Monday 15 July 2024

2024 Topic 5: Ink Pads {by Etsuko Noguchi} on the PaperArtsy Blog

Hi everyone

Etsuko My favorite things here with you today.
Ink is an essential material for working with paper crafts and sometimes greatly influences the quality of the work. And nowadays there are many different types of ink available. Today I'm going to show you a piece using the Distress Oxide ink that you're all familiar with, with explanations, and I using Gwen Lafleur's lovely new stamps. I hope you enjoy it.

Here I worked with Oxide inks on Gwen's wonderful new stamps. I describe what worked and what didn't work so well as a result.

To start I picked Beautiful Gwen's new stamp sets - EGL40 the Florentine patters and EGL41 the medallions and birds - as these sets are useful for the majority of jobs as described in PaperArsty People Facebook Gwen's demo in April and on this site here in more detail. And I picked Ranger Distress Oxide worn lipstick, wilted violet, salty ocean, cracked pistachio, shabby shutters and salvaged patina. Also I used ranger Archival Ink Cobalt and VersaFine Clair Nocturne and some 3D gloss paste, Modeling paste.

The first, these four colours (Ranger Distress Oxide worn lipstick, wilted violet, salty ocean, and salvaged patina) rubbed onto a craft sheet, sprayed with water and then dyed over it the book pages. Here, instead of filling the whole area with OXIDE, blank spaces were left like puddles.

I wanted to test the oxide effect and the translucency of the paper by applying resin on top of the dyed paper, so I did it.

Before deciding on the paper for the previous photo, I tried using old book papers and dictionary papers, but the journal background was going to be a bright colour and I liked these, but when I fitted them into the background they looked a bit dirty, so I decided to forfeit them.

The motifs I decided on for the EGL41 bird and medallion on the front and back covers were printed on the earlier resin-covered paper, I tried Ranger Embossing Powder Black and Gold, but the motifs were hard to make out as shown in the picture below, so I tried Ranger Embossing Powder Clear on Versafine Nocturne and liked it, so I decided to go for it.

The central bird and medallion I have chosen for the covers.

Images of EGL40 and EGL41 stamp sets were embossed in Ranger Embossing Powder Black on the same paper as the front cover to create the journal windows.

Background paper made on Smoothy (Heavyweight) A4 white stamping card with Ranger Distress Oxide - salty ocean, peacock feathers, salvaged patina and shabby shutters, then I used the PaperArtsy brayer on that background with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Snowflake to reduce colour slightly Finish.

EGL41 was randomly stamped on top of that background using shabby shutters and broken china.

The background paper was cut into six 4.5" square pieces, each textured with Gwen's stencil using 3D transparent paste.

Then on each sheet of paper a window was made using PaperArtsy Dies - Tulip, Grunge Flower #1, Full Heart, Scallop Flower. (These dies also include out of stock).

And I distressed around the cards using some paper distresser.

Base paper made from salvaged patina, salty ocean and peacock feathers for the embellishment around the window.

I used EGL41 stamp and circle cut.

The downloaded image was cut with a circle punch and coloured with broken china and vintage photo.

Next, the hinges for the cards were made using two different types of embossing powder on acetate with EGL41 stamp.

It was really shining but I couldn't get a good photo of it, even though it often shines when the subject doesn't want it to shine.

Now I will show you the completed journal in one step. Let's start with the cover!

The paper left over from the embellishment was trimmed around the window and the embellishment placed.

And continues.

The back cover.

Finally, I will show you a picture of a picture held up to the light, and this will become our quarter's theme 'Hidden' and the Die-cut motifs will emerge.

These are with our current topic of 'Inks' and quarter Theme of 'Hidden' with Gwen's beautiful EGL40 and EGL41 stamp sets.  In the Theme 'Hidden' I was very happy to be able to use the dies I got first before. And it was a little difficult to clearly show the effect of Distress Oxide Inks in the photos, but I hope this helps to convey the message and enjoy it. Thank you so much for visiting here.

Etsuko xxx

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Thursday 11 July 2024

2024 Topic 5: Ink Pads {by Ann Barnes} on the PaperArtsy Blog

Hi everyone, Ann (aksbarchitect CREATES) here with you today.

I've been keeping busy with my family lately. My youngest just finished high school and will be heading off to college at the end of summer. Along with celebrating her achievements, we have been preparing for the next step and savoring the summer days before she leaves. 

When I heard that inks/ink pads would be the fifth topic for the PaperArtsy blog, I immediately thought of working with alcohol inks and the Alcohol Lift Ink Pad. I love the vibrant colors of alcohol inks and there are so many techniques to play around with. I am also wondering if perhaps my desire to work with the alcohol ink might have something to do with the fact that it is sometimes not easily controlled, you simply need to embrace the beauty of the flow... kind of like having your youngest leave the nest.

For me, Lynne Perrella stamps and bright and bold colors go hand in hand. I have a floating glass frame that I've been holding onto for a while and I think it would make a wonderful sun catcher to hang in a bright spot. I want to combine the beautiful PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Collection stamps (LPC040) with alcohol ink. I imagine it will be stunning as the sun shines through it during these long summer days. I look forward to sharing some of my experimental play with the alcohol inks during the creation of the piece. I am really pleased with how the piece turned out, giving off a wonderful summer vibe. I already have ideas for creating inserts for different seasons. 

One of my favorite aspects of the piece is how I incorporated the "hidden" theme into the design. 
Using alcohol lift ink, I was able to create a ghosted stamp design in the background. This adds a bit of interest without taking over the focus. I can't wait to share the process with you.

Knowing I was creating something to enjoy this summer, I chose bright vivid colors, opting for yellow, blue, teal, orange, purple and magenta, but I believe that any colors you my have would work splendidly. The Lynne Perrella Collection stamp set 40 (LPC040) has a beautiful detailed sun image that I thought would be wonderful as a focal point. Being in the summer mindset meant that I also would use the fish stamp from the same set.

Knowing the size of the frame I will be using allows me to select different stamp designs that may fit best. You can always use portions of a stamp to fit an area if the overall dimensions don't work out. When I chose the sun stamp, I wanted a blue/teal "sky" color for the background and Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink (Stream) was perfect.

The best alcohol ink results are achieved on a non-porous substrate. For this project, I used Grafics clear Dura-Lar as my base. There are a number of ways to apply ink to the surface, and varying opinions on each. It's always best to try different techniques and decide what works best for you. You can find a bunch of videos on YouTube to help you get started if you have never worked with alcohol inks before. (I really enjoy watching Tim Holtz demo alcohol inks!) I like to create a solid background by using a paint brush with the ink. You can use either alcohol ink blending solution or isopropyl alcohol as your fluid medium. If using alcohol, be sure to always use at least 91% (or higher) alcohol.

When the backgrounds are dry, I will incorporate my "hidden" feature. To do this, I use an alcohol lift ink pad and a stamp. Always be sure to clean the stamp prior to using it with lift ink. Also note that the more vibrant and more heavily inked the base, the better the "lifted" image. A high contrast allows the details to show clearly.

Now to the magic of the alcohol lift ink...

Using the Alcohol Lift Ink pad (by Ranger industries), ink the stamp then stamp onto the background making sure to put even pressure along the entire image. Then, carefully lift the stamp off the background and set aside. Using a clean cloth (or a smooth paper towel) blot the stamped design, constantly turning the towel to a clean area before blotting another section. Essentially what we are doing is removing the lift ink. In order to keep the image crisp, it is important that you do not rub the area and smudge the ink, you want to simply blot and lift the towel then repeat the procedure with a clean area of the towel until all traces of the lift ink are removed and you can see a negative of the image. So instead of seeing a stamped image on the background, you will have the background with the image removed from it.

Once you have completed the blotting process, you can attend to the stamp that is now "inked" with lift ink and the alcohol ink that it removed. This can be stamped onto another substrate. I prefer to stamp this onto Ranger Industries - alcohol ink cardstock. The coating on this paper accepts the alcohol ink beautifully. Once you have stamped the image, wipe off the stamp and start again. It is important that you wipe your stamp clean each time before inking it with the alcohol lift ink.

I created a pattern on the background by repeatedly stamping and blotting the fish image from Lynne Perrella Collection 040 (
LPC040). I love the detailing that is visible upon close inspection.

I had originally envisioned a richly colored background, but had a difficult time getting a smooth, non streaky base layer of alcohol ink, so I ended up using the lighter colored background. Initially I was disappointed; however, once the pattern emerged, I was glad that it played more into the quarterly "hidden" theme. This will give me more opportunity to showcase the focal images with vibrant colors. Having my background established, it was now time to focus on my favorite way to use alcohol inks, painting with them. For me, the easiest way to do this is using a palette of alcohol ink that is essentially dry in wells (or pans). The palette I use is byTim Holtz and contains 36 compartments for different colors.

Using Ranger Archival Ink and a stamping platform, I stamped the images onto the Dur a Lar and allowed it to dry completely. Since the alcohol ink will smear the archival ink, and my base is clear, I will be "painting" the reverse side. I add color to reverse side of each of the images and allow it to dry. If you are not happy with something, alcohol ink is easily removed by using a brush loaded with alcohol and taking up the unwanted ink, then wiping the brush on a paper towel. You can then go back in and re-paint the area.

Painting with the alcohol ink takes a bit of practice and a lot of acceptance. Although you can somewhat control the ink, it still sometimes has a mind of its own. Depending on how wet your brush is when you load it will make all the difference as to how much it bleeds once it is brushed onto the substrate. It's a great idea to keep a paper towel beside the palette to absorb some of the alcohol before picking up the color.

I like to keep two small jars of 91% alcohol handy when I am painting with alcohol ink. The first I  try to keep as clean as possible, to use as a fluid medium for painting. The other jar is used to clean my brush between colors. Similar to using watercolor paints, if you mix the pigment with muddy liquid it will affect the color when you got to paint with it. The clearer the alcohol you are mixing with, the truer the ink color will be when you are painting with it.

Once you are satisfied with your painting, allow it to dry. This won't take long, alcohol ink dries very quickly. 

I changed out the original chain that the frame was supposed to hang from with a wire and some trade beads that I had from my stash. Then I trimmed the piece to fit into my frame and voila! I already have ideas for creating different pieces to use in the frame. the PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Collection has so many beautiful designs, maybe I won't just limit myself to seasons...