I love using dye ink sprays. In fact, I totally think they rock! I find myself reaching for and using my dye ink sprays over and over again. You can create some really cool effects and the possibilities are endless. Some sprays are rich, vivid and bold, and some shimmer and shine.
Some of my favorite ways to use the sprays include:
- Color washing patterned paper, fabrics or trim to create a new look.
- Color washing over wax or embossed images creating a resist.
- Spraying two or more colors close together or on top of each other to create cool blending.
- Spraying over mask or stencils to create cool images.
- Letting the ink drip onto cardstock to create cool splotches of color.
- Diluting sprays with water to create soft and light washes.
- Using dye ink sprays to make a project look antiqued, vintage or old and worn.
- Adding shimmer or sparkle to silk flowers.
- Spraying my stamp directly to create a watercolor effect.
Here’s one of my recent projects using dye ink sprays. It’s featured in the “Techniques from the Pros” section of the new Stamp It! Cards.
- Step 1: Spray cardstock with silver and graphite shimmer spray.
- Step 2: Stamp image repeatedly on cardstock.
- Step 3: Spray cardstock with Sea Glass and Cherub Pink shimmer spray.
SUPPLIES: Rubber stamp: (Damask) Inkadinkado Dye ink: (black) Stewart Superior Corp. Specialty ink: (Graphite, silver, Cherub Pink, Sea Glass shimmer spray) Tattered Angels Cardstock: (black, grey) Accents: (red heart die cut) Fancy Pants Designs; (black buttons) Jesse James & Co. Rub-on: (love) Cosmo Cricket Fibers: (black/white ribbon) Pebbles Inc.; (red scalloped ribbon) Cosmo Cricket; (teal crochet trim) Making Memories Adhesive: (foam tape) Other: (chipboard) Finished size: 5 1/2″ square
1 Make card from cardstock. Apply shimmer spray. 2 Create stamped element, following figures 1-3; adhere. 3 Adhere ribbon and trim. 4 Apply shimmer spray to ribbon; tie knot and adhere. 5 Adhere heart die cut to chipboard; trim and adhere with foam tape. 6 Apply rub-on. 7 Adhere buttons.
- When spraying the cardstock with shimmer spray, it is fine to have some large droplets. This will actually add to the interest of your design.
- After stamping and applying shimmer spray, your cardstock may begin to fold. Iron the cardstock with a dry iron to flatten it before adhering it to the card.
So my challenge to you is to pull out your dye ink sprays and try something new. If you have never tried dye ink sprays, you are in for a real treat and will love the creative possibilities they offer!
P.S. Tattered Angels was oh-so-kind to donate three fabulous prize packages in honor of Stamp It! Week!
Leave a comment telling me if you’re intrigued by dye ink sprays. All comments must be received by midnight on Thursday, March 19. Kelly will announce the three lucky winners in her Freebie Friday blog!
P.P.S. Congrats to Oralia! She won Teri Anderson’s gorgeous card set and a copy of Stamp It! Cards from our Magazine Monday post. Thanks to all who left comments and played along!