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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!

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

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).

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This card is super simple, but I didn’t want to cover any of that background…

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The hello sentiment is from the Gina K Petals and Wings Stamp Set (SSS | GK).

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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).

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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…

DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And my last example uses lots of leftovers from my previous cards…

  DIY Ink Pads Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you will try making your own ink pads. It is easy to do!

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Gina K stamps and dies and the products with asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

*Gina K Elegant Asters Kit
[ GNK ]
*Gina K Hugs and Wildflowers Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
*Ink Blot Shop Doodled Rainbow Scoops…
[ SSS | INK ]
*Ink Blot Shop Scalloped Mermaid…
[ SSS | INK ]
Gina K Hugs Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Hugs Die
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Heart Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Heart Die
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Smile Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Smile Die
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Just Because Dies
[ GNK | SSS ]
*Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ ELH | HA | SSS ]
Gina K Petals and Wings Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Petals and Wings Stencil
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Petals and Wings Dies
[ GNK | SSS ]
*Honey Bee Scallop A2 Card Frames Dies
[ SSS | HNB ]
*Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Ink Refills
[ GNK ]
Kirkland Baby Wipes
[ AMZUS ]
Gina K Amalgam Whisper Ink
[ SSS ]
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[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Grafix Platinum Vellum
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ AMZUS ]
Gina K Whisper Cardstock
[ GNK ]
Gina K Plum Punch Cardstock
[ GNK ]
Bubblegum Pink Cardstock
[ GNK ]
*Sunny Studio Polka Dot Parade Paper
[ SSS | SNN ]
Gina K Plum Punch Envelopes
[ GNK ]
Bubblegum Pink Envelopes
[ GNK ]
Gina K Lucky Clover Envelopes
[ GNK ]
Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets
[ AMZUS ]
*Altenew Artist Markers
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Copic Sketch C1 Marker
[ SSS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes
[ SSS ]
Tonic Craft Tool Set
[ SSS ]
Therm O Weby 1/2 Inch Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Tape Dispenser
[ AMZUS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]


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22 thoughts on “DIY Ink Pad Techniques”

  1. Jennifer, all your cards are lovely, must be the engineer in you! And I love Gina K and her products. What a team the two of you make! I’m off to play with all my new supplies as listed above! Thanks

  2. Thanks-you for all of your videos. They are soooo helpful. This one made me remember a re-inker technique that is probably older than you. I have been stamping for a long time. Dee Gruenig had a line of inks made by Ranger Industries. This technique I am sure your daughter will love. Dee took a triangle make up sponge and put drops of different color re-inkers along one edge. Then she stroked the sponge on GLOSSY cardstock. This of course results in rainbows in what ever shape you drag the sponge. Love, Gramma Phyllis in Virginia

  3. These are all gorgeous! I’m going to have some time to create this afternoon and will try this technique. I recently purchased some watercolor re-inkers and will start with those! Thanks for always keeping us on our toes!

  4. When I first bought full size ink pads I always bought the reinkers. Some have never been open! Now I have a use for them. Can’t wait to give this a try! Sequoia loves to stamp kitties. I think we can make some great calicos this way! Thank you!

  5. Stunning cards and a awesome technique. I will give this certainly a try, I love this.
    Thank you so much Jennifer for all your time and effort to show us this awesome technique.

  6. I’ve been stamping for quite a long time, and never saw this technique. Thanks!!!!! Quick question – could you save the DIY ink pads, and just spritz with some water to reactivate them? The colors wouldn’t be as vibrant but just wondering if you’ve ever tried that.
    Thanks for all of your awesome cards, videos, and well, everything!!!!

  7. I love these techniques and the cards. I do have a question though. Do the baby wipes need to be dry before you ink them?

  8. Jennifer,
    Using reinkers and baby wipes to make special ink pads is fantastic. I just loved how you used the new Gink K Elegant Asters stamps to make the first card. I just purchased and received this kit and can’t wait to use it with all your tips and ideas. Thank you.

  9. I don’t have too many reinkers, but I’ll have to give this a try with some of my watercolors. Such a fun technique and they all turned out so beautiful, Thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. Stunning cards as always from you Jennifer. I admire how gorgeous your designs are everytime, always something fresh & crisp. Fabulous idea for the self make ink pads without buying lots of blank Holtz ones to use, is there nothing you can’t solve one way or another, very envious of your brain . Thank you for all the videos you do & techniques you share, as a wife & mum I understand how busy life gets x I no doubt speak for many others when I say thank you for all the time you put aside to encourage & teach us all, never doubt it’s valued x

  11. What a wonderful idea–love the watercolor look this technique creates. The cards are so vibrant–great use of the background stamps for a subtle look. Thanks for sharing the cards and the video.

  12. Hallo Jennifer, do you now the Clearsnap Colorbox Dyestress Blendable Dye Ink? If you do I’ll encourage to make a video showing them, please.

    Kind regards,

    Lone Bak-Pedersen

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