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Inking – Trial & {Mostly} Error

On the rare occasion that I’m not rushing to get something done RIGHT NOW I like to take my time and experiment. Once a scientist, always a scientist I guess. I’ve been working on a paper banner for my Valentine’s Day buffet (look for a revel sometime next week!) and it was missing something. A lot of something. I thought about rhinestones, ribbons, all that jazz. Then it hit me. Ink. I’ll ink up the edges, add some contrast. Make it fancy. Like on my Gift Tag Ornaments.
Teaser from the banner
I’m using my slice. I’m not using easy shapes. I’ve got words, fun shapes, all sorts of stuff to ink. I used the plain ol’ ink pad on the gift tags. but those were circles and rectangles. There has to be a better way, an easier way, a more reliable way.
So I dug around my craft room and came up with this little trial. 
I cut 5 semi-identical flowers with my slice, off the Wedding card. I grabbed a blue ink pad to make sure the ink would show up in pictures. I also grabbed a basic stiff paint brush, a stencil brush, a q-tip and  a basic soft paint brush. The final flower was inked using only the ink pad.
First up was the stiff brush. It’s one I’ve got hanging around since my high school days, nothing special. Probably from a cheap-o multi-pack. Draw your own conclusions but to me it looks like it was done with a paint brush. It was tricky getting enough ink to really show up without going too far and basically creating a border.
Next up, the stencil brush. This is the most subtle. I like it, it can be really subtle or have more impact depending up how much pouncing you do.
Eeeeeee…. Yeah. Not great. I like the left, that’s using very little almost no ink at all. The right is what happens when you use too much ink. Basically a maker. 
I think this is my favorite. It’s subtle but not so much that you can’t see it. It highlights the interior cut outs. I didn’t ‘paint’ with the brush so much as ‘scrub’ using a very small amount of ink. 

The original. The biggest failure. I couldn’t get into the nooks and cut outs. The paper was to pliable to dig into the ink pad (works better with card stock) so I got very little ink on the paper where I wanted it. I had to do a lot of fancy bending to try and ink the inner petals but ended up with quite a few smears. 

Here we have the side by side. My two faves are the the on the right. 
What do you think? Which ones do you like?
*I used the stencil brush for the birdie*
Do you have any other options for me?
And… a word about the future! Expect a few baby-centric projects in the works. 
Thanks to this little guy:
I’d like to introduce you all to Mr. Bentley. My first ever nephew!

Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Your new nephew is simply adorable.

  2. I agree. I like the two subtle ones on the right.
    Your nephew is a little doll.

  3. What a cutie pie. I like the ones on the right best too. I found you at country Momma Cooks. I host a weekly fri-monday linky if you ever want to link up. I am also hosting a Valentine contest with some great prizes. Hope to see you soon.

  4. Your first ever nephew is an angel ! Enjoy your time with him.
    I also like the right best . Keep your creative energy flowing !

  5. Great tutorial….Sweet baby…Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks….Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Hi. I’m stopping by from Creative Monday Blog hop. I love this idea and can’t wait to try it. I’m your newest follower 🙂

  7. Ohh fun. Ive never tried inking. And your nephew is just precious! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday 🙂

  8. Good tut of the different ways to do it. And boy is that nephew of yours CUUUUTE! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!