Monday, March 2, 2015

inks follow-up...

thanks so much for all the comments on the last inky blog post...

I'm happy to answer questions & I'm really happy that I could help clarify some ink properties...

here's one more question, 
prompted by the last post...

"Do we save the plastic cover on the Glacier White pad or is it for shipping purposes only?"

it's called a vapor barrier & it's there to help keep the pad moist...
so save it!

it IS an annoying little critter, 
but it serves a valuable purpose...
keeping the pad moist...

one other bit of info...
don't pop dot it to the lid, like I did...
that doesn't allow it to sit ON the pad & do it's job...

and one more thing...
yikes...once I start talking about inks, I can't quit...

pigment pads need to be reinked 
more often than 
distress or archival pads...

so...you will want to have 
for sure!

if you already have the snow cap white pad, it IS the same as glacier white...
same exact formulation...
just a name change & rebranding...

ok...
moving on to the winner of these...



congrats to...


Blogger Christi Conley said...

Thank you for clarifying the inks - I know it's hard since so 
many "rules" only work sometimes :) 
February 27, 2015 at 8:43 PM
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Christi...please email me with your shipping info...



next...

here's the start of today's art journal page...
the background is the archival/rubbing alcohol technique using my new tea rose and sky blue archival inks on a manila cardstock page...


I'm allowing myself 45 minutes to play, then it's time to hit the TO*DO list...
we'll see how much happens in that short play period...
I'm THE SLOWEST
 E  V  E  R...

I'll be back Wednesday morning with a fun tag tutorial & I'll be sharing a fun technique and several tips...

here's a little hint...

grab your 

so you will be ready to...

make art!
wendy

Friday, February 27, 2015

speaking of inks...

today's post is a little different...
I had a few questions, so I thought I'd talk about one of my favorite subjects today...

inks!

over the last 2 or 3 weeks, I've gotten some similar questions that I think originated in an on-line class or a discussion board...

***this is important...***
my answers all refer to Ranger's inks...
they are the inks I know & love 
& use exclusively...
I don't have other brands, 
so I'll be addressing the questions,
 based on what I know about Ranger inks...
specifically distress, archival & pigment inks...

the email below pretty much summed up the questions I got...

Can you clarify the use of inks? As a newcomer to the stamping world I'm confused. After reviewing the information, can you confirm that I understand this correctly. This is the summary of information we received.


Dye inks dry, are water based, which when the water evaporates, is why they dry.

Pigment inks are used for embossing because they never dry without being heat embossed.

What category do archival inks fall into? Those were not mentioned.

Distress inks blend. But my question, can they also be used for stamping?

And lastly, what is the preferred storage for inks? Upside down to keep the ink at the top?


***my answer...*** you really can't make a blanket statement to describe dye inks...

both distress inks and archival inks are dye inks... here's the BIG difference...

distress is a dye ink, that is water based...
archival inks are also a dye ink, but they are oil based...

distress inks are specifically designed to work with & be activated by water...
a unique feature is that the distress ink color stays true when water is added...

on the other hand, archival inks are formulated to be permanent & waterproof when dry...

so in the end, the "base" of the dye inks makes a huge difference...
they can either react with water or be waterproof...

both inks can be used for stamping and stenciling as long as you know how they will or won't react & what your desired outcome is...

this also explains why distress and archival inks work so well together...

if you think about a bottle of salad dressing, the oil & water don't mix...they will always separate...

so, if I stencil with archival ink, once it's dry, I know I can add distress over the top of it or mist it with water or perfect pearls mist (any water based product) & my archival image will not smear or bleed...

and it works just the opposite too...
if I'm stamping/stenciling with archival OVER a distress ink background, they won't mix...
the archival image is crisp & clear...
the distress background isn't bothered by the archival ink...

to clean up distress inks, water does the trick...

to remove archival inks from a stencil, since it's an oil based ink, water won't work...
but... 
cheapo rubbing alcohol works like a charm & removes the archival ink very easily...

also keep in mind that for techniques using distress ink, you'll use water or water based products...(like perfect pearls mists)...

for techniques using archival inks, rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol is the fluid of choice...

now for the other part of that question...

Dye inks dry, are water based, which is why they dry.

***my answer*** that's not 100% accurate either... 

it will depend on the surface the ink is applied to...
and if the DYE ink is distress or archival...

distress is designed to be used on porous surfaces...
surfaces that allow the ink to soak in...

distress inks will air dry on those surfaces...
however, when they are used on a non porous surface, they will not dry and they will sit on the surface & wipe right off...

so distress inks CAN NOT be used on glass, metal, clearly for art or plastic...

archival inks can be used on the same porous surfaces as distress, but they can also be used on non porous surfaces, but they need to be blasted with the heat tool to dry them...

so, archival inks will work to color resin or metal embellishments, glass, clearly for art & plastics, but they need to be heat set to dry them...
archival inks can also be used over the gold metallic embossing paste and the silver metallic embossing paste to tint it & alter the metallic colors...just use the blending tool right over the dry pastes...magic!

next part of the question...

Pigment inks are used for embossing because they don't dry without being heat embossed.

***my answer*** yes, pigment inks can be used with embossing powders, but so can distress and archival...all 3 work very well...

as for "not drying", that depends...

if I stamp an image with glacier white ink onto a kraft tag, it will take some time, but it will eventually dry...

the drying time will be determined by the amount of ink I add, plus the humidity where you live...
in Arizona, drying will be quicker...
in HUMID Illinois in August...it will take lots longer...

other considerations...
is it a fine line image or a bold stamp that adds lots of the white pigment ink? that also makes a big difference in the drying time...
more ink = more time...

remember that you can always blast it with the heat tool to speed up the drying time of any of the inks...

next question...
What category do archival inks fall into? Those were not mentioned.

again...they are a dye ink, that's oil based...

and another...
Distress inks blend. But my question, can they also be used for stamping?

absolutely...YES! but keep in mind the info I provided above...
they can also be used for stenciling...

and the last question...

And lastly, what is the preferred storage for inks? Upside down to keep the ink at the top?

***my answer*** it does not matter...
whatever fits your storage system best is fine...

Ranger's ink pads are saturated with ink...so...

right side up is ok
upside down is ok too...
on the side...sure!

since we're talking about storage...
Ranger has awesome FREE printable labels...they are perfectly sized for your products...
it makes organizing a snap...


I hope I've clarified the basic "scoop" about DYE inks...

now if you stuck with me this far...

how about a GIVEAWAY?


I have a 
to share...

just leave a comment...
or if you prefer...
feel free to ask a question...

simple...

Rick will draw the winner 
Monday morning...

I'm off to unpack & organize 
a TON of class supplies...

it's super fun stuff we will need to...
make art!
wendy
ps...
is really fun to stamp several times & layer...
I like to stamp it on clearly for art that I covered with newsprint...
using my MOST fav...
paper adhesive in the WORLD...
then plant the marigold 






Thursday, February 19, 2015

altering with archival reinkers...


here's a fun 10 minute project...

the metal candleholder shown below
 was a Hobby Lobby find...
it caught my eye because of 
the chipped surface...

I also liked it because it was white, making it simple to alter with archival reinkers...

archivals are transparent when diluted, so they look great over light colored surfaces...


here it is looking down on it...
obviously it's a candleholder...

but is it really?


turned upside down, now it's an ADORABLE little display stand...
and it looks like a flower on a base...


from the top is looks like this...
for sure...
I see a flower!


start the timer...
this is a 10 minute or less project...

as always, I'm working on my craft sheet...

I added 2 drops of carnation red reinker...
that brown bottle behind it
 is rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol...


I diluted the reinker with the alcohol and mixed the reinker into the alcohol with a palette knife,
to make this inky solution...

then I took a cheapo paint brush and painted the flower portion of my little find...


oopsie...
having too much fun...
forgot to take the next photo...

diluted with alcohol to paint the base...

when the inks were dry, I swiped 
 over the raised areas to define the flower better...

and here's the result...


this next photo shows that I allowed the ink to pool on the base for extra interest...

but, you could paint it 
to be perfectly smooth, 
if you'd like...


hmmm...
now what to put on the stand?




the moral of the story today is to...
always keep your eyes open...

look for simple (light colored) things to alter...
check Good Will...
or flea markets...
or antique stores...

remember...
it doesn't need to be pricy...

and remember that archival inks
 and archival reinkers are...
AWESOME 
when you want to alter your finds...

this technique will work on resin pieces too...

*coming soon to a blog near you!*

there are lots of archival reinker colors, 
so you can customize your find 
and choose any color that fits your decor...

I'm thinking that the new tea rose 
would be so pretty...
and for sure the new buttercup & 
sky blue would be cool too...

I like when products 
can be used more than one way...

use your archival reinkers 
or use them to...

make (altered home decor) art!
wendy



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

a video tutorial and...

the winner!

CONGRATS to...
Blogger Caroline D. said...

The back cover looks gorgeous! Thanks for all the step out photos too. Would love to have that stamp set... crossing my fingers. Have a great weekend!
February 13, 2015 at 11:28 AM
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you'll be receiving this stamp set, compliments of Ted, aka Mr. Stampers Anonymous!
please email me with your shipping info...





today I'm sharing a video that was filmed last month at CHA, 
by my friends from Scrap Time...

it's a fun new technique that I call 
faux gilding...

it's another way to use embossing pastes...

I was inspired when I saw a beautiful, but...
REALLY EXPENSIVE 
vintage picture frame at an antique shop...

these are the supplies you'll need...



the one in the lower right corner...

you'll see in the video 
that I use it unmounted...




and grab your chosen surface...


here's a peek at the technique result...

keep in mind that this technique will work on multiple surfaces...
I like it best on my art parts
because they are kraft colored to start with...
it also looks cool on kraft tags and
 it's a really fun technique 
to use on bare wood...

***think inexpensive frames...***
they make a great gift!


THANKS to CHRISTINE & MARK 
for another GREAT professional video!


after you watch the video...
 I hope you'll be inspired to try the technique

and...

make art!
wendy


Friday, February 13, 2015

stencil storage , GIVEAWAY & shipping update...

today I'm sharing the back cover of
  I use this binder to store my stencils & 
keep them organized...

below you'll see Megan again,
 combined with some new things & some from past releases...

one reason I was so happy to 
FINALLY get
was the option to use them 
on larger art parts...

art parts, like this set 
that holds the smaller stamp sets &

you can color all 4 sides of the binders 
in under 5 minutes...

art parts can certainly be inked with distress ink & the blending tool...

or...

use the sprays to make it
 super quick & E A S Y...

for my covers, I 
misted them with the stains & I was done in 3.5 SECONDS...
seriously...

just dry the stain, then add shading to the edges with the blending tool...

& broken china spray stain as my base colors

are extra awesome on larger art parts...
in addition to being quick, they give beautiful smooth coverage & several colors can be sprayed to blend before drying...
they might look blotchy when sprayed onto art parts, because they are wetting the paper surface, but as they dry...
PERFECTION!

you'll see the new "borders" stencil 
used 2 ways...
at the top of the cover, I inked thru the stencil just once, using sky blue archival ink...

same stencil at the bottom, but with leaf green, red geranium & sky blue...

I started at the bottom & used sky blue, then repositioned the stencil to mask off the blue inked areas & then added red geranium...
then moved the stencil up to cover the red geranium & added the leaf green...

I stopped at 3 rows, but you could easily continue the pattern to make a large multi colored background or fill the whole front of a card...

in any colors you choose!

or...
you can stamp thru the stencil to add text or polka dots on just one row...

or...

you can add embossing paste to just one row for a cool textured border...

these days I'm addicted to 
and it would also be cool to use 
to accent just one stenciled row 
& allow the color to show thru...

there's lots of possibilities with 

LOVE the large sentiment from an earlier release...
combined with a new one...

the heart was cut from 

the black heart is embossed 

after the powder cooled, I added 
to the center, with the new remnant rub tool...

you'll also see subtle text (LCS037 botanical art) stamped in the background with watering can archival...



Megan was stamped with jet black archival, onto newsprint that was added to
the clear version of
with glue n seal...
then I cut her out...





I used fern green with the sunburst stencil, to give her a halo effect...

I changed the flower in her hair & used just the flower from this stamp...

 the flower was stamped twice onto CFA that is covered with newsprint...

after heating the CFA, the flower can be shaped for dimension...
I LOVE this adhesive foam for layering & for adding CFA to projects...
and it's black, 
so it's not noticeable between the layers...

oh...that little butterfly...
stenciled onto CFA newsprint & cut out to create a custom embellishment...
it's attached to Megan with the tiny attacher...


the stencil binder comes with a medium ring, 
but as your stencil collection grows, 
just change the ring to a larger size...
the binder will grow & can hold as many stencils
 as fit on any size ring...

shipping update!

stamp sets, SiSi's, background stamps and stencils started shipping a few weeks ago...

 early this week...
be watching your fav store...
or check out your favorite on line...


now about that GIVEAWAY...


since I LOVE my blog friends...
I'll give this NEW stamp set to a random commenter...



it has my favorite little hosta stamp & also the flower I used today in Megan's hair...

I chose this set because the LOVE sentiment in the lower right corner is perfect 
for Valentine's Day...

just leave a comment & you're entered...
super SIMPLE!
Rick will draw a random winner before the next blog post...
GOOD LUCK!

no chocolate for me...
I'd rather have supplies to...

make art!
wendy
ps...
I hope your Valentine's Day is PERFECT...


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

an art journal page...

today's post was prompted by these 2 questions...

#1...will you share more of your art journal pages?
I NEED to be inspired...

#2...what remedies do you have to jumpstart a mojo that has vanished?

yes...I am still creating art journal pages...
I was really focusing mainly on cards for CHA...

and to answer #2...

I go back to my comfort zone...
I'll start with color combos that I KNOW will work & make me happy...
I'll also go back to favorite stamps, but combine them with new stamps/stencils, 
for a new look...

the page below is a "comfy" color palette for me...
2 of my favorite distress colors...
 combined with 

the older stamps are the lamp post & the house...

the mini berry tree is new, as is the lines border that you see under the house...

look closely at the background to see some random lines from this stamp 
that look like worn corduroy...

it's perfect when combined with
 the brick stencil...

to set the stage for the focal point...

I'm thrilled to have these...
having a stencil & the perfectly sized mask is really useful...

in the background you'll see...
2 great stencils for everyday use...
both great starting points or background fillers...



to accent the flame, 
I added a tiny bit of 
it was rubbed on with 
the slanted end is perfect!

that gold line under the lines border stamp is also done with the gold foil sheet...


here's a better look at the flame
I darkened the glass area with

I like watering can archival for background stamping & I save jet black archival for my main images & things that I want to be front & center...


what took me so long to figure this out?

that thin metallic line is a very cool detail...


now...
going back to the very beginning...
the background for this page was created with 
tree branch & sky blue archival inks, using them with the rubbing alcohol technique...

the journal page above is the front...

after I dried the page,
 I turned it over...
and I got this...

DO YOU SEE IT?


YIKES! 
sure looks like  face with sun glasses to me!


sometimes you get a surprise when you...

make art!
wendy
WAIT...one more thing...
just a reminder...

there's only13 hours left to visit 
& submit your entries for a chance to win one of the three sets of my new archival inks & embossing powders...

there are several ways for you to enter...
GOOD LUCK friends!