It just depends on the look you're going for. Chalk or colored pencils will give a softer look, ink pads will generally be more vibrant (depending on the color of course). You can rub the paper edge along the pad, or use a sponge to rub the color on and blend it away from the edge. I also love using my Copics to ink edges as they can produce a nice strong border.
Kara - how are you doing the edges with the Copics? I have 4 or 5 Copics and have never removed the caps from them. Inking the edges of some of the pages might be nice. Do you just run the pens around the edge of the paper on the side or do you get some on the front too?
I have inked the edges with copics, just take the cap off and move along the edge of the paper. But I find ink pads easier now. I will still use copics for inking edges of letters. Edges of paper, I use TH distressing ink, sometimes I ink the pad directly to the paper sometimes I use my sponge applicator and ink the edges for a softer look.
I've also used markers (not Copics though) to ink edges of paper. I pick up the item and run the pen around the edge from the bottom (so that if the pen slips, which it always does, it marks the bottom, not the top of the item - usually journaling or a photo mat). I've also run edges along an ink pad.
What I do, including tearing, is take my xacto knife and scrap around the edges of my paper. then i take my TH distress in, and rub it against a dobler (probably not spelling that right) which is like a little pad, and rub that against the sides.
This is too good to be true. DH cleaning out and reorganizing his art studio room. He came upstairs with 3 sets of 6 Spot pen handcoloring photo pens and asked me if they were anything I could use. He must have bought them when we still had a darkroom and he developed black and white photos at home. Now using digital, he no longer develops any photos in a darkroom. I feel like I hit the jackpot... looked at these at an art site and they sell for $40 a set. Edge inking here I come! Later he brought up a set of 12 Marshalls photo oil coloring pencils. I don't know exactly how I will use them.......but I am certain they belong in my crafty room. Any suggestions for using them?
Edited by pinkpaperairedale on 06-20-11 12:57 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
My preference is to use daubers or home-made bleding tool with my distress inks - place the paper on my teflon/non-stick craft sheet and start in a circular motion on the craft sheet and move onto the card. There's technique videos on youtube and Tim Holt's website. If I'm using chalk inks - I usually wipe the edges directly onto the ink pad.