fun

  107. Love the way you used the butterfly on the box collage. I can’t wait to get the new butterfly and would love to try your techniques with the mini distress inks. They are so much handier in that small size.

  108. great box and tag…2 totally different looks using that texture paste!
    Thanks for the chance to win some minis!

  109. I love both of your projects – I always do! You are super creative! I’m so excited about all of the new Distress colors, and about Starting to make Christmas tags and cards and gifts…because you are so right…it will be here before we know it! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us!

  110. Cute cute projects! Mini inks are great. Think I’ll copy your box onto a cigar box.

  111. Beautiful projects using the minis. They say great things come in small packages and these definitely fit the bill!

  112. Love your projects, my fave is the stenciled background, tho’ I’ll have to read more closely not sure quite how you did it, but will be trying it soon. Thanks! Sue

  113. I just love your tag! It is beatufil. Thanks for your inpsiration. And thanks for the opportunity to win.

  114. I love your gift box idea! I have several really nice shoe boxes that I have held on to for months now, just knowing that the perfect use would come along. With three birthdays coming in the next two months, gifts for my Mom, sister and best friend will be beautifully presented! Thank you for sharing such a creative idea.

  115. You’re projects are just so beautiful. I just adore that butterfly. How I am just in love working with the texture paste. Thank you so much for sharing you’re great ideas.

  116. What great inspiration for using the Distress Ink Minis, the butterfly (I just received mine-yippee!) and stencil. The tag for Christmas is stunning and OH-SO-Vintage! Love the color combination you chose. Now, I would love to win those Minis! Thank you for the opportunity to win a set. Since you are contacting the winner by e-mail I better leave mine (

  117. Amazing the creativity that can be created from those little ‘snack’ bites of color. . . thanks for sharing your techniques. . . beautiful!

  118. I love the box cover!!! I am loving the tea dye (I do not have this color yet). The tag is gorgeous!!!!

  119. Love both your projects, but the box is just gorgeous I really like how it turned out. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win, I can’t wait to get my hands on a set 12 I’m already drooling over those colors 🙂

  120. I love your Christmas tag. I’ll have to try it myself. It’s so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  121. Wow! I just love this little box of wonder! Love the color and the styling and everything about it. Thanks for sharing it with us. My fingers are crossed about the giveaway!

  122. So many beautiful projects, so little time! But putting this one with butterfly on top of my list to do – in memory of my wonderful neice Lauren.

  123. Oh what fabulous projects, May! Love all the beautiful layering, texture and use of distress inks! Thanks for the great tutorials and chance to win some gorgeous distress inks:)

  124. I am loving these mini distress inks! I only have one set so far, and I have to admit, I certainly haven’t made anything nearly as beautiful as you have. But, I’m still having fun with them and would love to add to my “collection”.

  125. Always love your projects, thanks for the chance to win some mini’s. I think they will be an awesome size to work with and collect more colors.

  126. Love this projects. They give me so much inspirations. And I am discovering I need to get out there and get me some of these mini distress inks. Just two more weeks to the big scrapbook fair and they are on the top of my list!

  127. I love your projects and the creativity of the box cover is the best…It looks like SO much fun!! Thank you for sharing and I would love to win some mini distress inks!!

  128. Wow – gorgeous projects – love all the color & texture. These minis are so cute & practical – thanks for the chance to win.

  129. Lovely and lovingly done, as usual, May. Thank you for your inspiration and a chance to win my first set of minis!

  130. May I just LOVE what you did with the butterfly…… so creative. You have such a flair….. beautiful and amazing. I think it’s time I invested in the Tim Holtz mini distress inks!

  131. Awesome tutorials May!! I love Tim’s minis I just got me a pack a few days ago and I am in love!

  132. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I love your project. Thanks for the chance to win!

  133. Enjoyed seeing both of your projects! Thanks for sharing your tutorials and a chance to win the sets of mini’s from Tim Holtz.

  134. will have to get myself some gel medium – love the look … thanks for sharing!
    Sandra ltb

  135. What a wonderful tutorial; thank you! I love the texture and colors you used on the tag especially. Thank you for an opportunity to win.

  136. Love your projects and the color combinations you used. I think the minis and storage tins are great and can’t wait to complete my set. Thanks for the opportunity and inspiration!

  137. I loved both of these projects you made, and your tutorials were easy to follow. What a wonderful idea for a gift for a friend.
    I hate to think of Christmas at this time of year, but you are right, it will sneak up on us, and before we know it, snow will be on the ground!

  138. The texture and colors: OUTSTANDING! The butterfly is my fav~ must get that die that comes with the embossing folder. Thanks for the chance to win Mini!

  139. Love love love your creations!! Also love the great pictures and instructions as you bring it all together. Thanks for a chance to win the great minis!

  140. Love the box and tag. Great all the neat things one can do with the mini distress inks. Thanks for the great tutorials!

  141. I like that butterfly cover idea. Good choice of colors, textures, and the tissue paper is very cool. You really want to touch it. I love the use of that paste. I guess I need to get some and play! Thanks!

  142. I too love the mini distress inks. I would love some to try. I especially like your Christmas tag and would like to try using my stencils, inks and paste like you have done. Thanks for the inspiration!

  143. May, I am catching up after surgery and starting to feel like a can read a blog post or two. Love what you did with the butterfly and box, and the tag is a winner in every way. I am looking forward to more goodness from you and hope to take your next class. I have more surgeries ahead of me so I need to think it all through before I commit. Your next class I know is a good one for me because my first two years of paper crafts were more about collecting all the pretty papers and fun trinkets for making a layout unique. Now I can scrap and make cards without buying anything, but we all know there will be something just too cool for me to pass up. See you on your blog and in your classes.

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