Distress Color Combos

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!!

I have something a little different for you today. I’ve been playing with my Distress inks, some new, some old and came up with 12 color combinations for you to try. I’ve added in some holiday colors (#1 and #3) that look great together, also colors that blend well and some awesome gradients you can use for an ombre look.




One of my all time favorite color combination is #4. It uses some of the older classic colors of Distress. These colors blend really well when overlapped and look great together side by side. I like them for their warm tones.

I’ve created a quick card to show you how these colors look on paper using the Leaves Background stamp and a little water misting.


I’ve used the mini’s for my card but remember all the Distress products that are available including Paints, Markers, Stains, Sprays and full size ink pads. You can view my video below or on our YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in playing with some combinations, I’ve put together 3 downloadable sheets that you can save, printout and cut to 3×4 cards to use for a reference!

SSS Distress Recipes 1-4

SSS Distress Recipes 5-8

SSS Distress Recipes 9-12


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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a creative weekend!

  1. I am so glad you put these out. I was hoping someone would come up with the combos as I need all the help I can get in putting the colors together on a card.

  2. I have been using these for a few weeks now and they are a Godsend. I love them and am having so much fun with them. Thanks so, so much.

  3. I struggle with color combinations so for me this is a Christmas gift come early. Thank you so much!!! I love the distress inks and to have something like this to use with them is more awesome than I can even put into words. Have a great day.

  4. This is a great tool to have in my aresenal, thank you very much for the time you took to post this.

  5. I have just found these in Jan 2019, nearly four years late to the party – but hey never mind I made it. Thank you, these will really help me. :)

  6. Thank you so much! I came across this, just today, on Simon Says Stamp Distress Color Combos.
    I went back to Nov. 2015, so I could print these up, on card stock.
    I plan to punch a hole in each one, and put them all together on a notebook ring.
    If you have any more color combos, I could print, please let me know!
    These will be SO helpful!
    Have you tried these combos with Distress OXIDE inks?

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