Written by: Cecilie Malling
Pictures taken by Naja Willumsen
One of the most widely used techniques in scrapbooking and kortmageri is about changing the look to the edges of the papers, Pictures, stickers, and more using different types of ink. By using ink on the edges, you get the elements in your projects to fill into one harmonious whole, while they are still clearly seen as individual elements.
Color Box’ Fluid Chalk Inkpads are many preferred ink scrapperes, when they come in many colors, have soft cushions that easily follows the edges, they dry quickly and in general they are really easy to work with. These inks come in a myriad of exciting colors, but some of the most useful are the more neutral colors like Charcoal (black), Chestnut Roan (medium brown), Dark Brown (dark brown) og Creamy Brown (lightbrown).
You can use ink directly on paper and photographs by simply running stamp pad along the edge of your paper / billede med let hånd. Hold sværten med en lille vinkel i forhold til papiret, so you get ink onto the bit of paper is not only directly on the edge:
Move the ink along paper or photograph; the more intense your movements are, the wilder it will effect you. If you gently pull the ink along the edge, you just mark the edge, which may be a good effect equal to distinguish one from the other paper. You can always make your ink wilder, go back and repeat the movements.
Here I have been quite vigorous in their movements along the edge of the paper.
Here I have been quite cautious and had a more delicate effect.
When you use the ink in your photos, you can apply the ink directly on the image, but you should be aware of, that it may take some time before the ink dries on photo paper. Be careful while, when you apply the ink, so that only comes at the edges and not in on your subject.
When I use the ink on the edges of my photographs, I do so, I grind the edges of the images with sandpaper, before I use ink. It gives the photographs a nice defined edge, makes the ink books better and makes it more obvious that used ink:
Here I have cut a portion of the image with sandpaper, so I get a white border.
Here we used ink on the cut area of the photograph.
It is matter of taste, if you are into violent effects, or more delicate edges; it is also very dependent on the project, working on. Once you've tried to ink a few times, You will find, you've got a feeling, the degree of ink to suit your projects. This applies simply to throw yourself into this technique, and enjoy seeing how fine your papers or photographs are, when you work a little with difficult technique.