Here are some key points that make Distress Inks different:
STAYS WET LONGER - (allows you to blend and shade on photos and paper - also emboss) other dye inks dry too fast especially on photos so you end up with lines and marks if you go direct from the pad.
COLOUR WICKS OR SPREADS OUT - (these inks will travel across the surface of your paper when spritzed with water) other dyes do not travel as much although they might bleed a little when wet, the Distress Inks actually "wick" or spread out much further creating several tone on tones.
COLOUR STABILITY - (the colours of the Distress Inks will not break down when wet or heated allowing you to have more colour control for the finished look) other "brown coloured" dyes will break down when water is added leaving a pink & green hue.
COLOUR PALETTE - Well these are unlike ANY other colours of inks you've seen.