Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge, 8/2

Hello! Hope your weekend went well!

This week, Wednesday challenge from Simon Says Stamps was “Splatter it,” and featuring Ranger products. A perfect opportunity to play with those lovely Mica Sprays!


I had those lovely backgrounds I made with the Concord and 9th Sunshine Turnabout. I picked the one with the Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide inks, and I sprayed it with the Crushed Grapes Vibrant Turquoise and Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.

I die cut a cloud from Hero Arts Nesting Clouds, and adhered the two dragon image from Clearly Besotted’s Hot Stuff, which I had previously colored and cut out. I used foam tape on the dragons and to adhere the cloud to the background. I used MFT’s Sno Cone cardstock as the card base. I finished the card off with Pool jewels from Lucy’s Cards.

I stamped “double trouble,” inside the card.

Some close up shots of the mica spray.

Those baby dragons are so cute!

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Altenew Permanent Black Ink Take 2

On Friday I posted my “review,” of black inks to use with Copic markers. I had just received the new Permanent Black ink from Altenew, and my high hopes appeared to be dashed on the first test run. Well, I would like to retract my opinion!

I stamped several images on Friday with Altenew’s Permanent black ink, and they call came out beautifully. I did have to stamp them twice to get dark images, but they were crisp and solid. Not as clear as their Jet Black die ink, but perfect for coloring! Here is one of the images I colored. I haven’t used the others, but I’ll post them when I do. I stamped several images from Mama Elephant’s Wooly Winter and will share my first Christmas cards here.


I wanted to be sure to post this right away, as I think this is a really great new product.

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New Products

Black Ink? And a look at Altenew’s new Permanent Black Ink

As a new card maker (which honestly, it’s only been 5 months…), I did a lot of research about black ink. Particularly when I decided to take the Copic marker plunge.

First, a real quick disclaimer: I am NOT a card making expert. I just started making cards in March. I’m still very much learning. But, like I said, I did a lot of research. I don’t have endless supplies of money, so I have to be as careful as I can with what I spend.

Ok, back to the ink. What I read indicated that Memento Tuxedo Black ink was the one that a lot of people used. Since Memento is available a Micheal’s, I started there. My first attempt didn’t work for me. But really, I think that was because I didn’t wait for the ink to dry.

Here is the card I made with my first colored images. You can see where the black ink ran.


Then I turned to Jennifer McGuire, who I am obsessed with, and she mentioned My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Licorice. So I tried out MFT’s ink, and have been using it ever since. I’ve had this ink pad since the end of April. I’ve always had to stamp the images twice to get a good, dark impression, and recently i’ve noticed it’s not very good with detail. Particularly the floral images from Hero Arts July kit.

Because of my issues with MFT’s ink, I decided to try the Memento ink again this weekend. I stamped the Hero Arts images using both inks. The Memento image did seem to handle the details a little bit better. I wish I had thought to take pictures.

The thing is, neither of these inks stamp as well as Altenew’s Jet Black dye ink. I LOVE this ink! Granted, I haven’t tried any other black dye inks. Why would I? I do like the way Versafine black onyx ink stamps, but I always smear it….. Because of that I only use it when I heat emboss.

So, imagine how happy I was to see that Altenew released a Permanent Black ink Pigment to color with alcohol markers!!! I order it this week and it delivered today! I thought this would be a perfect time to test drive some black ink. We are going to take a look at Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Altenew Permanent Black and Altenew Jet Black.


I am going to stamp the same image using these 4 inks. I am stamping on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lbs. cardstock and a heart balloon image from Clearly Besotted’s Hot Stuff, because it has nice, clean thin lines. Then I am going to take a light colored Copic marker and color over the lines.


First up in Memento Tuxedo Black. I only stamped this one time. Look at how clean and dark that is!


Next up is MFT Hybrid ink. The MFT stamp on the left was stamping just one time. The one on the right is stamped twice. You can see how it’s not solid with one stamp, but two stamps is not as clean.


This is Altenew Jet Black. It’s perfect! Unfortunately its a dye ink. You’ll see how it runs when I show you the Copic pictures.




Altenew Permanent ink. This is my first time stamping with this brand new ink pad. I was kinda bummed. The one on the right was just one stamp. Its shows more detail but its not solid. I stamped twice on the left. Just like with MFT, you lose detail. But, like I said,  this is my first time stamping this brand new pad.


Here are all 4 of the inks in one shot. I have to say, out of the 3 Copic friendly inks, I really think Memento is the one. Ironic it’s been sitting on my shelf all this time…

Since the Altenew Permanent ink is so new, I am going to stamp a bunch of images this weekend to color. We’ll see if it gets better with use. Does that happen?!?!

Now let’s see how they stand up to Copic markers.



I went over the side of each image using a fairly light color (E93). The only one that ran was the Jet Black, which I knew would run. It’s not made to use with alcohol markers.


Here is a close up of the new Altenew Permanent ink with Copic marker.


This test was a bit difficult for me. I love MFT, and I really want their ink to work for me. I also really wanted the new Altenew Permanent Black ink to work. But it seems to me that pigment ink is not capable of doing what I want. Well, unless I use Memento. I am going to test drive the Altenew ink more this weekend and see what happens. I’ll write a quick post to let you know how it goes.

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New Products · New to Me · Techniques

New Products! Concord and 9th Hooray Ribbons and Sunshine Turnabout

Hello! Today I wanted to show you a couple of new items I got from Concord and 9th’s July Release. I also want to talk about Concord and 9th’s turnabout stamps, another awesome and handy item to keep close by.

First off, lets take a look at the items I purchased from the July release: Sunshine Turnabout stamps and dies and Hooray Ribbons stamp set and dies.


Don’t they look like fun?! They arrived just in time, as I was in need of a masculine thank you card. A co-worker is spending this weekend fixing my daughter’s car, and I need to make him something spectacular!

I really like the Hooray Ribbons stamp and die set because it not only cuts and embosses the top of a ribbon, but it also has accessory stamps to gussy up the ribbon. I decide to use my favorite Blue Raspberry cardstock (Gina K Designs) and to use the stripped stamp to accent the ribbon top.

For the center of the ribbon top I used Neenah Metallic White Silver cardstock to stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow Pacific Wave Embossing Glitter. I layered the sentiment on the circle that was die cut  from the center of the ribbon top using foam tape, and adhered to the top of the pleated ribbon top (Jennifer McGuire has a video that shows how to do it here). I used scor-tape to ensure a good hold, due to the uneven surface.

I used the “v” die to cut the ends of two strips to hang from the top of the ribbon, and scored them down the middle. I adhered the ribbon to a panel of white Neenah cardstock die cut with a Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle, and adhered the white panel to a Blue Raspberry card base. I stamped “Thank you,” from Concord and 9ths Many Mandala set on the inside of the card, and the “Thanks!” from the Hooray Ribbon set on the front of the matching envelope. I finished it off with some Silver Confetti sequins.


I love how it turned out and I know Steve will appreciate it!

Next we have the Sunshine Turnabout. I had so much fun playing with this last night, and ended up with three backgrounds!

I was a little hesitant to get another turnabout, as I have not had good luck with the first one I purchased (the triangles), but this one looked like it would be a lot easier to use. My first attempt with it went so well, I got out the triangles to try again!

There is a trick to these turnabout stamps, where you mark the center point of the stamps on the back, and use a  piece of 6″ x 6″ cardstock as a jig. The packaging that comes with the stamps has a square on the back that will help you find the center. You line up the stamp with the square on the packaging using the landmarks indicated, and use a marker to draw out the lines from corner to corner on the back of the stamp (the side that you do not use to stamp). I recommend using a thin marker, and you’ll understand why if you keep reading.

For the jig, you take the 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock, and using a ruler draw lines from corner to corner using. Then you mark a 1 in the upper right corner, turn the jig clockwise (you can counter-clockwise just make sure you keep turning in the same direction) and put a number in that upper right corner. Repeat this until all 4 corners are marked. I took a picture of mine, but not until after it got quiet a work out. You can barely see the numbers in the corners.


To use the turnabout stamps, place the jig in a stamp tool, like a Misti or a Stamp Perfect. Then lay your stamp with the back side up and line up the lines on the stamp with the lines on the jig.

You can see in this picture how wide the lines are on my stamp, and also that on the upper right corner, my line is not in the right location (its supposed to hit the tip of that triangle, but go into it as it does). And the line on the lower right corner should go through the center of that triangle tip, and it doesn’t. No wonder I had difficulty with this stamp lol! Sorry, I got distracted. Back to the instructions!


Then you close the lid on the tool to pick up the stamp. Next you use a removable adhesive to stick your cardstock to the jig. You don’t want it to shift around.

Now ink it up and stamp away! After you stamp once, you turn the jig so that the next number is in the right corner, clean your stamp and ink and stamp again. Repeat as many times as you want! Make sure you turn in the same direction.


It was so easy, and I had so much fun combining ink, that I ended up making three of them!


I used Distress Oxide ink for all of these. The first one is Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Cracked Pistachio for the middle, and Worm Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade on the last.

I also figured out why I was having such a hard time with the triangle turnabout, as you read above. The lines I made on the back were just a little off and I used a thick Sharpie to draw them. With the triangles, they are so tightly placed that you can’t even be a little off.  Here is a card I made with a section I was able to salvage from my first attempt. This was the only useable part of a 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ piece and that cat is hiding a rough patch!


The panel on the right was the panel I made last night, trying to make the adjustments for the bad lines manually. On the left is a panel I made today, after I redrew the lines. This one only has three layers, and I heat embossed the last one. My apologies on the pictures, it was getting late when I took them.

Concord and 9th also has Dot, Hello and Flower turnabout stamps. These are all on my wish list!

Here is a video from Concord and 9th on how to set up and use the turnabout stamps.

I’m so glad I was able to figure out my issue with the triangles. They make great backgrounds and are really useful for masculine cards. Plus, seeing cards made using this stamp on Pintest was driving me crazy!

So, what do you think about these new items from Concord and 9th? Let me know if you’ve taken any of these stamps for a spin!

I have little teaser for you guys. I decided to re-do my craft space last weekend. It was a long time coming, as I’ve been killing my back bent over a computer desk the last couple of months. I’m going to write a blog post, once I get the last few pieces in. Hopefully it will be within the next two weeks.

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Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 343

Welcome to my attempt at this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge!

Here is the sketch for this week:


I normally don’t participate in sketch challenges when I don’t have one of the elements, but I decided to get creative this week. I’m missing ovals and oval frames. But I can work with this 🙂

Instead of the oval, I decided to use a square frame. Next I got out all of the MFT images that I had already colored and die cut. I spread them out on the floor and thought about what to do. I took the dragons out as I always use them.


I really like the cats, but I decided on the otters. They are hard to resist!

Using Spellbinders Classic Small Squares, I cut out a frame. Then I laid out my die cuts.

I adhered the rocks behind my frame with scor-tape and adhered that to a MFT Sno-Cone cardstock panel. I adhered the otter and the fish with foam tape. I decided the scene inside the square was a little bare, so I added some clouds using foam tape. I cut a 1/2″ strip for DCWV blue glitter paper and a 1/4″ strip of DCWV white glitter paper. These strips were layered together and added to the right side of the card. I used the MFT Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strip for the sentiment (I used the die to trim it down by die cutting it a second time, placing the right edge at the width I wanted). The Sno-Cone panel was adhered to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lbs card base.

I finished the card with some Lucy’s Cards Pool Jewels and some Wink of Stella clear shimmer on the heart.

He is soooo cute!!! How can you not adore otter?!?!

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Making Cards · New Products

Hero Arts July Kit-Cards

Hello! I hope your week is going well! I wanted to share a couple of cards I created with the new Hero Arts kit. I’ve really enjoyed working with this set!

The first thing I did was to stamp and color all of the flower images, and a lot of the containers with Copic Markers. Then I played around with pairing up the images.

My first card used the large Sweet Pea image, along with the mason jar.


Instead of stamping and masking, I used an X-acto knife to cut along the lines on the jar around the top, so I could slide the stems in. I cut the large white panel from the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames and the smaller Sno Cone panel from MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles. I adhered the large white panel with fun foam, and the Sno Cone panel with a tape runner. The flower images where adhered with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from the HA kit with Altenew Jet Black ink. I finished the card off with Wink of Stella clear shimmer on the flowers and Grape Jewels from Lucy’s Cards. I also covered the mason jar in Glossy Accents. You can see all the shimmer here.


The next card is rather similar to the first one. I used the large Lilac image and wrapped the bow around it instead of using a container.


The main difference on this card is that I stamped the single lilac image and the butterfly on the white background in MFT Gray Grout ink, and I used vellum for the smaller panel. I also stamped the sentiment from the set in Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed it with the Wow Hologram embossing power. Check out the color below.


The third card is very different. I knew that I was going to have a hard time wrapping my head around putting flowers in a rain boot. So, I didn’t. Instead I used the image on it’s on. Well, I added the butterfly.


I used one of my Distress Oxide ink panels for the mat. I tried some patterned paper, but this was the best fit. I stamped the sentiment from the kit in Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to tie in the color. Both the boot and the butterfly are ahdered with foam tape, and I adhered the Distress Oxide ink panel with fun foam. I covered the boot in Wink of Stella clear shimmer before covering it with Glossy accents. The butterfly also has Wink of Stella clear shimmer. I used a kraft card base. Orange and yellow Lucy’s Cards jewels finish it off. I love how the rain boot turned out!


My last card features one of the add-on items. This is the Butterfly Confetti Fancy Die and it was love at first sight! There are so many options with theses card size dies. You can use it for confetti for shakers, use the negative space for a quick background, or inlay some of the die cuts.

Here I used one of my Distress Oxide panels. I die cut the butterflies and saved the butterflies (always save the confetti!). I also die cut the butterflies from Silver Sparkle Paper and from white cardstock. I used MFT ‘s Mini scalloped Stitched Rectangle Frames to trim down my main butterfly panel. That was tricky as the frame ended up with butterflies that overlapped, and I had to put it back together. A lot of this card was like a puzzle!

My plan was to put some of the butterflies back, inlaying them. I wanted to use the original butterflies and some of the silver sparkle die cuts. The reason I cut out an extra butterfly panel from white cardstock was because I wanted to layer some of the butterflies to add interest and dimension. Some of the butterflies were just inlaid, some had 2 layers, on up to 4 layers! I ended up putting a strip of silver sparkle up the center of the card. 

I added Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer to the  colored butterflies and stamped the Thank You from the kit in Versafine Black Onyx ink on vellum and used Wow Hologram embossing powder. I love how it takes on a purple color when tilted.

I had planned on the sentiment strip spanning the width of the card, but my first attempt failed (the embossing powder flaked off the vellum because I was handling it too much). At that point I was tired and already a couple of hours into this card, so I took the easy way out. I think next time I will use white embossing powder. Even though I love the Hologram powder, white would have been a better match. 

Now to figure out what to do with the rest of the images!

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New Products

New to Me-Mica Spray

Hello! Today I would like to talk about Mica Spray. Yana Smakula has used mica sprays in her card making and I loved the results! She made a card with Simon Says Stamps’ Seeing Stars that is just gorgeous! I recently noticed that Micheal’s carries some of the sprays, so with coupons in hand I decide it was time to take the plunge!

I was able to get the Tim Holtz set and the Dylusions set:


The Tim Holtz kit includes Brushed Pewter, Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass. The Dylusions set has Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise and Crushed Grape. The first thing I did when I got home was to “swatch” them on black card stock. They are gorgeous! I could totally see just spraying the Pewter on black card stock and using that for the night sky (thanks Yana).

I had been meaning to make a card with MFT’s Heart Shaker and Window Frame. After I cut the heart out, I decided to spay the card stock with the Bubblegum Pink and Brushed Pewter. I used Neenah Solar White card stock and had no issues with excess moisture. I used a shallow mailing box, and misted the card stock from about a foot away. You can see the box below.


As you can see, its like a spray paint effect. The coverage is pretty good from about a foot away and it did saturate the card stock. I think I sprayed it two or three times tops. You can also see the pearliness in the last picture.

Then I had this great idea to try masking card stock and getting a more concentrated color. I wanted to use the turquoise as it’s such a pretty color. So I cut circle out of masking paper and placed it over the paper. I put it in the box and started spraying, only a couple of inches from the card stock.


I don’t know why, but all that happened was that I soaked the paper. I was sure to shake the spray up, but it just didn’t show up on the card stock. I wiped off what I could, and hit it with the Brushed Pewter instead.


Since the card stock was already pretty wet, I didn’t want to spray too much more. I ended up with the card above. It still gave a dense coverage, but not as solid as I had planned. As I wrote earlier, I used the panel for the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

I”m going to watch some You Tube videos on the Mica spray and see what other techniques are out there. I can’t wait to use this more. The colors are really vibrant on black card stock, and I like the effect. I’ll be sure to share what I find!

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