DIY Spectrum Pad

Re-inkers are imperative to any stamp collection.  In order to keep your ink pads fresh and vibrant, you’ll need the coordinating re-inker to add colour to your ink pad.  Re-inkers are concentrated bottles of classic ink (water based) and will re-ink your ink pads many, many times. These are incredibly affordable at only $4.25 each CDN, or you can purchase a colour family of 10 for $36.00.

Here’s a video on how to re-ink your classic ink pads:

Of course, once you have re-inkers in your collection, they are so handy for many other techniques!  I like to think of them as tiny little “watercolour ink” bottles.  Because they are concentrated they go a long way, and can be used to paint, colour and even make your own custom ink pads.

I recently made a spectrum ink pad!  Here’s how:

  1. Choose your re-inkers.  I used the following colours:Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 1.42.03 PM


2. Make your ink pad.  A really affordable medium is to use a baby wipe, folded into quarters and placed in a plastic container.  Add drops of ink onto the ink pad to create your desired look.  I dropped each colour in lines to control the colour placement a little more, but you could easily do random drops of colour.


3. Stamp your image to see the spectrum effect:


The tie dyed photopolymer stamp set in the Occasions catalogue works so beautifully with this technique!

Here’s the finished card using this technique:


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Want to make this card?  Here’s what I used:

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