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.

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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 –

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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.

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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

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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.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

 

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Other products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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.

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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 (gerri.closetomyheart.com) – 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).

 

~Enjoy!

Gerri