Phinny asked a very good question about removing the excess ink yesterday and I wanted to share it with everyone. She asked how to remove the excess ink without removing the black ink from the surrounding areas. (She had been using a baby wipe to do so.)
A ~ First and foremost, I never use anything that is wet or damp to remove the ink...90% of the time you'll end up taking more of the ink from the background than the embossed area. I always use a dry cotton cloth, kleenx or paper towel. They are usually very absorbent and do a great job. One trick that I have learned over the years is to frequently change the area of the cloth you're using to wipe the excess ink away. If you use one spot too long you'll eventually just begin pushing the ink around the embossed areas, never really removing anything at all.
I did want to mention that the brighter your initial layer of inks the brighter the finished product will be. If your color shades run in the pastel tones, the deep dark black ink will somewhat wash out the colors even further leaving you with a less than bright result. Just something to keep in mind when you're adding the base coat of inks.
I also have a special treat...one of Ink Stains followers ~ Murielle immediately tried this technique and was kind enough to share her results with us :)
Murielle said..."When I saw today's technique I was sure I would try it as soon as I had a few minutes for myself and since you invite us to share I decided to do so. I used shabby shutters, mustard seed and a little bit of milled lavander to suit the stamp. this stamp is from a company based in the east of France. I applied the inks with a brayer on a watercolour paper leftover but i rubbed the black ink directly on it.my first try was not so good because I didn't allow the inks to dry completely and the clear embossing powder made a mess of the pattern (I don't know if it is the correct word). "
Yep, that's the right word Murielle ~ and thanks so much for sharing it looks great!!!
And here are a few finished examples using this technique.....
Let's Do Lunch ATC
Now, the next two examples use the same exact rubber stamp image (100 Proof Press) with two totally different color schemes. I did this to demonstrate how color can drastically change the finished image.
However long the night...
Spring is in the air!
Hope this gives you a few ideas on how to incorporate this very fun technique into your art!
Tomorrow I'll be sharing a "Faux" Joseph's Coat technique I came up with as an alternative to the norm. I hope you'll all stop back and check it out ;)
Till then friends ~ TTFN!!