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.
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!
Keeping with my Berry, Blue and Silver theme I decided I wanted to make wrapping paper and matching gift tags this year as well. The limited color palette is very aesthetically pleasing when grouped together under the tree. Since I was using all the same colors I thought it would be fun to vary the patterns so I went from very easy (Joy wrapping paper) to a more complicated layered pattern (Noel paper) which I will share with you today.
Skill: Beginner Time: 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the design
Tear off enough of the kraft paper to cover the gift you will be wrapping.
To create the layered look use a fork (I am using a baby fork for the example) to make a cross hatch pattern with Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink.
Heat set the Delicata ink to speed drying. As you can see it creates a stunning background which could be used as is.
Stamp Noel using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink over the entire sheet of kraft paper. Vary the direction of the image to add interest.
Layer 3 consists of several snowflakes stamped using Blue Belle VersaFine Clair ink.
Several more stamped snowflakes are added using Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink.
And finally Morning Mist a lovely shade of grey to finish it off. You will have created a beautiful multi layered wrapping paper worthy of any gift you have for giving.
Follow the same steps to create the matching gift tag.
Use a sponge dauber to apply Blue Belle ink to the edge of the tag. Add a bit of ribbon to finish it off. And here is my gift all wrapped up ready for giving. Below you will find additional examples to inspire.
Sometimes you just need a quick card or even set of cards to give as a gift. This background is the perfect way to create those at this time of year! And all you need is cardstock, painter’s tape, and an ink pad!
Although red, green and gold colors are the most representative ones of Christmas, the last couple of years, I am quite fun of blue that combines so nicely with the silver and contrasts the white. Stars are favorite shapes of this season and using Delicata Sapphire Blue on lighter shades of blue, using MEMENTO bahama blue, give more depth on the card.
Skill: Advanced Time: 30 minutes
Die-cut 3 different sized star shapes.
Place the star shapes on a piece of 4×6 card stock and spray first with the Fireworks! Bahama blue and then with Ink Potion No9. Remove the stars and dry the card stock with a heat tool.
Lightly cover areas with MEMENTO Bahama blue ink pad.
Place the star shapes, white side up, stamp with VersaMark the swirls stamp, cover with Mboss clear embossing powder and heat set.
Distress the stars with Delicata Sapphire Blue.
Stamp design on the stars, cover with Mboss white embossing powder and heat set. When finished, lightly press the edges of the stars on the VersaMark watermark ink pad, and heat set Mboss silver embossing powder.
Set the card stock piece on the card with Tear It! Tape and start placing the ribbon.
Continue adding the stars and the rest of the embellishments
Today I share a very simple technique using the soft Fireworks Shimmer Spray colors to create a gorgeous simple background. Using the softest of colors allows an image that’s colored on white to really pop. The additional shimmer really makes this simple card shine! I paired this technique with the adorable Waffle Flower Stamp set called Always for a gorgeous soft creation.
Are you enjoying all the inspiration so far this month with the Waffle Flower and Imagine collaboration? The Waffle Flower Iris You stamp set I thought went perfectly with this months color of the month, Amethyst.
Watch my video below to see how I created the amazing marbled background and colored the gorgeous iris’. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Waffle Flower and Imagine YouTube channels and comment (one comment per video per person) on all the videos on their channels this month using products from both companies for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. There will be 2 winners picked, one from Imagine and one from Waffle Flower!
Video link below…. Enjoy!