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Old 09-17-2012, 02:06 AM   #10
lylacfey
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This might be a little hard core. I make my own "Brilliance" ink pads. I mix Pearl Ex with a bit of gum arabic & glycerin. I spread it on flat makeup sponges. You can also use a spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol to spritz the sponge. The rubbing alcohol helps with drying time.

Gum Arabic gives your inks a shiny and gloss appearance. It helps spread the inks. It also has a slow drying time so it acts like Tim's distress inks so you can blend easier.

Glycerin will make your inks pigment. Essentially embossing ink is glycerin.

For normal painting (Coloring stamp images) I use gum arabic and reinkers. The results were so pretty and shiny. I usually make my stamp pads with gum arabic, reinkers and glycerin.
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