This tutorial has been a long time coming, so to reward you for waiting, I’ve got a giveaway to go with it! Read down to the bottom of this post for details! Sit back, it’s a long one, but don’t worry, it’s mostly pictures!
In almost all of my project instructions, you will see “ink (optional)” in the supply list and a step to “ink edges if desired”. Inking the edges of your project serves multiple purposes.
-it gives your project a “finished” look
-it adds definition and dimension to layered papers
-it helps hide the dashed scoring lines from my templates
-it helps hide the white core of the paper you printed on and helps hide imperfect cutting
-it can create a distressed look depending on the color ink used and method used to apply it
To start off, let me show you the difference that inking your edges can make -
So how do you do it? It’s a lot easier than you think! Start with a stamping ink pad. Because I don’t do traditional stamping, I tend to stick with small pads because I don’t need a large surface area and I can get a large variety of colors without breaking the bank!
The square ones all came from the $1 bins at Michael’s, but last time I was there they were all on clearance so I don’t know if they’re going to carry them anymore or if they’re just replacing them with a new version.
The Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads are more expensive, but they give a great look and are very high quality!
I’m going to show you a few ways to apply the ink, by my preferred tool is a fingertip sponge dauber:
I have one for each ink color and keep them in a super fancy ziploc bag…
For the following samples, I am using Distress Ink in Tea Dye and a digital kraft paper printed on card stock.
You can apply ink directly to the paper by holding the ink pad at a right angle to the paper and sliding the ink down the edge of the paper. How much you tilt the ink pad will determine how much ink shows on the surface of the paper. You can also “scrape” the pad across the edge of the paper.
The problem with applying ink directly from the pad is that it is hard to control the amount of ink that goes onto the paper and you end up with harsh lines.
Here you can see the difference when you use a sponge to apply the ink. Because it only applies a small amount of ink at a time, you can leave it light like the bottom half or layer it on for a more dramatic effect like on the top half.
You can use a makeup sponge for similar results:
The downside is that the sponge is not as dense as the daubers, so the ink will soak through and get on your finger and the paper will cut the sponge so after they’ve been used a few times you won’t get a smooth application and they will have to be replaced more often.
They don’t work great for general application, but cotton swabs are excellent for getting into tight corners or curves:
I mentioned that inking helps mask imperfect cutting. Here are a couple perfect examples:
This is a whole lot easier than trying to trim down every white edge!
Check out the before and after on this pillow box!
You can also create a unique distressed paper - just crumple the paper, smooth it back out some, then run the ink pad over the top.
And just for fun, another picture of my super fancy storage…
Bonus Tip: Store your inkpads upside down, they’ll last longer.
Bonus Tip #2: Baby Wipes. It’s been many years since my son’s been in diapers, but I keep wipes around to clean up my crafting messes. And believe me – I have a lot of them.
Are you ready to get inky with it? lol I’m such a dork
I’m giving away 5 ink pads and 5 fingertip sponge daubers to go with them!
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Edited to Add:
These are the sponge daubers I bought on Amazon:
I got the bulk pricing for 25 pieces because I have a lot of colors and knew I was going to give some away.
Here is a really good deal for a 3 pack with caps: