When black ink isn’t enough.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Did you know that sometimes even our black ink isn’t black enough? When you need a silhouette you can just stamp it with ink, you can color over the ink, or emboss with powder. Watch at noon as I go Live to demonstrate how to have the blackest black.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Ink with embossing folders.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day that we use our stamp pads in a totally different way. Take your ink pad and open it just like you would when you are stamping. Then apply ink to your embossing folder. Pay attention to what side you are inking. If you want the ink on the raised side then you will place the ink on the side of the folder that has the logo. Lay your card stock in the embossing folder and run through your die-cutting machine just like always.

The one on the left is very vanilla card stock with early espresso ink. The one on the right is early espresso card stock with white ink.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Clear envelopes for more than just cards.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you ordered the clear envelopes before? Do you use them to protect your cards? That is what they were intended for. But they can also be used to organize and keep small pieces. It can also be used as a bag to hold ink. Clip the corner off and drip ink to create a background. In a pinch an envelope can also be used as somewhat of a glove to protect from ink.

How do you use the clear envelopes?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Swirl with a purpose.

It’s Technique Tuesday! There are several ways to sponge. You can take a sponge and just barely get the edge of a piece of card stock to offset your accent piece. You can color the entire background with just a sponge like we did in the cactus card. Or you can put some texture and depth to the lacy one. Depending on what you want to accent will be where you put the most ink or pressure.

As you can see there are some heavier spots of ink which is where I wanted the accent to be.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

What ink to use when.

It’s Technique Tuesday! A technique does not look like much of anything without the right ink. So for today I have found a chart for you with what ink to use when. If you have any questions please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing paste adds cool touches.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know a little bit of embossing paste can add just a hint of snow or a tiny bit of texture?  If you can’t afford to buy all the different colors of embossing paste then just get the one with no color in it.  You can then separate it out and add bits of glitter or a tiny bit of shimmer paint (or re-inker) to create a different look.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamping is not just for paper.

Remember to think outside the box.  You can stamp on more than just cardstock.  Recently I ran across an idea to stamp on wood to create those signs that it seems everyone is doing right now.  If you stamp on glass with basic black you will want to take a heat gun to fully dry the ink.  Ink is not just for paper.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂