My toddler got into my craft space, and ruined my favorite ink cube. I've had it for years; it was a VersaMark little square cube in Pinecone. It doesn't seem popular anymore. Maybe there's something better?
What can I use to get that soft chalky-looking edge on pages? I bought a square of Ranger Distress ink in Soot(?) to try and it's very inky. I would need the applicator and a matt to soften the look, and I prefer something less involved if possible. More just pad-to-paper if that makes sense. I think I'd like a brown/sepia color, dark gray, and black if that helps.
What do you use? I'd love to see pictures if possible!
Good question PrettyInPeank I had a whole heap of little Prima inks that I'd bought on sale from Studio Calico years ago but in using them for the 28-4-28 challenges, they were crumbling all over the place and making a mess I went and got a little Dew Drop ink pad but it's not giving that nice, smudgy edge the old ink pads did. So I'd love to know what else there is around too.
Ok, so I checked Amazon and found one single solitary black Colorbox Cats Eye pad so I snapped that straight up!
Colorbox fluid chalk ink is excellent for inking edges. It's available in a lot of colors and you can get it in a lot of online and big box stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Its also available in the little cats eye size-perfect for inking edges.
the chestnut roan chalk cats eye from Colorbox was always my go to
for distress ink, try using an ink blending tool instead of the ink pad right against the paper to get a softer more blended look watch Shimelle's videos and you'll see her very quickly go around the edges with the ink tool to get a soft edge without a lot of work
Yes for the distress inks (they're my go to) a blending applicator is the best way to go, although you could get the same look with a makeup sponge.
I agree with the chalk ink as an alternative for the versamark, but I think your big problem with the distress ink is that Black Shot is black, while your Pinecone is brown, so it's a much starker look.
Honestly, I love the ink applicator. I don't think you can go wrong. I have the rectangular one and the smaller round one. While people seem to LOVE the round one, I really like the rectangle. It covers a large surface and gets the inking done quickly. Usually I just hold the paper up and ink the edges that way (like Shimelle does in her video). I only work from a non-stick mat (like Tim Holtz does) when I am inking an entire surface of something. I find the blending tool gives a really soft, beautiful edge. For the life of me I cannot ink direct to paper without making a real mess.
My favourite neutral distress inks are gathered twigs (brown that is not too warm in tone), pumice stone (a greyish taupe), and hickory smoke (dark grey but much softer than black soot). Walnut stain is also nice, and not too dark when used with the blending tool. Other popular colors here are vintage photo, old paper and weathered wood. Sometimes it is fun to play with the different colours to get a tone on tone effect with the papers as well.
I am another Colorbox Cat’s Eye inker. Chestnut Roan, Creamy Brown and Charcoal are my most used and replaced. I love inking with Distress inks too, but the Colorbox is usually what I pick up for a quick little edge. They go on softly, not at all like using other ink pads.
I’m going to be the lone dissenter and say that while I like the look of shaded edges, I don’t like using ink to achieve it. I still use my ancient palette of Craf-T Chalks for that. There are four shades of brown from very light tan all the way to dark brown, also black, gray and a bunch of colors. I love that they can be mixed and toned down. I also like the fact that if I overdo it, I can erase some of it away with a white eraser.
I actually assumed the Cats Eyes weren't available anymore cause I hadn't seen them anywhere. I think they're just not stocked where I shop in the UK. If any UK girls know of a shop that stocks them, please let me know!
I ink on a ton of stuff there is a few different ways I do it one I take the inkpad & do it on the paper... sometimes I use those wedge sponge makeup things from the dollar store. that way you can how dark you wish....