The Tie Dye Effect pt. 2 (8-18)

Hi all!

 I’m over on Paper Crafts Connection today, talking about how to achieve a tie-dye effect with spray mists.

I thought it’d be fun today to share a bonus project and technique of sorts here.

After I wrote the post for the PCC blog with the mists, I got to thinking, “You know, I betcha you might be able to do something like that with reinkers straight out of the bottle.”

So I played and I’m going to show you here today how to achieve a somewhat similar tie dye effect with reinkers.

You are going to need:

  • A couple reinkers. I am using Distress Ink ones from Ranger, but it really doesn’t matter what kind you use as long as they are dye inks.
  • A can of compressed air. This is the kind of stuff you’d find in the office supply store.
  • Watercolor paper. I like to use this because it absords the ink so much more, and the end result is much more vibrant.

 Randomly place a couple drops of reinker ink on a panel of watercolor paper. Unlike  when you use mists, you need only a teeny amount of ink. The smaller the drops, the better.

 Take the canned air and shoot air into the ink puddles to spread the ink.


You’ll notice the look isn’t quite as splotchy as it with mists, but you can still get a somewhat similar look.

 One thing I want to add about using reinkers over mists is it takes a whole lot longer to dry. I let this panel sit several hours before I even attempted to stamp the sentiment (from My Favorite Things) on it for this card.

Meet today’s card. 😉

I hope if you are looking for something fun to do over the next couple days you’ll give the Tie Dye technique a shot. Whether you have mists or reinkers, it is definitely a fun technique to try out and see what you come up with.

That’s all for now. Be back tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!

PS… Don’t forget to leave a comment on my post today on the Paper Crafts  Connection blog. You could win a goodie pack of Shimmerz products!

11 thoughts on “The Tie Dye Effect pt. 2 (8-18)

  1. I love how you finish the cards! I have made a few with this technique and never knew how to make them amazing! Your’s are AMAZING! Thanks for the inspiration, going to have to work something up soon!

  2. Fun technique! I really love the card. The stitching adds the perfect touch.

    I’m Intrigued! I wonder how it would work on glossy papers? I’m going to give that a try once I figure out where I put the compressed air can…

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