As I’ve mentioned countless times, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter is a genius and has saved me so much money! Here’s her brilliance for today:
Make your own pigment inks.
All my stamp stuff came to me second-hand. I have purchased two black ink pads, a sepia color, the mini-distress inks and that’s about it. Maybe a few from Dollar Tree…
So, the ink pads are drying out. I was at Hobby Lobby with Laurie and searched for re-inkers but was unable to find any. It seems they only sell the pads. I was becoming quite desperate last night/this morning…I knew Lindsay had a tutorial for refilling ink pads but one type pigment and the other is dye based and I figured (because it’s me) the do-it-yourself version would be for the kind I don’t have many of.
Wrong! It was how to refill pigment ink pads, I had everything I needed at my desk, took minutes to do and the best part is you can make this ink in any color you want and use a Dollar Tree make-up sponge as your stamp pad.
Here’s how our gal Lindsay saved my day:
- You need glycerine. I use this stuff all the time. Seriously. All the time. I buy mine at Walmart in the pharmacy section. Last time I did I think it was just over 3 dollars a 6 fl. oz. bottle.
- You need Gouache’ paint. This is a type of opaque watercolor paint. My favorite brand (not that I’ve tried that many, I prefer either the translucence of water color or the rich colors of acrylics) is Reeves brand. They are part of Windsor and Newton and the quality is excellent. The price is cheap. I have two or three sets of Reeve’s Gouache’ paints for the classes I teach. It is pronounced gaw-sh.
- You need rubbing alcohol. Not the denatured alcohol, but the kind you can pick up at Dollar Tree.
Now, you have your dried up ink pad in what ever color it is. Put your Gouache’ paint on a ceramic tile and mix your colors to the color of your ink pad. Add a drop of two of glycerine and just a mist of alcohol. Mix very well. I used my gift card scraper, but you can use a palette knife if you prefer. Make sure all the lumps are out of the paint while it’s on the tile. You don’t want lumpy stuff in your ink pad.
When you have mixed the color, smear onto your ink pad working it in well with your gift card scraper. (Another Lindsay tip: if the pad is coming loose, use just a drop of gorilla glue to secure it. You don’t need much because that stuff expands like crazy.)
Because the sepia colored ink pad is the dye based ink and not pigment, I was not able to re-ink it. Here’s where the “this is going to save me so much money!” part comes in…You can make the ink in whatever colors your little heart desires. You can store the ink in a little plastic tub with top from dollar tree. Put the ink onto your stamp with a Dollar Tree make-up sponge.
Lindsay is a huge stamper-thousands of stamps in her collection, or was. Maybe she got rid of some during her Konmari organization, I don’t know. Nevertheless, she is a stamping guru. Lindsay says she doesn’t even buy re-inkers anymore and just always mixes her own.
My excitement is that I can make any color ink I want for any project and I don’t have to buy the expensive stamp pads. Since I didn’t care for the color pink my stamp pad was, I changed it to a color I liked better. I made several shades of red, a couple greens, two purples, a white, a gorgeous brown, and several shades of turquoise. When I’m finished with all my Art Market items I’ll be making lots and lots of colors.
I love DIY projects I can accomplish with stuff I already have in the house. Makes my day.