Inking Techniques 101

If you’re looking to give your paper projects extra pop and more dimension, I highly recommend investing in some inks and ink applicators. It’s very easy, very fun and very meditative. To help you see how this is accomplished, we’ve gathered several of our assembly tutorials where I showcase various inking methods. To save you time, the videos will start at the relevant point where the inking begins. Simply click the play button to watch each video. 

Inking supplies

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In this tutorial, I show you how to ink the free Gingerbread Tea Light Place Set. In addition, I go over the Dreaming Tree app where you can learn about the supplies we use, including the inks and pads used in this video.

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In this video, I show you how to ink after embossing. To see the entire video you can click the link here.

In the following tutorial, I go over the technique for inking flowers from our Floral Arrangment which is part of the Alluring Florals SVG Bundle

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Here is another great example of inking flowers for the Toujours L’Amour Heart from our My Lovely Valentine SVG Bundle.

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And lastly, I go over the inking on this cute freebie, the 4 U Apple Card.

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16 thoughts on “Inking Techniques 101

  1. Mardell Grayhek says:

    It is so nice to have this to refer to. I have had mixed results with inking my projects. I like the results of the inked projects and after watching these two encouraging videos, I will practice on scraps and order the felt applicators. They look like they will produce the results I want to achieve while building my skills

  2. Lisa Ramos says:

    Best website for paper crafting! Step-by-step tutorials to help you complete your project. I’ve learned so much from Leo and his team! Thank you!

  3. Charlotte says:

    When using a cutout in the middle how do you ink? Example is a word that is cutout and layered, I want to add dimension to the word before putting it on the bottom layer.

    • Mike Fernholz says:

      Hi Charlotte. If the letter is for say an O then you would just need to use a corner of the applicator pad to get in there the best you can. Hope this helps.

  4. Patti Sollitto says:

    Thank you for these tutorials on inking. I am new to your site and was glad to be able to find these videos on the inking technique that Leo mentions. Keep up the great work!

    • Leo Kowal says:

      Hi Angie. I am sorry you are having issues, we haven’t had issues with the ink pads being dry. I would definitely take or send them back as defective, they should be nice and juicy. ~Mike

  5. Lindi Perry says:

    Hi! I’m having a problem with my ink disappearing. It looks great after I get it applied but later, it’s gone. I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong. Thanks for helping!

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