This is the Week 1 – Part 2 of Thinking Inking from Jennifer McGuire and 2 Peas In A Bucket and it is all about stamping with distress inks.

Basic Stamping:

  • Jennifer says that they may look a little splotchy when you first stamp with the distress inks but they even out as they absorb and dry
  • Tim Holtz also suggests to prime your stamps with Ranger black Archival Ink and let it dry on your stamp if you are having trouble stamping. I was having trouble with some of my acrylic stamps and this hint really helped – but then i don’t mind if my stamps have colour on them, as long as they are clean ;-) this may not be the solution for everybody

Stamping + Perfect Pearls:

  • stamp your image
  • using a brush, apply the perfect pearls mica powder. Perfect pearls has a built in binder so will set when it comes in contact with moisture.
  • it also gives a great effect if you spritz the image with a mini mister and let the distress ink wick out from under the perfect pearls.

Embossing With Distress Ink:

  • as distress inks stay wet longer, they work well with embossing powders
  • stamp the image and sprinkle embossing powder over the image
  • set with a heat tool

Partial Embossing With Distress Ink:

  • partial embossing has the same steps as embossing but before you set with the heat tool you flick it, to remove some of the powder which lets the stamped colour show through the embossing colour
  • different combinations of ink and powder will give you many different end results

Watercolour Stamping With Distress Inks:

  • ink up the stamp
  • wipe on a darker colour on the edges of the stamp
  • lightly spritz with a mini mister
  • stamp the image and dry with a heat tool
  • this technique is especially beautiful on watercolour paper

Another great video from Jennifer McGuire and 2 Peas In A Bucket – click on this link to get the PDF. You can also click on this link to see other videos in the Thinking Inking series.


Kaye xoxo

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