Today, ultra-creative paper crafter Charity Becker is back with an awesome tutorial on dimensional inking. If you haven’t had a chance to get a little inked up recently, today is the perfect day to dust off those inkpads and put today’s tutorial to use.

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Here is a super simple technique that adds dimension to a project for literally pennies! If you like to spend lots of $$$ on each project don’t read any further. However, if you’d rather get the most out of each sheet of scrapbooking paper you own, try this technique.

Choose a die cut that is no larger than 11×11. If your die cut is too large, trim a half inch all along the outside edge. Lay your diecut in the center of a 12×12 piece of cardstock. Trace the die cut and then cut out the center of your newly traced design. Because the basis of this project is the negative of the die cut you have chosen, you will need to pay close attention to corners and curves. A craft knife will cut your shape most accurately.


Lay your handmade cardstock stencil onto a sheet of patterned paper, lining up the edges so that the two 12×12 sheets match exactly. Dab a sponge onto an ink pad and rub the ink on the inside edge of the frame. Re-ink the sponge often so that the outline appears very dark.

Ink all around the edge of the frame. Take care to hold the frame onto the patterned paper very firmly so that it doesn’t slip.

Remove the cardstock frame from the patterned paper and the result should be an inked frame with a distinct edge on the “outside” that fades towards the center. This technique will allow your patterned paper to look as if several of the same sheet have been cut, inked, and stacked.

I used this idea to mimic the bracket shape Kristy Lee is so fond of adding to her sketches. This project was my take on Amethyst # 7 using Authentique Splendid and Imaginisce flowers.

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Charity, as always, you rock. Thank you so much for your continued support of How To’sday and your amazing ideas!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! Send your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will happily add you to the line up!

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for some Mid Week Mojo.