This is our second Tuesday Tutorial and today's tutorial is hosted by design team member Heidi Blankenship. In this tutorial Heidi will show you how to achieve different inking styles using several tools. Have you ever looked at a card and wondered what kind of technique was used to add the ink to the edges?
Depending on what tool you use you can get very different results. If you like a bold look then try the direct ink to paper or the sea sponge. The netting brush will have a speckled look and cotton ball will give you a very soft look.
For the samples cards I did three different inking techniques: direct ink to paper, sponging and a cotton ball. The cotton ball is my personal favorite, I love the nice soft look. I also left one image without the ink to show you another look.
Here is a close-up of inking with a cotton ball. If you want to achieve a very soft overall look, ink up the cotton ball and then rub in on a scrap piece of paper in a circular motion to blend the ink. Then starting off of the paper in a circular motion work the cotton ball onto the paper.
Do you like the look of a nice crisp white edge? The Spellbinders die templates are made so you can use them just like a stencil. To achieve the white edge look leave your cardstock in the die template after you have cut and embossed and then ink around the inside edges of the die template.
When the diecut is removed you will have a beautiful crisp white edge.
For my sample cards I used Decorative Frames 2'' Square and Birthday Centers Round along with the 2'' Square Wood Stamper. The diecuts were made using Nestabilities Classic Squares-Sm die 5 and Classic Scallop Squares-Sm die 4 from Spellbinders.
I used black cardstock for the base and white cardstock for the mat. The white cardstock was embossed using the Flourish Impressabitites from Spellbinders.
I used 3D Foam Squares to add a little dimension to each of the cards. For a finishing touch I added black sheer ribbon and rhinestones.
You also might be wondering what kind of ink to use on your projects. Distress Inks by Ranger work wonderfully for inking, they stay wet a little longer and the inks are very easy to work with and blend. You can also use water-based ink and fade-resistant dye ink. When using the dye inks you will have to work a little faster, they stay wet but not quite as long as the distress inks. Chalk ink will have a nice soft result for inking. But I would recommend blending the ink on a scratch piece of paper in a circular motion before going right to your project. No matter what tool I am using for inking I almost always blend the ink on scratch paper, doing this will help to prevent ink lines on your project.
We hope this article will be a helpful reference for inking on the edge. Please let us know (by commenting on this post) if there are other questions or tutorials about JustRite's stamps you would like to see answered and we'll try our best to comply!
JustRite Stampers:JB-0906 Decorative Frames 2'' Square, JB-09225 Birthday Center Round, JB-08407 2'' Square Wood Stamper
Dies & Punches: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares-Sm die 5, Classic Scallop Squares-Sm die 4
Paper:Neenah Solar White cardstock; The Paper Company Black cardstock
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Lady Bug
Accessories: Spellbinders Flourish Impressabilities; My Mind's Eye Black Lush Rhinestones; Joann's Clear & Red Rhinestones, Black Sheer Ribbon; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES By 3L E-Z Runner (33'), 3D Foam Squares; Inking Tools Sponge Dauber, Stencil Brush, Netting Brush, Sponge, Blender Foam, Cotton Ball,Sea Sponge, Spongit Sticks, Soft Paint Brush