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Old 02-09-2015, 10:20 AM   #1  
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Question BOKEH Technique



I was on Dawns Stamping Studio blog the other day and she was doing a card with what she called a Bokeh technique. I loved the look but when she was doing it I noticed that her white ink pad was picking up the purples from her dauber. I made a comment and asked how does one get the ink pad back to white but she never answered me.(maybe it's just me but whenever I ask a question I never get responses except on SCS) So I thought I'd ask all of you instead. Has anyone done this and if so how do you get all the transferred ink off your white pad?

here's her site if you don't know what I'm talking about and Thanks in advance!

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My guess is that you can't. The only way I can see to do this, without ruining your inkpad is to use small pieces of foam you can throw after each application, if its picked up a darker colour. Maybe the base ink might make a difference, if its not completely dry, maybe it transfers more than it would if left to dry for a while, or heat set? Or you could use a white re-inker, and squeeze a little onto your craft mat?
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That's actually a great idea using a re-inker. That will work for what I wanted to do anyway!
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That was one of those spur of the moment thoughts, lol, just came to me while I was typing. Glad it solves your problem. It's also given me a heads up for when I try it out, lol.
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Never even thought of that. I would love to try this idea and would hate to ruin thewhite ink pad. Probably could even scrunch the ink pad down on the craft mat to get the ink to use for the design. Especially if your like me and dont have reinker. Thanks for the heads up.
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I did not watch the video... but, what if you just cleaned the stamp each time before you pressed it into the pad?
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What about using watercolors or Inktense - something that won't lift when it's retouched?
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I did not watch the video... but, what if you just cleaned the stamp each time before you pressed it into the pad?
In the video she is using stencils and applying the white ink over the purplish inked background. The background needs to stay damp for the effect to work.

Shazsilverwolf it's a pretty good idea to use pieces of foam that can be disposed of for each stencil. Maybe I'll try that.
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Never even thought of that. I would love to try this idea and would hate to ruin thewhite ink pad. Probably could even scrunch the ink pad down on the craft mat to get the ink to use for the design. Especially if your like me and dont have reinker. Thanks for the heads up.
Brilliant idea, ailhelen. I didn't think of doing it that way.
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I used Gelatos directly to the card, and that worked well - just blended it in the stencil opening with my finger.
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This isn't a cost effective solution but I have 2 white ink pads - one is pristine and the other not so much. I labeled the pristine pad with a big "NO' and that tells me I don't use it for anything that could transfer another color onto the pad. The other not so pretty pad is one that isn't pure white anymore so if I do transfer some ink onto the pad it doesn't matter.

I do the same thing with my VersaMark pads. One is pristine and another looks kind of dirty. I use the dirty pad when I don't need perfectly clear ink.

I haven't accidently trashed either of my pristine white or VersaMark pads since I labeled them.
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You could rub your dauber off on scrap paper to make sure all the color is off before taking it to your white ink pad again.

Just like you would clean off your Dove Blender tip before picking up a new color.

That's a beautiful technique. I didn't realize the purple ink (background) had to still not be set/dry for this technique to work. Glad someone mentioned it.
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Just make sure it's dry before you use your white craft pad and it works fine. I just made a card with this technique.
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I made a ghetto stencil last weekend and the background I did was a previously dried artbars wash on watercolor paper and the ink I used was versamagic chalk ( because, it was a white one I had) and it did not transfer the colors from the card to the pad.

(and as far as I can see it looks just like some of the other finished cards I have seen posted?)
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I'm guessing using this technique would keep that from happening - Watercolor Bokeh Tutorial - Splitcoaststampers - and you would still get the same effect.
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