Ink Pad Reinker Techniques You NEED To Try!

Hi friends! Having reinkers on hand can be great to refill your ink pads, but instead of leaving them on the shelves I share a few tips and techniques in today’s video to use reinkers in beautiful ways on cardmaking projects.

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These are so easy to create with reinkers and can be awesome for quick coloring and brush lettering. I squeeze a bit of color into the detail water brush and spray water in until it fills the brush (the more reinker you add, the darker the color). This may be an investment up front, but you can continue to refill the brushes with the reinkers which saves lots of money!

Here are examples of how the brushes color… you can get thick and thin lines and the color applies nicely. I filled up 8 brushes with the following colors: Bee Sting, Traffic Cone, Slippery When Wet, Overzealous, Remember Me, Triple Berry, Woof!, and Grrr!.

Another way to paint with reinkers is by using a palette. Simply drip some reinker into each well and dip a water brush to pick up color and paint. Since the reinker is so concentrated, it is a good idea to mix the color off to the side.


I love using reinkers to create custom ombre ink pads specific to the projects I am creating. Simply apply the colors to an empty felt ink pad base (or DIY Archival ink pad) and blend the colors in between to create a blend. Here I used: Bee Sting, Traffic Cone, and Slippery When Wet.

Then, get to stamping with your new ink pad! Here I used Wendy’s flower stamp to create a stunning ombre inked image… and I absolutely love how it turned out.


Reinkers are so much fun to use on the Gel Press, but I recommend using Specialty Stamping Paper to get the best results (trust me)! First, I applied a bit of reinker onto the Gel Press and sprayed it with a bit of water. Then, press your paper down and allow some time to dry on the coated cardstock.

Here is one of the backgrounds I created with this awesome technique. I love the bold effects this gives and each background will be so different! To finish this card, I stamped some images from the Space Training stamp set with Black Archival ink.

Oh, and of course you can use the reinkers to refresh the ink in your Simon Hurley create. ink pads. This is a great way to extend the life of your beloved ink pads!


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