Ink

Ink for every purpose. Inkpads, markers and pens. We need them all...but believe it or not, they are not all created equal. Different inks are used for different projects. Let's take a look.

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Ranger makes Color Wash, ink in a spray bottle. By misting color wash over various stencils onto water color paper, you can create your own beautiful decorative paper. I learned this technique from Fred Mullett. He calls this technique “Elegant Mess”. I agree it’s both messy yet artistic. If he teaches a class in your area, I encourage you to take it. The class is fun and Fred is casual and funny.

color wash by ranger

The color wash paper is used for both the focal image and background! What makes it work for both is using a mix of paper. You need some  that has a lot of white and some that doesn’t have any white.

This paper also has some mica flecks on it. We splattered MicaColor on it.

butterfly left

To create a focal image like the butterfly you can draw it, use a punch or find a stamp that has an easy to identify shape (and create your own template). For this card, I used a stamp and made my own template.

For the background, I simply picked a section of color wash paper that I thought was pretty. Likewise, I selected a piece of paper that I thought would look nice as a butterfly and cut it out. I embossed the birthday greeting in gold.

elegant mess

The photo above illustrates what the card would look like if you use a mostly white background and a colorful butterfly. Same elements, yet a totally different look. This time the birthday greeting is stamped in black ink.

masculine birthday card with color wash

Above I attempted a masculine card. Dark colors seem more masculine at times. And nature can also be masculine…if the stamp isn’t too cutesy.

two hearts

You can create a ton of cards using the water color paper. Here I attempted to create a valentine card. I don’t really like how it turned out. So, this technique does take an eye for design.

hearts on panels

Again, I don’t really like how this turned out. But it gives you another idea of how color wash can be used.

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards – Supply List

  • Stamps: butterfly – Hampton Art Stamps; Rose Leaves – Rubber Stampede; birthday wishes – My Sentiments Exactly!
  • Inkpads: Crushed Olive & Forest Moss- Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Tuxedo Black – Memento; embossining pad
  • Other inks: Color Wash – by Ranger (all their colors); Stargazer MicaColor – by Artquest
  • Paper: water color paper 90lb.; various scraps
  • Other: gold embossing powder; circle punch; ribbon; gems, stencils (random)

Distress Ink Background and Distressed Flowers

Distress Ink Background and Distressed Flowers

Distress Ink makes great background paper. In fact, Tim Holtz Distress Inks are not just for grunge. On the contrary, they can be used to create elegant cards as well!

distress ink backgrounds and distressed flowers

These cards use the sentiments “Best Wishes” and “For a Special Friend”. You’ve got to love that they can be used for most any holiday: birthday, thinking of you, wedding, get well soon….

Distress Ink Backgrounds

I love creating backgrounds with Tim Holtz Distress Ink for two reasons: 1) I love the splattered look, 2) You don’t have to have a specific color of cardstock…you can make your own and it will match the rest of the card!

purple flower distressed card

To create the background, drag a stamp pad (Dusty Concord) across white cardstock until it’s solid purple. Then sprinkle/mist with water. The bigger the water droplets, the bigger the spots. Play with it until you find what you like.

On the next card, I did the same technique using Spiced Marmalade. If you look at the right side you can see that the orange wasn’t colored quite as solid. I like the white paper peeking through.

orange flower distressed

To create the distressed flowers, I first inked the pedal (Spiced Marmalade), misted lightly with water, then stamped on the paper (I did this for all three flowers). The misting is optional, it simply  makes the image less crisp. I then stamped leaves. This is actually two stamps. One stamp is the leaf background. I inked that (Peeled Paint), then stamped on a scratch paper then stamped next to the flowers. I then stamped the leaf vein stamp with full strength Peeled Paint.

After the stamping is done, I used a blender tool and added green (Peeled Paint) and orange (Spiced Marmalade).

The greetings are stamped using Versafine black because it really leaves a vivid impression. Layer with paper, add gems and ribbon as desired.

Now, although the stamps I’ve used are retired (I purchased at a garage sale), any stamp that is an outline of the flower and leaves would most likely work. In fact, that’s precisely why I purchased these – to make a card using this technique! Check your cupboard, you may have something that will work for this project!

Distress Ink Backgrounds – Supply List

  • Stamps: Flowers – Stampin’ Up (retired); sentiments – My Sentiments Exactly!
  • Inkpads: Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint; Onyx Black – Versafine
  • Paper: White cardstock – Georgia Pacific; brown – generic, green – The Paper Store
  • Other: spray bottle
  • Embellies: silk ribbon – Creative Impressions; gems

Winnie the Pooh Birthday Card

Winnie the Pooh Birthday Card with Copics and Shimmer Coutre Damask Cardstock

Damask is beautiful and elegant. But what should one do if your style is a bit more casual and whimsical? I wondered this myself because I recieved a few pieces of A Muse Ocean Shimmer Couture Cardstock – Damask (won some blog candy – thank you Lisa Wakabayashi).

First, find a strong color to coordinte. In this case, black. Next, rummage through your stamps looking for one that isn’t too cutesy. In this case, All Night Media stamp “Gift Wrapping Party”.

Winnie the Pooh Birthday with Blue Damask Shimmer Cardstock

Really, would you ever have thought that Winnie the Pooh and Damask could go together? I sure didn’t…seeing is believing! I think copic markers really make the difference. Well, that and color choices. I kinda like the bold colors….I may need to be more bold from now on!

The orange ribbon is also from A Muse (won some more blog candy – thank you Kari Bell!). I colored the image very similar to how the stamp shows it. But I did change the colors of the gifts to coordinate with my cardstock and ribbon.

Winnie the Pooh Birthday Card with Copics and Shimmer Coutre Damask Cardstock – Supply List

  • Stamps: Gift Wrapping Party (All Night Media); Damask (Teresa Collins Stamp Maker); Happy Birthday (Stampin’ Up Vinage Labels): Tag (Stampin’ Up Tiny Tags)
  • Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black; Tumbled Glass (Distress Ink); Scattered Straw (Distress Ink)
  • Markers: Copic R000, E93, E00, E11, E33, E35, R35, R37, G000, G21, G14, BG000, B95, B45, B99, E71, E57, Y00, Y21, YR23, R02, R05, BG13, BG72, C-1, C-3, C-5, W-1, W-3, W-5
  • Paper: Damask (Ocean, Shimmer Couture Cardstock – Damask from A Muse); white (Georgia Pacific); black (generic); Teal (generic)
  • Ribbon: orange (5/8″ satin from A Muse); twine
  • Whole punch, foam tape
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