Why Did I Buy This? – Ink Refills

Have you ever looked at a craft supply and thought, “Why did I buy this?”

We’ve all done it- bought something that we thought looked cool, and then can’t remember what it is used for! I started a Facebook Live series called “Why Did I Buy This?” that helps explore multiple uses for one product and to help answer that question for you! Episode 11 explored the many uses of ink refills! If you missed this week’s episode you can watch the replay here.

Even though the traditional use for ink refills is to add life back to our ink pads, I personally think of ink refills as a tool! There are SO many things that can be done with them! Check out the SIX different projects I made using these versatile craft supplies. Be sure to visit my facebook page to see the step by step on how I did these techniques!

The first project I shared, uses a technique that allows you to create a DIY spectrum pad using ink refills and a baby wipe. You get such an amazing spectrum with just 4 colours.

My next project created almost a camouflage look for this card. It’s an old technique called Fossil Stone, but usually it’s done with glossy cardstock. Since I didn’t have glossy, I opted to try it on Whisper White and I got a really fun background look for my globe and the decorative strip along the bottom.

My next project brings in a cotton pad and a bull clip. By adding ink refills to the cotton pad and saturating it with rubbing alcohol, I was able to create two different types of backgrounds.

Because ink refills are so concentrated, they also work exceptionally well for dying things! This card showcases how I used two refills to dye the wooden elements from the Clubhouse collection.

And finally, the “pee your pants card” 😉

To create the colour on the perfume bottle, I mixed together Shimmery Crystal Effects and an ink refill. By painting the mixture on the back of the image, I was able to create the illusion of liquid in the bottle. It also works great to adhere the project, as once you add the whisper white background, the glue will dry to it. The background was done with Shimmer Paint and a stipple brush, and then brayered over once it’s dry.

I hope you’re enjoying this series of “Why Did I Buy This?” If you have a product that you’d like to see featured, give me a message and I’ll see if I can incorporate it in!

Stay Crafty!

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