Quick Inking Technique

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A quick tip for inking small items, like wood veneers – Most of the time I don’t mind having inky fingers, but if you are working with a white cardstock background, or want to be careful about smudging other areas of a layout, you can try this out.

This small wood veneer arrow was too small to ink without getting ink all over my fingers, as well as making it more difficult to get to the edges. I simply take Scotch tape (or whatever general purpose tape you have on hand) and stick the item to a scrap piece of paper.

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Ink technique

Then you can use the paper as a handle of sort to press into the ink pad and work the embellishment around so you can get the edges inked.

inking, scrapbook, wood veneer, technique
Ink technique

In this instance I used a leftover piece of foam/sponge (I get them out of the packaging of other products & cut them up) to get to the edges.

inking, scrapbook, wood veneer, technique
Ink technique

I try to upcycle and reuse items from packaging materials without becoming a hoarder! I also like the plastic covers of packaging to use for pouring paint or mixing watercolors. It’s easy to just throw them away and not have to worry about clean up.

What types of packaging or odd items do you use in your scrapbook studio or craft room? I’m sure there are some ideas that would make a great list to compile.

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