How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Get softly blended colours using a blending tool and sponge, working from your craft mat onto your card to get the best finish. Or swipe the pads across your card for deeper colour, overlapping the colours with your blending tool.
Distress Inks contain stuff (technical term) that remains wet for a little while, and any handling before the ink is dry will partially remove the ink. Ask me how I know. To avoid this, give it a short blast with a heat gun to set the ink before handling.
The obvious way is to sponge inks through the stencil, but I like Tim's other method of applying the ink pad directly to the stencil, spritzing the ink, then laying the stencil, ink side down onto the card, dabbing up the excess with a paper towel.
The colour is reliable and stays true when water is added.
Which brings me on to ...
Oh it's so much fun spritzing Distress Inks! Ink up a stamp with your Distress Ink pad, give it a light spritz, then stamp onto your card. Add a little more spritzing and watch the magic happen. (Results will vary depending on the card you are using.)
The Magic of Walnut Stain
There's something magical about Walnut Stain. If you sponge the edges of your work with Walnut Stain, it immediately adds depth to your work, and it seems to complement any colour scheme, even when you think it wouldn't.
You can stack the full-sized pads several high on top of each other to save space. Keep them in colour groups, add an index label and a coloured label on the side for easy identification. I had mine stacked in piles 8 high until I bought a craft storage rack.
Oh, Minis - you're definitely my favourite! You can fit 48 Minis into an A4 plastic storage box. The circular mini blending sponges fit neatly into the recess under each pad. Two blending tools stop the Minis from moving around in the box.
I'm not a neat crafter (!) but I do get twitchy if the colours are out of order, or if the writing on the lids isn't all facing the same way. OCD, me?
Instant Colour Palette
I love to make a customised ink palette by dabbing select Minis onto an acrylic block, then I can pick up the colour with a wet paintbrush and paint neatly (not very often), or slosh and splatter (yeah!).
Pop back tomorrow for some sloshing and splattering - my favourite technique! Here's a little sneak peek...
See you tomorrow!
Distress Inks here.
Blending tools and foam pads here.
Heat tool here.
Acrylic blocks here.