Saturday, October 15, 2011

CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop--Reinkers

Hi all and Welcome!

This month's Blog Hop focus is Reinkers--another useful and inexpensive tool for you. If you have arrived from Corina's Creative Ink Site you are on the right track. The Blog Hop is designed so that you "hop" from one participant's site to another, in a full circle seeing 9 different samples for using your reinkers. I hope you enjoy yourself.

I have two samples for you that I made. The Butterfly on the first card and the background on the second card were both created with reinkers. (You can click on each card to get a closer view.) I have a list of common products used on both cards at the end of this posting. After each cards, I have listed the products used that were specific to that card. Then after the second card, you will find one more list, a numbered list you can follow to create your own reinker backgrounds. I hope you enjoy this little tutorial.

When finished here, hop on over to Carol's Scrappin in Paradise. She made a really pretty layout with reinkers.
Card design inspired by one I received from a fellow consultant at convention.
It was signed by L. Youngblood on the back.
Products Used
(See Common Products below)
Stamps: B1379 Sophia   D1452 Find Your Style
Paper: 1320 White Daisy   X7141B Elemental Paper Pack   X7142B Dreamin Paper Pack
Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads: Z2164 Sorbet   Z2167 Creme Brulee
Z1104 Clear Sparkles

Products Used
(See Common Products below)
X7144B Mischief Paper Pack
Stamps: D1490 Backdrop--Charmed
             (I loved the play on words with the dangle "charm" in the opposite corner.)
Exclusive Inks: Z2105 Black Stamp Pad     Z2101 Autumn Terracotta Marker
Z269 White Daisy Grosgrain--colored with the Autumn Terracotta Marker
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Embossed Brads (In top Left Corner)
Z1484 Red Glitz Glitter Gel (I put this for the Bats Eyes)
Z1612 Pin Clips
Z1635 Heirloom Assortment (Contains 6 dangle jewels w/brads & 6 adhesive-backed resin flowers. I used a smokey dangle jewel that's hanging from Antiqued Copper Embossed Brad in top left corner.)

What I Did
  1. Take a sheet protector and cut all sides but one open.
  2. Select Reinker of choice. I used 5 colors. When you put completementary colors beside one another, they will make each other pop. (When you mix them together, however, you get muddy browns. I talk about this later.)
  3. I have only tried this with glossy cardstock so cut a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock down into (4) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces. The ink moves on the plastic and will still move on the glossy cardstock, but doesn't move on regular cardstock.
  4. You may want to have some damp paper towels around.
  5. Once all materials are gathered, open your sheet protector and drop drips of reinker around in an apx. 5 x 6" oval area.
  6. Close the sheet protector and move the ink around. I twisted the top part of the sheet protector a bit.
  7. Open the protector back up and place your glossy cardstock face down on the ink, smooshing it around a bit more.
  8. Pick the cardstock up. If there is any white, lay it back down on the ink or swipe it across the ink.
  9. Set each piece of completely colored cardstock aside to dry.
  10. I added more ink as needed to my sheet protector to finish inking my remaining cardstock. As the colors started getting muddy looking, I knew I would be using those for fall cards, but also manipulated the colors by adding a little Sunny Yellow and Cotton Candy to brighten them up. You will see when your cardstock starts looking like one solid color--you're finished.
Common Products Used
Glossy Cardstock
Reinkers: Z2200 Amethyst   Z2231 Key Lime   Z2252 Sunny Yellow   Z2293 Cotton Candy  Z2294 Sky 
Z534 Microtip Scissors
Z697 Sponge
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z1297 Edge Distresser


  1. Hi Mary,
    Those cards are beautiful and a great way to use the reinkers. Thank you for sharing!!!