With the Pros Wednesday – Dye Ink Sprays Rock!

 With the Pros Wednesday   Dye Ink Sprays Rock!

Alisa Bangerter

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.

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Step 1: Spray cardstock with silver and graphite shimmer spray.
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Step 2: Stamp image repeatedly on cardstock.
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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.

Designer Tips

  • 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! 

 With the Pros Wednesday   Dye Ink Sprays Rock!

If you look closely, Tattered Angels included the four Glimmer Mist colors I used in my card above. Someone is thinking over there!"

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!

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182 Responses to With the Pros Wednesday – Dye Ink Sprays Rock!

  1. rieca says:

    I have never played with any of these products. But they all look fun and i am sure they would soon be faves!

  2. Heidi Raisanen says:

    Wow! Thank you for introducing me to these dye ink sprays!! I’m gonna need some, they are awesome!!!!

  3. Lynn Judge says:

    What a awesome project!!

  4. I have never used dye ink sprays. but now of course, I want to! Thanks for the great info and inspiration!

  5. kelly jean says:

    Chya, I’m intrigued! I didn’t realize these inks were so easy to use. Thank you for the demo!

  6. Robin O. says:

    I have a couple and I love them !! What fun they are to use on Chipboard. Very easy to use and the colors are beautiful :)

  7. Jess says:

    I’m definitely interested in using them. I even got a glimmer mist for Christmas but they always seemed complicated and messy. Thanks for breaking the technique down for those of us who don’t know much about it.

  8. Mary says:

    I have heard of these products, but haven’t ventured in yet — very intriguing! Thanks!

  9. Michelle Tan says:

    Would love to try Glimmer Mist more! I’ve got a couple but haven’t really played with them much!

  10. sarah says:

    i’ve never used an ink spray but love the potential of creating original backgrounds. thanks for the little tutorial, it makes it way less intimidating.

  11. cathy says:

    I love using glimmer mist with masks and stencils.

  12. Gerrie says:

    Just when ya’ think you’ve seen it all, here’z another idea, and a great one! I only have 1 Glimmer Mist, and am really luvin’ these colors, what a kewl prize!

  13. Margaret says:

    I love using ink sprays with masks especially. It is good, messy fun! Backgrounds are fun too! I only have one Glimmer Mist, but I’ve made my own with Perfect Pearls and it is tons of fun.

  14. These ink sprays look awesome!!! I haven’t had the chance to use them yet, but I’m sure they would come in handy for several different uses! They look so pretty on the card you’ve shown!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  15. Maureen F says:

    I love spray dye inks – They seem some simple but make such a huge impact. Glimmer mist can be a soft effect or you cna make it bolder. Great product !!

  16. Christina says:

    What an awesome project! I have sprays, but haven’t used it in this type of project…will have to try this one out!

  17. Janet Zeppa says:

    I like to use the Mists with my masks. Thanks for a chance to win!

  18. Teri Frank says:

    I have about 4 Glimmer Mist sprays and love using them to color white silk flowers….making my own prima flowers! Thanks for the give a way…


  19. Jennie says:

    I have 1 bottle of gimmer mist and a packageof the “snow” screens. I love them! So easy to use and looks great when your done!!

  20. Jessica says:

    Ooh, I’m very intrigued! I love the look you can get with them.

  21. jen shears says:

    I AM very intrigued!! I’d love to try these out! Thanks for the chance!

  22. Debbie Peysen says:

    I love your card and the advice in how to get started with the ink sprays.

    I have only used them a few times. I do not have any so when I go to my girlfriends she lets me play with hers.

    I like the vintage look they give a card. I also like the spots and splashes look.

    I think my girlfriend would be grateful if I won.

    debbie peysen

  23. maryD says:

    Oh yes I have seen Donna Salzar use them in her video how to and Tim Holtz used them when he made his 12 days of Christmas Tags. Ever since I saw them used I have wanted them so bad. But haven’t purchased any yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. JessicaK says:

    Wow! These look awesome. I haven’t tried dye ink sprays before so thank you for sharing photo tutorial. I’d love to win these and try them out.

  25. rebecca keppel says:

    I love these! I have a few and have used them to cover chipboard. Such an easy way to color it without all the trimming of covering it with paper!

  26. Angela says:

    I’ve seen some really cool stuff made using Maya Mists and Glimmer Mists. I’d love to try some of these colors and see what they can do,

  27. Yvette says:

    I’ve never tried Glimmer Mist, but gonna have to get some…love the sparkle aspect too!

  28. anna says:

    i’ve recently discovered glimmermist – i love the look of three close-but-not-the-same colours together.

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  30. Lynne Phelps says:

    I would love to win the sprays! I love being able to spritz that metallic or iridescent gleam onto my projects!

  31. Swedie says:

    I don’t have any dye ink sprays. They look like you could do some pretty interesting things with them.

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