Thursday, July 25, 2019

Stamped Alcohol Ink Switch Plate

Earlier this week I posted about making some inked switch plate covers. If you had an eagle eye, you may have noticed that one of the switch plates in some of the completed project photos looked a bit different than the others. There was a rogue stamped switch plate in with the batch. I've made stamped plates before, but I thought I'd share a few photos from making this stamped switch plate.

I used four shades of Ranger's blue inks: Denim, Stonewashed, Sailboat, and Indigo. I used an applicator that I made (though you can purchase pretty much the same thing). It's a little block of wood with a layer of craft foam and then two strips of the hook side of hook and loop tape (Velcro) glued on top. Then you can cut pieces of acrylic felt to size. I dripped a couple drops of each color of ink onto the felt and padded it around the switch plate until it was mostly covered. When the ink is first stamped, it will spread out. As the ink dries, the dots get smaller and smaller.

After the plate was covered, I added a few more drops of ink and picked up the plate to ink the edges and stamped over any spots where the ink was spreading to make them smaller.

After I was happy with the coverage and the pattern, I had a plate with a pretty stamped pattern and a color that had just enough variety to give it a little bit of depth. I sealed this switch plate with spray sealer (a shot of Kamar Varnish to seal the alcohol ink and then a clear acrylic sealer to finish) after it had dried over night and voila--another fun way to cover a switch plate!

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