I only have 3 distress stains and they apply more to winter. The blotted look isn't as prevalent however we'll still get there. So, here is my solution...
Use whatever inks you have on hand, stamp them on your craft mat (don't have one GET ONE) and mist away with your mister. Don't worry about overlapping the inks. You want this.
Drag your tag through the wet inks until you have the look you want. It's messy...
Add more ink if you need. It's OK if it gets in the water puddles a bit. I found I wanted more green.
Here's my tag without the distress stains all dry. Don't forget to stamp and flick water to make it blotchy. I finished my tag then remembered I missed stamping. So, I added it at the end.
Now for the leafy bits...I used my scraps for this, cut strips 2"x12". If the paper is textured, place that side down. I always forget that part and have to re cut. I picked up my die on sale last year.
Look at it all! PRETTYYYYY....
Now that all your leafy bits are inked, place the extras in a bag or container. Then you'll be ready for the next time.
I buy my rice specifically for the burlap bags so I can craft with them.
Cut off a small square, about 2"x2" and pull off a couple of the strands so it's frayed. My poor fingers and nails are ink stained! Ahhh life of a craft genius!
Now you can just layer away.
Can't even tell that burlap is a rice bag!
I went back over with my inks and it made the tag super rich with colour.
If you don't have all the stuff make do with what you do have. Makes it more of a challenge and this is my favorite way to craft. And watch for those sales at your LSS. I get all my dies, 40%, 50%, 70% off. I may not have them when they first come out, but being patient means I save a lot!