Saturday, 30 January 2010

DAUBERS AND INKING (No inkpad or special foam needed!)

I thought I would post some pictures of the daubers I use when I want to ink around the edges of cards, pictures and mats etc.(if you're new to card making a mat generally means a background card or paper that the focal point is mounted on). Daubers are also great for applying paint, particularly when stencilling.
To make a dauber you will need some fabric, I prefer cotton T shirt fabric as it is stretchy and can be pulled taught. Cut a square of fabric, then a second square which is folded into a tight ball. Place this in the centre of the first square, draw up all the corners and edges and fasten above the ball with an elastic band.

When inking and stencilling I normally work on a non-porous surface like a ceramic tile, plastic lid, acetate or a non-stick baking sheet/liner (my baking sheet came from a pound shop!). Instead of ink I use watebased felt pens. Scribble some of the ink onto the non-porous surface, wipe the dauber in the ink and apply to paper. (Try mixing and blending several colours)

Work in sweeping circular motions, starting off the paper gradually working on to it. (practice on some scrap paper first)

TIP- if you have any left over ink try spritzing the inky surface with water or wipe over with a wet wipe, then blot with a plain piece of paper. if you want the paper completley covered swipe over the paper with the inky baby wipe. This can be used as a matching backing papepr or saved for a future project.


Elin said...

Great idea! Good to use some scrapfabric :)

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