Cardmaking Backgrounds – How to use Spray Inks23rd January 2019
Christine Smith’s helpful guide shows the versatility of spray inks and how to create unique backgrounds for your cardmaking projects.
Step by Step Spray Inks Tutorial
At the end of this post we share a step-by-step photo tutorial to show you exactly how to use spray inks to create really beautiful backgrounds for your cardmaking and art journals / scrapbooks. Enjoy all the gorgeous inspiration on the way down!
Ink sprays / Spray Inks, are a great way to make super quick and vibrant backgrounds for your cards, papercrafts and art journal projects. They are a versatile product and, as they are highly pigmented, they go a long way, especially if you dilute them into another bottle with water – if you do this they will last you a lifetime.
How to avoid mess when using spray inks
Just because they are called spray inks, it doesn’t mean you have to spray them, a less messy way to use them is to tip some out into a palette and use them with a paintbrush, or you can even fill the barrel of a water brush with them too!
Another great way to minimise the mess is to place your card into an old washing up bowl or cardboard box before spraying; the sides will then protect your work surface from getting covered in ink.
My favourite way of avoiding the mess, but still getting a sprayed look through a stencil, is to use water to spray through the stencil rather than spraying through with ink, this technique is called ghosting.
You can also mix in mica sprays to enhance the look of any generic flat ink sprays as well as using the emboss-resist technique, positive and negative stencilling and ghosting too.
Whichever way you decide to use ink sprays, just jump in and have fun, they really do go further than you think so having a little practice before starting on your project won’t be a waste. Keep every inky sheet you create as you never know when one of those will be the perfect design for that special project!
How to create a stencilled spray ink background
Follow Christine’s step-by-step tutorial for creating your own gorgeous spray ink backgrounds
1 Fill a spray bottle with water then pick the two colours you want to work with.
2 Use the orange spray ink on a few areas, holding the bottle 8-10” from the cardstock. This ink is very concentrated, so you really don’t need too much.
3 Add a few sprays of the pink ink too. It’s OK to leave white areas as the inks will spread when wet.
4 Spray the inks with lots of water to dilute them and help them cover the entire piece of card. Leave the panel to dry naturally, the result will then give a more saturated colour.
5 Position a stencil over the cardstock and use the gold Nuvo mica spray, spraying through lightly to create positive stencilling.
6 Flip over the inked stencil and press the remaining ink onto another area of the background for a positive and negative print on the inked cardstock.
This article was first featured in our sister title Creative Stamping issue 57.