More Re-inker Techniques

Do you splatter? You know – where you put some water color on a brush & flick it to add little (or big) splatters of color to the background of something.


I like the look of splattering, but I struggle to use it because

  • I’m afraid of messing things up
  • It seems messy to me
  • It’s a hassle to ‘drag out my watercolors & supplies’

Here are some things I’ve done to combat my excuses and use this fun technique in my artwork –


Messing Up – The reason I usually mess things up is because I don’t think about the ink splattering until I’ve got the main components in place & it just needs a little extra. That’s what happened in the above picture – I added the splatters after the main stamp & they just sort of run together. I’m trying harder to

  • Think things through before hand so I can get that splattering in the background
  • Add the splattering to smaller pieces that can be added to the larger work
  • Use masking to cover what I don’t want splattered

Messiness – for the most part, I like clean, simple lines – not a lot of fluff (don’t get me wrong, it looks great when others do it, it’s just not my style). I struggle with random – seriously – if I’m ‘randomly’ placing colors on a quilt or card – I still have to play with them to get some sort of pattern, or make sure things aren’t clashing.

So – I’ve learned to use splattering sparingly (say that 5 times fast) – to add just a hint of background color or a little more dimension.


My last excuse for not using splattering is ‘having to drag it all out’ – that’s where today’s technique is most helpful. This mainly has to do with the tools & supplies I use –

  • Waterbrushes! These are great little brushes with the water enclosed in the barrel (see the photo below)
    • I don’t need to worry about spilling cups of water
    • Different sized brushes for variety
  • Using re-inkers instead of watercolors.
    • My inks perfectly match the papers and other stamping I’m working with
    • It takes less than a drop and the color is very vibrant
    • I’m not overwhelmed by the pallet of my watercolors and mixing them


Here’s what I did –

  • Stamp the main image onto White Daisy cardstock (I used Nutmeg)
  •  Create a mask from scrap paper/cardstock. I tore the edges so it wouldn’t be a distinct  square.
  • I used a small waterbrush and squeezed some water into the bristles
  • Pick up a small amount of ink from the tip of a re-inker (I used Fern, Poppy, Goldrush, and Saffron).
  • Hold the brush over your paper and lightly tap/flick the  brush handle to get splatters

Practice on some scraps to see how the water/re-inker mixes together and how dark or light, big or small your splatters are.

  • More water = less vibrant color & larger drops
  • More re-inker = darker colors & smaller drops
  • Harder flicking = bigger, less controlled drops

I would love to hear whether you splatter, if it comes easy to you or if you have tricks that you use.



Here are the products I used for this card. They can be found at

The leaf is from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge – #M473AB cut height is 1.75″ and I used Goldrush cardstock (use the lighter side for the top layer & the darker side for the base). Please note this collection is only available while supplies last.



Fall Birthday

I always love when I can use a product for multiple uses – I want to feel like I’m getting the most value for my money. So, when I saw this cool technique using re-inkers, I decided to give it a try.


If you are not familiar with Re-inkers – they come in each of our exclusive colors and are used to add ink to your ink stamp pads. So, when your stamp pad gets dry & you aren’t getting the coverage you would like, you can just add more ink, rather than purchasing another ink stamp pad. You can get several re-inkings from a single 1 ounce bottle (I can’t tell you how many, because I haven’t used up a bottle yet – plus, I haven’t kept track).


Today, I paired up several colors of ink and a baby wipe to create a multi-colored stamp pad. This really was an easy and fun way to get multiple colors on my stamp. All you have to do, is put drops of different colored re-inkers on a fresh baby wipe. I didn’t overlap them, but they did touch. Then, ink up your stamp like you normally would and stamp on your paper.


I used the retired Lovely Leaves set, but the Falling For You Cardmaking set (C1686) would work great also.


You can see in this picture, that my stamped images aren’t always full of color. This is from errors on my part than with the stamping technique.  The next time I use this technique, I will fold the baby wipe so there is a more squishy surface and I will add more ink. I was pretty sparing with the ink because I was afraid the colors would run together and get muddy.

I would love to hear if you have tried this technique in the past or if you’re inspired to try it now. It is such a fun way to add more colors and mix things up.




Other products used can be found at

Woodland Critters

Check out this cute stamp set so perfect for welcoming Fall or saying Thanks!d1657-woodland-critters


Here’s a cute card using the Swan Lake paper packet & a couple of stamping techniques.


The first technique is just some rock-n-roll on the middle leaf.  I started by stamping the leaf in Saffron (this paper uses Goldrush, but since I didn’t have that – Saffron was a great substitute).  Then I rolled the edge in Poppy to add a little red/orange to the edge.  This a small stamp, so rolling the entire edge almost got rid of the Saffron – so that’s why I only did one side.

I have no idea what to call the other technique – I used it to make the raccoon’s tail look more like fur.  After inking the image by tapping, twisting and tapping again – I rubbed just the tail in a vertical movement (in the same direction as the tail), then stamped the image.

Want to make this quick & easy card?  Check out the October card classes – or purchase the paper & stamp set ( – then send me an email & I’ll email the cutting directions for free.  The ribbon used here is Gold Shimmer ribbon which can be purchased separately or as part of the Swan Lake Workshop Your Way (G1112).