Dear Fellow Crafters
For this of you who are known as Mom:
Happy Mother’s Day!
” Collage is like a hall of mirrors. Every direction you look, you see something different and visually stimulating.”
Dear Fellow Crafters,
Doesn’t it seem to you that every time you turn around there are more ink pads on the shelves? What’s a crafter to do? How do you choose which one you need? Luckily, there a various articles to help you in this dilemma. I found these ideas recently. As of this writing there are 12 types of ink pads. I won’t go into the fine detail on each but I have to say –
- Archival: can be used on matte and glossy papers. Fast drying but must be heat set on glossy papers.
- Chalk: Pigment-based ink that dries with a chalk-based finish (hence its name). Dries fairly fast.
- Distress: Water-based ink that adds a weathered look to projects. Blendable and fade-resistant.
- Dye-Based: Original ink that is Permanent. Can be used on glossy surfaces, foil and polymer clay as well as matte paper. Dries quickly.
- Embossing: Use specifically with embossing powder although you can use it with chalk and pearl powders too.
- Kaledacolor: Dye-based ink that combines different colors on its palette.
- Metallic: Slow-drying ink best used on dark papers.
- Ombre: Newest addition that features multiple shades of the same color or a range of complementary colors. Colors are next to each other on the pad making it easier for you to create a one-of-a-kind card.
- Pigment-Based: Slow drying and one of the originals. Available in almost every color and used primarily in embossing.
- Staz-on: Solvent based and fast drying ink that is also permanent. Great on glossy and acetate.
- Versa Fine: Fast drying oil based ink that is waterproof and fade resistant.
- Versa Mark: Clear and slow drying ink used primarily for embossing but can also be used to apply glitter, chalk and pearl powder.
5 Tips for ink pads:
- use an ink refresher
- Clean your stamps immediately after use.
- If they are drying out, turn pads upside down.
Having “said” that mouthful, I bid you adieu!
” You’re a collage of all my happy moments and a sense of comfort during the sad ones.”
Will Darbyshre (This Modern Love)
Dear Fellow Crafters,
Thinking about what to give Mom for Mother’s Day? Here is an easy and fun way to decorate a wood shape with the colors/patterns she likes. Your children can help too.
Enjoy this video that explains how to do it: