DIY Ink Pad Techniques
Hello! Today I am sharing a few different techniques for creating your own ink pads. It is easy to do and works great with many types of stamps. There is no easier way to create multi-color images!
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Creating your own ink pads with reinkers and baby wipes is a technique that has been around for a long time. Today I show some fun variations… and how it can be used to get multi-colored stamped images very quickly.
For all of my cards I used Gina K Ink Refills and Kirkland Baby Wipes. You can use any reinkers or liquid watercolor for this. I don’t normally buy reinkers. However, I recently decided to invest in the Gina K refills simply because I use the pads an insane amount! Please watch the video to see how easy these techniques are.
My first card features the Gina K Hugs and Wildflowers Stamp Set (SSS | GK). You can see the beautiful, unique, multi-colored, blended images I got from using a DIY ink pad! So pretty. I also added dots to the background with my Copic Sketch C1 Marker (the perfect light grey color). The piece of patterned paper is from the Sunny Studio Polka Dot Parade Paper (SSS | SS)… and the sentiment is from the Gina K Heart Stamp Set (SSS |GK) and Heart Die (SSS |GK).
This card is super simple, but I didn’t want to cover any of that background…
I created the background of this next card in the same way… however I stamped on top of the flowers with the detail images and Plum Punch Gina K Ink. I also used a green marker to add details to the leaves. This shows that you can use a DIY ink pad to create more colors and variation with your layering stamps. The white heat embossed sentiment is from the Gina K Elegant Asters Kit Stamp Set… and is on a Honey Bee Scallop A2 Card Frame (SSS | HB) die cut.
My next cards shows how quickly you can create multi-colored images with a DIY ink pad. I love these butterflies so much! They are from the Gina K Elegant Asters Kit Stamp Set. I also stamped the background with the Ink Blot Shop Scalloped Mermaid Scales Background Stamp and Gina K Amalgam Whisper Ink… and added stacked Gina K Just Because (SSS | GK) die cuts.
I used the Gina K Amalgam Whisper Ink on both the white notecard and the matching Gina K Plum Punch Envelope. I like that this light grey ink works on any color paper… just makes it a bit darker.
Here is another example using the butterflies. This technique is great for mass-producing! The sentiments are from the Gina K Hugs Stamp Set (SSS | GK) and Gina K Smile Stamp Set (SSS | GK). The awesome background stamp is the Ink Blot Shop Doodled Rainbow Scoops Stamp.
The front of this next card is cut a bit short… showing a strip of pink on the inside of the card. The butterflies hang off the front edge – such a fun and simple design.
The hello sentiment is from the Gina K Petals and Wings Stamp Set (SSS | GK).
The DIY inkpad technique works great with outline stamp images, too. Here I used the flowers and leaves from the Gina K Elegant Asters Kit Stamp Set to create a background with a bit of masking. I filled in the areas around the stamped images with pink marker dots. The sentiment is from the Gina K Hugs Stamp Set (SSS | GK) and Gina K Hugs Die (SSS | GK)… on a piece of Grafix Platinum Vellum.
And another using the same images.. but this time die cut and added to a card. The hello die cut is from the Gina K Elegant Asters Kit Stamp Set… and the white heat embossed greeting is from the Gina K Hugs Stamp Set (SSS | GK).
My last two cards showcase the Gina K Petals and Wings Stamp Set (SSS | GK), Stencil (SSS | GK), and Dies (SSS | GK). These products are so awesome when used together… especially along with the Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel (SSS | GK)! I love the white glitter added to the flowers…
And my last example uses lots of leftovers from my previous cards…
I hope you will try making your own ink pads. It is easy to do!
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