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Happy Heart’s Day!

I’ve always used the same colored card stock on this technique–it was fun to switch things up!

Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s day and weekend!

 

1Julie

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A Simple Window Card + a Giveaway: INK!!!

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Avery Elle is a relatively newer stamp company that produces some of the most adorable clear stamp sets out there and they kindly sent me a set of their new fast-drying pigment inks to try out. Like most long-time stampers, I have an ink addiction and my love of pigment inks goes waaaaay back–as in two decades plus. Oy! I’m OLD! Yikes!!! *wink*

I first saw the inks at CHA and was tickled to see such a great collection of 15 colors!  Reinkers are also available for them in a full set or individually, just like the ink pads.

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As I was playing with them, most of the colors dried and absorbed so fast on porous card stock surfaces that I didn’t try to heat emboss them and just left them nekked.

The Pure White ink pad was an exception to this–my particular ink pad was very ”juicy”–I may actually blot the surface with some paper towel.  Anyway, it features a chalk-like finish that intensifies on dark and kraft paper as it dries. I sped up the process with a heat gun; I noticed when I swiped my finger across it, it did blend out, much like real chalk would but it’s also possible I didn’t get all of it completely dry.

In most cases, your average pastel hued pigment ink barely shows up, if at all, against black card stock, but I would guess that there is some type of chalk in the formulation of these paler colors that helps them keep their opacity because when I stamped them onto black card stock, they showed up quite well and that could lead to some really fun effects!

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The above chart is a pretty close approximation of how the colors appear in real life–at least, when I compared my computer monitor to my chart; it’s hard to get a perfectly accurate rendition with the camera, but I know it helps to see the colors stamped, as opposed to computer generated colors.

I tested a few of the colors on vellum and found that if I heat set them, they didn’t require embossing to “seal” them to the vellum (unlike most standard pigment inks).  I also discovered that when stamping them onto vellum, because it is less porous than card stock, the inks were slower to dry and did stay wet on the surface long enough to heat emboss. It would be interesting to see how they behave on glossy card stocks and I’ll have to experiment with that some time, too!

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One of the benefits of pigment inks is that they are deeply saturated with color and, as a thicker type ink, they work equally well on both ruby red rubber as well as clear stamps. They also yield crisp, opaque impressions, without any feathering. In all, these Avery Elle fast-drying pigment inks come in a fun array of blendable colors and a unique finish. Hey, Mikey! I likey!

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I also did a short video to accompany this post–be sure to switch to 720p for best viewing quality. :)

 

If you’d like a chance at winning a complete set of these inks, please leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm, Wednesday, February 12th, and I will draw one lucky name!

And, may the odds be ever in your favour! :)

 

1Julie

Holiday Quickies Series: #2 Joy with Platinum Snowflakes

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So, I still had the “Joy” die cut from the previous design, Peppermint Joy, and never one to waste a good die-cut, I used it on a 2nd design with a modern rustic look.

I have to laugh–I love SO MANY different styles of holiday decor… It would be financially impractical to change that style every year, of course, when deckin’ the halls, but when deckin’ m’ cards? No limits, baby!!! *fist pump* Dat’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!

Enjoy!

Take note: Ellen Hutson has a Christmas Sale going on right now through Dec. 19th with 30% savings on everything in the Christmas Sale Category! There is some good stuff in there! Be sure to use promo code (type exactly as shown, no spaces; copying and pasting doesn’t always work):

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Happy Christmas!

1Julie

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