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I have used this technique for several years to create a burnt edge effect on the edges of torn paper and card.  After reading a request for suggestions of how to colour the edges of torn paper I decided to post this to describe my technique.


You Will Need

  • Card stock I am using white to best show the technique
  • Colorbox Cats Eye’s pigment ink pads; Dune, Cocoa and Chestnut
Dune, Cocoa and Chestnut Cat's Eyes Ink

Dune, Cocoa and Chestnut Cat

Optional extras

  • Heat tool; if you wish to speed up the drying time
  • Craft sheet; or scrap paper to protect your work surface.



  • 1. Tear your paper/card to the desired shape. Experiment tearing towards you and also away from you. You will get a different result from either direction. For this technique I prefer to have card that I have torn towards me, as this leave a greater surface of textred paper exposed.
Paper torn towards you on left, torn away from you on the right of this picture

Paper torn towards you on left, torn away from you on the right of this picture

  • 2. First apply a layer of Dune ink. Gently drag the ink across the torn area of the paper.
Dune Ink

Dune Ink

  • 3. Next while the first layer is still wet apply a layer of Cocoa ink over the top of the Dune. You are not trying to cover all the paler ink. Think of the look of burn paper it has several shades of colour.
Cocoa ink over the Dune ink

Cocoa ink over the Dune ink

  • 4. Next still whilst the earlier colours are wet gently touch some Chestnut ink just to the extreme edges of the card, this will represent the blackened chared edges of the paper. If you wish to high light particular areas you can go further over the edges but apply only a limited amount as it can easily over power the earlier colours if you apply too much dark ink.


Final layer is the Chestnut ink

Final layer is the Chestnut ink

  • Here is the finished piece
Final layer is the Chestnut ink

Final layer is the Chestnut ink

The Colorbox Cat’s Eyes are made of pigment ink which is stable but slow drying, set the paper/card asside to dry. If you wish to speed up the drying process you can use a heat tool.



Colorbox; http://www.colorbox.com/ to find the Cats Eye’s go to the Ink pads tab, select Colorbox, then Cat’s Eyes and a list of all the available colors will come up.


If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you

Best wishes and thanks for reading


Billie 😉


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Here are the details of this month’s challenge, the idea behind this challenge is to get you using the products you already have in new ways or to try something different. The options listed under the products are just a few ideas to get you started. How you use these inks is up to you, your crafting journey is unique to you, see where it will take you this month with…

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Pigment Inks

These are slow drying and perfect for embossing and direct to paper techniques.

  • Embossing
  • Stamping on different surfaces
  • Direct to paper

Solvent Based Inks
These are very useful for stamping onto non porous surfaces.  They are also useful if you want to create a stable image that can be coloured with water colour mediums.  Examples of these inks would be Stayz On & Alcohol Inks
Glossy Paper/card
Shrink Plastic
Water colour over a stamped image


This site has tips for Brayering; http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/tips/brayers.html
This site has some project ideas for using Domino’s to stamp onto; http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/tips/monthly-projects/july02/july02.html


Have fun and remember ‘Its All About The Journey’, it is more important to have a go and have some fun rather than trying to make a finished piece for this challenge.

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie 🙂

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Here is the first in a series of articles to help you find your way through the many products available for stamping. I hope to be able to guide you towards essential products and their uses so you can buy a set of core products to get you started and then build upon this to add a range of colours to suit the crafting that inspires you.

I will include links to more detail explanations of what inks are suitable for what card type later in the article, but for now what is important is that there ARE different inks for different card types. The main kinds of ink available are; Dye based Permanent and Pigment.

A core set of basic inks would be;

  • Versamark; This is a clear pigment ink. It is used for embossing as it is slow drying, you can also stamp with it and just heat it and the ink will leave a watermark effect. The image will appear in a slightly darker tone than your original card.
  • Versa Fine; This is a whole range of inks, do get an Onyx Black. It is also a pigment ink, so it is slow drying and can be embossed with. It is a superb black and you can colour your resulting image with watercolours and the image will not run.
  • Ranger Archival; Again this is a whole range of waterproof inks, do get a Black one as it is useful for stamping over alcohol inks and again will leave an image that you can watercolour over.
  • Stayz On;Again this is a range of inks most people want a black in this one. This is a solvent based ink, it is used to stamp on NON Porous surfaces like acetate, acrylic, glass, foil etc. It is a good ink but it does what it says on the label it STAYZ ON! You will need to buy a special Stayz On Cleaner to clean your stamps and it is not suitable for the newer polymer and clear stamps.

The choice for your remaining colour pallet will be one of personal choice led firstly by colours you like and secondly by the surfaces you wish to stamp onto. If you are new buy a small selection of small inkpads from various manufacturers and see which ones you enjoy using. When you have found some that work for you, then do build up your collection from there.


The one thing that has taken my crafting to another level is buying the complete range of a set of inks. In the past I had odds and ends of colours, and found that it seriously limited what I could do. I saved up for the Ranger Adirondack Earth-tones Dye ink pallet, although it took a while and was a large investment it was the best decision I have made. I have since added to this with the Lights and recently the Brights ranges. I now have a wide selection of colours that I know will tone together as they are from the same range. I was lucky enough to have the Color wash Sprays also in the Ranger Adirondack range  bought for me last Christmas and I would love to collect the Acrylic dabbers and Alcohol inks over time too, oh and the pigment inks have come out in that range as well.

Some would say that is a limited pallet, but to have colours that co ordinate across many different surface is a huge benefit. There is nothing wrong with other brands and it is a matter of personal preference and what surface you want to work on, as well as what colours you like.  Whatever brand or type of ink you choose bare in mind that as with most things in life you get what you pay for. The top brands are not always cheap but they are worth the investment. I have bought cheap ink in the past and it either dries up really fast or the cushion rips off the base. If you are on a tight budget there are often small versions of inks available as well as the large pads. These are a great way of collecting lots of colours without breaking the bank. Once you have some favourites then buy the larger pads in those colours as the little ones run out.



http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/tips/inks.html This describes in more detail what inks to use for what surface.

Do check out the links in the Rubber Stamping tab at the top of this blog. It has links to the main manufacturers web sites.


Thanks for reading and see you soon


Billie 🙂

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