Creating Ink Swatches for Easy Color Matching

by Nicole Watt

Do you ever get stuck in the middle of a project looking for coordinating colors? Having color swatches on hand will make that process a whole lot easier! Nicole shares how easy this is to do. All you need is your favorite white cardstock, Versafine Clair a stamp set from Waffle Flower and your inks for swatching!

Skill: All Levels
Time: 5-10 minutes per ink color

Directions

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140lb Watercolor Cardstock 
  • Waffle Flower Color Swatches stamp set 
  • Waffle Flower Color Swatches for Inkpads 
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic Block
  • Stamping Positioner Tool
  • Pen or pencil

Quick & Easy Projects: Ink for Planners

by Marcie McCabe

In today’s post, I will do a quick review of our ink brands and discuss the best inks for the thinner pages of journals and planners. If you are a planner addict or simply would like to craft some fun “goals” pages for the New Year then check out what we have to say about the best planner inks for 2020!

VersaFine + StazOn

One of the unique qualities of planners is the thin pages on the inside. These thin pages are designed to be flexible and lightweight so journals remain easy to use and at a low cost. If you like stamping inside your planner then getting a great inkpad is crucial. Let’s start with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne! VersaFine is a solid ink for making cards, but on thin pages, it is going to show through on the following page. StazOn Jet Black is an excellent mixed media ink and will stamp on nearly anything, yet again it shows through on thin paper. So these two inks I would save for cardmaking.

VersaMagic + Memento

VersaMagic is a highly pigmented chalk ink. The Midnight Black stamps well and does not bleed through the paper as heavily as other black inks. I vote YES for this ink on thin pages. Memento Tuxedo Black is a water-based dye ink that is an excellent ink for cardmaking and using with other inks such as alcohol markers but has a heavy bleed through on the thin pages. In my observation, it bleeds through the most.

What about grey?

If you really like a certain inkpad brand and feel you still want to use it on your planner or journal pages then you can try a lighter shade. Although Memento Tuxedo Black is too heavy for thin pages an alternative is London Fog. The grey tone is light enough for the journal page. I was inspired to try VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist, but again the tone of grey is too dark and the VersaFine showed through again. It is not an issue of the ink formula but rather the color hue of this particular grey.

Final Thoughts

When looking at different inks for journal pages consider different colors within a brand or brands with unique pigment qualities. The winners of this stamping-on-thin-pages test are Memento in London Fog and VersaMagic in Midnight Black!! Thank you and Happy Planning!

Introducing Mboss Embossing Powder

Introducing Mboss Embossing Powder

Mboss is high-quality embossing powder available in new and revolutionary packaging that will make using it a breeze. Mboss embossing powder is great for sentiments and large area coverage. The large color range includes classic primary, metallic, pearlescent, and super fun glittery combinations. We had the crafter in mind with a unique selection of holiday and seasonally focused colors. The new packaging is very functional with a wide mouth for easy powder return.

Clear 013, Clear Matte 014, White 015, Black 016, Gold 017, Copper 018, Silver 019, Champagne 020, Red 021, Orange 022, Yellow 023, Green 024, Blue 025, Violet 026, Rose Gold 027, Metallic Berry 028, Metallic Orchid 029, Emerald 030, Icy Blue 031, Sapphire 032, Amethyst 033, Jade Pearl 034, Amber Pearl 035, Indigo Pearl 036, Gold Glitter 037, New Years Eve 038, Sparkling Champagne 040, Valentine 041, Lucky Stars 042, Sparkle 043, Black Hologram 044, Hologram 045, Birthday Party 046, Princess Party 050, Blue Icicle 047, Iridescent 048, Iridescent Opaque 049, Shimmering Night Sky 051

High quality all-purpose embossing powder

• Available in a wide range of colors with a holiday & seasonal focus for card makers
• Wide-mouthed resealable bag makes it easy to use and store at home
• Large color range includes classic primary, metallic, pearlescent, and glittery combinations

Check out our website to buy or learn more about Mboss.

Introducing OMG Ink!

Omg ink!

We have a new ink line—It’s the OMG Inkpad!

We are introducing a new ink line that is in-trend for 2019 with its very unusual color names! This incredible edible inkpad is resistant to heat, cats, food stains, cheesy sentiment stamps and to actual cheese. This ink stamps well on cards, metal, acetate, walls, shoe soles, souls, cars, and the couch—but not on cheese!

See the range of colors offered in this very #hashtagable ink!

BBQ Sauce is a fantastic ink choice for blending with inks like Pepper or Chicken Flavoring.

 

This Purple People Eater is long haired and long-eared, and is great for stamping on creatures with only one horn.

This Used Car ink also has a slightly mildewy fragrance for an added effect (which occurred naturally when we mixed the color)!

With the Dirty Windshield ink, you are sure to fog up any of your shaker windows with a very nice inconsistency.

 

 

Introducing StazOn Pigment

Introducing StazOn Pigment

We are so excited to announce a great addition to the StazOn family. The all new StazOn Pigment ink line has 12 vibrant, opaque colors of ink that work like the original. StazOn Pigment can be used on porous and non-porous surfaces and still has the lightning-quick dry time of the original.

StazOn Pigment comes in an ergonomic, easy to open, airtight case with a new felt pad that helps to produce very crisp stamped images. Any crafter or artist that likes to use acetate, metal, glass, or slick pastes will want to add StazOn Pigment to their stash. These colors really pop!

Learn more


Color Swatches Include


Colors include Lemon Drop 091, Orange Peel 071, Passion Red 021*, Pink Cosmos 081*, Grape Candy 011*, Mariner Blue 061*, Shamrock Green 051*, Peacock Feathers 062*, Koala Gray 032*, Chocolate Brown 041*, Snowflake 001*, Piano Black 031*

*Inker also available

Take a closer look at the colors in this video


Quick Facts about StazOn Pigment

  • Dries quickly on most surfaces
  • Works on all surfaces that original StazOn does
  • New style of felt pad produces crisp stamped images
  • Vibrant opaque colors of ink

 

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Color of the Month is Peacock Feathers

Color of the Month for March is Peacock Feathers! We love this bright teal color and feel it is the perfect color to kick off the spring season. Not quite green, not quite blue, we really feel teal is in its own color category. Along with this beautiful color hitting your eyes all month long, we are featuring a whole new ink line to be announced this Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. So stay tuned for that super fun announcement!

In the meantime, we have a couple of inkpad brands to recommend to add to your teal collection. Try VersaFine Clair in Warm Breeze. It is a beautiful solid stamping ink and will look great for block printing or large surface coverage. If you need a beautiful ink for blending try VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem. The heavy pigment load and long open time are perfect for blending across a background. If you enjoy working with fabric projects then try the Fabrico Marker in Tropical Lagoon.

We hope you try some of these inks, in the meantime here are some sneak peeks for March

Mermaid Tin by Roni Johnson 

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Bird Stencilled Card by Iris Rodriguez

Stay tuned for the New Product Announcement on Tuesday!