Hi crafters! Shirley Pando here to share my wealth of crafty knowledge with you. This week we continue on the topic of inks.
Do you have some ink pads in your stash of crafty goodness that you aren't quite sure how to use? Maybe you don't know the major differences between them or which to use on that special project you have in mind. There are so many different types of inks that it really wouldn't surprise me. Dye, chalk, distress, solvent, pigment, embossing, watermark...GASP! Some companies even have created specialty inks with unique properties that don't even fit into the "regular" ink categories. With so many different inks to choose from, what's a crafter to do?
I believe the best thing you can do to actually use your inks properly and not get frustrated is to get an education so you know the properties and uses of the ink pads you have
When I visit a manufacturer's website or Amazon.com, I almost always read customer reviews before I purchase a product. I look at the low scores as well as the high. On several occasions I have seen a product given low scores from a customer who, I can tell, does not know how to use that product. In many of these cases, the reviewer was actually using the wrong item for their project and, of course, got horrible results. If they had taken the time to do a bit of research they could have alleviated the frustration and chosen the correct product rather than waste time and money. :-(
I was reading a blog post from John Creighton Peterson of Imagine Crafts the other day. He was talking about CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) and The Role of Education. He said, "Without education, we cannot use products properly and sometimes miss the true creative possibilities that a particular product may offer." This is totally what I am talking about. We cannot afford to miss another "true creative possibility" by not understanding how to use our supplies. Can I get an "AMEN"??
Sounds like a great idea, but how should one do that, you might ask? Well, first of all, I'd definitely read product descriptions. If that doesn't help contact customer support. The manufacturer oftentimes has LOADS of educational information on their website or blog if one would only look.
Another way to find out about a certain product is to ask a crafty friend, take a workshop, or frequent a crafty blog, like this one! Actually, if you leave a comment here at any time, Jeri and I would love to help you. We either know the answer or can direct you where to find it. :-)
Also, make sure you have subscribed to our newsletter. With that subscription you will receive, direct to your inbox, weekly inspiration and education on using and busting that crafty stash of yours. And if that wasn't reason enough, you will also receive access to our FREE online workshop, "Ink Essentials". You will learn some of the basics of inks that you really need to know so you can be confident in your ink choices and be ready for your next project. OK, so what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE!
I know what you are thinking..."Shirley, what else have you got for me this week if you are already giving me a free ink workshop?" Hold your horses, my pretty! I've actually saved one particular ink to share with you on the blog, here, and that is watermark ink.
Watermark ink is a pigment ink that...you guessed it...leaves a watermark effect on paper. You are so smart! It can be coaxed to do quite a few other cool tricks, too. Check out some cards I've made this week using watermark ink.
Card #1: Me & You
Supplies: Watermark Ink (Versamark); Kraft card base (5" x 7"); cardstock (Bazzill); Patterned paper, die cuts, chipboard hexagons, trims, clear stamp (Pink Paislee - Nantucket); Adhesive runner (Scotch ATG); Foam squares.
Supplies: Kraft card base (5" X 7"); Watermark ink (Versamark); Rubber stamp (Postmodern Design - Harlequin Diamonds); Clear embossing powder; heat gun; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger - Broken China); Patterned paper, chipboard stickers, chipboard corners (Basic Grey - Boxer); Black stamping ink (Versafine); Sentiment stamp (Anna Griffin - Birthday Clear Stamp Set); Cardstock (Bazzill); Foam squares.
Card #3: Birthday Wishes (small)
Supplies: Kraft card base (4.25" X 5.5"); Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug - Floral Fantasy); Chalks (Stampin' Up); Sentiment sticker (Scenic Route - Laurel); cardstock (Bazzill); velvet ribbon; Stick pins (Maya Road); Foam squares.
Wanna see my process video which shows how I created these cards? All you need to do is make sure you subscribe to our newsletter. It's the only way you can see it. The video will go out in Thursday's newsletter (2/11/2015). Lucky you!! A FREE ink workshop AND weekly process videos? SWEET!
50 Challenges in 2015
Need a "support group" to help you use the supplies you have on hand? Here at Everyday Moodlings we have started a Facebook group dedicated to that very thing. WOW! A Support group just for you!! (and me, too!)
If you would like an extra push to start using all of those supplies you are hiding from your husband, then join us. We will be posting a new challenge each week. Then together we can post our ideas, inspiration and completed projects. It will be fun.....I promise! Join the 50 Challenges in 2015 Facebook group.
I do hope you'll join me this week using watermark ink in your projects. It doesn't matter if you prefer to create cards, ATC's, scrapbooking layouts, art journal pages, or something totally different. Pick something and create!
And now, for a bit of enabling! ;-)