Friday 1 April 2011

Good Luck

This one of the first cards I did yesterday using my new sets of stamps. In this case, I used the Punchable labels - good luck message, Labels and numbers - Journaling spots - the grey graph pattern and the circle journaling spot - and Filled with Flowers - the Hugs and Kisses message.
I made the glimmer mist background quite a while ago, maybe even a year ago. Thing is sometimes I just like to have a play with the latest products that inspire me, having a play with them allows me to enjoy the crafty stuff without the added pressure of creating a card. I usually keep all the bits and pieces with potential in a box, ready to be used when I need to make a card with a striking background.

The punches that I have used here are:

  1.  Photo Labels from EK Success - available from Personal Impressions stockists among them Crafts U Love and The Glitter Pot.
  2. 1" circle punch - any will do, does not matter manufacturers although I prefer EkSuccess ones as they seem to be extremely durable and strong. Woodware has it too and it is quite good value for money.
  3. 1 1/8" circle punch - the lime green circle on the card. It is one of the ones I used to layer under the 1". It is from EkSuccess and it is hard to find at the moment but hopefully soon will be readily available.
Ink pads:
  1. Versafine Black ink. If you do not have one, do yourself a favor and buy one pad, you wont find a sharper, more solid and precise black ink pad, specially for clear stamps. Besides, the little 1" cubes are just under £1.50.
  2. Versafine Smokey Grey and Versafine Spanish Moss.
  3. Memento New Sprout. I find that Memento inks are the dye based pads that work the best with clear stamps.

    To clarify the ink pads statement: Versafine Black is the best overall black ink pad that I have found for any type of stamps and it is a pigment fast drying oil based ink. Other colours are also as great inks however the colour range is a bit limited so I tend to use often only a handful of the other colours - Spanish Moss and Deep Lagoon mostly. 
    Memento ink pads are the best dye based inks for clear stamps and besides they have a lovely range of colours which Versafine lacks - light blues, greens, pinks and purples. Dye based inks by nature are not opaque and offer less crisp results than pigment based ones.
    So, the best ink pad for clear stamps is Versafine, and Memento is great too but not as fantastic. Clear now?
Tutorials on the new stamp sets coming up soon, hopefully early next week.


Anonymous said...

I'm confused by your statements: Is the Versafine the best for clear stamps or the Memento?

Fab said...

Gorgeous card Paula ! Love the colours. Xxoxoxo Fab

Jo said...

Beautiful card - the colours look fantastic!

jo x

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ink pad clarification! Your explanation really helped me decide what to purchase. I am located in the US. I hope I can find your stamp sets here.

Best regards,

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