I don't know this science at all but some how distress ink stains very well on Gloss Paper. I tried with other water based dye ink, none of them work as well as distress ink.
Again... I couldn't make very cool tags like Tim's example. I need texture stamps! I usually don't buy them, because, simply I didn't know how to use them. but now I know how to use and WANT TO HAVE THEM now!
Although, on instruction paper, it says "Apply dark color Distress Ink",
I used ... the lightest colour "Spun Sugar"... for just experiment..
and it turns out be .... feminine and cute! ... I like it!
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