May 2024 Wk5 Scrapbook Page Layout

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May 2024 Wk5 Scrapbook Page Layout

Creative ways to use Ink Pads in Scrapbooking

A couple of weeks ago we looked at the different types of ink pads.  This week we're looking at another of Michelle's layouts, which incorporates an ink stamping technique.  In this one, she tells me she has used the outside of an empty washi tape reel to make the circles on her layout - waste not want not!

Let’s explore the possibilities of how ink pads.  Step out of the regular stamping of shapes and letters like guest Scrapbooker Michelle and try out some of these ideas on your next layout.



Stamping is the bread and butter of any scrapbooker's toolkit, and ink pads are the key to unlocking its full potential. Whether you're using rubber stamps, clear stamps, or even found objects for a bit of DIY flair, ink pads allow you to transfer intricate designs onto your pages with ease. Mix and match colours, layer stamps for added depth, or heat emboss for a touch of elegance—the possibilities are endless.


Ink Blending

Grab a few complementary dye-based ink colours and a blending tool. Start with light strokes and gradually build up the intensity to achieve a seamless transition between colours. Experiment with different blending tools and techniques to create stunning backgrounds, borders, or focal points for your layouts.



For those who prefer a vintage, distressed look, ink pads are your best friend. Use a sponge or brush to apply ink along the edges of your paper or directly onto textured surfaces to create a weathered, aged effect. Don't be afraid to get a little messy; imperfections add to the charm of your finished piece.


Watercolour Effects

You don’t need expensive watercolour paints to achieve beautiful watercolour effects. Dye-based, watercolour ink pads can be a budget-friendly alternative for adding a splash of colour to your projects. Simply dab your ink pad onto a non-porous surface, spritz with water, and use a brush to pick up the pigment and paint onto your paper. Experiment with different dilutions and layering techniques to create washes and gradients.



Ink pads aren't just for colouring paper—they can also be used to enhance your embellishments. Use them to add depth and dimension to die cuts, chipboard elements, or even fabric accents. Apply ink directly to your embellishments with a sponge or brush or try the direct-to-paper technique for a more organic, textured look.


Resist Techniques

Embrace the power of resist techniques to create striking visual effects in your scrapbook layouts. Heat emboss a stamped image or design onto your paper, then apply ink over the top to reveal the hidden pattern beneath. Alternatively, use masking techniques to create crisp, clean lines and shapes against a colourful background.


Faux Letterpress

Create the illusion of letterpress printing with ink pads and embossing folders. Simply ink up the raised side of your embossing folder using a brayer or direct-to-paper technique, then place your paper inside the folder and run it through your die-cutting machine. The ink will transfer onto the paper, leaving behind beautifully inked impressions that mimic the look of traditional letterpress printing.


Ombre Effects

Achieve stunning ombre effects by blending multiple shades of ink together. Start with the lightest colour at one end of your paper and gradually transition to darker shades as you move towards the opposite end. Use a blending tool or sponge to seamlessly blend the colours together, creating a gradient effect that adds depth and dimension to your designs.


Splatter Techniques

Load a small brush or toothbrush with ink, then flick it over your paper to create splatters of colour. Experiment with different ink consistencies and flicking techniques to achieve varying degrees of splatter intensity, from subtle speckles to bold bursts of colour.


Ink Smooshing

Create abstract backgrounds with stunning texture and depth using ink Smooshing. Apply ink directly to a non-porous surface, such as a craft mat or acrylic block, then spritz with water and press your paper onto the inked surface. Lift the paper to reveal a unique, marbled, leave to dry before using.



Apply ink to a smooth surface, such as a glass or acrylic sheet, then use stamps, stencils, or found objects to create patterns and textures in the ink. Press your paper onto the inked surface to transfer the design, resulting in a beautifully layered and unique print.