Great ways to use your reinkers
23 Ways to Use your Stamping Reinkers:
This is using regular reinkers, not alcohol inks, there is a difference!
1. Re-ink your stamp pads (Bet you already guessed this one.)
2. Re-ink Kaleidacolor pads: Use the standard 60 color re-inkers to re-ink your K-pads. Close to my Heart! has colors that are pretty close matches to the K-pad colors. You may slightly alter a few of them; but at least this provides you another option to just throwing the
pad away. For help choosing the coordinating colors for each K-pad, ask your consultant.
3.Shaving Cream Technique: Use the re-inkers to make your own specialty papers. This technique for making unique backgrounds for your special cards requires foam shaving cream & the re-inkers. It is a bit messy; so I recommend wearing thin rubber gloves and working in the kitchen on newspaper. Spread the bottom of a shallow 9×12 pan with a layer of shaving cream (the cheap 99 cent stuff). Spread it out with a spatula to about 3/4″ thick. Take a couple of coordinating re-inker colors and put a couple drops in a random pattern all over the shaving cream.
Just add a couple drops to start with; you can always add more later. Use something such as a chop stick, knife or pencil to swirl the shaving cream around until you get a nice swirl effect. This will give a marbelized effect on your finished project. Now press a piece of white cardstock (1/4 sheet is easiest to work with) face down into the shaving cream. Press it from the center out to be sure the whole surface is touching. Gently peel the card stock up and scrape off the extra shaving cream with a spatula or wipe it off with a paper towel. Dry off the extra bits with a dark colored towel or a clean paper towel. The shaving cream will come off the card stock; but the ink pattern will remain. Don’t be afraid of smearing the ink; it will stay where it originally touched the paper. You now have an awesome background, each one a little different from the next. You can reuse the shaving cream several times. When the card stock is dry, the surface is soft…almost velvety to the touch.
4. Paintbrush Technique: Select a paintbrush & palette. You will actually paint with the re-inkers. No need for a blending pen. This method adds more vibrancy to your finished project and you have the ability to apply undertones and highlights right where you want them. It works best to first emboss your image.
Embossing gives a nice edge for the ink to blend to. You can also mix the re-inkers and come up with your own designer color.
5. Christmas Ornaments: Make beautiful glitter bulbs! Take clear glass ball ornaments and remove the top. You will need to put about
10 drops of one color of our ctmh ink refills into each clear glass bulb ornament. NOTE: Only add one color ink refill (dye-based ink) or it will create a muddy mess. When you are done, turn the bulb upside down and let the excess ink drain off into a paper/plastic cup. Pour approx. 1/2 teaspoon of glitter onto a sheet of card stock that has been folded in half & re-opened. After the ink has drained from the bulb, pour glitter into the glass bulb. QUICKLY SHAKE!
NOTE: You need to shake the glitter immediately, so that it doesn’t form a big blob of glitter in one spot. Pour excess dyed glitter into a different plastic film container (you can reuse it!). Put the top back on the ornament. Tie Organdy Ribbon or other ribbon around the top. These are truly beautiful!!
6. Paperclay & Re-Inkers: Mix w/Paperclay to make your own specialty colors. This is great for matching your embellishments to your projects! You can also choose to not fully mix the re-inker into the Paperclay and leave it in sort of a swirl pattern…very nice look for embellishments.
7. Crystal Effects & Re-Inkers: To give Crystal Effects color, add a drop or 2 of a re-inker. Use it to give a raised effect to your stamp project. Add a bit of Prisma Glitter to the mixture & now you have a colored glitter gloss that’s perfect for adding that extra special touch to any card or project.
8. Easter Egg Background: Do you want to spread a little spring happiness around? Try making your own designer paper using the re- inkers in the following way. Use a paper towel that you have “wadded up”; dip in re-inker color and then pounce it all over White cardstock. Use 2 or 3 colors & your card stock will look like dyed Easter eggs…really pretty. You can also use an eye dropper by putting some drops down and letting them run across the page.
9. Resist Technique: There are several products you can use to do this technique: waxed paper, white or clear crayons, rubber cement or VersaMark with clear embossing powder. The results are pretty
much the same regardless of what you use. After you get your stamped pattern on the paper, use an eye dropper to put some drops on the page. Hold the paper slanted down and let the ink run across the page. (Do this over a pan & save the run-off ink in a plastic color palette that has a lid to seal. You can find these at art supply stores.) The ink is resisted in the areas where you have placed your wax or other resist product. You can also use your brayer to place
re-inker colors on your card stock. With a little imagination and a bit of experimenting, you can make some pretty neat patterns!
10. Batik Technique: Use the re-inkers to create cards that will have the look of this ancient art form. There are two methods to batiking that use re-inkers. One utilizes Mulberry Paper and the other uses tissue paper.
Mulberry Batik Method: Emboss on Mulberry Paper using solid, bold stamps, a resist pap, clear embossing powder & the heat tool just until the image is clear. Then crunch the paper into a ball to crack the embossing. (This step is optional, depending on the look you’d like for the finished project.) Place on one side of newsprint and spritz with water until it’s soaked but not drippy. Drop re-inker of one color in several places. Using brush dribble more water on to
spread the color. Clean the brush. Now drop another color and repeat with the brush from a clear cup of water. Fold newsprint over and press and leave for a few seconds. Now carefully unfold and transfer to a couple of clean sheets of newsprint in a flip-flop fashion. Fold this newsprint over and with an iron set on medium press for about one minute. Carefully begin to lift off the newsprint. It may stick; if so, put the newsprint down & heat that area until it releases when you lift it up. You should have a resist where the
embossing is. It will have color cracks running through it like actual batik. The natural fibers of the Mulberry Paper add to the batik look. Beautiful!
Tissue Paper Batik Method: Stamp a pattern using VersaMark ink and a bold stamp onto tissue paper (white, or even light colors of tissue paper work well.) Sprinkle on clear embossing powder and use the heat tool to emboss. Then use the re-inkers and “drop” ink onto the tissue paper. The ink will absorb into the paper where there is no embossing. Be sure to protect the area in which you are working. I recommend using a small aluminum cookie sheet as a protector.
11. Watercolor Brayer: Drop spots of several re-inkers onto a piece of plastic wrap. Fold wrap in half to spread ink around. Then unfold & ink your brayer by rolling it across this newly created palette of
color. Then spritz with a water bottle and roll out onto your card stock for a very pretty watercolor look.
12. Liquid Applique: Using the white Liquid Applique, squeeze a bit out & mix it with your choice of re-inker. Allow it to air dry for a smooth, shiny look or “puff” it up with the heat gun. It picks up the color of the ink. Now you can have 60 colors of Liquid Applique!
Take several colors of your special mixed Liquid Applique & squirt on card and then brayer all over (using the acrylic attachment). Then heat with the heat tool & stamp various stamps on top.
13. Dye Mulberry: Use the re-inkers to change white Mulberry paper.
14. Bubble Background Technique: Do you need the look of bubbles for your scrapbook page or card? Then you must try this way of using your re-inkers. You will need re-inkers, dish washing soap, glossy card stock, water, a wisk, a large bowl, a drinking straw, paper towels & an aluminum baking dish.
15. Dye Radiant Pearls: You can use your re-inkers to change to color of the lighter Radiant Pearls. Just put a drop of re-inker on a plastic surface like an old CD, add a light RP and voila!–you’ve created a custom RP color!
16. Dye Ribbon: Use the re-inkers to dye white Organdy or Grosgrain ribbon to any of the 60 colors. Just be sure to have a piece of paper underneath as you add the color on top of it. This is a great way to get a coordinating ribbon for your projects.
17. Foil Paper/Re-inker Technique: Emboss an open image without a lot of detail (like balloons, hearts, flowers, etc..) onto the front of a card. Use Black Colorbox & Clear Embossing Powder. Then stamp the same image onto plain foiled holiday gift wrap, simply using a dye-based ink and color in using the re-inkers. You can cut out the whole image or parts of it…depending on the look you want to achieve. Cut on the “inside” line of the image. Glue the foiled piece or pieces inside the embossed image on the card.
18. Paper Casting with Re-Inkers: Here’s something new to try. Place stamp with image side up on table. Select up to 8 squares of toilet tissue and stack them. Dampen them with water and lay them over the stamp. Place a hand towel on top and gently press down expelling some of the water from the tissue and molding it to the stamp image. Now paint on the color you want using your re-inkers and a paintbrush. Carefully remove all the tissue at one time from the stamp and lay it aside to dry. The image will appear similar to a paper casting! Place in a frame, or attach to a card, tag, collage work, etc…
19. Tissue Paper/Window Sheets/Re-Inkers: On a sheet of window sheeting, squeeze out a blob of clear gel glue. Spread with your finger and leave it fairly thick. Drop a few different colors of re- inkers on glue and spread around. Add more drops to achieve a
marbled look as desired. Cut a piece of white tissue slightly larger than the glue/ink and set aside to dry (peel back a corner to check that ink is dry). When dry, peel tissue away from window sheet & use whole or in pieces for a cool background. Finished paper has the look of stained glass.
20. Aluminum Foil/Re-Inkers: Pull a piece of foil off the roll. Fold it in half & reopen it. Squirt some of your re-inkers on the foil. Fold the foil in half again pressing together (with hand or brayer) allowing the ink to mix around. Open up and lay a blank card in the
inked foil. Fold the foil over the card. Smooth your hand over the foil allowing the ink to get on the card. Open the foil and look to see if you need to add any more…if so, repeat the process again.
21. Re-Inkers & Glue w/Tissue Paper: Stamp all images on window sheets. Color stamped images on reverse side (non-stamped side) of tissue paper. To highlight, use metallic markers. Put drops of white glue on reverse side (once the marker is dry); add drops of re- inkers. Use your fingers to smear glue and color as desired (work carefully over marker as it will flake off – it is worth the effort as the metallic markers are really what makes this pop!). Crumple white tissue paper and adhere to the glue to seal. Layer with background papers onto card.
22. “Caught in Crystal”: This is a very clever use of an ordinary household cleaning product, clear acrylic floor finish. Stamp the design of your choice on copier transparency with Black Fabrico ink. Heat fix. Spray with clear gloss fixative & heat to dry. Tape transparency, stamped side down onto a sheet of plain white paper. The tape will act as a barrier to keep the inks and floor finish from seeping under the front of the transparency. Pour a puddle of floor finish on the transparency and spread evenly over background. Add a light sprinkle of glitter. Tear a piece of tissue paper a little larger than your transparency. Crumple, open & smooth onto transparency. Add more floor finish – you want the surface wet so the dyes flow easily. Add drops of dye from re-inkers. Blend edges of colors together using a soft paint brush. Blot with a paper towel. You control how deep the colors will be at this step. If the tissue tears, don’t panic! Tear off a small piece of tissue and patch with more floor finish. Heat to dry. Hold the heat gun about 6- 8 inches from the transparency — you don’t want to melt it! Add another layer of floor finish–this is what will turn the piece crystal clear. Again, heat to dry. Cut out the inside of the taped area. The finished piece is now ready to be applied to your project.
23. Other Objects for Creating Backgrounds Using Re-Inkers:
* Kooshball – dab in re-inker & paint.
* Marbles – put in a shallow dish with drops of re-inker; roll side to side.
* Rubber Ball – bounce it in re-inker and then onto card stock.
* Piece of Mesh – dye it or use a sponge and re-inker to create a cool grid on your card stock.
* Bubble Wrap – dab in re-inker and then press onto card stock.
* Sandwich Baggie – bunch it up, dab into ink & then onto card stock.
*Sponges – use any kind, dab & paint.
*Try any household object!