Direct To Paper (DTP)
by Lydia Fiedler
Add ink directly on to your cardstock with your ink pad.
- Neutral colored Cardstock
- Dye and pigment inks, large and small
- Chipboard pieces (optional)
- Embossing folders and die-cutting machine (optional)
Direct to paper just involves using your ink pad as a stamp.
Apply the lightest color you are working with to the paper first, so you don't contaminate your ink pads.
Make a stripe with one end of the narrowest side of the dye based ink pad, pressing firmly and dragging the ink pad about two inches across the center of a white card front.
Using a second, darker color, and overlapping slightly, press and drag the narrow end of your ink pad in a stripe next to your first stripe.
Repeat step two with your third color. If the edge of your inkpad is curved or leaves voids, you can go over each stripe multiple times if needed.
This is the finished background.
Finish your card with stamps.
Direct to paper can also be used to create faux textures, like wood. Start with a base color of dye ink (grey used here) - and make rough stripes vertically on the card. Layer additional dye colors and pigment inks (aqua used here) to create a distressed, pickled wood look.
The background of this paper was created with the Faux Barn Board technique.
Pigment inks are perfect for creating opaque colors on chipboard elements.
Use the DTP technique to apply aqua pigment ink to the base of a cameo chipboard, and white pigment ink for the silhouette piece for a beautiful vintage element.
Using small dye based ink pads, rub the raised part of dry embossed cardstock to get dramatic contrast or a distressed, faux tin look.
Use punches or dies to create small accents.
Use a variety of ink colors and embossing folders for unique looks with this technique.
Arrange these pieces on a finished card.