Friday, February 3, 2012

Cheap & Easy Homemade Clear Embossing Ink

Homemade Clear Embossing Ink

Update: A lot of people are worried about the long-time effect of this on their stamps so another idea comes from Rob Bostick, Co-Owner JudiKins Rubber Stamps"If you want to make your own clear embossing ink. Go to the drug store and buy Glycerin and add a small amount of water to it.  6floz of Glycerin will cost you about $6. It will make enough ink to last you 3 life times."

Creativity Thursday this week was a complete craftastrophe! So many things I tried were a complete disaster but one thing worked. So it was totally worth it!

I have been learning about embossing and so far the most frustrating part is figuring out how to use the ink pads. I wanted something I could put my stamp on that did not add colour, it was just... glue. This proved to be quite difficult to find but I did get one! I added the glue and it promptly dried out.

The Recipe

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Thankfully I found this cached recipe here. My paranoid personality thinks that the increasingly popular and lucrative world of crafting does not want you to know how easy it is to make your own clear embossing ink but I am going to share how to make it with you.

You need 1 tsp of petroleum jelly, I used the classic, Vaseline. Mix in 1/8 capful of vegetable oil.

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Then mix in 1/8 capful of alcohol to dilute. Mix together. It doesn't make a lot but it does make more than enough to rehydrate your ink pad.

Homemade Clear Embossing Ink

I used a cosmetic foam applicator to smear some on and then removed any extra.

Homemade Clear Embossing Ink

I did a test stamp, putting the stamp on the pad.

Homemade Clear Embossing Ink

The pressing it down onto my sister Jamie's Wishcasting Journal.

Homemade Clear Embossing Ink

I sprinkled with the embossing powder. Managed to get most of the powder back into the bottle.

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On the left you will see that the embossing powder stuck! Yay!

On the right is the embossed stamp after I took a heat gun to it. Perfect!

Homemade Clear Embossing Ink

I can not believe something I have tried finally worked so I am sharing it with the world instead of focusing on everything that fell apart. I will share that next week but today, I am celebrating my victory.

Under Our Willow Tree

I always knew there was a little mad scientist in me! Who knew that it would come out while trying to make jewellery and getting all crafty?!

49 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That is a major discovery! Embossing is so cool.

Jamie Ridler Studios said...

That is awesome! It looks so fab. And I love love LOVE that you created your sparkly embossing in the Wishcasting Journal! Woot!

And, as I said on Twitter, I love the word "craftastrophe"!

You rock.

Suzie Ridler said...

Thanks Debra! I totally agree, embossing is the coolest!

Jamie, I started using your journal yesterday for testing and it felt so right. Like it was going to record my wacky crafty journey, LOL. Thanks for the support. This kind of stuff, even when disastrous, is still fascinating and for some reason healing for me... Whatever works!

AvaDJ said...

Stunning results, it's so pretty. You definitely look like a crafty, mad scientist. I think I need to get me some goggles as well, man those would come in handy for onion chopping.

Aimee said...

This is perfect for those of us who stamp only once in a blue moon. thanks!

Tammie said...

Thank you! It's always great to have a cheaper way to do something. Crafting can be expensive!

SugarGem said...

Just found ya on Pinterest. This is just way to cool. Thanks for sharing! Lenae aka sugargemscrafts.blogspot.com

Lisa P said...

This sounds amazing but I do have a question... did the oil and petroleum jelly 'bleed' a bit afterwards under the embossed image. That would be my concern. I know you did it on a journal so it would be hard to tell but have you tried it on regular paper or cardstock?

Thanks!!!!

Suzie Ridler said...

Hey Lisa! Actually I use it mostly for my pendants but have not had an issue with bleeding with them. That little bit I made I am still using and it is awesome so far but I am using it in an entirely different way.

Lisa said...

Brilliant Idea, thanks for sharing on pinterest :-D
I have also become a follower of your blog too

Lisa R

Suzie Ridler said...

You are very welcome Lisa and thank you so much for following! That means so much to me. :)

Celeste said...

OH wow such a fabulous tip..... I will most certainly try then when I run our of embossing ink... Thank you so much for the tip

Suzie Ridler said...

You are most welcome Celeste! Enjoy and BTW, it is still working great! At least for my pendants. :)

Talking Trash & Wasting Time said...

This is really cool, I'm am going to try it <3

María Ximena Silva said...
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María Ximena Silva said...

Thanks a lot!!! Great idea!! Look it beautiful, congrats.

MKercado said...

Thank you, thank you for sharing on how to make a clear embossing ink. Have you tried adding color yet?

patriciadiane said...

Thank you a million times! My clear embossing ink has dried out from being in storage. This is amazing!

patriciadiane said...

Thank you a million times! My clear embossing ink has dried out from being in storage. This is amazing!

Suzie Ridler said...

You are most welcome, happy to help! Nope, still using it just clear but it is still working. Oh isn't it the worst when they dry out?

Leslie said...

I find glycerin works really well and you don't get the oily bleed that can happen with oil and petroleum jelly. You can add watercolour paint or food colouring if you want to tint it. Works like a charm.

Suzie Ridler said...

Love that idea Leslie, thank you! :)

Monica K. said...

Such a great tip! I'll have to try that!

missmacymay said...

You are a crafty genius. Me and my wallet thank you ever so much.

Martica Designs said...

Awesome thank you for sharing.......

susana said...

Hi Suzie: how cool is this !!!!. Thanks a lot and for sure I will try it. Where I live I don't have any clear embossing ink, and this is the perfect solution. Thanks a lot.

Suzie Ridler said...

So happy to help! :)

art alive said...

thanks so much!

Cecilia Uyen said...

Thanks a lot for sharing!

magicalmagpie said...

Wow. Thanks! Awesome discovery!

Mary said...

Love it,going to try it...

Mary Leeson said...

That is such a cute picture of you at the end of the post. TFS. Bless ya!

Sonya said...

Found ya on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing! :)

Bärbel Born said...

eh...you know that oil will weaken the stamp. Ok, it takes maybe a few years, but it will. No oil on my stamps, never!

Shahrul Niza said...

WOW!!. You are super genius, Suzie. I LOVE it, will try this and bless your heart. I'm pinning this for the whole world. Thanks so much!

Suzie Ridler said...

Good to know Barbel! I don't usually use it for stamps but that is a good point.

Shahrul, thanks, spent a lot of time online looking for a solution to this problem and it worked great for me.

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hello
I have just found your post via Pinterest and thought I would give you a good tip, if I may.
Most good clear ink pads are made with clear glycerin. It is easily available in Chemists and near the cake making items at most good supermarkets. It is the perfect refiller and one bottle is so cheap and lasts and lasts. I have only used approx 5% of the bottle in over a year!
Hope this helps and thank you for all your useful tips. Great work.
Best wishes Linda

Sarah Lou said...

That is amazing! Will be mixing up some of that for sure!

Katriona Solas said...

YES!!! You ARE a crafting genius! Since I'm a scrapbooker I have several dry emboss ink pads! You've just given them a 2nd life! You also gave my husband and I a huge laugh as we noticed that you did NOT test this idea on anything that belonged to YOU! LOL

Katriona Solas said...

omt that I forgot to add...since the majority of us also know how to cook we can adjust the ingredients to make as much of it as we want. I have tons of plastic food containers which I've cleaned out and they are waiting to be filled!

Suzie Ridler said...

Katriona, thank you! I really appreciate that. :) Have fun filling those containers. :)

Melanie Moore Briscoe said...

Hello all, Great tip! just curious, does anyone have any feedback on how this method stands up overtime? I am concerned about acid free interaction on preserved materials. Thanks!

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Janet Egger said...

After the finished product & ready to send cards.... There was oily bleeding all around my embossing! : P

Suzie Ridler said...

Janet, I am so sorry to hear that! It is a DIY project that has worked for me but I am sorry that it negatively impacted your cards.

Rob Bostick said...

True rubber stamps are made from natural latex rubber (from rubber trees). Latex is very durable and will make a stamp that will last for decades but it will break down if exposed to oils and greases such as those you use here. Also with this formula, unless it is applied very sparingly it will leave stains on your paper because oils like vegetable oil take a long time to dry.

If you want to make your own clear embossing ink. Go to the drug store and buy Glycerin and add a small amount of water to it. 6floz of Glycerin will cost you about $6. It will make enough ink to last you 3 life times.

Of course for the same $6 you could buy 2flozs of the premixed stuff with a preservative in a dabber topped bottle (so you don't need the sponge). Sorry, but it will only be enough to last one life time.

Trust me when I tell you this as I have been making and selling JudiKins Embossing Ink for the last 24 years. Lucrative world of crafting! Ha, thats a laugh let me know when I going to get rich.

Rob Bostick
Co-Owner JudiKins Rubber Stamps

Suzie Ridler said...

Thanks Rob! I shared your tip on this post, really appreciate it!

Sunny Day said...

When you mention alcohol is that rubbing alcohol?

Deborah Wyatt said...

Suzie, I always appreciate when crafters come up with their own concoctions ... I improvise a lot with tools. I jump all around the place when making my cards, using soooo many different techniques. And as a veiwer stated ... it can be very costly if you use a technique every now and then.
Another helpful tip when embossing ... I see professional crafters using a small pouch to wipe their cardstock prior to embossing ... this is to help the embossing powder to remain where it is not wanted. I was watching a video
and I honestly think she slipped up and
stated it was "cornstarch" ... of all things! So instead of purchacing one ... I will make my own ... isn't that what creative crafters do ... improvise.