Why two Black Ink Pads?

Why are there two Black ink pads, is one better than the other?

Good question and I know that many of you who are new to stamping are asking  this question.

The two Black Stamp pads that Stampin’ Up! retail are StazOn Jet Black and Memento Tuxedo. Both are very different and are used for different techniques.

 

Let’s start with Stazon Jet Black 101406 and Refill 102566 this is a permanent archival ink, and is for stamping images which are coloured using watercolour techniques.

   

StazOn can be used on many different surfaces such as..Plastic, metal, shrink plastic, rubber, leather, polymer clay, laminated paper, coated paper, uncoated paper, photo, glass, porcelain, terracotta, cellophane.and works well on the Stampin’ Up! Window sheets…I always recommend doing a test before using on anything new.

The drying time when using Stazon is 3 seconds for porous surfaces – 5 minutes  for non porous surfaces. Drying time varies based on surface / material, humidity, etc.

Stazon is a ‘Solvent Ink’ which means it is not made from a water base. Solvent inks are permanent and don’t require heat setting to achieve permanency. Most solvent inks are acid-free and archival. 

Hints and Tips…

  • Replace inner plastic cover and cover immediately after use. Exposure to air will cause the ink in the pad to dry out. I put a Glue dot on the lid to hold the inner plastic in place so I don’t get inky fingers when taking it on and off.
  • Clean stamps immediately after use with StazOn Cleaner 109196. It can stain your stamps. StazOn cleaner is not recommended to use on your Photopolymer stamps as it may damage the polymer. Clean your Photopolymer with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner 102394 the stazOn will stain the stamp…but its still usable.

 

So what about the Memento Tuxedo Black 132708 and Refill 133456. Memento is a water-based, acid free ink and fade-resistant.

Memento Ink is required when using Stampin’ Blends. It is also a good general ink pad for all other stamping as you will get a good clear image.

  

It can be used on coated paper, vellum, uncoated paper, printer paper. As before I always recommend doing a test before using on anything new.

Drying time is 3 to 5 seconds on coated paper. Virtually instant on uncoated papers. Varies based on surface / material, humidity, etc.

Memento is easy to clean from your stamps using the Stampin Scrub 126200 and Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner 102394 or with the NEW Simply Shammy 147042

 

So back to our question –

Why two Black Stamp pads?

There are two Black stamp pads because they are for two separate techniques..Watercolour and Alcohol markers-Blends.

Its a case of opposites attract….

Watercolour + StazOn (Solvent ink)

Stampin’ Blends (Alcohol Markers) + Memento (waterbase)

Is one better than the other?

This is a very simple answer I think….NO.

Sometimes when someone says they like one over the other its a personal preference. Yes they look different but that’s because they are too different inks and have two very different qualities.

Should you buy both, again simple answer …YES.

Especially if you want to do both watercolour and use the Stampin’ Blends

 

Please note that some of the information obtained above comes from the manufacturer and other web pages.

Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog post. I hope this helps you when deciding on what Black Ink you require when going through your Stampin’ Up! Catalogue. If you have any questions just leave me a message below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

 

 

 

 

Do I buy Wooden, Clear or Photopolymer?

Do I buy Wooden, Clear or Photopolymer?

Sometimes it can be confusing…Wood- mount, Clear-mount, Photopolymer? Which do I buy?

But, you know its really not that hard!

It all boils down to …. Do you like the image?

Rubber or Photopolymer?

Because if its between Red Rubber or Photopolmer then the designs don’t cross over. I have had a few people say they would only buy one or the other, but if you do that you miss out on all the other great designs available. What you can purchase in the photopolymer you just can’t get in the red rubber.

Photopolymer are transparent so you can see where you are stamping and is a real advantage when doing 3 step-stamping or multiple images. But that is where the Stamparatus comes in handy and that’s another story for another time or if you go back a few posts you will find why the Stamparatus is my favorite tool.

Clear- Mount or Wood-mount?

This is personal chose…I like Clear and this just means I use ‘Clear Blocks’..Why? I need the blocks for the potopolymer so I have them. The storage is smaller… don’t need the larger box so I have more room to buy more stamps before my shelf is full…LOL!

Some people just love the traditional feel of the wooden block.

When you purchase, you just need to make sure you have a clear block to match and best way around that is to buy all the blocks….great Bundle price on that too…

Clear Block Bundle 118491

 These high-quality acrylic blocks are grooved for easy gripping. Save 10 percent on clear blocks when you buy them in a bundle. This Clear Block Bundle includes all of our block sizes. Buy the bundle and always have the blocks you need on hand.

 

The image below was taken from Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and shows/explains the differences between the stamps really well.

Handy Tips……

  • Store your stamps in the boxes they come in
  • Keep your Clear-mount blocks clean for better cling – wash in soapy water after use to remove ink residue and oils from your hands
  • If your photopolymer  stops sticking to the block give them a gentle wash with mild detergent, rinse well and air dry…will be as good as new.
  • Photopolymer does stain…don’t worry as long as you clean well to remove ink then the colour does not transfer to other projects

Have fun enjoy your stamping!

#Keep on stampin

Frosted Floral

Frosted Floral from Stampin’ Up!

The Frosted Floral Suite by stampin’ Up! is a beautiful versatile suite of stamps, dies and Specialty Designer Series Paper that can be used for any occasion…not just Christmas. This range is made up of soft delicate flowers and leaves.

The suite comprises of the First Frost stamps and Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies, which you can purchase together as the First Frost Bundle 149942 (w) 149943 (c). The suite also includes the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper 147800 which is stunning, printed on shimmery white paper it gives that classical elegance that suites any occasion. As always to make life easier Stampin’ Up! have added the Frosted Floral Cardstock Pack 147754 giving you 24 sheets in 3 colours -Blackberry Bliss, Gray Granite and Tranquil Tide.

Also in the suite are Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets , Tranquil Tide ¼” Velvet Ribbon and Iridescent Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments.

The main flowers used on this card were stamped with Blackberry Bliss, the stamp itself gives the gradation of colour that you see. The Stamparatus was used to stamp the Bud image, it allows you to stamp the one image using multiples of colour. By using a daubers or a sponge I was able to coloured the area of the stamp where I wanted that colour.

See image below….

  1. Using Mint Macaron colour the stem and lower petels.
  2. Blushing Bride was sponged on the main part of flower head
  3. With Gorgeous Grape only sponge on the top of flower head.
  4. Blackberry Bliss is only on the tip…this colour is very strong, so only on the tip.
This is a beautiful suite to use and I’m sure you will enjoy playing with it as much as I do.

Thank you for reading my Blog today, if you have any questions about any of these products or about Stampin’ Up! please contact me.

All products used will be linked to my On-Line store below.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Timeless Tidings Project Kit

Timeless Tidings Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Timeless Tidings Project Kit, another fantastic Christmas Card Kit…easy to do for those that are time poor and one I’m sure your family and friends would love to receive …..This kit is found in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue by Stampin’ Up! , Timeless Tidings Project Kit 148028 pg.33.  

 

Its so simple and easy to do…all you have to do is stamp the sentiments and put the cards together. Your friends and family will love receiving them.

To complete these cards you will also need the Timeless Tidings Stamps, Jet Black Stazon Ink, Snail Adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Why not give them ago either on your own or with some friends….better still if you live in Australia, ‘Book a Workshop’ with me, invite some friends and I will supply the stamps, ink and adhesives…all you and your friends will need is to purchase is the Kit. So give me a call and book a day.

Here is a short Video showing how simple but effective this is..

Thank you for reading today’s Blog post, if you live in Australia and if I can help you in anyway please contact me.

Where am I and what am I doing?

Where am I and what am I doing?

This week I have been taking part in the Southern Highlands Tulip Time Artisan Expo at Bowral Baptist Church, which is part of the Art Studio Trail.

The Expo is on for 10 days excluding Sundays…its a wonderful time to be in the Highlands.

Tulip Time is an annual event and we have visitors from all over NSW and overseas. On Saturday there were Street Parades and special events happening in the Gardens.

Here is my space all set up and ready to go…….I spent Saturday showing people how I do my watercolouring and displaying the Stamparatus, letting them make a card..

This week I will finish it and put on display…

And this is what Tulip Time is all about…..Corbett Gardens and the Tulips….next week the garden should be beautiful as we are still having some cool days and they haven’t all flowered as yet

Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog ….hope you have enjoyed seeing where I have been and what I am doing.

Take your Pick Tool

Take your Pick Tool……

Have you seen it….its wonderful, its great….I LOVE it!

Take Your Pick Tool a must have for any paper crafter…the Stampin’ Up! multi-purpose pick-up and precision tool that simplifies those meticulous tasks.

You have to have one in your ‘Tool Kit’

I always use a blade to pick up the pearls or jewels to place on my card…but I always worry that I could cut myself or worse still someone else cut themselves. But this tool has a spatula to pick up those small embellishments for you and no more sequence every where with the putty tool…

The end with the spatula is interchangeable with a stylus, and small and large stylus. The tool is fits nicely into your hand and is so easy to use…just loving mine.

Take your Pick 144107

Take Your Pick Putty Refill 150006

Here’s a video by Stampin” Up! to tell you more…

 

Animal Outing

Animal Outing by Stampin’ Up!

This was a fun class using the Animal Outing Suite, Animal Outing stamps 146600 (Clear) and Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper 146902.

You can purchase this as a Bundle with the Thinlits – Animal Outing Bundle 148232 (wood) or 148324 (Clear)

The colours are bright and fun and it suites all ages…Yes adults too!

Card in a Box

All the animals were coloured using Stampin’ Up! Blends and fussy cut leaving a 1″ tab on the bottom to attach to the box except for the Giraffe, we lengthen his neck so he could be sat up high above the others. You could use the Thinlits to cut these out but you would need to add a tab on the back so you can attach the animals to the box. The branches are from Petals & More Thinits 145655 and cut from Shaded Spruce cardstock and you will need 4 of these.

How to make the box…

  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock – 9″ x 6″,  Two x 1⅛” x 3⅛ “
  • Berry Burst cardstock –  Four x 2″ x 2⅝ “, Three x 2″ x 3⅛”, 2″ x 5⅞”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 1⅞” x 5¾”
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) Lemon Lime Twist – Four x 1⅞” x 2½”
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP)  Birds – Three x 1⅞” x 3″

Score the 9″ x 6″ piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock along the 9″ side at 2⅛”, 4¼”, 6⅜” and 8½”. Turn the cardstock so that the 6″ is along the top and score at 2¾”

Score the 2 smaller pieces of Lemon Lime Twist along the 3⅛ side at ½” & 2⅝”.

Use scissors to cut along all score lines stopping at the horizontal score line. Remove the top thin tab and angle the top and bottom of the longer thin tab.(as shown below)

Fold along all the parallel score lines, adhere a stripe to Tear’n’tape along the tab and adhere the sides together to form a box. With the join at the back of your box fold down the front and two sides leaving the back up.

With the two smaller pieces of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock fold along score lines to form a ‘Z’ shape and with Multi-purpose Glue adhere into the top of the box running parallel to the back and front of the box  as shown below. Making sure they are equally spaced.

Now with the box complete it is time to decorate…

The three pieces of Berry Burst cardstock and coordinating – Birds DSP are adhered together and attached to the lower panels of the box. The four Berry Burst panels and coordinating – Lemon Lime Twist DSP are adhered together and attached to the top sides of the folded panels and the inside back panel of the box.

The large piece of Whisper White cardstock is adhered to the large piece of Berry burst and then attached to the back of the box, giving you a panel to write on.

Now its just a matter of decorating with the animals and branches, making sure that when you flatten the box you are keeping close to the boundaries of the box so that it can fit inside an envelope..

 

Jig-Saw Card

This card is very simple…..

Card base – Crumb Cake Cardstock 8¼” x 5¾” , scored 4⅛

Mat – Pool Party 4″ x 5½”, scrap for banner approx ½” wide  x 1¾”

Designer Series Paper 3¾” x 5¼”

Whisper White cardstock large enough for the kangaroo

Adhere the DSP to the Pool Party Mat making sure there is an all over coverage of glue. As you don’t want the jig-saw pieces to come apart when cut. Place the Puzzle Pieces Thinlits 146830 on top of the adhered mat with approx ¼” around 3 sides and run through the Big Shot 143263. Place the jig-saw pieces into a cellophane bag to go inside the card for the recipient.

Attach the mat to the front of the crumb Cake card base.

Stamp the kangaroo image onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Momento Ink and colour using Stampin’ Up! Blends. Either fussy cut or use the coordinating Thinlits. Stamp your sentiment onto the banner and flag the right side of the banner. Adhere to the card. Use dimensionals on the back of the kangaroo making sure not to put any on his head as this will be sitting over the jig-saw area of the card.

 

Alligator Card

I will let you work this simple card out…my only suggestion is the sentiment does not need to go where I have put it. It will depend on your Designer Series Paper, I didn’t want to cover up the heads to much and when I cut out the panels on some I have more tails than heads. So just put the sentiment where it looks best.

 

Thanks for taking time to read my Blog post as I know this has turned out to be a long one, sorry about that….Below you will find links to all the products used at my On-line Store.

 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Sincerely Santa Project Kit

Again this year Stampin’ Up! has brought out another great Christmas Tag Kit…Sincerely Santa Project Kit 148029

I don’t know where I would be without their gorgeous tags each year. I just love them and they are so much fun to put together by yourself or better still with friends.

These tags are beautiful and stylish and is the finishing touch to your Christmas presents. This kit has enough supplies to make 30 amazing tags.

Other products you will need to complete your tags are….

Sincerely Santa Stamps 148933 (Wood), 148929 (Clear)

Stampin’ Pads – Cherry Cobbler 147083 & Garden Green 147089

Multi Purpose Liquid Glue 110755

Snail Adhesive 104332

Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430

If you are interested in having a workshop and would like to make these tags then give me a call (Australia Only) and I’ll book you in.