Creating….with pigment inks

September 11, 2011

in Card Ideas

I haven’t made an entry since February 7th.  That makes me sad.  It’s been a struggle but I have a plan.  It is to post 3 times a week.  It may be short; it may be long but something like this:

The first posting will be “Creating” and will feature a technique, possibly related to Thursday’s free demo.

The second posting will be “Lasting” and will feature a product that we just got in the store.

The third posting will be “Memories” where I will share favorite quotes, journaling ideas, stories or photos.

This week “Creating” is all about using pigment inks.  If you haven’t been in the store for the demos lately, I’ve been doing a series of demonstrations on the different kind of inks.  Thursday we played with pigment inks.  Before Tim Holtz, these rich, thick, colorful inks were THE way to do direct-to-paper backgrounds.  Cats Eye pads by Colorbox are perfect for this technique.  Just apply light pressure as you hold the pad in your hand and press the ink to the paper in a circular motion.  Generally I choose 3 colors and start with the lightest.  Add the darkest color to the edges.

This type of background is great for collage stamps.  Just stamp with black dye ink and you’ve got a simple stunning card.  Then embellish and you’ve got it.

Here’s a couple of cards I made using the same block stamp (ie. four different stamps on one wood cube).  This is the card you will make tomorrow in the Make-a-Card-Monday class at Creating Lasting Memories beginning at 11:00 a.m.

091211 fauna

Try using different papers for your direct to paper technique.  It should be matte though, not glossy. Pigment inks never dry on glossy paper. I used some of Tim Holtz’ embossed kraft line.

Here’s another example – same technique and stamp –  just different colors:

091211 nest

One last tip: if your collage stamps has a face, be sure and leave that area with no color or just a bit of your lightest color.


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