Monday, July 20, 2015

Inky Journal Page Tutorial

Hi friends!! I hope you had a good weekend! We went exploring the coast a little yesterday and had a great day. Summer has been cold so far, so the water was pretty chilly, but the scenery was great. It is Monday and we have an letter challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, 'I scream for...'. Be inspired by the letter 'I'.

It is no secret that I love ink, and I decided to do an inky page in my large Dylusions journal, using some new fun Distress products by Tim Holtz/Ranger. I love the colour combination I used here, and it worked great for a happy and summery page. Since the focus is on the inks, I also used a lot of stamps. I had fun with this one! And took a few step photos.

I recently got a couple of the new Custom Blend DIY Distress Pads and I have so many ideas for these. I am going to have to get some more. I always get a reinker everytime I buy an ink pad, it is a great tip, because you can reink a pad so many times. It will save you money compared to replacing the actual pad. I still have never replaced any of my Distress Ink pads, and I use them a lot, I just reink them whenever necessary. You can also do fun techniques with reinkers and I have an article on one such technique in the August issue of the Craft Stamper

On my custom pad, I added three stripes of Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade reinkers. 

Swipe the lid of the pad on the inked pad. It is so cool that you can do this. 

I used my custom made pad to stamp 'artist' on my page three times. Here you can see how it turned out, pretty cool. I started in my Small Creative Journal, but then decided to do a large page instead.

A game wheel was stamped three times with Mermaid Lagoon ink. Next, I used the great Distress Micro Glaze, applying it with my finger over the three game wheels and more partially over the stamped 'artist'. I inked the page with Mermaid Lagoon, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron using an ink-blending tool. The glaze resists the ink. I also splattered the page using the cool large splatter effect of the new Distress Sprayer. When you press the trigger only halfway it creates water droplets. If you press it all the way, you get a fine mist. The glaze also protects whatever is underneath it from water.

Here you can see the effect of the glaze resist on the game wheel better. As you can see the application of the glaze wasn't perfect, and I kind of like it that way. The background was stamped here and there with a date background stamp

Harlequins were stamped with Twisted Citron, I love this new bright Distress colour. I also stamped some images from Tiny Things, with Jet Black ink.

The focal image was stamped on Ranger's Mixed Media paper and inked with the same colours used on the page. I cut her out and placed her on a strip of tissue tape so that it doesn't look like she is floating on the page.

The butterflies were also stamped with my custom inked pad.

I love this quote, by Albert Einstein, and decided to stamp it three times on the page, instead of once, which is what I would normally have done.

I also used some Small Talk stickers as journaling.

Now it is your turn to be inspired by the letter 'I' and remember that one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp

Thank you for visiting and happy crafting!!




  1. Love the colors you have chosen to make custom inkpad, Anna Karin. They look so lovely and fresh on your page...
    Wonderful page with so many new product techniques, TFS :)

  2. Beautiful journal page! Love the effect of the custom Distress ink pad...

  3. I love your posts! You explain your process so well and give great tips. This is a lovely page, I love that quote, too. I might have to try that diy ink pad.

  4. Anna-Karin, wow this is stunning art journaling. Just adore the zesty colouring.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  5. This piece is a definite inspiration!! Gorgeous colors. I was looking at that Artist stamp yesterday and thinking that I needed to do something with it. It is so wonderful with your custom ink pad colors. Wow!! Tim's stamps and products are just made to inspire. Love it!!! -- Mary Elizabeth

  6. Awesome page! Loving all the colors here!

  7. Such a stunning journal page! Anna-Karin . Your chosen colours work so beautifully together and love how you have worked them . Thankyou for sharing the process - seeing the layers building up to create the finished page was so inspiring .

  8. Such a colorful page, Anna-Karin! Love it! I have to break out my custom blend ink pad too! Hugs, Sandra

  9. So many stamps in just the right places Anna-Karin. You are so brave - you just start stamping and it turns out PERFECTLY WONDERFUL.... love this. j.

  10. Such gorgeous layered stamping, and the colours are pure sunshine - a wonderful page. I've just got a couple of custom blend pads, so this is great inspiration, thank you... now I just need some time!
    Alison xx

  11. Beautiful page. That quote is a favorite of mine too. Your color combo is so sunny. Wonderful how you have shown how to use Tim's newest products too. Very Inspiring.

  12. This is gorgeous! love your color choice and the blend of images, just stunning!

  13. Those are some of my favorite colors together. It never occurred to me to make my own ink pad with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Love the great colors and patterns you created, Anna-Karin. Such a wonderful journal page. :)

  15. I love the colours of your pages and you've showcased Tim's new Distress products perfectly ~ just stunning work and so inspiring, Anna-Karin!

  16. Gorgeous blend of inks you designed! Love the beautiful journal page! Imagination is definitely a word I would use for you and your at! Inspiring as well!

  17. I'm a little late with my comments this week, but I couldn't pass this up without telling you how lovely it is! That color scheme is my favorite and you've done a stunning job with this! I especially love your quotes, as always, which are so inspiring and thought-provoking!


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