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Tim Holtz Distress Markers 5-pack color lists

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When the Tim Holtz Distress Markers by Ranger came out months back, I loved the idea. But rather than buying the whole set before even getting to try out one marker, I decided to look for ways to buy them in smaller chunks. So, when I started seeing 5-packs of these markers at Hobby Lobby and Michaels I excitedly bought them (with coupons, of course).

But I quickly became distressed (pun fully intended) at the lack of information on the product packaging. Some of the sets had names—such as Memories Past and Country Fair—but these were only printed on the store SKU tag and not the bubble pack, and not all of them even had names. Kind of weird.

But the bigger problem was that the color names of the included markers weren’t listed anywhere! It wasn’t printed on the cardboard backing. And the way the markers were packed in the plastic made it so that only one marker was turned up and readable.

Then, when I came home to look for the list online I still couldn’t find any details! The reason I was so diligent about finding this info is that I wanted to be sure, before opening the product and making it harder to return, that none of the sets had duplicate colors.

Well, I finally decided, after comparing all the sets and figuring that there didn’t look to be any color overlap, that I would just open them. It worked out because I now have 25 of the colors and I like the markers. But my frustration over not finding these colors listed anywhere turned into a little project to benefit my readers. And so I give you…

The Distress Markers 5-pack color lists:


Cluttered Cellar includes: stormy sky, forest moss, fired brick, spiced marmalade and dusty concord


Country Fair includes: peeled paint, barn door, mustard, faded jeans and black soot


Estate Sale includes: frayed burlap, weathered wood, shabby shutters, tattered rose and Victorian velvet


Memories Past includes: vintage photo, wild honey, crushed olive, tumbled glass and worn lipstick


Victorian Shabby includes: antique linen, broken china, bundled sage, spun sugar and picket fence

I really hope this is helpful to you. If you have found any other color collections of these markers, will you please leave me a comment to tell me the name of it and which colors are included?


I’ve received a helpful update from reader Monica, who says there is another 5-piece set called “Hillside,” which has the following colors:
Aged Mahogany
Dusty Concord (also in Cluttered Cellar)
Pine Needle
Spiced Marmalade (also in Cluttered Cellar)
Walnut Stain

It sounds like Ranger isn’t going to make it easy for us to collect all the distress markers through sets, which is unfortunate because I think it makes them seem less customer friendly. It seems like a marketing ploy to force us to buy duplicates just so we can take advantage of the better pricing that bundles afford. Do you think you will buy the “Hillside” set even if you already have the others, or are the duplicates going to keep you from making the purchase?

{ 39 comments… add one }

  • Nancy Love Schaef October 22, 2012, 7:20 pm

    OMG! LOL! DITTO! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! I was frustrated as well. This is so helpful!

  • BarbaraB November 12, 2012, 12:11 pm

    My thoughts exactly!
    I have these five sets too.
    Now I winder if the remaining colors will come out in sets.
    I have 12 markers to go.

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo November 12, 2012, 1:25 pm

      That’s been on my mind, too, Barbara. And why we can’t find that information anywhere I just can’t figure out! Thanks for commenting. :-)

  • Diane G January 19, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this information!!

  • SharonK April 17, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Thanks you SO MUCH for posting these. I have been having the same difficulty with the Tim Holtz pacckaging of the 5 marker sets.

    I’ll certainly let you know if/when I find any different ones.

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo April 17, 2013, 2:55 pm

      I’m happy my post was helpful to you, Sharon! :-)

  • Diane May 11, 2013, 12:38 pm

    I found a new set at Michaels which include these colors: walnut stain,dusty concord, spiced marmalade, pine needles, aged mahogany.
    I have a picture of the colors for you.

    • Kathy May 29, 2013, 5:48 pm

      Dusty concord and spiced marmalade are also in the cluttered cellar set which makes them duplicates.

    • Glo June 12, 2013, 10:10 pm

      Diane, this must be the set that gave me the duplicates of SPICED MARMALADE and DUSTY CONCORD. This verifies to me that Ranger did this on purpose. I guess I’ll be buying the rest of my collection in singles on line. Darn it!

  • Ag May 28, 2013, 9:51 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…..Like you, I wanted to try a few out before purchasing all of them. Michaels has a good sale on this week, so I thought I’d pick some up. Bought 2 sets, got them home, diligently wrote the names down in my little book (lol…I’m trying to be organized so that I don’t end up with duplicates of my card-making stuff — we’ll see how that goes), then I wanted to make sure that I recorded the set name as well since I didn’t see the marker names listed on the package….but I couldn’t find the set name either. Spent quite awhile on-line trying to find it…to no avail! Finally came upon the post. Thank you so much!!! Really appreciate your help with this.

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo May 28, 2013, 11:28 am

      I’m so glad my post was helpful to you, Ag! Good luck on staying organized; it’s an ongoing battle when you love crafting supplies, isn’t it? :-)

  • Kathy May 29, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Wondering if anyone else has this problem with their Cluttered Cellar set – my stormy sky is purple in color and doesn’t look anything like stormy sky. It looks like it could be seedless preserves instead.

  • Lynda June 1, 2013, 7:12 pm

    Thanks! This is so helpful!

  • Amrita June 11, 2013, 7:02 pm

    I saw the set Diane described at Michaels also. It’s called “Hillside V…..” It was cut off on the store SKU tag.

  • Glo June 12, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Thanks for this site! Why would they do this to us? Really frustrating and confusing. I just this week found out enough about Distress Markers to give them a try… and the 50% off M’s coupons didn’t hurt! What did hurt was to buy 5 different sets of markers and discover that two of them contained duplicates! I ended up with two SPICED MARMALADEs and two DUSTY CONCORDs. Any thoughts on asking Ranger to exchange the duplicates with the correct color markers?

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo June 15, 2013, 3:48 pm

      I don’t how Ranger would respond to this request, Glo, but I would certainly try it! Good luck, and please come back and let us all know how they responded. Thanks! :-)

  • monica July 21, 2013, 3:22 pm

    THANK YOU for this article, very helpful and informative.
    Here is another 5 piece set of Tim Holtz “Hillside”, which has the following colors:
    Aged Mahogany
    Dusty Concord ( also on Cluttered Cellar)
    Pine Needle
    Spiced Marmalade ( also in Cluttered Cellar)
    Walnut Stain

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo July 21, 2013, 8:48 pm

      Thanks so much for this update, Monica. It sounds like Ranger isn’t going to make it easy for us to collect all the distress markers through sets, which is so unfortunate because I think it makes them seem less than customer friendly. It seems like a marketing ploy to force us to buy duplicates just to get the better price that bundles afford, doesn’t it? I plan to add your info to my main article. Thanks again! :-)

  • Teresa Zuehls August 20, 2013, 11:46 pm

    Thank you for this information. I have been buying the sets too and I wrote down the names of the markers so when I am at the store I would know which set I already had. But I should have written down the name of the set instead of the individual markers. Although I never thought that I wouldn’t be able to at least see one name of the markers in the packages but that is what happened to me last week when I saw they had more sets. I couldn’t see any of the names on the markers so I didn’t purchase any that day. I looked on line hoping to find some information and that is how I found your blog. I am sure there is a reason for having a duplicate marker in a few of the packages. I don’t think Tim would let them do that without a reason. I will probably give the duplicate markers to a friend my friend. They are a good buy with a 4o% coupon. Thanks again for the info. Now I can just look at the name of the set and know if I have it or not.

  • Maureen August 21, 2013, 9:01 am

    Thank you so much for the confirmation of my hunting down images last night… wish I had found you first! I am a Canadian and bought two sets at Hobby Lobby when in Fargo last month. Daughter is going down to the States again this week, so she is picking me up some more. Little did I know how hard it was to find this information! Why the heck does neither Ranger or Tim’s sites list these? And why do they not list the set name OR the markers included in the package? I had a terrible time trying to flip over at least one marker in the package to see what the colour was.

    Up here in Canada, Micheal’s price is $27.99 for a set! With a coupon at Hobby Lobby, I paid just over $9 per set. The pricing difference is ridiculous seeing that our dollars are nearly par…

    So hoping she can find me the other four sets I don’t have! Thanks again for the precise information Ranger and Tim should be providing us.

  • Angie September 7, 2013, 2:46 pm

    This was VERY helpful. Thank you. I don’t think I would buy the Hillside unless I just found it on Clearance extremely cheap.

  • Jamie September 15, 2013, 7:05 am

    Also the Pickett fence gets on my nerve bc it shows up after written so u can’t see what ur writing. I know there has to b reason for this does anybody know?

  • Sandy Kerr September 19, 2013, 10:52 am

    You just saved me a lot of aggravation so thank you very, very, much! I was looking at sets in Michaels yesterday and can’t figure out why the names of the colours can’t be prominent. I want to know what I am buying and don’t think that is too much to ask of Ranger. I will be sending my comments to them as should every other consumer who buys these products. Thanks again for being so helpful.

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo September 19, 2013, 11:00 am

      I’m so happy to hear this helped you, Sandy! I agree that Ranger needs to know how hard they’re making their customers work for this basic information. I’d love to hear back from you if you get a response from them. :-)

  • Debbie September 27, 2013, 10:17 am

    Thank you so very much for this information. I bought 4 sets of markers yesterday and had the same problem as everyone else. Now I know what colors I have and which markers I still need.

  • Wendy September 27, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Thank you for the detailed lists. I bought 24 of the markers at a local stamp store and was able to hand pick the colors I wanted. Since the shop doesn’t carry all the colors, now I know which sets to buy at Michael’s to complete my set. I’ll give the duplicates to a friend. I’m so glad that by looking for the list, I found your site.

  • Charlotte Zweigoron October 28, 2013, 3:20 pm

    I will also write about the poor packaging on these markers. I kept looking for the names of the colors on the packaging and then realized I would have to try to turn the markers in their package (impossible!!) to know what I was getting!! No marketing or packaging professional is unaware that this is a problem…

    Also, like one of your commenters here, I got a marker in the Cluttered Cellar pak marked Stormy Sky which is definitely Milled Lavender… not Stormy Sky. I have written to them and now have the additional information that I am not the only one with this problem so they clearly have to be aware that there was a mistake made on their part. We’ll see….

    I will not buy the new pak since the only colors I would be interested in are duplicates that I already have except for the Walnut Stain. Thanks for the heads up!!

    I am wondering if anyone has ever gotten a bottle of Stickles where the glitter stays at the bottom and will not shake up into the rest of the bottle? I have one and have tried everything. I’ve shaken it ’til I was afraid I would gel shaken crafter syndrome!! I put some small, heavy glass beads in the bottle and shook and shook… still to no avail. I’m writing to them about that, as well. Again, we’ll see what they have to say.

    After the deal with the mismarked and mismatched Distress Marker, I believe they are aware of the problems and need to take responsibility for their errors. I no longer feel like some random weirdo who got the one rotten apple in the barrel…!!!

  • Charlotte Zweigoron October 28, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Say, I can’t find a way to subscribe to this site. What did I miss?

  • sammi October 30, 2013, 1:06 am

    Thank you so much for this post. Not only is Ranger at fault, but you’d think the stores, either online or B&M, could provide more info for buyers. I had a labeling problem with the alcohol ink sets. I found Joann’s sets all labeled in Spanish only (why do “English” versions have to have both…or more?) Their store display had the set name on tiny labels above the product but it didn’t include the color names.

    A problem I have will all products these days is labels/instructions/user guides are in 3 languages, making them ALL unreadably small.

  • Erin October 30, 2013, 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for this list!! I have be racking my brain trying to figure out what the colors are!! I was so frustrated that the packaging didn’t give any info. You are a life saver and I can’t thank you enough!!

  • Becky Green January 14, 2014, 4:56 pm

    I JUST found your site, looking to see if I could find out HOW MANY SETS of 5 markers there were! THANK YOU for doing this!!!!!! I have TWO SETS so far, buying them with the 40% off coupons!!!! LOL IF, I can find this last set you mentioned, I just MIGHT buy it! :) A COUPLE repeats aren’t TOO BAD! My packaging hasn’t had ANY NAME LISTED, ANYWHERE on the packaging! I’m LUCKY if one of the markers are turned, so I can see the color of it! Does anyone know if these sets cover ALL the Distress Markers? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!!!!!!!!:)

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo January 16, 2014, 10:50 am

      Hi Becky, and welcome to the packaged Distress Markers conversation. :-) I do not believe all the marker colors are offered in packages. It seems we need to buy what we can in bundles and then add the rest to our collections one-by-one. It’s a strange setup, indeed. I’m happy to hear my post was helpful to you in your quest for the least expensive path to Distress Marker ownership!

  • Paula March 19, 2014, 5:44 am

    Thank you for this! I at present only have the seasonal collection of markers bought here in UK for £29 & also bought separately, picket fence, wild honey, victorian velvet & chipped sapphire.
    I totally love the distress ink names & the collection names are equally gorgeous. I might have to start storing them together in sets just like the alcohol inks :0)

  • Joyce Mangels March 29, 2014, 6:52 pm

    Your information is great but I don’t want to buy the sets right now. Where can I buy individual markers?

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo March 30, 2014, 7:13 pm

      Hi Joyce: I’ve seen individual markers sold at scrapbook stores and online, just not usually at general craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

  • Dawn Phillips August 21, 2014, 9:15 pm

    Hi…I just purchase a set called Marketplace…It has Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, and Seedless Preserves…I picked it up at Joann’s last week…I’ll be looking out for Victorian Shabby and Estate Sales, thanks for your post……

    • Dawn Phillips August 21, 2014, 9:59 pm

      Also found another one online called Boardwalk……It has .Evergreen Bough, Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Festive Berries, & Squeezed Lemonade…http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=302692…this site also has the Marketplace set…..

      • Janice Daquila-Pardo August 21, 2014, 10:01 pm

        Thanks so much for adding this information in the comments Dawn. This is very helpful to those of us still building our collections. Now I’ll be on the lookout for these sets! :-)

  • Michelle Nightoak September 15, 2014, 5:56 pm

    The set of 12 that you can get on Amazon, Simon Says Stamp, and other places is the Marketplace set + Boardwalk set + Iced Spruce + Gathered Twigs.

    (JUST finished swatching them a few minutes ago!)

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