DIY Ink Pads

Hello again! Today’s technique is an oldie-but-goodie that you HAVE to try! Using reinkers and baby wipes to create your own ink pad is fun and great when making many cards at once.

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I really like the “artsy” style of the new Simon Says Stamp / Altenew Fabulous You Stamp Set. (This set is a collaboration between the two companies for STAMPtember. It is exclusive to Simon Says Stamp and available in limited quantities.) There are so many fun ways to use it! I wanted to do something colorful and quick and good for multiple cards.

I started by gold glitter heat embossing the flower from the Simon Says Stamp / Altenew Fabulous You Stamp Set on Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. This paper is matte coated and perfect for fun stamping techniques. It is coated, so the ink doesn’t absorb right away… the colors I add to it will be intense and need to be heat set. It is fun to play with!

Next I folded a few baby wipes to create my own ink pad. I added various drops of Distress Ink Reinkers to create my own custom pad with lots of variation. (You can see the colors I used in the thumbnails at the end of this post.) I then inked the solid images of my flowers with the custom ink and stamped it over the heat embossing.

The heat embossing will resist the ink we stamp on top. And check out the intense color with lots of variation! You could hand-color this with markers or paint but this is SO much faster and I can quickly make many cards. Just be sure to let it dry or heat emboss it! You can use any dye reinkers.

I also heat embossed sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp / Altenew Fabulous You Stamp Set on each stamped panel. These sentiments are gorgeous.

If you want a softer look, you can spritz the DIY ink pad with some water to dilute the colors a bit…

Since I had my custom ink pads created, I decided to also use them to create a few other cards. Here, I used them to stamp the leaves from the fun My Favorite Things Modern Trees Stamp Set. Check out that variation! I also used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp / Altenew Fabulous You Stamp Set and created a window with the My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek A Boo Window Die.

Hope you try this!


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48 thoughts on “DIY Ink Pads”

  1. The bubble effect is magical – like alcohol inks almost. I just ordered some specialty paper and can’t wait to play. Thank you for always coming up with classy and fun to make cards!

  2. Such beautiful cards. I love the look you achieved on your flower petals with this technique, very showy. Well done as always!

  3. Gorgeous cards. In awe of your creative mind! Thank you for sharing. I can not Waite to try this and share with the grandkids.

  4. Seriously, how do you come up with these ingenious techniques?? You keep blowing my mind with each post. Hope Lila feels better.

  5. Wow! What a great ideal which I never knew until today. Sure will be trying this out in the near future. Gorgeous cards Jennifer thanks for sharing with all of us. Have a Great Day !

  6. What a great idea and its one I never saw before. I loved the flower dies. I love the cards. Thanks for the ideas.

  7. I love your cards as always. You keep me VERY busy trying everything. My stamping friends think I’m a genius even though I always give you credit. Only problem is each technique is the best one EVAH until I see your next video. LOL not a bad problem to have.

  8. I think this is a great technique! It’s new to me, so not old! LOL! I will have to get some of Tim’s specialty paper and give it a try! Your cards are all beautiful!

  9. Beautiful cards! I love the bright vibrant colours. Love the emboss resist with the gold glitter EP. And I’ve seen someone else do the DIY inkpad (or it may have been you in an earlier post) but I have not attempted to do it but these cards have inspired me. I like the slight variations in the colour. Just beautiful!!

  10. I have seen this technique a few times now and I go and give it a try, I like the “watercolor” look you can get wiht this.
    I loved the last part of the video where you showed how to use your DIY pad and the specialty paper, on the same time I thought “wow great for underwaterscene’s” you also mentiont it in the video.
    Thanks for your time and effort to make this for us.

  11. Hey Jennifer, thank you for revisiting this technique. Never seen it done with a baby wipe before. I’m excited to try it out. Lovely cards as always.

  12. May be old school to some of you, but brand new to me! THANK YOU! Not yelling just happy and excited to learn more. lol Gorgeous stamps, love the gold and the last reinkers with the bubbles, as soon as you said underwater a light bub went off in my head. Thank you so much for all you share.
    XO April

  13. Just stunning! Love the flowers & maybe I can justify getting that set since it’s gorgeous without using the dies which are too expensive for me right now. Love the tree card, too–more for my wishlist!

  14. I love this stamp and this coloring method is something I have not tried…yet. I have seen it and it looks right up my alley, but I keep seeing other things I want to try. I just gave a set of cards as a gift, just because I wanted to try a technique and had some new paper and paints to play with. They turned out pretty cool, but my stash is outgrowing the craft zone again! It must be time for a card drive, isn’t it? Thanks for the reminder on this technique. Baby wipes, check; inkers, check; stamps, check; time……… Maybe Saturday!

  15. I had tried this years ago and totally forgotten this technique! These flowers look fabulous! Can’t wait till I get home from my extended vacation. Even though I brought an entire suitcase full of stamping supplies – I didn’t bring reinkers! Thanks for sharing this awesome technique! I always appreciate your insights and inspiration!

  16. Gorgeous card and I would love to try this technique. Can it be done on a different smooth card stock like Bristol?

  17. Oh my, haven’t done this in a coon’s age! Thanks for the reminder. As to the bubble effect, that I’ve got to try! I think I have some coated paper.

  18. What an interesting technique. I love the way it looks on these flowers. Looks like you did some really beautiful and time consuming coloring but yet it was so easy. I will definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for the info on this specialty paper.

  19. Gorgeous, Jennifer! I’ve seen you use this technique before but never tried it myself, since I only had a few (distress) reinkers. However, I purchased some Catherine Pooler inks + reinkers earlier this year and am looking forward to try this technique using these reinkers. As always, thanks for the inspiration!
    Marianne x

  20. Looks like my supply wish list just grew tremendously because I need specialty paper, baby wipes and reinkers to try this technique. TFS, Jennifer, your cards are simply beautiful.

  21. Oooh this is fun! Just gotta get some reinkers now. From memory I think Laura used this in an OCC video.. ..but I don’t recall seeing you use it before. What a wonderful technique, might be old, but wow! The results are so pretty Jennifer, and I cannot wait to see an underwater scene with the bubble effect. That will look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cards with us. Lisa

  22. This looks like so much fun with great results for beautiful cards.
    Thank you for sharing all your fantastic ideas.

  23. Jennifer, You inspire me! I look forward to your videos. I ordered this stamp set, and started creating today! Thanks for sharing! God Bless!!

  24. Just found and watched your cool video on making your own ink pads from baby wipes. Really like the flower stamps you used by Simon Says Stamp but they are no longer available. Bummer! At least I can still use the techniques with other stamps.

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