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Old 10-01-2008, 07:53 AM   #1  
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Default inking the edges of your cards. i must need

a 'for dummies' tutorial, because I always hate the way mine look when i do that but love everyone else's. any hints? what do you ink with? is there a tutorial out there???
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I don't know if there's a tutorial or not. But I've noticed if I ink with my little inks, like colorbox (the cat eye shape), they are a lot easier to control. When I used a big ink pad, it was a lot harder, and the ink didn't seem to look very good. Also, I don't know if it makes a difference, but my big ink pad is dye ink, and the colorbox ones are pigment ink. But that might not make any difference, it might just be the size of the ink pad. Hope that helps even a little.
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I like to use a dauber or a sponge--I find it gives me nice control and a nice edge.
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I, too, use the 'cats eye' ink pads and use a 'pouncing' technique on the edges by holding the pad side ways and pushing it into the side of the card edge.. if you want more onto the top of the card area hold the pad a little more towards the front of the card... is this clear as mud? lol...
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I agree on the cat eye's as they are a chalkier ink too, so it gives that distressed look. I also have the Quick Quotes chalk inks which work nicely and give a more smokey affect. It seems using some type of sponge or dauber works for a lot of people, I am just too lazy to dirty up something else. If I get too much ink, i just quickly grab a piece of scrap paper and wipe. The thing about inking is its not necessarily always supposed to look neat. Hope you can work it out!
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I use the VersaColor cubes right on the edges (and on my flowers) and am quite pleased with the results! These are pigment inks, but not sure if that really matters... I will have to give it a try with my new Memento Dew Drops (they are dye).
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I've tried cotton balls, SU sponges and SU stampin'spots to get different effects.
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I bought some stippling brushes and also two Elmer's brand kids paint brushes at Dollar Tree and they work great. It gives a stippled look if you do it lightly and fills in if you go over several times. I used several kinds of ink pads and they all worked well.

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I was the same way until recently i purchased some Cat eye with the stylus and I love the outcome, also the little finger dabbers work great too.
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I bought some stippling brushes and also two Elmer's brand kids paint brushes at Dollar Tree and they work great. It gives a stippled look if you do it lightly and fills in if you go over several times. I used several kinds of ink pads and they all worked well.

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I do this too. I have an old, stiff, wiry paintbrush that I pince into the ink pad and then pounce on the edge of my cardstock. I like it because you can control how light or dark you want it. I must be dauber-challenged, I always get big dark splotches with them.
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I love using daubers for mine. Much better control for me than using the whole ink pad.
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When I use Classic ink, I use sponge daubers or stampin' sponges cut into quarters.

When I want a more muted look, I use my Craft Ink Spots by Stampin' Up!, I love th effect this ink gives.

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I love my new distress inks. I've been using a triangular cosmetic sponge on top of a homemade plastic craft sheet. I watched Tim Holtz demonstrate how he inks the edges as well as some gals on You Tube. You start off the CS that your using...actually using the craft sheet....and apply with circular motion working your way over to the CS. Continue working in circles touching the edges of your CS with the sponge. I think it works great and gives me just the look I was going for. I was doing direct to paper ink application but, very unhappy with the results. HTH!
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I bought a carwash sponge from W**M*** for about $1.50 and just cut pieces off of it with a scissors. I like the effect, but I've also tried cosmetic sponges, and I like that, too. I never get good results when I use the inkpad itself...
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I use both cheap shaving brushes for a softer look and for stippling, also a dense foam sponge, but I think the trick is to remember to start from the outside and work towards the center of your card /image so you can put on just enough ink. There is a roam sponge thing on a block put out by a company (maybe Hero arts or Stampendous-I'm not sure) that you ink and 'smoosh' in circles from the outside in, and that works well.
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This is a great thread! Thanks for all the great tips. I need all the help I can get.
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I watched the Tim Holtz demo and found it very helpful. Thanks.

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Where's the Tim Holtz tutorial, please?
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Keep your dry or not-so juicy pads...They are really good for distressing the edges.

I keep my dried-up (almost dry) pads and use them directly on the edges of my paper. It does wonderful distressing and edge work. I make sure to hold the paper in my left hand and the pad (upside down) in my right, then do this "shoeshine" motion with my pad...Works like a charm.

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I don't know how to put on the link, but I just went to youtube.com and searched for Tim Holtz. He has several tutorials and they are all interesting and helpful. The one I watched about distressing was about 5 minutes long. Hope this helps.

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those little dew drop ink pads work awesome. The samller the ink pad the more control you have over it.
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Keep your dry or not-so juicy pads...They are really good for distressing the edges.

I keep my dried-up (almost dry) pads and use them directly on the edges of my paper. It does wonderful distressing and edge work. I make sure to hold the paper in my left hand and the pad (upside down) in my right, then do this "shoeshine" motion with my pad...Works like a charm.

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This is exactly what I do and I love it! I just use any of my dye ink pads. If they're more juicy I just don't apply as much pressure with the pad. Holding the paper still and bringing the ink pad to the paper and rubbing it back and forth along the edges is the way I do the distressing. It takes some practice to get it just the way you like it, but it is easy to do.

I also have tried the small cat's eye ink pads and they give a really nice softer inked edge. They seem to have a more controlled look, in contrast to the dye ink pads. These are much easier to use right away if you don't want too much of a distressed look. Hope this helps
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