Today's tutorial piece is used on a LO i did of Pezzy's favorite backyard activity - her sand & water table:
more skitterbugs of course!! the colorful band, die cut shapes and title are all cut from a paper i colored using a technique i call reinker smoosh (for lack of a better word). i originally saw the idea in the technique junkies newsletter which i highly recommend.
As i said in my last tutorial - reinkers can be used for more than reinking your stamp pads. So we gather our supplies: 2-3 colors reinkers - it is especially nice if you have a metallic or shimmery reinker - in this case i used a purple opalite reinker. i have found the brilliance to be too thick and the dye reinkers seem to work better than pigments. in addition you need a brayer, 2 sheets of acetate, either ranger glossy cardstock or plain cardstock. If you use glossy cardstock you will need to cover it in clear embossing powder and heat because the ink won't dry. this gives it a different look - shinier darker deeper colors.
now i rarely make an entire full size piece. instead i cut my cardstock down - you need two pieces and place them back to back if using glossy. then i cut my acetate in half. squirt the reinkers randomly over one piece of acetate.
working sort of quickly (no pressure!), place the other piece of acetate on top and run your brayer over it to move the reinker around. i find it is better to use a light hand and move it toward the center not toward the sides or it will be too thin and all ooze out. you want to have it a bit thick. now peel the acetate sheets apart, place your papers down, cover with the other piece of acetate and brayer quickly. lift the acetate off and take the pieces out. now IF you used glossy paper you will need to cover it with clear embossing powder and heat.
i tried to take pics of each but it is hard to compare in just a picture so i encourage everyone to try both and experiment. this first one is the glossy with embossing powder - i DID have this occasionally flake off a bit but not enough to ruin my project.
This one is plain cardstock - the opalite makes more of a presence on the plain cardstock but the overall color is somewhat duller...i like both ways really.
and there you have it! reinkers can be purchased on my site. i have the majority of the ranger reinkers in stock. i have yet to "accumulate" all of the tsukineko reinkers but will always order it if i get a request. especially the opalites!
how about another bit of blog candy??? winner will be picked at random. post a comment and tell me the wierdest place you have ever scrapped. iam incredibly boring and scrapping on the floor because my table is too messy is as weird as it gets with me :P but at CKC everyone had the coolest super totes and then in a magazine a lady said she takes stuff up to scrap in front of the tv at night so i thought - where else do people scrap......??
What can you win???? how about your choice of 4 tiny ink pads any color - choose from memento dew drops, brilliance dew drops, versamagic dew drops or encore squares!
and if you try this technique DO let me know how it goes - i am always curious if anyone gives something new a try!