It’s no secret that sprays and mists are still really hot in paper crafting, both in alcohol- and water-based versions. Inkadinkado by EK Success brands has thrown their proverbial hat into the misting ring with Spray Inks. I couldn’t wait to try them out!
Here’s how they are described on the website:
Embellish stamping projects with a beautiful splash of color, soft misting, raindrop or intense pooling effects. Our Terra Cotta Spray Ink is suitable for paper or wood. 2 oz. Alcohol base, nontoxic, dries instantly.
Ah! Alcohol base! Very good to know… it means that we should be able to do some craft-alchemy and have a LOT of fun with them. I opened the container- it’s kinda stinky.
Let’s do a swatch test!
In this set, you can see that the ink settled into the papers quickly, leaving behind kind of a pearly “frost.” I wasn’t even aware that these mists had a shimmer to them! They looked so dark in the bottle and there wasn’t any tell-tale “residue” on the bottom. (Usually, you’ll see some of the mica powder residue through the plastic bottle and that will remind you to shake it up well.)
For this set, I was really surprised at all three. The glossy had some “pitting” as you can see- little areas of white. I have no idea why this happened. I’ve never seen it with alcohol inks on glossy paper before! Nonetheless, I like the way it turned out. The ink stayed really shiny on the glossy paper. The next one is Claudine Hellmuth’s sticky-backed canvas, unprimed. The ink soaked right in- but you can see that the color is a little washed out, and you see the pearly frost most. On the black cardstock ALL you see is the frost- there isn’t enough pigment in the spray to tint the black paper at all.
Here, I used some ink on a printed white fabric- and I LOVE how the print acts as a resist. The fabric stayed pliable, too, after it was dry. The next two examples were on pearl-finished cardstock. Again, on the blue piece, you see some of that “pitting” again… almost like the little mica particles stuck together.
On this chipboard piece (from Tattered Angels) you can see how the Espresso ink sank right into the chipboard, leaving a lot of the pearl frost on top. It really lightens up the Espresso color significantly!
For the birds’ nest, I sprayed ink onto a piece of deli wrap, then dabbed my stamp into it. I like the stamping! I also used the inks on some non-porous surfaces like the mini domino and bottle cap. I noticed that on surfaces like those, the color remained more vibrant and the pearl frost didn’t show up as color, but rather as a gritty texture. Interesting!
So, to summarize….if you use these inks on a porous surface, you see less color and more pearly frost..but if they are applied to a non-porous surface, you see more color and a bit of texture. Wow- that’s verstile!
Next, I applied some spray ink directly onto my journal pages… and then sprayed some bubble wrap to create texture:
There was a little bleed-through…
I was working on a layout for a book review I did, and so I used some Tattered Angels Chipboard Fonts for the headline- I used my Espresso ink on those. I think it’s interesting that while the spray ink color was Espresso, they really looked rather gray…
And here’s a card and a tag I made, using the Spray Inks over embossed resist. I also used the Spray Inks to color the Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers.
So, all in all, I really like the inks- I sure seemed to be playing with them alot this week. Also, I have to tell you that the price point is great. I shopped around online, and most places it was $6-8 USD per 2 ounce bottle. That price is very comparable to other spray shimmer mists, and those are water-based.
I also want to point out that for the month of May 2011, EKSuccessBrands is offering 40% off of one item and free shipping on orders over $45.00- so you might just want to shop there!
Any comments or questions on Inkadinkado Spray Inks? Just let me know. Happy Mother’s Day weekend, y’all!
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