Hi! Today I have a video showing how to create watercolor greetings…
I love all the handpainted and scripty (is that a word?) greetings I am seeing out there lately. Love them! But I am terrible at creating my own. So I cheated. (Remember – cheating is accepted, encouraged and helpful in crafting!)
I used a watercolor that I have had for years, but you can use anything you have… even inks mixed with water. Mine is the Hero Arts Watercolor wheel. I like it because there are a lot of colors, it is compact and the price is good. Works well for me!
Hi there! Today’s video shares generation stamping… which I used to create a set of notecards. I also show how to create a notecard gift box…
[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]
I honestly don’t think I have ever had cards come together as quickly as these did. Wow. Yay for generation stamping! Studio Calico Color Theory Inks happen to work *really* well for generation stamping. (I haven’t had nearly this much success with any other ink for this technique. And good news! I have a discount code for the SC inks below.) Stamp once and get a dark image. Stamp again – without cleaning – and get a medium-shade image. Stamp a third time and get a light image. Bam! Only one ink needed… but it looks like three.
Hello! Today I talkin’ about the new Studio Calico Color Theory Inks (and other goodies). And to make it even better, I have a set to giveaway along with a free shipping discount! (More below.)
This video with *a lot* of information, including a look at these inks, new embellishments, a card example, tips for stamping straight and more. (So even if you aren’t looking to get any new inks, there are tips at the end of the video that may interest you.)
(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)
These are dye inks so they will be fast-drying and absorb into the paper. (To learn more about dye inks vs. other inks, check out this video.) These do *slightly* smooth out with time after stamping, but not nearly as much as Hero Arts Shadow Inks or SSS inks. When stamping outline images with the SC, the results are pretty crisp. For solid images, I get good results.
Non-staining! Yes, you heard me right. Most dye inks stain clear stamps and this bugs people. Stained stamps don’t bother me as it doesn’t effect the use of the stamp, but I know many people will be thrilled by the essentially non-staining feature.
The ink pads are smaller than most, but stack nicely for good storage and have a low price point.
The colors are a pretty close match to the ink pad lid which is very helpful. (This seems unusual for many inks.)
These inks work with Copic Markers once they are completely dry. Woot!
These inks are ideal for second and third generation stamping. I have never seen an ink work this well with this technique. This is the coolest property!
In the video, I gave a peek at my new ink swatch system. In a few days, I will be back with a more complete look at the system, along with printable downloads for my other inks. But in the meantime, I wanted to share the PDF I used for creating the 2″x2″ ink swatch squares for the Studio Calico Inks. All you do is open the link, right click to save, print it (don’t resize) and cut as instructed. These little squares fit perfectly in coin pocket pages. (Again, more on this soon. But I LOVE it.) In the meantime, here is the download…
(Just FYI… I was not asked to do this review. I bought the inks and spent some time getting to know them. After liking them and telling Studio Calico, they offered to give me the discount code and giveaway. If I did not truly like these inks, I wouldn’t have done this video! And yes, there are many great inks that I use on this blog. And no, you don’t need them all. I just hope by sharing with you the best of the best, you can better decide which are best suited for you.)
Hello! I have had some things pop up in life so I haven’t been able to create as much lately. But I did want to share a card I made with the most recent Studio Calico Card Kit.
I will admit, I love the SC Card kits more and more each month. They have recently made some changes and they just seem to be more and more traditional-card-maker-friendly. I like that.
I used the Copper Mountain kit for this card. (This one is already sold out, but be sure to take a look at it. It will give you an idea of how their kits are looking these days. Love it!) This baby was quick and easy to make and that makes me happy. (BTW… this is a narrow card.)