Removing Glitter from Ink Pads

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Do you love glitter? What most stampers don’t love is when that lovely glitter gets mixed into their ink pads!

This simple tip will make your want to sprinkle glitter like fairy dust! Read on and learn how to remove glitter from your ink pads!

One of the techniques we’ve shared in the past is Dazzling Diamond Dust. Everyone loves this technique but you’ll find that you may get glitter everyone including your ink pads. Here is a tip to clean the ink pads.

Glitter is glorious! Except when it’s stuck in your ink pads and messes up your stamped images. Now you can enjoy glitter and clean ink pads, too!

You start with a card like this one:

Dazzling Diamond Dust Technique using Stampin' Up! Glitter

Can you see all the glitter on this card?

Dazzling Diamond Dust Technique using Stampin' Up! Glitter

Dazzling Diamond Dust Technique using Stampin’ Up! Glitter

Stampers agree that Stampin’ Up! has the most beautiful glitter around. They are super-fine and so sparkly.

Whether it’s gold, silver, or the all-time favorite Dazzling Details, we love how beautiful it is on projects and cards like the one above.

 

STEP 1:

We love glitter! But we don’t love it when it gets in our ink pad and then we get glitter on our stamps and missing spots on our stamped images.

Here is the super-simple and easy way to fix the glitter dilemma with a product your probably have around the house – Painter’s Tape!

Stamping Tip: Removing Glitter from Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

STEP 2:

Tear a piece of Painter’s Tape about 6” long.

Holding both ends of the tape place it across your ink pad.

Press down on the tape with your fingers so the tape can stick to the glitter, fuzz, or other miscellaneous stuff that can be transferred to the ink pads.

Stamping Tip: Removing Glitter from Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

STEP 3:

Grasp the ends of the tape and lift the tape from the ink pad. Look how nice, clean and glitter-free that area is!

Because the ink is wet the tape doesn’t stick to the ink pad. Just the glitter that is on top of the inked surface sticks to the tape.

Stamping Tip: Removing Glitter from Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

STEP 4:

Re-use the same piece of tape and place it on the next section of the ink pad.

Press the tape into the pad with your finger.

Lift the tape and repeat.

After a couple times you’ll probably see some glitter remaining. Grab a new piece of tape and continue.

Stamping Tip: Removing Glitter from Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

STEP 5:

Go back over the ink pad to get any remaining bits of glitter and fuzz with fresh tape.

Stamping Tip: Removing Glitter from Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

Done! One glitter-free, almost like new, ink pad in just a matter of moments.

TIP: After removing the glitter and other surface impurities is a great time to re-ink your ink pads with the coordinating re-inkers.

4 Responses to “Removing Glitter from Ink Pads”

  1. Oh my gosh! Genius! I just had this problem last night with one of my ink pads, so I’m happy I came across your post. Thanks and great idea! I never would have thought of that.

    • Kris,

      Debbie and I are glad you enjoyed this tip. I can’t say how many times I’ve used this simple trick to remove glitter from my ink pads. I love glitter, but that stuff gets everywhere! We share tips and tutorials in our weekly newsletters, too, so we’d love to have you sign up to receive them if you haven’t already.

      -Amy

  2. How did you make the original card?

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