How to get a vintage look.

It’s Technique Tuesday! There is an easy way to get a whitewash vintage look. Grab your white craft ink refill, an aqua painter, and a silicone mat. If you don’t have a silicone mat then grab a piece of waxed paper. Basically you want something to create a palette without the ink soaking into it.

Place about 5 drops of ink on your mat. Fill the aqua painter with water. Then proceed to whitewash your stamped image. You will want to stamp with the memento ink so as to not smear. Let dry between layers so the paper does not start to break down.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using an aqua painter to glue.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Do you know that the Aqua Painter can be used to glue product together? Yes, the Aqua Painter. No, I have not lost it (more than any other day).

Take the Aqua Painter and make sure it is rinsed and cleaned fully. Then fill with water. As you are finishing that stack of cards to go out in the mail use the Aqua Painter to glue or stick the envelope flap to the envelope. No more paper cut on your lip or that yucky taste from the envelope glue.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When pencils are paintbrushes and aqua painters become ink pads.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! I’m sure you are reading this headline and wondering if I am stuck on Wacky Wednesday. To answer your question…nope. I know what I am doing. Trust me on this one.

So today I am asking you to shake up your shimmer paint and dip your pencil in the lid to get those flower centers. To get the purple centers I lightly dipped my stylus into my ink pad. Remember the word lightly, please.

I also took an aqua painter filled 3/4 of the way with rubbing alcohol and dripped about 8 drops of shimmer paint into the barrel. I capped it tightly and gently shook the pen until all was mixed. I uncapped away from my card stock and then squeezed the barrel until I had my wet shimmer paint coming out. I then brushed it on to the stamp (Floral Essence, out on June 4) and stamped away to create my background.

Remember to cut almost double the ribbon you need with the copper trim so you can stretch it to make it look like a net.

Here’s the cards…

For the video please go to https://youtu.be/UVMQJTX2pmw.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using blocks to color.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! With the new ink pads there are quite a few things you can’t do that you used to be able to. You can’t dip your blender pen in the ink directly. The lid doesn’t bend to get ink in it and watercolor. And you can’t run your card stock in it to ink the edges.

Instead you need to grab a sponge or dauber to get your edges. And in order to watercolor or use a blender pen you need a clear block. Yes, a clear block.

Grab a clear block and dip it in an ink pad. Then use the ink on the block with the blender pen or aqua painter. You have created a flat art palette of sorts.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to watercolor with the new ink pads.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you tried to watercolor with the new ink pads? The old ones “squished” pretty well so you could get some ink in the lid and use your aqua painter or blender pen to watercolor. The new pads are quite rigid and don’t “squish” well.

So instead of giving your ink pad a squeeze, grab a clear block. Dip the block in the ink and then dip the aqua painter or blender pen in the inked block.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

An easy way to lick ’em and stick ’em.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  If you are finishing up your Christmas cards then you are probably trying to figure out how to not lick all those envelopes.  Protect your tongue from paper cuts.  And I bet you’ve tried a sponge to wet that glue strip and half the time it sticks instead of gliding across.  So here’s another product to try.  Take your aqua painter and wet the edge with the brush.  Just remember to rinse the brush after so the glue residue doesn’t dry.

Using an aqua painter to wet the glue on an envelope flap.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂