Cuttlebug Inking/Emossing - HELP!

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Posted 1/18/2014 by MeMovieGal in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 1/18/2014 8:51:11 PM
I am getting so frustrated. I don't know whether it is just me or if it is my Cuttlebug (newish user). I tried the inking embossing folder technique and all I get is a blotchy mess, hardly any ink transfers to the paper.

Is it me? Does this happen often? Is it just a lucky day when it works right? I have watched so many videos and no one else seems to have a problem at all.

Maribeth







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Posted: 1/19/2014 3:08:54 AM
I am not sure if I will be much help, having had only a little experience myself, but let's try--

First, what kind of ink are you using? I first tried this with Tim Holtz DI's and had some good results and some similar to yours as described. This would be my second question- what type (not manu, but image) of folder are you trying? I had better results with a folder (for eg his woodgrain one) which does not have too many wide/flat areas where the ink just beads up, then transfers improperly when you roll through the machine.

I had quite good results with a damask folder (half raised, half debossed, no large flat areas) and my old cats-eye chalk pads too. I think they are a "hybrid" ink- not quite pigment, not quite dye- perhaps other Peas can confirm their composition.

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Posted: 1/19/2014 7:24:58 AM
Thanks for the reply scrapsontherocks.

I had one good impression, it was a cuttleBug folder with little hearts, so there was a good about of empty space I used momento due drop inks.
I got not awful impressions with the similar folder only with little fowers instead of hearts using the cats eye ink. I purposely purchased some metalic ink to use with all of my ornate damask folders amd that is what got me frustrated last night, that stuff is not cheap and it failed miserably.

The videos sure make it seem easy peasy.

Maribeth







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Posted: 1/19/2014 7:42:46 AM
I wonder if it might be worth trying the "tricks" that help stampers season their stamps, particularly clear stamps? Rub over the plastic bits of the folders that are giving you trouble with a soft eraser. Perhaps factory oily residues are exacerbating the problem?

Thanks for the tip on the Dew drops, I will try mine. Good luck!

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Posted: 1/19/2014 7:46:50 AM
Maribeth, have you tried applying ink with a brayer - roller? I use a small hard one, leftover from printmaking, and it helps keep ink out of the crevices. Hard sided much better than sponge for this.
As Scrapson said, the denser patterns work better for me too. Keep at it, your gold damask idea sounds beautiful.

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Posted: 1/19/2014 10:07:18 AM
scraplette, I think the brayer idea is great for the raised portion, but I am actually trying to ink on the other side of the folder as this is the technique that I have found in most of the YouTube videos.

I will keep working at it, for a while, but I get frustrated very easily and tend to chuck it all - LOL

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Posted: 1/19/2014 2:12:55 PM
I get best results using Hero Arts shadow and midtone inks. Initially, they look a tad blotchy but as soon as the ink dries it smooths out nicely.

Is your ink drying too soon before you get it embossed on the paper?


I wonder if you could try using a versamark pad on the plastic surface of your folder first, then add your ink right on top of that. I use that trick at lost of times with the rare cheap stamp that doesn't hold ink well. The versamark helps hold my ink and I get a more even impression.

I'm betting it would work on an embossing folder too.

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Posted: 1/19/2014 10:08:35 PM
3kidmamma

Thanks, I will try that - however I don't think my ink is drying, but anything is worth a try right now.

Maribeth






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Posted: 1/19/2014 10:08:35 PM
3kidmamma

Thanks, I will try that - however I don't think my ink is drying, but anything is worth a try right now.

Maribeth





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