Blown Ink Technique

Blown Ink Technique Worksheet Paper

I've been having fun creating some projects using the Blown Ink Technique (see postings 07/16 and 07/18 for more information). While putting away the supplies, I noticed that the worksheet paper I was using had a very interesting mix of colors and shapes.  The splotches and shapes were where I blew the ink off the edges of my project.  Never wanting to throw anything away, I decided this paper would make a great background for a quick card.

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I cut the worksheet paper down and then ran it through the Big Shot using the new Alphabet Press Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!  I then lightly sponged on Crisp Cantaloupe ink over the embossing to help the raised image pop a little more.  Since I wanted the background to be the main focus of the card, I added a simple greeting and button.  Very easy and a great way to recycle and reuse!

Supplies Used (Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Banners

Ink: Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe, various from several Blown Ink projects

Paper: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Stampin' Up! Grid Sheet paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Banners Framelit, button, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Blown Ink Abstract

I've been having fun experimenting with the Blown Ink Technique.  I learned about the the Blown Ink Technique from the great new challenge site The Technique Twist.  It is a very easy, and is one of those techniques that each piece you create will be a little different. 

Use reinkers to drop ink on a piece of matte or glossy card stock, then blow the ink around using a straw or color spritzer tool.  If you are using matte card stock, add ink in small areas and blow quickly before the ink has a chance to dry.  If you are using glossy card stock, add small amounts of ink because if you have too much or if you have big globs of ink, it will never completely dry.  Be sure to check my posting from 07/16 for more details.

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This one was created with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Marina Mist inks.  For a little added interest, I add some Crystal Effects and blew it around as well.  Now the piece has a nice shine to it.


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At first I wasn't sure what I'd do with the piece.  I thought maybe I'd cut it into pieces or punch flowers or butterflies out of it.  It sat on my work table for a few days while I decided.  In the end, I liked the colors and the shine and decided to create a simple card with it as the focus.  It reminded me of an abstract painting a friend of my Mom's had hanging in her living room when I was a child.  I remember liking to look at the swirls, splatters and different colors.

The stamp set is Sweet Serendipity which is retired.  I recently came across this set stored in a box of retired stamp sets.  I decided it was finally time to sort through all the sets and try to sell them.  But, I could not part with Sweet Serendipity.  It is now stored with the handful of other stamp sets I will keep.

I started with 100 sets in 4 boxes.  I have sold close to half of the sets and I'm down to 2 boxes!  It feels good to do some spring cleaning.  If you are interested in seeing what I have left for sale, please visit HERE for a link to a pdf file of what's available. 

Supplies Used (Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Sweet Serendipity

Ink: Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist reinkers

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, glossy white

Acessories: Crystal Effects, straw

Happy Stampin'!

Blown Ink Technique-Thinking of You

The Blown Ink Technique was the first challenge over at new The Technique Twist challenge site.  Although I did not discover the site until after the challenge had closed, I wanted to give this interesting technique a try.

What you need: reinkers and a straw (or color spritzer tool).  That's it!

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I think normally this technique is used to make abstract backgrounds, but I wanted to make a more stylized design like this tree.  I simply ran thin lines of Soft Suede reinker up the side of my Whisper White card stock and gently blew through a straw to create the tree trunk and branches.  I also used my color spritzer tool to pump air, achieving some of the smaller branches coming off the main trunk and larger branches.  After the ink completely dried, I stamped the leaves using Gumball Green and the retired stamp set Branch Out.  The splatters found in the current stamp set Gorgeous Grunge would work just as well.

This was not my first try at this technique, and I learned some things along the way:

-I first tried using glossy white card stock.  The problem is that the ink never fully dries, especially if you have a thick line or a heavy glob of ink.  This makes sense as ink sits on top of the glossy card stock and is slow to dry.  If there is too much ink, it will never dry.  I tried heat setting it with my heat tool, but it blistered up, leaving splotchy dots.

-I then tried regular matte card stock.  Well, dye ink will dry almost immediately on regular card stock, not allowing enough time to blow the ink around.  So my advise is to work in small areas and quickly.  First, I ran a line of ink up the side of the card stock forming the main trunk and quickly blew through the straw.  I then added each individual branch, blowing through the straw quickly before the ink dried.

-To add the individual smaller branches, I found it is better to place a drop of ink on a piece of plastic (I used a butter container lid), pick it up with a metal object (I used the tip of a stylus), dab it on the paper, then quickly blow through the straw or add air using the color spritzer tool.  If you apply the ink directly out of the reinker bottle, you will have a big glob of ink that might be hard to blow around because it dries too fast.

Thank you to the ladies over at The Technique Twist challenge site for inspiration to try this technique.  It was fun and easy once I got the bugs worked out and I look forward to creating more.  Next time, I will make an abstract background!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations, Branch Out

Ink: Soft Suede reinker, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green

Paper: Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Accessories: straw, color spritzer tool, stylus

Happy Stampin'!