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Old 08-31-2017, 04:25 AM   #1
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i saw something somewhere about using ink on an embossing folder to show the detail of the embossing. I've looked through all my magazines, no luck. Can anyone here help me? Thanks for looking.
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Here's a tutorial

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Faux Patina Tutorial - Splitcoaststampers

Here's another one.
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Yet another one.

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Hope those tutorials are helpful - the letterpress one is probably the "classic" way of combining inking and a folder.

I've found a brayer is handy for getting a good, even spread on ink on the folder when you're going to run it through your die cutter (as in the second and third tutorials linked above).
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Thank you! The faux patina is exactly what I was looking for, but the others will be used as well. I'd have never found these on my own. Thanks again and have a nice day!
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Glad you found what you needed.


You can find these and many more right here on SCS. Top of the page. You can see "Home Gallery Forum Tutorials" etc... Click Tutorials and there are instructions for many techniques. There is a search available to look up anything. Give it a try!

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Is a brayer best for inking up embossing folders? I'm just wondering if it's worth buying one.
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Is a brayer best for inking up embossing folders? I'm just wondering if it's worth buying one.
I found it quite hard to avoid lines from the edge of the pad, no matter how much gentle tapping all over I did. Using a brayer gave me easy overall coverage with no harsh lines. It's not my most-used tool but I've found my brayer useful since taking the plunge and wouldn't be without it now (I got a Speedball one but I see lots so Ranger ones in use and they look fine, too).
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Hope those tutorials are helpful - the letterpress one is probably the "classic" way of combining inking and a folder.

I've found a brayer is handy for getting a good, even spread on ink on the folder when you're going to run it through your die cutter (as in the second and third tutorials linked above).
I can see this is an old thread but I’m having trouble Inking the folders. My brayer isn’t spreading the ink so I tried just the pad. After running through machine there is ink over bits I don’t want it to be. I tried using less pressure which was marginally better but not good enough to use. Any suggestions? Could my ink pad be too juicy as it’s new? Am I using the wrong card or ink? All advice appreciated
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I can see this is an old thread but I’m having trouble Inking the folders. My brayer isn’t spreading the ink so I tried just the pad. After running through machine there is ink over bits I don’t want it to be. I tried using less pressure which was marginally better but not good enough to use. Any suggestions? Could my ink pad be too juicy as it’s new? Am I using the wrong card or ink? All advice appreciated
What ink are you using? Can you characterise the problem you’re having with the brayer, in what way is it not spreading the ink? The pad being too juicy could well account for ink where you don’t want it as it’s more likely to be getting down into the recesses of the folder.
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What ink are you using? Can you characterise the problem you’re having with the brayer, in what way is it not spreading the ink? The pad being too juicy could well account for ink where you don’t want it as it’s more likely to be getting down into the recesses of the folder.
Thank you. I’m using pigment ink. My brayer is new too. When I run the brayer over the ink pad the ink doesn’t seem to be sticking to bits of it whilst other parts are smothered. I don’t really have any old pads to try. Do you think it would work if I put some ink on glass and then ran the brayer over that?
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I’m guessing if it’s pigment ink the pad is sponge? That will mean you have squishiness to deal with as well as it being juicy so if you take the pad directly to the folder it’s no surprise if you get ink in the recesses. I’d definitely be focusing on using the brayer I think. 

 As the brayer is new, you could try treating it a bit like you might with a solid rubber stamp that was not taking ink smoothly - give it a good wash with warm soapy water (rubbing the surface all over very firmly), rinse it and let it dry. You could also try rubbing it all over with a good quality white eraser before washing.

When you ink it up, try not to press down on the ink pad, roll the brayer over the surface of the pad repeatedly using really light pressure. Rather than going backwards and forwards each time you reach the edge of the pad, lift the brayer, take it back to the start and roll again. Similarly, when you ink up the folder, try rolling the brayer lightly and repeatedly rather than pressing down hard. 

Your glass mat idea is worth a go too - use the light pressure and repeated rolling action there as well.    

Hopefully some of this will help. Come back if not and we’ll try again, troubleshooting at a distance can be a bit hit and miss!
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Advice much appreciated. I’ll let you know how I get on. Thank you.
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