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Brilliance Ink by Tsukineko fills a unique niche in the stamping ink marketplace.  Here is a pigment ink with that rich thick intense color that actually  dries on slick surfaces like vellum, glossy card stock, metal and plastic.  The label says “quick drying pigment ink”.  On card stock it does dry quickly.  On vellum it takes 5-10 minutes to dry.  And on other surfaces, you need to let it dry overnight or briefly hit it with your heat gun.  It is the only metallic ink on the market that will dry on all these different surfaces.  I love to use it on dark papers. Try their “moonlight white” or “starlight silver” for snowflakes or stars like on this card.

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Die reinkers part 2

August 30, 2009

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die reinkers on embossed flowers

Oh my gosh, the best of intentions and then I totally forgot to post this.  Here is the second die reinker technique.  For this one, stamp and emboss your image (flowers are good) on pearlized card stock.  Believe me, you must use this card stock.  Nothing else works.  (SU! white shimmer is great).  The images also look great embossed in gold. Then grab your mister and heavily spritz the embossed image.  And I mean heavily.  There should be puddles of water on the paper.  Using a water brush, pick up some die ink and drop it onto a puddle.  It will fill in an embossed section with color.  So lovely to watch.  If you have spritized sufficiently, you will not have to “paint” at all.  Add additional color as desired.  When you are happy with the results, let it dry.  For the most intense color, let it soak in by itself.  Only use a heat gun to dry the paper after the water is no longer in puddles.  If you use the heat gun sooner, you will blow away the color, which is ok if you want a softer look.  Once dry, cut out the flowers and make a card.  Now wasn’t that fun?  You better stamp and emboss a lot of these because it goes so fast you won’t want to stop at just one (or two or three).

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Wedding Favors

August 7, 2009

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wedding favor

A customer (and friend) brought one of these by the store for me to see.  She was making wedding favors.  I think it is so cute.  The stamped images are Stampin’ Up! sets: To Have & To Hold (sadlly, no longer available), Together Forever and Wonderful Words.  Ir is designed like a giant matchbook and when opened looks like this:

wedding favor opened

Now doesn’t that look good enough to eat?  It’s the fixings for smores and the verse is a Wordworth stamp.  A bet these favors get eaten.  Thanks Allene for sharing!

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Apron card

August 4, 2009

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Apron card ready for recipe

Apron card ready for recipe

We made these adorable apron cards at our Brookings stamp club, Inkcredible Friends, on Saturday.  Shari was the hostess and came up with this wonderfully creative idea.  Each one was so different.  I used a solid red card stock with a pattern for the inside and the pocket, but you could also use double-sided patterned scrapbook card stock weight paper for a darling look.  Here is what it looks like before you fold up the bottom to make the “pocket” that will hold a recipe card:

Apron card opened

Apron card opened

As you can see, use a punch and decorate that top edge before you fold it up.  Also, I recommend red line tape to hold it together.  Now, go try this yourself!

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