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Play Dates: A Sticky Spray Ink

Video Play Date with Color Blooms spray inks and rubber stamps with Carolyn Dube

Different spray inks do different things for me.  Prima’s Color Blooms have a sticky feel to them (not implying they are glue like, just a bit stickier on the hands) and that means they work well with things I want them to stick to – like a rubber stamp without beading up.

In today’s Play Date, I show you how easy it is to use spray ink with a rubber stamp from Technique Junkies.  Then to get even crazier with you – I used lots of brown!

Video Play Date with a sticky spray ink and rubber stamps with Carolyn DubePlay Dates are all about the conversation about a supply.  Do you notice the feel of the ink on your hands being different from one brand to another?  I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about spray inks.


Play Dates with Carolyn Dube Come and have fun while exploring different supplies!  So how can you join the conversation?  Leave a comment here telling us all what you enjoy about spray inks or what your favorite is or tip or trick!  Click on over to  A Colorful Playground over on Google+ and share your spray ink creations. It can be something new or a favorite spray ink project from whenever!  Join in however you are comfortable!

Want to know more about Play Dates? Check out this post here that explains it all!


Watch Play Dates: Spray Inks and Rubber Stamps on YouTube.

Want to win a Wall of Words stencil?   One commenter on this blog post chosen by Random.org will get Wall of Words!  Want more chances?  Share this on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. and come back and tell me where you shared it for more chances to win!  Be entered by the end of the day on Oct. 2nd to win. I’ll announce the winner on my blog on Oct. 3rd. (and yes, Internationals can win too!)

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  • muriel September 23, 2014, 1:01 am

    I just loooove the Wall of Words stencil! Using it flipped over is great! Thanks for the video.

  • Shelly Jackson September 23, 2014, 1:06 am

    Those are really cool. Love the trigger!

  • Boekwrm September 23, 2014, 1:37 am

    I really enjoy your quick and lighthearted videos. I’ love to play with your wordstencil, its great!

  • Teresa R September 23, 2014, 1:45 am

    Love your Wall of Words stencil. so many ways to use it. time to experiment once I get one

  • Ann Lessner September 23, 2014, 2:18 am

    I love how easy spray inks are to use and how easy you can get an easy background done.

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 8:28 am

      They are one of the fastest and easiest ways for me to get a background Anne!

  • Ann Lessner September 23, 2014, 2:19 am

    I shared this on pinterest

  • Stacy September 23, 2014, 3:17 am

    Love your videos Carolyn… Thanks so much… Great stencils too!!!!

  • Cynthia Smith September 23, 2014, 3:57 am

    What I love about spray inks are the unpredictable results. Every new attempt is a surprise, interesting in its own way for one reason or the other. Always a delight! I had actually considered Wall of Words stencil recently, and rejected the idea as I couldn’t see it happening in my mind’s eye. Thanks for illustrating how cool it can be. It really came alive with your demo!

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 8:30 am

      That unpredictability of spray inks is one big reason why I love them…I can’t fully control them! Glad you liked the video too Cynthia!

  • Cynthia Smith September 23, 2014, 4:06 am

    Shared on facebook and pinterest.

  • Chris September 23, 2014, 7:18 am

    Loved the play date video. I will be trying out spray inks on a rubber stamp very soon. I love Stencil girl stencils that you use and heading over to check out the website now. Thanks.

  • Alice September 23, 2014, 8:20 am

    I just love to watch your video’s, they’re fun and inspiring. So much so, that I just subscribed to your newsletter, so I won’t miss anything!!!
    Those stencils are great by the way!

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 8:30 am

      Welcome Alice to the newsletter – there are bonus videos and downloads that I don’t share anywhere else – and now you won’t miss a thing!

  • Terry September 23, 2014, 8:42 am

    I’m new to using stencils and would love the opportunity to win Wall of Words ! PS-love your blog and you tube videos! Thanks for putting your work out there for us to learn and be inspired by.

  • Win Dinn September 23, 2014, 8:42 am

    Love that stencil, with the ability to choose the focus. I like spray inks for highlighting – masking off the area around in order to highlight something specific. I’m sure it would work like a charm for this stencil!

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 3:20 pm

      Spray inks are great for that Win Dinn!

  • April Lopez September 23, 2014, 8:53 am

    love this one. I love your word stencils.

  • Ingeborg van Peteghem September 23, 2014, 8:59 am

    Who wouldn’t want to win a C.D. stencil?!! They are awesome!

  • Ellen September 23, 2014, 9:00 am

    I love the Prima sprays. Beautiful colors with a lovely shine. I am not, however, a big fan of the sticky feel. I initially experimented with them in my journal by spraying on both sides of a double-page spread. Because of the stickiness factor, the pages stuck together as a result. They do peel apart without damage, but now that I know what to expect, I try to avoid spraying across two pages that will be touching each other. That is a limiting factor for me.

    Though now, thanks to you, I’m going to try them out on a few stamps!!

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 9:06 am

      I agree- that sticky on my hands took me by surprise a bit at first, then I realized how that worked to my advantage with things I wanted a bit more stick to it..such as stamps and stencils Ellen.

    • Liz September 28, 2014, 2:53 pm

      What if you sprayed your pages with a fixative? That will usually take the stickiness out.

  • Shari Czerwinski September 23, 2014, 9:12 am

    I am so glad I found your blog a few weeks ago! You have such a cheerful attitude and are such a great teacher, making me believe I can do anything after seeing you explain it! Time will tell LOL 🙂

  • Sporecrafter September 23, 2014, 9:13 am

    Love the interesting ways you create. It looks simple n inspires me to try it out too. Havent tried sprsy inks as I am new to mixed media n papercrafting.

  • gill edwards September 23, 2014, 9:20 am

    Im not a fan of spray inks, i find them too messy until i watch one of your videos and then, man do i want to go out and buy a whole load and give them a try.
    great video as usual Carolyn.
    Gill x

  • Joyce Adams September 23, 2014, 9:25 am

    I love your playful attitude when you are creating. I am new to spray inks and stencils but you make it look to easy and fun! I would love to have these products in my supplies!

  • Karen Black September 23, 2014, 9:31 am

    Very cool! Love the stencil and the idea of using the spray inks on stamps.

  • Glenda L September 23, 2014, 11:18 am

    I have never paid attention to the stickiness factor, but will try it out. I have so many Gelli plate pulls on my floor right now, I must try combining them with spray inked stamps. I love that stencil. I had not taken the time to really “read” all the phrases until now. It’s a must have one for all the affirmations it includes. Thanks for an opportunity to win it.

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 3:21 pm

      Gelli prints and spray inks are a winning combination!

  • Tina September 23, 2014, 11:36 am

    I love your blog and videos and your focus on words, since I love to include them on my art journal pages! I hope I win this stencil as it seems so versatile and fun to experiment with! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Sally Clum September 23, 2014, 12:43 pm

    I absolutely loved the trees and stencil look you created with the Color Blooms! I am on a very limited income so most of my spray inks are self-created, but I love using what I have to create backgrounds onto which I can stamp images and sentiments. I am a card maker so the backgrounds provide awesome fodder for my work. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 3:22 pm

      I so agree Sally! Spray inks make great backgrounds for cards!

  • Tora Geirs September 23, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Oh that´s a cool video and I LOVE the big word stencil 🙂 thank you for sharing and thank you for the change to win 🙂

  • Theresa P. September 23, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I Fell in love with this stencil yesterday as soon as I seen it in the newsletter, I really really want 🙂 I love what you did with it, and the sprays, wow, didn’t realize you could stamp with them, I foresee lots of trouble for me in the near future with those being involved 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win.

  • Linda L. September 23, 2014, 1:56 pm

    What can I say…I love ink and what’s better than spraying it in journals, on cards….I especially love it on my fingers! Well not necessarily… But I do get questions and funny looks! I’ll be sharing! And the video was great!

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Got a funny look today at the eye dr. with pink paint under one nail, blue paint under another, and green all up my arm!

  • Vicki September 23, 2014, 3:10 pm

    these videos are great. Love learning about the inks. Thanks so much. I am just starting this journey at 70 years old, so I have a short time to learn a lot.
    : )

  • Jennifer September 23, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Love the new stencils!

  • Cecilia Swatton September 23, 2014, 3:39 pm

    I love all of your word stencils, Carolyn, and I’m delighted that now there are even more of them available!

  • Lucinda September 23, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I am love with every type of spray. The colors just call to me. I just can’t get enough of them. All I have to do is decide witch ones to use on what. I always want to use them all .

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 4:08 pm

      And what fun when you use them all at once Lucinda!

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith September 23, 2014, 4:58 pm

    I like using my scrap ink soaked paper towels as collage material. I love the texture it creates.

  • Marina September 23, 2014, 5:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing your talent. I’m just new to mixed media work and I’m finding your videos a fantastic learning tool.

  • Jackie P Neal September 23, 2014, 5:54 pm

    Carolyn! I love it when you use browns! The card you made is lovely!1 I see hints of other colors also- really very pretty- see? It wasn’t that hard! “)

    • Carolyn Dube September 27, 2014, 6:59 pm

      It really wasn’t that hard…lol!

  • Debbie Dunham September 23, 2014, 7:22 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! I love learning how to utilize my supplies more!

  • Eileen September 23, 2014, 8:11 pm

    I do you think that these sprays can be used on a gelli plate ? I know that they say not use inks but these kind remind of watered down acrylic paint ? I have been waiting to try them for a while now, this just have me the extra push lol.

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 8:27 pm

      I have used spray inks on the Gelli plate and loved it…haven’t done it with Color Blooms yet but I say…why not!

  • Boo September 23, 2014, 8:33 pm

    You have made my day by telling me these sprays don’t react a lot to water. I’ve been looking for sprays that stay put. I love the idea of spraying the stamp. I’ve never been a big fan of spray ink because they moved too much. I’ve got to buy
    some of these and give them a try. I love the idea of the play date. Great idea!!!

    • Carolyn Dube September 23, 2014, 8:37 pm

      I find it so interesting what we each want in a spray ink…I love the ones that react more than the ones that stay put. Thank heavens there are so many different ones for us to choose from so we can all have what we want!

  • Denise Spillane September 23, 2014, 9:06 pm

    I never used sprays this way. That was so cool using it to stamp like that. Something I have to try. I also like how the cleanup of your wall stencil looked like bricks too.

  • Dawn September 23, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Your wall of words stencil is great. And as always I enjoyed your video.Thanks

  • Cheryl Gebhart September 23, 2014, 11:16 pm

    Another brand of spray inks I’ve never heard of! I just ordered 7 colors of yesterday’s brand; I might have to put these on my personal wish list. Thanks for a chance to win your cool wall of words stencil.

  • pjay September 23, 2014, 11:31 pm

    Love the stencil and would be so thrilled if I win! Thank you.

  • Hope Amen September 24, 2014, 12:03 am

    Love that your videos share techniques that are so versatile. I use spray inks to get over the “blank page”. They make great backgrounds for journals and gelli prints as well. Thanks so much Carolyn…your wall of words stencil is awesome.

  • Kendra B September 24, 2014, 1:11 am

    love the stencil design. nice video too.

  • Edie September 24, 2014, 1:51 am

    Glad I already have these in my stash, unopened and ready to rock so this episode of Carolyn Dube, Enabler at Large, wom’t eat into the food money for the week

    • Carolyn Dube September 27, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Enabler at Large…I like that title Edie!

  • Melissa September 24, 2014, 2:21 am

    I love using stencils and a black inktense block. The image is then a very bold graphic.

  • Toula Makris September 24, 2014, 7:54 am

    I love the fact that you can use the colour Bloom sprays with stamps.
    Just tried it , and I absolutely love the results. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • silvia gonzalez dupuy September 24, 2014, 8:48 am

    Beautiful Carolyn! thank you for sharing your art and ideas.

  • Kathryn September 24, 2014, 9:29 am

    I’m enjoying this series on ink sprays! The Colour Blooms look great and the trigger spray will be easier to use. The tree stamp went so nicely with your Wall of Words. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tasha F September 24, 2014, 12:58 pm

    Brown…who knew? Not my favorite, but you made it look great :).

  • Vicki Ross September 24, 2014, 3:00 pm

    cool demo. Would love to have the stencil…so versatile!

  • Liz Lumsden September 24, 2014, 4:08 pm

    I JUST order my first Prima Color Blooms on Sunday and am looking forward to getting them (hopefully soon) so I can use your technique! I have to admit I have a big variety of spray inks, from numerous brands. So I do not like so much, others I love. I will post again when I get my inks!!

  • Claudia September 24, 2014, 6:58 pm

    Carolyn, you are rocking with both stencils and contacts! Your videos are so helpful and urge me forward in using my stuff! Show your eye doctor some of your creations! Thanks for sharing.

  • Corrine September 25, 2014, 5:42 am

    Sticky, well that’s you, but brown? Again? I am liking it…nice piece. xox

  • Rita McGregor September 25, 2014, 10:51 am

    I am enjoying these Play Dates. Learning about some new supplies! Love that stencil. 🙂

  • Alyce September 25, 2014, 1:46 pm

    I’m enjoying these playdates. My spray inks are extremely underutilized. You are inspiring me to get them out and play!

  • Carol Ponsford September 25, 2014, 2:17 pm

    So many possibilities with this stencil. Thanks for the chance to win one! Love this technique.

  • Beverley September 25, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Love your words stencil…. wonder how long you spent choosing the actual word/phrases when making originally.

    • Carolyn Dube September 25, 2014, 4:16 pm

      More than I could count Beverley!

  • Sylvia Tabor September 25, 2014, 5:41 pm

    I’m thinking I need to get some of the Prima Color Blooms… Mica, you said mica?? That means shimmer in my book–woohoo!!! I use Dylusions Spray inks because of their vibrant colors, cuz I really like bright/loud color!!! I also use Tim Holtz Distress Spray Inks, because, well.. Their Tim’s! And I love that grungy color he has going on. I also make my own spray inks from reinkers, that way I can make a more concentrated or less color, also, I can mix several colors together. I like Tattered Angles because of their shimmer. And then there is Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays — my oh my, talk about shimmer and tonal effect!! Amazing inks, just amazing. Do I have a favorite, not really. They all play differently, which plays to my mood.

  • Sharon September 25, 2014, 7:15 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stencil!!! I haven’t tried the blooms sprays yet but they look fantastic! I have loads of different spray inks and even though I love the colours I find that the ones with mica block up and I can’t get them started again at all 🙁 any ideas on how to fix them???? Sharon xx

  • Patty Lippart September 25, 2014, 10:04 pm

    Hi Carolyn. Love your videos and your stencil Wall of Words. I’d love to win the stencil, it’s amazing!!,

  • Lynne Phelps September 25, 2014, 10:30 pm

    My favorite sprays are the Ranger ones, like Heirloom Gold. The liquid is clear, all the color is from the mica shimmer. So it’s great to put over things you’ve already colored with other mediums as it just adds sparkle!

  • Jill September 25, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Thank you for all of your inspiration and sharing of your fun, artful techniques. Pinned you on Pinterest. Excited to try them out!

  • pjay hansen September 26, 2014, 2:56 am

    I pinned!

  • Cara B. September 26, 2014, 12:03 pm

    I love watching your videos! My favorite thing to do with sprays is load up a page with a ton of color! Then go on top of that with spraying through a stencil. 🙂

  • Angela Watson September 27, 2014, 5:49 pm

    That stencil is “groovylicious!” I can totally see myself making true works of art with it.

  • Faith September 28, 2014, 12:26 am

    Never saw these sprays! Can’t wait to find some now.

  • Laurie Hunt September 28, 2014, 4:12 am

    These sprays really intrigue me. Even more so since you talked of their stickiness. Gotta get me some soon.

  • TheresaMP September 28, 2014, 6:57 am

    I have a hard time using words in my artwork and this has been true through out my artistic lifetime of forty plus years. I would not chose to purchase a word stencil but if I win one I would just have to give it a play. thanks as always for sharing.

  • Lissa September 28, 2014, 7:54 am

    Stencils, spray ink, like love and marriage!!

  • Sherry September 28, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Hi there please add my to your awesome play dates . ….

  • Liz September 28, 2014, 2:41 pm

    I never even thought of spraying my stamps! Carolyn, you are a genius!

  • Susan Schultheis September 28, 2014, 2:59 pm

    These play dates are so much fun! I love learning about the different sprays and what techniques they are used for. There are so many brands out there and want them all. Thanks.

  • Cassie @ For the Art of It September 28, 2014, 6:49 pm

    That technique is awesome!! So, are the Color Blooms in your top 3? I know I saw the ones that didn’t make your top three….but did you ever share what the top ones were and I missed it?

  • Michelle M September 28, 2014, 6:52 pm

    AWESOME, what a stand-out look!

  • Michelle M September 28, 2014, 6:52 pm
  • Lora September 28, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I’ve never used spray inks, so very much appreciate these little tutorials. Thanks, Carolyn!

  • Melody S. from KS September 28, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Color Blooms have now been added to my wish list too! That stamped so beautifully! Does it stay damp long enough to use embossing powder with it? I also understand that the pumps on these bottles are also much better than many other brands? How do you feel about them?

    I really liked what happened when you smeared the water around at the end. It didn’t really transfer much ink, but the edges and splatters softened and smudged beautifully! I can think of lots of uses for that technique!

    Thanks again for the outstandingly generous opportunity! I am in love with stencils these days!

  • Jane Ellen Kimball September 28, 2014, 7:51 pm

    Wow that stuff looks great. Love that you can use it with stamps – the best thing for me. This is a great series. Thanks again for doing this.

  • Cheryl September 28, 2014, 10:34 pm

    I love this stencil. What you’ve done with it in this video has sold me on it’s versatility. Right side up or right side down…both are great! And Prima Color Blooms…another spray to add to my collection! Oh my. I’m going to have to try one or two and see how I like them. They seem very cool!

  • Yvonne September 28, 2014, 11:40 pm


    Thanks for the info on Color Bloom. I hesitated in buying them as I have so many other sprays; but it is good to know about their properties. So, maybe I’ll get a few!

  • Gini Cooper September 29, 2014, 12:26 am

    I’ve never noticed sticky ink, but sure will look for it now. I haven’t tried sprays on stamps, but it’s in my future for sure. Love that stencil!

  • Robin B. September 29, 2014, 9:32 am

    I love using text in my art and would LOVE to win one of your wonderful Wall of Words stencils! Count me in!

  • Vicky September 30, 2014, 2:08 pm

    those colorblooms look like real fun, should consider investing in some of them.

  • Carolyn September 30, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I don’t have any of these so I really appreciate the demo and tips. They look like a lot of fun to play with. Oh, and the wall of words stencil will probably come to my house whether I win it or not. Probably shouldn’t tell you that. 😉

  • pat quilty October 1, 2014, 1:54 pm

    love your new videos.

  • Andrene October 2, 2014, 7:33 pm

    I havent splurged on these yet but after seeing you stamp with them and get such a perfect image, I’m going to have to give in to the pressure!!

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  • Vicki W October 3, 2014, 2:16 am

    The stencil has a myriad of uses! What an awesome product. Great video, too!