Tuesday means another great tutorial from our design team. Today Kristy Mackeen shares a fun way to use the templates as a mask for inking. Pair that idea with the beauty from My Mind’s Eye’s Kate & Co. Oxford Lane line and I think you’ll be doing just about anything to ditch whatever it is you have to do today and head for your scrappy space after you see it!

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Happy Tuesday! I am so happy to be here today to show you a quick, but impactful tip using your Kiwi Lane templates. If you hopped with us at the beginning of the month (which I really hope you did!), you may have seen a page of my husband and daughter. If you missed it, check it out here. As promised during the Blog Hop, here is my Tuesday Tip Time for making the inked scallops.
First, let’s look at how I laid out my page:

I am a My Mind’s Eye junkie! I love their papers and embellishments. I was so excited when Kristy said we were partnering with them for June. When I got Kate & Co. Oxford Lane, I couldn’t have been more over the moon. I love working with papers that are good for both boys and girls, and Oxford Lane sure hits the spot there! I didn’t even think about the papers when I was planning our family photos a couple weeks ago. But wouldn’t you know, the clothes I picked out were a perfect match. Lucky me!!! (I promise, I didn’t plan it!!!) Oh, and the embellishments for this collection! SWOON!!!!!

So into my scrap room, I went to find some colors to work with my inked scallops. I think the 4 colors I grabbed were a pretty good match to Oxford Lane, even if I do say so myself. ;-)

• To start the inking, I put the Scallop 2B template just slightly away from the edge. Using a dauber, I tapped the ink onto the paper, slightly overlapping onto the template. Be prepared, you will probably get ink on your hands.

• Here you can see how inky your template gets. You will want to have a damp rag or baby wipe nearby to clean off your templates in between inkings. You can see I worked the ink all the way to the edge of the paper, keeping it darker along the template.

• I moved the template about 1” and started with the next color. I love working on a large work mat that has inches marked off. It makes lining this up much easier. Again, I dabbed and inked and dabbed and inked…and dabbed and inked. I tried to start with the freshly inked dauber in the peak of the scallop and worked my way around. As the ink wore off the dauber, I filled in the white space, slightly overlapping the previous color, keeping it dark on the edge of the template and fading out as I went down. I kept moving the template up the page and inking until the paper was almost filled. Don’t forget to wipe off your template in between inkings!

• To finish I added some vellum, again using Scallop 2B for a template. I used some Kate & Co. washi to adhere the vellum and cover that last strip of white (you will see this in my final layout). I like the vellum because I think it enhances the inked scallops.

I actually cut my homemade scallop background paper almost in half so it would span my 2 page layout.

Here is my final layout:

And a little close up of the final inked scallop page, with the pictures added on it.

Templates used:

  • Scallops 2B
  • Ring 4
  • Bracket 2 & 3
  • Strip 3”
  • Photo Mat 4×6, 4.5×6.5, 3×4, & 3.5×4.5

I couldn’t leave today without showing you a quick card I made for my Grandmother’s 90th birthday.

This is a tri-fold card. I used a strip of 5”x12” paper. I scored it at 4” and 8” and folded. I traced Bracket 2 to make the fancy edge of the tri-fold. A little paper and washi behind the bracket really makes it pop off the page. I made the bow by making a little ring of paper, then putting the brad in the middle. I hope she likes it! It is winging its way to her now.

Thank you for letting me share with you today.

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Gorgeous lady! Good thing for me it’s my turn on the blog tomorrow and—well—I haven’t exactly done my layout yet. I hate when I’m so inspired and I just have to scrap. ;)

See you all tomorrow.  ::mwah::

By | 2017-10-11T11:51:25+00:00 June 18, 2013|Categories: Brackets, Photo Mats, Rings, Scallops, Strips, Tip Time Tuesday, Uncategorized|Tags: , |6 Comments


  1. Carolyns B June 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I need to get busy and give this a try : )

  2. Pam Wesson June 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I would have never thought of this idea!! Very cute….

  3. Susan June 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    such a pretty layout!

  4. Debbie Budge June 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I love this idea!! I’m going to have to give it a try. What a fun tip!!

  5. Deborah Johnson June 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Fantastic layout and I love the technique – I keep wanting to preserve my templates and keep them white … WHAT FOR??? EEK!! I should totally be inking them and using them….ahh.

  6. Sheri p June 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    holy cow, that layout is beautiful!!

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