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Color Week: Core Inker Techniques

Jun 24, 2022 Michelle Short

Hello there and welcome to the last day of Color Week! It's Michelle here and today I am focusing on Inkers. Every ink in the Core Ink collection now has a matching Inker. That's 57 Core Inks and Inkers to play with! 

These Inkers have been made so that you can refill your Core Ink pads, but they can do so much more! The Creative Team has been playing with Inkers behind the scenes and we have found lots of ways to use them, from creating your own sprays, to using them with alcohol for some fun looks! 

Inkers Swatches by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I had a play myself and created some swatches to show you. The swatch on the left shows adding Inkers to Hero Paste (I added one drop of Inker to the paste and mixed well with the Hero Tools Palette Knife). The middle swatch shows adding a few drops of Inker in to a water spray bottle, mixing well and spraying on to watercolor paper. The swatch on the right shows mixing a drop of Inker to White Hero Wax and again, mixing well with the Hero Tools Palette Knife. The wax keeps it's metallic shine, which is so pretty!

Hello Friend by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

Although all of these look lovely (in my opinion!), I decided to mix Inkers with Glitter Hero Paste for my project today. The Inkers mix perfectly with Glitter Paste and still show all of the stunning sparkle! I knew that I wanted to add bubbles to my card with the paste, so I grabbed the Waves Scenic Stencil first. I wanted a larger bubble too, so I die cut a Nesting Circle Infinity Die on to a sheet of Acetate to use as a DIY stencil. 

Hello Friend by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I then mixed Hero Paste Glitter with Inkers. I used Mist (which is a new colour released this week), Paradise and Deep Ocean. I then mixed a fourth colour with a combination of Paradise and Periwinkle. That's the great thing with Inkers, you can make your own colours too! Using the stamp packaging as a guide for placement of the bubbles, I placed the stencils on to a 4.25" x 5.5" panel of Deluxe Smooth White cardstock and using the Hero Tools Palette Knife, spread the paste inside the circles. 

Hello Friend by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

The paste dried pretty quickly, so I was able to move on to each color with just a small gap of drying time in between (less than 5 minutes). Once dry, I stamped the image from Mermaid Wishes on to more Deluxe Smooth White cardstock with Intens-ified Black ink. I coloured it with Copic markers and then die cut it out using Mermaid Wishes Frame Cuts. 

Hello Friend by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

The sentiment was stamped on to the panel and the image adhered on top with foam tape. The panel was then adhered to an A2 white card base with tape runner adhesive. To finish off, I added white gel pen dots to the images. 

I hope I have given you some inspiration to try Inkers in different ways, not just to refill your ink pads!

Here are some additional ideas from our Creative Team for using Inkers. Let us know if you have a favorite Inker technique!

• Maria - Paper Towel Printing Technique 
• Ilina - Colorful Stripes with Inkers and Rubbing Alcohol 
• Lydia - Mixing Inkers with Glitter Paste and Stenciling 
• Seeka - Speckled Background

Thank you so much for stopping by today, have a great day!

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NK680 Mist Core Inker | Hero Arts
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NK682 Paradise Core Inker | Hero Arts
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NK686 Deep Ocean Core Inker | Hero Arts
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NK700 Periwinkle Core Inker | Hero Arts
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NK353 Hero Paste Glitter | Hero Arts
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NK352 Hero Paste | Hero Arts
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NK450 White Hero Wax | Hero Arts
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HT215 Hero Tools Palette Knife | Hero...
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AF435 Intens-ified Black Ink Pad |...
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CM625 Mermaid Wishes | Hero Arts
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DF061 Mermaid Wishes Frame Cuts (D)
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DI199 Nesting Circle Infinity Dies...
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SA163 Waves Scenic Stencil | Hero Arts
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PS781 Luxe White Watercolor Paper |...
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PS782 Deluxe Smooth White Cardstock...
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PS762 Acetate Sheets 5" x 6" | Hero Arts
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3 Responses

Hero Arts

Hero Arts

June 24, 2022

Hi Barbara – The Core Inkers do not continue to react with water. We offer Reactive Inkers that do react with water.

Barbara J Rademacher

Barbara J Rademacher

June 24, 2022

Michelle:

Do the inks continue to reactivate like Distress Inks?

You do terrific work!

Cynthia Stasiewski

Cynthia Stasiewski

June 24, 2022

Such beautiful colors will add more happiness to my world! P.S. Great projects!

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