what's your favorite color to ink edges of papers/embellishments with?

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Posted: 11/15/2012 6:39:20 PM
Do you change the color based on the layout, or always use brown or black? I'm hesitant to use black, it seems so harsh.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 6:43:24 PM
Depends on the paper, but Pumice Stone is my current go to. Vintage Photo for an "aged" look.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 6:57:41 PM
I use brown almost exclusively.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 6:58:31 PM
Black or brown


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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:16:05 PM
I like Pumice for many layouts and occasionally if I have lots of blue-ish papers I'll choose Weathered Wood.

If the layout is really brightly colored, but I still want to finish the paper edges, I either choose a distress color to match (green/blue/pinks etcs) or just use Antique Linen - which seems to almost do a watermark kind of effect. Works for me, anyway.

I can hardly remember the last time I used black to distress a layout - it would have to be a layout with lots of black in it to feel like it fit.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:42:57 PM
I use Pumice Stone probably 90% of the time. I also like Frayed Burlap.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:50:23 PM
Some type of brown. I use CTMH, Tim Holtz distress inks, A Muse studio. Depends on what is handy and what suits my fancy .

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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:52:24 PM
Frayed burlap most of the time.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:10:18 PM
I mostly use brown or black.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:15:51 PM
Chestnut Roan is by far my favorite chalk ink. If I have a predominant color I really want to bring out, I will use something similar from my chalk ink cats eye pads. I think I have about every color! I do use the Vintage Ink quite often too. My absolute favorite is Prussian Blue from Cats Eye.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:19:32 PM
Usually black or brown here too.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:30:58 PM
just really depends on the layout. i have ink pads of all colors and depending on the look i want, i will change it up. i don't think i have EVER used my brown... and only occasionally used the black. i love using inks, but haven't found that i go to any one color more than the others...


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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:38:03 PM
Dark Brown like walnut ink or Stone Grey


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Posted: 11/15/2012 9:28:30 PM
TH's Vintage Photo or Black soot

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Posted: 11/15/2012 9:34:06 PM
Black or brown, but recently I have been moving away from the inked edges look. Not sure why.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:04:44 AM
White or Antique Linen or Old paper.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:13:07 AM
I mostly use brown either Vintage photo or Chestnut Roan chalk ink. If I want a more subtle look, I will go with Pumice Stone. If I am doing a LO with bright colors, I will use my Jenni Bowlin inks. If I am doing a Christmas LO in traditional colors, then I will use either red or green.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:10:02 AM
I use versamark Pinecone, however, lately I have started using TH Frayed Burlap.

I have sometimes used a colour, but mainly Pinecone/Frayed Burlap



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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:22:29 AM
my current fave is "attic dust" from prima.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:32:16 AM
90 percent of the time I use Tim Holtz's Distress Inks:

Crushed Olive (green) in bright designs
Faded Jeans (blue) in blue designs
Vintage photo(brown)in all other designs


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Posted: 11/16/2012 4:16:56 AM
pretty much brown with occ black. I have alot of colors ,but I seem to stay with those 2.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 6:30:59 AM
Typically walnut stain or black soot but I do mix it up once in awhile. Almost always TT distress ink though.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:01:26 AM
A dark brown, usually Artprint Brown.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:50:30 AM
Lately, I've been using a lot of either the cat's eye chalk ink in creamy brown or the dewdrop sahara brown. If I want a darker ink, it's usually vintage photo or chestnut roan. Once in awhile, I'll use a color that coordinates with my l/o, but usually it's one of the browns. I could just be too lazy to dig thru the rest of my inks....Maria


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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:50:57 AM
TH walnut stain distress ink-always!!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:12:23 AM
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain, and since I started using his ink applicator it's been lovely. So much easier than faffing around with a chalk ink pad - much more even too.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:15:17 AM
I do it to match or contrast the color 99% of the time.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:05:53 AM
Depending on the page, I most likely would use black or brown. But probably not my Onyx Black Versafine ink, my best black ink. Probably the other one from M's and very old that's less stark black. And if I had one of the dark grey or black distress inks, it would be that.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:14:04 AM
I like black.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:19:42 AM
I mostly use just brown or black too.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:31:30 AM
Brown all the way.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:41:55 AM
Usually Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, or Vintage Photo but it depends. If my LO is mostly pink I use a pink. I ink the edges of photos, too--blue on the sky, green on the grass, etc. I don't like white cores showing.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:06:17 AM
My favorite color is probably vintage photo distressed ink, but I never use just one color to ink edges. I use different colors to match the paper and cardstock. So I usually end up using fire brick red, spicy marmelade, painted shutters, and broken glass distressed ink on my layouts.

I almost never use black, although I think it looks nice, I just like and scrapbook with brighter colors in general.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:18:34 AM
I tend to play off the colors in my layout. My very fav is Cat Eye Creamy Brown. I also use Dewdrops Sea Breeze alot. It's a very soft aqua.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:26:46 AM
I prefer chalk inks like Prima Edgers or Cateyes. I generally use browns or charcoal. I find that black is too dark for me and so are dark browns. I like just a hint of tawny on the edges for dimension.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:37:05 AM
Vintage Photo is my fave as well, but I like all the Tim HOlz colors. I use the green (I can't remember the name!) a LOT.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 5:59:05 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions... I definately need to play more with my TH distress inks.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:47:45 PM
Vintage photo is my go to color of choice. However, I may have to rethink that and look at pumice stone or something else. Thanks for the idea ladies.


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Posted: 11/17/2012 4:29:26 AM
I only have 1 ink colour and it's from VersaColor and it is in 33 pink so it works on girly layouts only I have a very small budget getting AU$48 a month for pocket money! A lot but when scrapbooking stuff is expensive where I live in Australia it doesn't go far!!

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Posted: 11/17/2012 7:43:34 AM
Black or brown depending on the color of the papers. I use the Cat's Eye inks.


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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:06:26 AM
black, brown or grey. I use the Distress Inks.


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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:15:12 AM
Pumice Stone is put out by what company???? thanksssss

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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:15:18 AM
Pumice Stone is put out by what company???? thanksssss

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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:56:26 AM
Pumice Stone is a Tim Holtz Distress ink color.

So far my go to colors are all Tim Holtz Distress inks:

Vintage Photo for brown
Faded Denim for blue
Shabby Shutters for green - I really like this one on my brightly colored pages and projects!

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Posted: 11/17/2012 10:14:26 AM
Usually a neutral like black or brown

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Posted: 11/17/2012 10:13:36 PM
all time fave... colorbox cats eye chalk ink in chestnut roan... color/black/brown.... depends on layout or project - if it's more fun, casual or bright, I'll use a color. otherwise, either lack or brown depending on what goes best with project. if u r afraid of black, try colorbox charcoal cats eye chalk ink - works well where u would normally use black, but it's softer, not as harsh as straight up black


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:10:17 AM
I rarely use black or brown anymore. I tend to use a shade darker than the cardstock I'm edging. I have all of the TH inks, all of the Colorbox chalk inks and all of the Stampin Up inks as well as several of the Momento and other assorted inks. I usually use chalk ink but have been using distress inks more and more. I find that I like my edges to have more of a watermark effect rather than black or brown.

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