Inks, washes, and stains

There are really so many different things you can do with inks, washes, and stains to change up your papers.  I’ll show you a few different things you can do here, but basically all three of these are liquids that you can apply to your papers for different effects.  Here are some different treatments you can give, but bear in mind that this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these products.

You could smudge some stain around the edges of your paper to give it a weathered look:

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Use different stains to create a framed look on your papers:

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Or spray watered down inks to create a sheen effect.  (The large splotch is pure ink, so you can see how the water affects the color):

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And there are kits, like this Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist bare metal kit, which provide different finishes that work together to create a particular mix.

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Here is where you can use your imagination to create endless possibilities.  Cut shapes out to layer papers, use these as your background and sketch on them, make cut outs in them, lay cut outs on top of them, ink only the raised part of an embossed piece, so on and so forth.  Have fun with it!

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Let’s go back to that heat embossing thing.

So, what other kinds of embellishments can I add?

Let’s go back and take a look at all those decorating options again.

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