Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Technique Tuesday ~ Tips and Techniques

Tips & Techniques
Cut n’ Dry Felt & Foam by Ranger Ink
Artwork, Photos, Links and Notes by Judy Cantrell
Cut n’ Dry Felt & Foam Pads accept all types of viscous, water and solvent-based ink.
Foam: Ideal for creating shading and distress effects by rubbing CnD Foam directly from ink pad to paper; more control and softer edges then direct from the ink pad; to create a custom ink pad the following inks are ideal for CnD Foam: Distress Ink™, Nick Bantock Dye Ink, Adirondack® Dye Ink, Adirondack® Dimensional Pearls™, Liquid Pearls™ and Emboss It™ Ink.  

Note: The Felt Cut n' Dry is the product I used with my example.

 Felt: The perfect medium for creating custom dye stamp pads using the following inks: Adirondack®, Tim Holtz Distress Inks™, Nick Bantock Collection™, Clear Resist™, 213 Inks™ and Jet Black Archival Ink.         

Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamps Sets - Season's SilhouettesTexture Fades Folders Christmas Background Borders - Click Image to Close

    Tim Holtz Season's Silhouette cling stamp set.                                                                                                                   Texture Fades Christmas Background Borders Embossing Folder

Make a Custom Color Pad
1. Choose a detailed rubber stamp that will look great with several colors of ink strategically placed on the design (a perfect use for Holiday Cards!).
2. Using Jet Black Archival™ Ink, stamp the felt; be sure to align the edges of your stamp mount with the edges of your cut pad. With stamp still in place, trace outline of block with a pen and cut out so the Cut n’ Dry is the same size as the stamp block that you used. Clean stamp with Cleansit Stamp Cleaner and set aside.

3. Using reinkers, color stamped image by gently squeezing ink onto the outlined part of the image. DO NOT APPLY TOO MUCH INK. Inks will blend and bleed over time but not overlap. It will still stamp fine. Note: I find it helpful to stamp out one of the images and mark the colors used for future reinking…you’ll know what is where!

4. Line up stamp to “custom” pad you just created (lining up is easy because the CnD is cut to the same size as the stamp!). Press down onto the pad to ink the stamp; a little pressure may be needed. Stamp image onto cardstock. 

Note: I made my custom pad during the 12 Days of Tim's Christmas Tags.  So far I have made 3 tags and 15 greeting cards using this custom color pad.

This is my example

 Other Tips
With Pigment Ink: stamp image from custom ink pad three times, NOT reinking between
stampings. Emboss with clear embossing powder. You will have three generations of the image
cool! (This works great with bold/brush stroke flower images.)

• Make a stamp with the gray side of CnD. Cut out any shape and ink. Use a heat tool on it for a
few seconds and press into a textured object; you now have your own custom textured stamp!
 • Create a “puddle pad”. This is great for stamps of leaves, background or solid image stamps.
Drop dots of color onto a cut out piece of CnD, then stamp…this works best with dye inks and
with same color families. Turn the stamp a different direction each time when stamping (clean in
between stampings) to create a different look with each stamping.


Cindi E said...

Wow, Judy, I sure needed this tutorial! I just bought Cut and Dry Felt and I want to make some ink pads for re-inkers I have with no stamp pads. What do you suggest I keep the newly inked pad in for storage? A zip lock bag or something more sturdy?

Stamped Impressions said...

Cindi, I've kept my little squares of ink pads in plastic bags or individual platic boxes. I've also pulled off old worn out ink pads and replaced those with new Cut n'Dry felt or foam. You can use a sharpie to mark through the name if you are changing brands or colors.

Lisa said...

Hi Ladies, please can you help me, I am trying to make an inkpad using perfect medium re-inker and cut n dry felt but it doesn't seem to be working very well, can you give me any tips please? the only reason i am doing it this way as i found it really hard getting hold of a perfect medium inkpad!

Thanks in anticipation

Lisa R