Spray Ink Tips & Tricks

gail_owensUsing Your Templates With Spray Ink

Hello, hello! It’s Gail here today to share with you some tips for using your Kiwi Lane templates with spray ink. First, here is a look at my finished page:Spray Ink 1-page layout
I know we’ve covered this topic before, but it really is so much fun to do! And this time, I’ve used the masked off areas as another layer to build on. After a bunch of trial and error, I have a few tips to help make it easier for you to achieve the same look.

Just like any Kiwi Lane layout, you get to start your page by Playing to Create! There are actually two times in this process where you will get to Play with your Designer Templates. The first one is laying out the masks for your background shapes.


Use only a few shapes for masking.

You’ll be tempted to use a bunch of different shapes, but try to contain your excitement and use only two to four shapes. I started with four shapes for masking, but ended up using only three because it was too busy.flowers

Once, you’ve chosen your templates for masking, the next step is to choose your colors. One to three colors is best.


When choosing your ink colors, keep them in the same color family (warm, cool, neutral).

This way, when they overlap, you’ll end up with a color in the same family and not a greenish brown mottled mess. If you’re not sure what the overlapping color will be, try it on some scratch paper first. It is easier to throw away scratch paper rather than your formerly pretty, expensive, 12×12 paper!


Now, put your layout in a box that is at least 6” deep and start spraying! Just a few pumps of each color.


Spray your darker color first.

Spraying from dark to light and removing layers as you go creates shapes that are easy to see. I sprayed my pink first, then removed the large flower and sprayed yellow, covering the area that was previously masked.Spray Ink

When your ink is dry, you get to Play with your Designer Templates again- yay! Just design your layout in Templates right on top of the sprayed shapes to create more layers. It is so great to be able to visualize things in this way!

Here’s what mine looked like:Spray Ink

Remember- your finished layout doesn’t have to look exactly like the layout that you framed in Templates. If you need to switch, remove or add shapes, feel free to do so. That is what’s so great about the templates- you can adjust as you go and see everything along the way!

Now continue your layout as you normally would by tracing, cutting, inking and replacing until you have a beautiful, finished layout!


Because you have in essence made your own background paper, this type of layout is ideal for using up scraps.
 I hope you learned something new and are inspired to go and play with your Kiwi Lane templates!

One last tip before I go….

I get asked once in awhile if you can use ink and paint with the templates and have it easily wash off. The answer is a resounding YES! I have had great success washing paint and ink off my templates. Here’s how:

Lather your hands with mild hand soap (I use whatever is in my downstairs bathroom- usually Softsoap). Lay your template in your hands and rub between your lathered hands, making sure to keep the template as flat as you can. Rinse with cold water.


Wash your templates as soon as you can- it gets more difficult to remove the paint/ink as it dries.

When drying your template, the same thing applies- dry between a towel while keeping the template as flat as possible. You can also lay them on a flat towel to air dry.Cleaning your Templates

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to share your creations with us! You can comment here on the blog or visit Kiwi Lane Designs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to Share.


Templates used:

Accents 1,2
Tiny Accents 1T,2T,3T
Paradise 6
Floral 3
Tiny Nature 1T
Tiny Explore 5T

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  1. How cool! I love using spray paints just to add a little something to a plain sheet of cardstock-your technique adds some WOW! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I hadn’t thought to
    use the templates
    this way as masks.
    Wonderful idea and
    beautiful layout.
    Carla from Utah

  3. What a gorgeous layout! I love learning how to use my templates in fun new ways. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to try this technique! Question- is there a template that you used to make the file folder? I would love to know how you made it or if it was purchased. Thanks for sharing!