Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Hello Monday, Stamping


Julie is sharing how to make quick and colorful backgrounds by “painting” with your ink pads!

Hey, hello, hi! It’s Julie on the blog today! Colorful backgrounds can really make your focal images pop—but few techniques are as quick and easy as “direct-to-paper”! For smaller scale projects such as cards and mini cards, like these mini notes, try grabbing your ink cubes!  They’re size makes it easy to vary the colors in a wide range of “stripes” or “strokes” as you drag or swipe the pad across the paper, creating fun abstract backgrounds!


  • Direct-to-paper inking works best when ink pads are not overly dry (avoids pulling on the pad and potentially tearing it away from the base).
  • Pigment, hybrid and water-based dye ink pads can be used for this method.
  • Start with lightest colors first, to avoid cross-contamination as much as possible.
  • Small ink cubes work great for smaller projects; larger ink pads for larger scale projects.
  • Keep the cube flat for wider strokes and tilt to drag the edge for narrower strokes.
  • Linen style pads can sometimes fray along the edges over time; trim them down with scissors to keep things neat and tidy.


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