Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Spray Ink

I freakin LOVE spray ink.  I think it is so fun, and such an easy way to make a card look phenomenal without a lot of effort – so if you still need to whip up some cards, this my friends is the way to do it!

There are several brands of spray inks on the market.  Studio Calico Mister Hueys, October Afternoon Sprinklers, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Ranger Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Maya Road Mists, Ranger Perfect Pearls, Smooch Spritz, and Ranger Adirondack Color Wash by Tim Holtz.

My mind managed to recall all of this information on its own, yet I can’t do math to save my life Sad smile

Oh well!  Art is MUCH more interesting than math, I’m sure you agree! Open-mouthed smile

I will one day do a post on the differences b/w these brands, but for now here’s a couple cards using sprays.

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Spray ink looks lovely over embossing, and it’s SO easy!  This look was achieved by using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in a beautiful combo of a deep sapphire color and a lovely turquoise.

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No embossing here, but black archival ink will show up well over the misted (watercolor) paper.

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This one was not actually misted, but it could have been with the use of a mister.  Ranger Inkssentials makes one called the Mini Mister, and also has a larger size.  If you have re-inkers and/or loose powder such as Perfect Pearls, you can very easily create your own custom color mixes.  Distress Inks do not currently come in spray form, but they can if you want them to!  Just put a full eyedropper of your ink such as Broken China into a mini mister.  If you want it to have shimmer, add some Perfect Pearls powder, a scoop or two should do.  Fill with water and shake to mix it up (you’ll want to swirl it around every time you use it as the powder tends to settle at the bottom).  Congrats, you just created your own spray ink!

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Hope you enjoyed these cards, I’ve got some more spray ink cards tomorrow using an additional very inexpensive tool – stay tuned!