It’s time for another “product release close-up” video… sharing a close look atthe newest My Favorite Things release and ideas on how to use the products. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot, and this one is a great one with a lot of variety. (I warned you there are a lot of great products coming out these days. Wow.) I also have a giveaway.
I will have several videos coming up with these products. Stay tuned.
I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get TWO stamp sets and TWO die sets from My Favorite Things! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.
Hello! I am back with another “product release close-up” video… giving a close look at the newest Simon Says Stamp Stamptember product release and ideas on how to use the products. I only take the time to do these videos if I like a release a lot, and this one is a great one. I also have a big giveaway!
Yep. Another great release from another great company. It is a fun time in this industry – so many companies are coming out with fabulous products. Something for every one!
I will be back tomorrow with a video using some of these new products… and again later this week. Stay tuned.
INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD
As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these new SSS inks – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE.
I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! (This is donated by me… I just gotta share.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/7/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.
In this video, I compare three watercolors I use often – Peerless Watercolor, the Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel and the Koi Sketch Box. I really think the best way to compare watercolor mediums is to put them to use. The video shows how they work for watercolor backgrounds, but it also gives you an idea of how they would react for all watercolor techniques. The Peerless is very unique and I enjoy it, but it may not be for everyone. The other two options are more traditional.
By the way, who said you couldn’t use Paper Smooches and Tim Holtz on the same card? I love mixing product styles.
As I mentioned, the Watercolor for Card Makers Online Card Class starts today, 5/5/14 but you can join anytime for lifetime access. There are over 35 videos and some amazing guest artists. You can use any watercolor mediums you have (even inks and water) and MANY more techniques will be covered there than we cover on our blogs. Click HERE for more info.
Interested in trying the fun Peerless Watercolor? I have a Peerless Watercolor 2×2 Bonus Pack for a lucky winner. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/12/14 for your chance to win.
As I mentioned in the video, the Simon Says Stamp Inks are made by the same USA company as the Hero Arts Shadow Inks that I have always loved. Therefore, they have very similar properties… which is a good thing! These inks stamp beautifully. The more colors the merrier, right? The SSS Inks offer bright and vibrant everyday colors… partnering nicely with the often more muted or soft Hero Arts colors. And both inks are from great companies with generous, industry-supporting, artist-cheerleading, positive people. Yay! I will be using them both here on my blog. I’m in love!
Note: These aren’t the best photos – I tried my best – I am not the best photographer. Also, computer monitors can cause them to be off. But I hope that between this and the video you can get a better idea of how the colors compare.
Oh my, this rainbow of colors makes my crafty heart so happy. It’s the simple things, right?
Want to try out the new Simon Says Stamp Inks and Papers? For your chance to win my four favorite ink colors and a variety pack of the papers, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/10/13. Good luck! (As always, this giveaway is open to those overseas, too.)
Hero Arts Shadow Inks (which include Soft and Mid-Tone) have been out for awhile, but many new colors have been released lately. They are a must-have dye ink for all stampers. My Favorite Things Dye Inks are a bit newer and have some nice, more intense colors. Memento Luxe Pigment Inks are the newest of the bunch and offer amazing results that I am loving. (NOTE: I only included these newer inks due to lots of questions about them. Please know that I still lovelovelove Distress Inks for techniques – my favorite!)
Instead of typing out a comparison, I did a quick video:
(Note: A couple of the newest MFT inks are not included in this comparison as they came out after it was created.)
Many people will ask which my favorite is. Honestly – it is up to you. Hero Arts Shadow Inks work well for all stampers as a basic, no-fail ink. Memento Luxe Inks are pigment and therefore need a bit more care, but give fabulous, solid results and works with embossing and on colored cardstocks. The My Favorite Things Inks are great for getting the results you want immediately. I would recommend trying different ones and deciding which you like best. Me? I will use them all. But this is my job and I need as many tools as possible.
Well, I talked to Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp and (since she is super cool) she put together three custom sets of my favorite colors. Yay! (And keep reading… I have some tips about these pencils for you. Inktense pencils are a unique pencil that are a cross between watercolor, paint and ink. Very unique. And very awesome.)
The first set is the Rainbow Collection. This has all the basic colors. You can use less water on your brush to make them more vibrant, or more water to make them softer. Love that option…
If you like “less bright” colors, check out the Jewel Tones Collection. Again, these can go darker or lighter…
And finally, we have the Brights Collection. These are fun, playful and trendy. And that grey in there is a must-have…
(Oh, and thanks to Sarah, Jana, Stephanie and Heidi for your input on these collections! And of course to Heidi for making them happen.)
If you want to see all of the Inktense sets, you can go HERE. I have the big momma set, but keep in mind this is my job. Otherwise I would have gone with one of the ones above.
And while I am talking about Inktense Pencils, there are a few things worth mentioning. First, don’t be intimidated if the color on the top of the pencil looks super dark. Any color can be made lighter or darker, depending on how much pencil you use and how much water you use. I took this picture while it was still very wet – you can see the color moving…
Also, Inktense Pencils can trick the eye. For example, the tip of this Mustard pencil looks very green. However, when you use it, the color is a gorgeous yellow…