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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:36:42 PM
Ok, tell me about this. Glitter girl does it to everything. Do you? Why? Is it to add continuity or to break up the space or just to cover white edges or what?

What color do you use most?

Do you use more than one color? Like aqua on an aqua piece and grey on a grey piece on the same layout?

I do this occasionally on cards but certainly not as often as GG does so I am just trying to figure out what will work best for me.

Thanks for your input!
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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:50:42 PM
Ok, tell me about this. Glitter girl does it to everything. Do you? Why? Is it to add continuity or to break up the space or just to cover white edges or what?

*I do it most of the time because to me the edges look unfinished. I don't always do it, though.

What color do you use most?

*Brown or black depending on the most common color in the patterned papers.

Do you use more than one color? Like aqua on an aqua piece and grey on a grey piece on the same layout?

*Not usually. I do have a green and tealish color ink I will use, but very rarely.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:54:48 PM
I ink just about everything in brown or black, depending on the predominant color on the page. It seems when I ink the edges the papers blend together better.



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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:03:03 PM
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I want to and I forget. I usually use brown ink because that's what's usually on the table. To me it's a way of bring the papers together...they will all have this one thing in common.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:06:26 PM
I never used to - that is until I started watching glitter girl's videos. Now I ink most edges (when I remember to). I love the difference it makes! thanks Glitter Girl!

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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:09:20 PM
I don't do it for everything. I find it makes a difference if you have elements from different brands or items that are just off being a perfect match becasue it ties everything together and they look like they were meant to go together.
If I don't ink it's usually because my ink pad is out of reach (I like to put things together quickly and if I don't have access then I don't bother)
If you are going to give it a go I would deffinatly reccomend the ink blending tool - it makes it sooooooo much easier.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:18:17 PM
"I find it makes a difference if you have elements from different brands or items that are just off being a perfect match becasue it ties everything together and they look like they were meant to go together."

I agree with this. I just uploaded a layout made with stripes from 7 different patterned paper, and I really think the inked edges helped a lot.

I have the Tim Holtz Distress Ink in various (some unused) colors, but I like the dabber one that I think is called Distress Stain in Vintage Photo. Makes it really easy.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:19:07 PM
I used to ink the edges on every single project... but I noticed a more clean style the last couple of years, so I've stopped doing it.

For vintage projects I think it adds a nice patina to the edges.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:45:05 PM
I ink my edges because to me it give it more of a finished appearance.

However, I only use black or dark brown on vintage kinds of papers. I have lots of distress inks and if I could only have one for edging, I like "Pumice" Distress Ink. It can look kind of brownish/taupe, but it can also look almost taupe-grey - depending on the colors of the paper to start with. Very versatile color!

If I'm scrapping with really bright papers, then I tend to use general colors to match - a light-med blue for papers from the blue/teal family, etc. I

f I'm stuck - a Distress Color like "Antique Linen" or "Old Paper" are neutral enough that they can slightly darken the edge of nearly any bright color and look great! Inking doesn't have to make a paper look old or distressed, it all depends on what you use.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:46:37 PM
You have found a subject close to my heart, a sheet doesn't go down on my layouts without ink.
I mainly use about four shades of brown (ie baby page has soft brown), black and my favourite-charcoal. I LOVE chalk inks and versa color cubes for doing my pages. The new prima inks also work quite well. Just make sure the ink colour is darker than your page so it stands out.
Inking helps to give your page texture and it also as the above posters say gives pages unity.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:53:17 PM
I find that the different papers layered on top of each other blend in to each other too much to be noticed. The inked edges make them stand out more so you notice the individual layers. It adds more depth and dimension. More 3d and less 2d.

I use a lot of black, brown, or grey for an aged look. But I also do colors for a more vibrant fun look.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:05:12 AM
I love inking. Mostly I use black or brown.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:08:34 AM
I can't do it. I've tried lots of times and I screw it up every. single. time. I'm just too neurotic for inked edges, I guess!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 2:27:50 AM
I'm an inkaholic too, 95% of my layouts have inked edges, especially around paper layers and embellishments I make myself. I use mostly brown or black but will use other colours, it depends on the layout. I agree that it ties it all together and 'finishes' the page.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 2:32:39 AM
I do it for everything. I almost always use Black Soot Distress Ink with a blending tool. I'm not overly keen on the look of the brown edges. Just personal preference. It really brings a cohesive look if you are using different papers. I also, my pages are often fairly simple and I like to use similar colours stacked so the ink defines the edges without being in your face.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 2:51:32 AM
Love inking edges with Tim Holtz's thingy mebopper. (I'm pretty sure that's the technical term. )

Some shade of black or brown are what I use 90% of the time. I'll use colors, metallics, or even paint other times.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:14:25 AM
Always have! Used to always use chalk ink, but mostly use Tim's brown or black with his applicator doohicky

Layouts do not look finished to me without it.

When i worked at the LSS 7 years ago I would show how to use the chalk inks to everyone. We could not keep them in stock lol i sold a million of them, ok not a million

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:56:51 AM
All of the above plus I hate a white edge. I even run a brown marker around alphas and all other small items

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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:12:32 AM
I'm a huge inker. I like the ink elements to add dimension and make them pop. I mainly use Tim Holtz Distress inks and I have a variety of colors and I use whatever fits the elements. I love inking the outer edge of a layout especially if I'm using white cardstock as my base it just makes the page feel finished to me.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:21:16 AM
I ink on most layouts, but it depends on the look I want and whether or not I am mixing lots of papers from a variety of collections. I like to use the little cat's eye chalk inks, light brown, dark brown, or black, depending on the colors I am working with. I have some Distress inks and the Tim Holtz handle thingy, but haven't used it yet...

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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:23:27 AM
I ink the edges about half of the time.

I typically use brown, but if it's a brighter layout I'll coordinate the ink. I think inking makes my pages look more finished and polished.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:08:42 AM
For me it really depends on the style of the layout. I always ink when I'm doing a project with a more vintage feel, but I've stopped doing it on my layouts I want to be brighter and more fun. So I guess it all boils down to your personal style.

I want to link an example of a LO by Wilna Furstenberg:


This LO has such a crispness to me that I feel would be somewhat ruined if the edges were inked, but again, personal preferences differ. I suggest you get a neutral color and experiment away to find out what works for you


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:19:37 AM
I ink the edges too, like most others have said, I feel it adds a consistency and "finished" look to things, it ties it all together. I also like it to give a pop of definition to layers and make them stand out a bit more. I often do it to stickers or paper embellishments too as it gives them extra stand out.

I used to swipe an ink pad around the sides, but then I finally went for the dabber and haven't looked back, lol. I usually use black, grey or brown, I guess like shading. But I'm trying to use other colours a bit more for some variety I nearly always use a single colour across a whole layout, so if I used a colour other than brown or black, I would pick the colour I felt was the most prominent and use it on all the papers even if they didn't have that colour.

I'm definitely a big fan of inking edges!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:25:00 AM
I ink my edges on almost all of my projects.
I is the norm. for me.

I love the distress inks, to quote the red hot sauce commercial...I put the sh.t on everything, lol.

I like the look to it.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:28:05 AM
I almost always ink...even on those cleaner styled pages. I think it helps to give papers more dimension. I use mostly browns, rarely black or other colors, and actually it's mostly a mix of whatever is already on my blending tool and the distress ink color that I pick up. Favorites are Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Old Paper, and Antique Linen.

Sometimes I'll even ink the edges of my photos (with brown Staz-on)... especially since I have been matting them less. Even with a mat, the slight line of Staz-on helps to separate the photo from the paper.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:28:50 AM
I tried to do it on my cards when I first started making them, but I'd end up with more ink on my fingers than the paper.. AND I'd end up smudging my paper with ink on places I didn't want it to be inked.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:31:35 AM
I like the look of inked edges, but I don't really do it that often - only occasionally. For instance, I inked the edges of one recent art journal page because a prompt I was relying on was "grunge."

When it happens, I usually use black or brown, but have sometimes used other colors. I can't think of a time where I used more than one ink.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:33:04 AM
I ink about 95% of the time on layouts, not as much on cards. 4% of the time I don't is usually when it's been awhile since I last scrapped & then forget to ink before adhering something down.

I just generally prefer the way it pulls everything together on my layouts.

Brown is my go-to color, with black/charcoal second. Green or grey would be third & fourth. If I'm doing a brighter, more colorful layout, then I'll use what coordinates for that page.

I was using mostly Colorbox Dark Brown chalk ink. Since I started making myself use the Tim Holtz inking tool, now I'm using my Distress Inks more. Frayed Burlap is the one I'm using the most right now.



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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:34:20 AM
I seem to ink the edges of everything I do. I mostly stay in the same color family, but not always. I use my distress stamps most of all in inking the edges. I sometimes worry that I do it too much, but then i realize I'm the only one judging my work and I'm clearly ok with it since I keep doing it.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:43:08 AM
I am about 50/50 on inking my edges of paper. And I will occasionaly ink the edges of my photos too. For the most part I stick to shades of brown, black, and white. But I will also use other colors too. I have a finger dauber for every color of Tim Holtz's distress ink pads!!

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:46:46 AM
I ink about 75% of the time. I like pumice stone quite a bit. I think it provides a nice shadow effect. I also like to use Jenni Bowlins inks in blue, green, and pink. I don't use multiple colors to ink a page, but if I'm using mostly pinks, I'll ink all the edges in pink even if the papers are a different color. Black to me is often too stark and brown sometimes makes things too vintage or dirty for my taste if the paper are more bold. I use those colors too, but not as much as pumice.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:54:19 AM
Could someone link to a page that has inking in brighter colors?? I can't picture how that would look.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:07:25 AM

I used to ink the edges on every single project... but I noticed a more clean style the last couple of years, so I've stopped doing it.

This is me. I would usually use black, brown, or navy. It adds dimension, and can work to tie things together. I still occasionally ink the edges of alphas if I feel that they need to stand out against my background more. I usually use a marker for that.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:27:40 AM
I ink my edges pretty much all the time. I do use color ink to match my paper, if I'm not in the mood for black/ brown.

I love me some color.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:38:57 AM
I pretty much ink all my LO's and cards. I use TH inks in black and brown on most of my pages (which are mostly boy pages). I use more color to edge the pages of my DGD LO's. I also tend to ink the edges of cards I make about 50% of the time. I think inking brings the entire page together esp if I am using papers from different lines. I love the finished look it gives.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:45:45 AM
I used to ink everything, but lately I have been more focused on a cleaner style. I am wondering after reading several of the responses on this thread if I might enjoy inking again. My style will still remain clean, but a little of the Antique Linen or Old Paper or even white ink just along the edges might really set things off.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:47:27 AM
There are four colors that I use and all are distress inks. Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain and Pumice Stone. What color I use depends on what the predominant color is on the page.



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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:31:39 PM
I ink all my edges after watching Glitter Girl, then trying it out and loving the look it gives. I really think it helps to pull different patterns together and make the page look finished.

90% of the time I use black, brown or grey (grey is for very pale papers, like MME Sweetest Thing for example). I buy the little dewdrop inkpads and use the pad straight on the paper which occasionally makes a mess.

I used red ink on some Christmas cards this year, and gold and silver on some of my JYC pages. I'm planning to experiment a bit more with different colours on my layouts now because I loved how they looked, especially the gold edges


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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:41:00 PM
I like to ink edges with similar colors. Now I have about dozen distress inks and I use them depending on the paper color. Love it!
And before, when I had only one ink pad I used it for all papers.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:41:08 PM
Always ink everything, including photos; unless I get ahead of myself and glue something down with out it. Even then I go back and try to ink it whiles it's glued down. Sometimes that doesn't turn out so great.

Sometimes I only ink the white core; sometimes I ink the edges and then some.

Usually soot, photo, or walnut. But I'll use colors if the paper/photos ask for it color.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:52:19 PM
The inked edges make them stand out more so you notice the individual layers. It adds more depth and dimension. More 3d and less 2d.

^^^I agree with this, but I really only do it if it's a 'vintage-feel' layout or papers, and then usually just with Vintage Photo distress ink, so it's not too noticeable. I use the Tim Holtz applicator tool, but I sometimes also just run my photo or paper edge across the ink pad, for a 'crisper' look to the inked edge.

I'd also like to see some layouts that use more bright-colored inks for the inking!

(but mostly, for me, it comes down to time... I'm actually too lazy to do it on more of my layouts, lol!)

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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:43:20 PM
I do it all the time ... to the edges of layouts and die cut elements to give them more dimension. My page doesn's seem complete if I don't do it. Colour varies. It's usually brown or black, but it really does depend on the layout itself.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 2:03:22 PM
I don't always ink, but when I do I use brown, black, or gray depending on colors. I like inking because I feel it add a more layered feel, giving a shadow effect. When I don't ink, i normal will add doodling. But sometime I forget to do both

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:10:28 PM
I am only an occasional inker, but gave found myself doing it a little bit more since I recently caught up on 2012 Glitter Girl! Shimelle has explained that inking the edges can unify all the parts of a lo. Sometimes I just like the look!!

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:15:33 PM
I used to ink everything. Now I'm more selective in what I ink. I love making clean cards with no ink.

I do ink all/most of my mini albums though. I just started a baby girl mini that I'm inking in pink.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:35:22 PM
Holy cow guys, 45 replies!? Thank you all so much, this is awesome!
I have a dozen or so TH inks and the ink applicators because I use them a lot in stamping/card making. I like the idea of using pumice stone actually. I feel like my style might be pretty clean and brown ink may give it a quite distressed look which I probably don't want. I will have to experiment! Luckily it is just paper and I don't have to invest in the ink.

Now I have to go visit all your galleries to see examples!
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