Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Perfect Refresher for Perfect Ink Refresher!

Think you know everything about perfect ink refresher? You may need to think again. Sure, it works as to rehydrate your ink, but maybe you didn’t know that it can also be used to create a suede effect on paper!!

I recently found this out at Ranger U. when Tim Holtz taught this fantastic technique. Here’s what you do:

1. Choose card stock paper (we used a black cardstock but you can use any paper). Need a suggestion? Try: Hero Arts Kraft Paper!

2. Spray the paper so that it is saturated in Perfect Ink Refresher

3. Massage the Perfect Ink Refresher into the paper (Claudine Hellmuth would compare this part to rubbing in face cream)

4. Your paper should now be pliable. Crumple it up.

5. Carefully un-crumple the paper to reveal the ridges and creases you’ve created.

6. Using your Heat Tool, dry the paper - it’s a good rule of thumb to keep your heat tool moving about 1-inch away from the cardstock.
8. Dip your finger into the Perfect Pearl Pigment Powder and rub the cardstock. This will highlight the ridges and cracks.

9. Voila! You have mastered the technique of turning cardstock into faux suede! Easy, fun, and kid-friendly!

Happy Crafting!


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  1. Doubt I win being possibly #1, but my favorite is the rock candy--it's not over the top and adds a lot of fun to flowers and other embellies!!

    thanks also for a chance to win!

  2. Actually, I've never used stickles before, but my favourite would be Ranger white (based on some of the blogs I visit and their use of the white stickles.)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. my favorite is distress stickles picket fence, i love the whiteness!!!! =)
    hugs, SannaS

  4. Definitely Rock Candy. I know it's clear but it's so versatile you can use it on any project! Great post today, love this technique.

  5. I love Ranger Star Dust stickles. It lets whatever color behind it still come through!

  6. My favourite by far is rock candy .. I like to do a lot of vintage type cards and pages so the distressed line works best for me. I love how rock candy just adds a little pizzazz to some of my vintage projects.

  7. I don't have favorite color of Stickles, because glitter glue isn't my thing. Too shiny and sparkly, I'm more of a ivory liquid pearl girl :)

  8. I really love all my Stickles colors but the Diamond has to be my favorite because you can use it on any color for just a bit of fun sparkle. Thank you for the chance to win!!

  9. I love all the colour's in stickles range so hard to choose one but if i had too it would be star dust,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  10. Yippee...I won! Thank you for the lovely giveaway. I have already emailed my details.
    I love favourite is Star Dust stickles. I saw how DT Loraine use this stickles on her card and love the special glittering effect!

  11. Christmas red would have to be my favorite color since red is my favorite!

  12. I'm not a Stickles kind of gal but I do like clear and sparkly so that would be my favourite colour [whatever it is called!].

  13. The Stardust is my favorite, because you can add it over any color and it will add sparkle and still let the color come through. Great for adding small sparkly details to my crafts!

  14. For once the answer is simple.... Stardust Stickles, cos it allows the colours of your project to show through and it really sparkles and shines. x

  15. I've got two favourites: stickles platinum and stickles frosted lace. Can't live without them =)

  16. I am in LOVE with the Crystal and the lime green Stickles!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. great post thanks for the video,my fave stickles has to be one of the clear ones like rock candy,diamond,crystal as others have said it works really well with anything xx

  18. Rock Candy - love the way it looks, use is for frosting on my cupcakes and cakes!
    Thanks for the fun.
    Sanrda ltb

  19. love rock candy. it's versatile and it's name is yummy. And it also makes me think of the Lisa Loeb version of the song Big Rock Candy Mountain :)

  20. I like diamond and lately I have been using rock candy when I want it to be subtle.

  21. My favourite is definitely Rock Candy, Its clear and add bling to everything!

  22. Great technique! My favorite Stickles color is "Diamond" as it goes with anything and takes on the colors of the project.

  23. All of the blues are my faves.

    I only have a son so I use alot of blue on my scrap pages.

  24. The distressed crushed velvet. It's so pretty.

  25. Cool idea! And I love rock candy stickles!!

  26. I love Stardust, but I use them all! LOL


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