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Old 10-01-2013, 12:10 PM
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Recently, I bought half a dozen reinkers. While I was waiting for my order to arrive, I came across this tutorial and then my order arrived a couple of days later. You all know what that means:

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In the video, Ashley uses quite a bit of gesso to mix with her reinkers. I'm not that brave and thankfully so. If you look carefully at my color palette, you will notice that the bottom middle well looks kind of green. It should have been Scattered Straw yellow. Since yours truly didn't clean out the palette the last time she used it, the remaining color, albeit dried, came alive again! Who would have thunk it?!

The colors in the palette are from left to right, top: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold. The bottom left is Scattered Straw. (Each well contains approximately 2 Tbsp of Gesso along with a full dropper of ink):
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:19 PM
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Since I'm not into painting fabric, I decided to use some leftover cream colored cardstock that I had on hand. Below are my first and second attempts:
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:29 PM
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There are a wide variety of ways that this paint could be used. It's similar to paste paper. It would be fairly easy to use the same implements for either technique.

Once it had dried some, I took a piece blue shop towel (these are much stronger than the typical kitchen paper towel and I buy mine at Costco) and pressed it over the paint. I was pretty firm in my pressing and did it as evenly as possible.

When I removed the towel, my pieces looked like this:
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:33 PM
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The bright colors are where pieces of the paint that was layered adhered to the shop towel. Although it didn't happen on an even basis, here's what happened when I ran my first attempt (left side) thru my Cuttlebug using the Sizzix Flower Clusters embossing folder (I let the paper dry overnight before I attempted this):
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:50 PM
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This looks good, Roberta! Nice to see the results. It looks like you got plenty of different textures and subtle shades of colour this way.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:25 PM
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Thank you Susan. I much more like the full on end results. The raised flowers give it a certain oomph.
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I like the embossed results. It seems to have character and will make a lovely background.
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