Ready for an easy and fun technique? If you like using minimal supplies to create big magic in your cardmaking then the Direct to Paper Technique is one you are going to love! All you need are ink pads and cardstock for the basic technique. There are three different ways to do the basic Direct to Paper technique. Jump down below to find the video tutorial and written directions to download for you files, Let’s get started!
The key to this technique is using the ink pad to apply ink directly onto the paper without the vehicle of a stamped image to transfer the ink. The most important thing to practice in order to master this simple task is how to hold the ink pad and apply the right amount of even pressure to the paper.
How to Hold the Ink Pad: Grab the open ink pad by the sides making sure the side of the ink pad where the pad is closest to the edge is at the tips of your fingers. This will be the place where the ink pad slides across the paper. Hold the ink pad slightly tilted up at an angle so that just the edge of the side closest to your top fingertips will actually be touching the paper.
Basic Directions for a Smooth Background: The motion for applying the ink directly to the paper will be slow and controlled for best results. You can think of it being a swiping motion but think in slow motion! The swiping motion begins on the scratch paper first just off the edge of the cardstock then slides all the way across and off the other side keeping the ink pad straight. You can repeat this motion as many times as desired continuing to start and finish the motion off the cardstock.
Basic Directions for a Brushstroke Background: Hold the ink pad in the same way as you would for the Smooth Background technique except for a brushstroke effect move your wrist for each stroke. The motion is still controlled but you don’t have to keep the ink pad straight. Turn your writs and the paper each time you brush it with the ink pad. Make the brush marks different sizes going in different directions for interest. Try different ways of twisting the ink pad in your hand to create different brushstroke patterns. As you fill in the background and use different colors what starts out looking like a mess will become pretty.
Basic Directions for a Color Blocked Background: For this background you are aiming to create solid rectangular shapes of color that overlap. Hold the ink pad in the same way but when you touch the paper you will allow the entire surface of the ink pad to contact the paper then slide it slowly in a direction and lift straight back up.
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