17 Ways to Use Ink Refills

by Justine Hovey
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Did you know that ink refills are not only used for re-filling inks? You can use them in a variety of ways. There are so many techniques available and ways to create your own craft supplies, just using ink refills. I can’t wait to show you 17 ways to use them. Today I’m collaborating with my good friend Ingrid. I’m showing off 8 ways and she will be showing off 9 in her video tutorial.

Baby Wipe Swipe

Altenew Thinking of You Die

The baby wipe swipe technique needs watercolour paper. Add a few drops of refill to a baby wipe and swipe across your cardstock. When you let it dry, the colour will seep into the cardstock and look amazing and beautifully textured.

Bubbles Technique

Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases Die

Grab a coffee mug and fill it with water. Add a few drops of refill and some dish soap. Blow bubbles with a straw and place the cardstock on top of the bubbles for a beautiful, subtle look.

Smoosh

Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases Die

Any non-porous surface works for this technique whether it’s an acrylic block or a piece of plastic. Place a few refills drops on it and spray with water. Swipe the watercolour cardstock through the ink for a beautiful wash background.

Polished Stone / DIY Alcohol Inks

Ellen Hutson Big Scripty Thank You Die

Using a felt pad, add 99% isopropyl alcohol to your felt pad with a couple drops of ink refill. Pounce it on some glossy cardstock until you are happy with the result. Try different colours for an even prettier result!

DIY Spray

Altenew You Are Loved Die

In an empty spray bottle or mister bottle, add a drop or two of refill and some water. Spray onto some watercolour cardstock.

DIY Ink Pad / Baby Wipe Ink Pad

Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases Die

Stack several baby wipes on top of each other and add refill to the baby wipes – make a rainbow, an ombre effect, whichever you like! Stamp your stamp into the baby wipe ink pad and stamp onto cardstock.

DIY Paste

Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases Die

When investing in a paste, white is really all you need. Add a drop or two of refill to white paste and then spread over a stencil. You can coordinate with matching cardstock if you have a refill that matches cardstock!

DIY Watercolour Markers

Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Die

Using these empty waterbrush barrels, add a drop of reinker and add some water, then you can watercolour to your heart’s desire. I recommend a three pack so you can watercolour with multiple colours!

Video Tutorial

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2 comments

Debbie Pasker August 17, 2020 - 3:25 pm

Fantastic ideas. I always learn something new from you. Thank you.

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Rena August 27, 2020 - 3:14 pm

Love learning new things. Thank you for sharing.

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