It’s no secret that markers are great for coloring in stamped images. But did you know you can also ink your stamps with them?
Inking stamps with markers is an easy way to create fun multi-color effects, get more out of your outline stamps, and make custom patterns and sentiments!
Inking Stamps with Markers
Ink pads are very efficient tools for inking stamps. With just a few taps on an ink pad, you get great single-color ink coverage on your whole stamp. However, inking stamps with markers gives you more control over the images you produce. With markers you can:
- Ink various parts of a single stamp in different colors to create ‘rainbow’, ’ombre’, and other multi-color effects
- Stamp outline images in full-color so that you don’t have to color them in
- Selectively ink certain parts of images and sentiments, to create unique designs and custom greetings
Markers also often cost less than ink pads. So if you’re looking to expand your ink selection without breaking the bank, they may be a good creative option for you.
The Best Markers for Inking Stamps
Water-based markers, such as Stampin’ Write™ Markers, are the best to use for inking stamps. This is because the ink from these markers:
- Goes on relatively smoothly
- Doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that could damage your stamps
- Is easy to clean off your stamps afterwards
Also, if this ink dries on a stamp before you stamp the image, you can easily ‘reactivate’ it just by cupping your hands around the stamp, and then breathing (aka ‘huffing’) on it. The moisture from your breath brings the ink back to life, but won’t affect the stamped image.
How to Ink Stamps with Markers
Inking stamps with markers is very easy! All you need to do it is a stamp, some markers, and — of course — a piece of cardstock to stamp on.
1. Lay your stamp, rubber side up, on your work surface.
2. With the brush tip of your marker, apply ink to the stamp as if painting it on:
- Use the side of the marker tip, not the ‘tippy tip’
- Lower the marker to the stamp and, while applying gentle, even pressure, drag the tip in a single direction over the area you want to color.
- To add more ink to an area, first lift the marker tip straight up and away from the stamp, and reposition it at the point where you started coloring. Then drag the tip again in a single direction across that area of the stamp.
TIP: Inking stamps with markers in this way — as if painting the ink onto the stamps — helps to ensure even ink coverage. It also keeps the tips of your markers in great shape.
3. Repeat step 2 with as many different colors of markers as you like, until your stamp is fully inked.
4. Once you’re finished inking the stamp, ‘reactivate’ any dried ink by ‘huffing on the stamp. To do this, simply pick up the stamp, and cup your hands around the sides of it without touching the inked surface. Then lift the cupped stamp near your mouth, and breathe heavily on it a few times.
Now stamp your image!
TIP: If the ink dries again before you get the chance to stamp it, don’t worry. Just repeat step 5 to reactivate the ink by huffing on it.
For this tutorial, I used these supplies:
Inking stamps with markers is both easy and fun! Experiment with using this technique to create stunning multi-color effects, or to add custom patterns and greetings to your stamped projects. Although inking stamps with markers is less efficient than using ink pads, it does give you precise control over the stamped images you produce. It also makes the markers you bought to color with an even better investment.
If you have any questions, remember — I’m always here to help!