Posted by Tara Smithberg
It's time for another technique! We hope you will be able to use these quick, easy and inexpensive techniques in the classes you teach and in the sample projects you display in your store.
During the next several weeks, our designer, Traci Armbrust, will be showing us how to use various inking techniques on plastic. This is an easy way to really make your scrapbook and cards pages pop.
Today, we will be working with StazOn, a solvent based ink pad designed for decorating non-porous surfaces, such as glass, metal, foil, leather and, of course, clear plastic sheets. This permanent ink has a transparent quality, depending on how much is applied. It comes in a variety of colors--we will be using the opaque cotton white for this project.
Here, we've cut out the shapes we will be working with from clear plastic sheets. Be sure to take off the clear protective film on each side of the plastic before you start to apply the ink.
Next, take the ink pad itself and lightly sweep across the top of the plastic, making sure not to rub the pad on the hard edge of the shape. This will make the ink pad wear quicker. Apply as much or as little ink, depending on how transparent you want the shape to be.
Here is the finished flower shape. We applied more ink to the petals and left the middle of the flower clear. This flower was cut using the Flowers #6 die.
Just to show you the varying levels of transparency you can achieve with this ink, here is our original flower on the left and a flower that is heavily inked on the right.
Here is a completed project using the inked flower shapes. I love how the white ink just adds so much more dimension and texture to the flowers. They almost pop off the page, especially against the dark brown background. Other dies used on this page include the 11 1/2" giant Scalloped Square, Birds #1 and Black Tie uppercase and lowercase letters.
Here is a winter project using this ink technique on a snowman shape created using the jumbo Snowman #1 die. You can see that adding just a bit of white ink around the edges of the snowman really gives it a frosty look and feel. Other dies used on this page include the mini Fall & Winter and Wish die.
This technique would also be great on many other shapes using various colors of ink. If you have any projects or other ideas you would like to share, please let us know!