Friday, 19 April 2019

How to: 3 Tips and Ideas to use inks on your scrapbook pages

Hi Crafters!

In today's tutorial i show you 3 ideas how i have used inks on this scrapbook page i created. Read on for a bonus tip at the end and a video tutorial!

TIP 1 - Using markers for stamping:

You can use Faber Castell Big Brush markers to colour in your stamp and stamp out a background on your page. Benefits of these markers is they are India ink (alcohol based ink) - these inks are permanent when dry, therefore you can stamp them over water reactive layers (eg watercolours or distress inks) and they won't reactivate the work you have already done, or use water based mediums over the india inks and it won't smudge your stamping. I have stamped the feathers background by using some images as a solid colour and some blending 2 inks together, you will see in the closeups below.

TIP 2 - Stamping from Ink pad:

You can use regular ink pads to stamp images - this is probably the most used method how to add inks to your pages. There are a variety of stamp types that can be used for this and a variety of inks. What you need to keep in mind is what type of surface are you going to stamp on and are you going to add any other mixed media over your image.

Basically as per above tip, if you use a permanent ink for your stamping, you can add water based medium on top and not smudge your stamping. Also some inks are great to use over glossy surfaces - photos, acetate/ transparencies, stickers etc. The inks i like to use for this is StazOn and Brilliance inks, they come in a variety of colours and even metallics!

Some inks also give you crisper images than others - depending on a look you are going for. Eg StazOn will give you a crisper image than Distress Inks, which are more of a watercolour look.

TIP 3 - Writing your title:

You can use your inks to actually write with! Yes, its true - did you know that? Why not, right?

Depending on the ink you use you get different look. Some inks are not suitable for this technique, eg StazOn would be very difficult to write with from the ink pad - you can transfer some ink onto a palette or scrap piece of packaging but it dries very quick. Better option is to use liquid inks from a bottle that you can dip a brush into, brush markers or slower drying inks like Distress Inks - and use those like you would with watercolours.

In this case i have used Smooch Inks. The great thing about these inks is they are quite opaque and shimmery thus adding a bit of glamour to the page. The bottle also comes with a brush as a part of the lid - no washing of brushes required after every use, convenient!

BONUS TIP - defining edges:

If you feel like your paper or embellishment layers are blending in too much and you want to add definition or make your fussy cut DIY embellishments look like they were professionally made and get rid of those cut marks - use your ink pad to rub across the edges or use a marker to get into harder to get areas - this will create a definition and the layers will pop off the page visually creating depth.




Inks used:

Faber Castell PITT artist pen - big brush in: Black 199, Pink madder lake 129, Manganese violet 160, Phthalo blue 110.
Faber Castell PITT artist pen - Fine tip marker in Black 199

StazOn ink in Jet Black

Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized accent ink in: Banana custard, Pool, Pink shabby, Lettuce 


Time for a video tutorial! Enjoy:

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