I just LOVE the Tim Holtz-items and these distress ink pads are awesome! They come in so many colors (I haven't had time or money to collect them all, but I buy one or two every once in a while) and are more versatile than I expected.
You can use them to ink the edges of paper for an older look, or you can use it with the blending tool to spread over a paper (I just ordered the blending tool and look forward to getting it, so far I've only seen it on Youtube. lol) and then spray some water over it and it will spread across your paper. There's just so much you can do with these!
You gotta own one of these black ink pads. Maybe have a few spares. But make sure that you order the matching Black Soot Re-inker bottle to juice it up when it starts to dry out. Tim Holtz & Ranger are the greatest to have whatever color ink pad and a matching Re-inker bottle. Just try this if you haven't. You won't be disappointed. If you don't like it, pass it on to a friend!
They're not good for stamping letters and stuff but these give a whole new look to photos and papers. I have almost the whole set of distress ink but keep going back to this one. You can layer it to make it really dark or keep it down to one application on photos for an aged look. It dries faster than most other stamping inks too