Must Have Monday: Ink Refills
One of the first tips I was given when purchasing Stampin' Up!® supplies was to buy the refills alongside the inks. Well, because I was so gung ho and purchased ALL of the stamp pads at once, my wallet wasn't feeling the added expense. And honestly, I thought to myself, what's the big deal? I shouldn't need the re-inkers for quite a while anyway, right?
Technically, my line of thinking was correct. Most of my ink pads are still going strong more than a year later, and a few are downright juicy! However, now that I have invested in the re-inkers I realize there was a lot of fun techniques I was missing out on. For today's Must Have Monday I wanted to talk to you a bit about what you may be missing out on if you don't have the refills.
Magic in a Bottle
While there are probably more uses than I've come across for re-inkers, I wanted to mention a few favorites. First up is spritzing: fun, easy, and stunning. Simply add a few drops of ink refills into a Stampin' Spritzer, fill with water or alcohol, and spritz away. I always begin with just a few drops and add more as wanted for color intensity.
Next up is what's known as the Baby Wipe Technique. Here again, you're using just a few drops of ink (these little bottles go a LONG way) this time onto a baby wipe. Next, take your stamp and ink it up using the baby wipe as your ink pad. Stamp for a fun and unique finished image! The fun part here is that you can add multiple colors for a personalized stamp pad or stick to one for an altered image. Either way, it will be a fun technique o have in your back pocket!
The Polished Stone Technique
My absolute FAVORITE technique is the Polished Stone technique. Another simple method to create a jaw dropping background, you'll need a few things:
- 2-3 re-inkers (more can begin to get mottled)
- Glossy Paper
- Cotton Balls
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Wink of Stella (optional)
For today's project I used a combination of Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo. To create your background you need to dunk your cotton ball into the rubbing alcohol, then add drops of your re-inkers. I did three drops of each color on my cotton ball and topped it off with a few drops of Wink of Stella (just squeeze your pen until it begins to drip).
After that, it's nothing but creative freedom! The harder you press, the more ink you transfer. I would do a few practice dabs before commiting to your own personal dabbing style. The alcohol and ink will dry pretty quickly, so this technique is even great for kids, as you don't need to worry too much about smudging! Within two minutes my background was dry to the touch!
If you haven't invested in the ink refills, I hope you'll rethink their value! Considering the techniques specific to them, as well as keeping your ink pads and Stamp n' Write Markers happy, they are like magic in a bottle. Head on down to the comments and let me know your favorite technique with the re-inkers!