Thursday, June 13, 2024

Brilliance Metallic Inks on Dark Cardstock

I recently shared projects using Brilliance Inks and a friend asked how they looked on black cardstock. I decided that it was a great idea to swatch them so that I’d have a reference.  


Earlier Projects using Brilliance Metallic Inks


Imagine Crafts Supplies:

Starlite Black, Starlite Silver, Lightning Black, Cosmic Copper, Galaxy Gold, and Platinum Planet Brilliance Inks

Sponge Daubers


Other Supplies:

140 lb. Black Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore

Premier Ink Blending Tools by Hunkydory Crafts

Premier Ink Blending Sponges by Hunkydory Crafts

White Gelly Roll Gel Pen by Sakura of America


Instructions:

I had a scrap of black mixed media cardstock left from a project. I used a Sponge Dauber or foam applicator to apply the inks singly or in combination onto black cardstock, then labeled them with a white gel pen and/or a purple Sharpie pen when the white didn’t show on the silver. I heat set after each application to avoid contaminating my ink pads. 


Notes and Observations about Brilliance Ink:

  • Re-applying another layer of ink after heat setting intensified the opacity and metallic properties of the ink on black cardstock. I’d imagine building up several layers would continue to enhance the inks.
  • The bottom right hand corner of the cardstock was smashed. Applying metallic ink over the crush mark emphasized that textural component! Cool!
  • I applied Starlite Silver and Starlite Black Inks to a Gel Press with a brayer, then pulled a print with black cardstock, which resulted in a lovely silvery mottled metallic finish. Again, a second layer of ink deepened the silver and improved the coverage.
  • FYI: You can apply Metallic Brilliance inks over white chalk finish acrylic paint and over white gesso, which means you can use it on a variety of surfaces. I have not tried Metallic Brilliance Inks over transparent and/or black gesso or Matte Medium. Those will be experiments for another day.
  • Lastly, VersaMagic Inks can be applied over the Metallic Brilliance Inks and yield a nice matte finish.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Have a Fairy Happy Birthday!

Greetings! It's Tuesday, my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my TFS teammates and I are focusing on ink! My card uses nine colors of  Elements Inks by Lavinia Stamps. I love these dye inks because they are vibrant, juicy, have great coverage, and are reactive to water/isopropyl alcohol.




Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Avalanche Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
White, Black, Yellow, Yellow Orange, Green Bice, Sap Green, Gras Green, May Green Chalk Pencils by General's
Blue, Red, and Yellow Stardust Glitter Pen by Sakura of America
Sapphire Blue Shimmer Delicata Ink by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Low-tack Tape
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Place a panel of 5.5" x 8.5" cardstock on the STAY-tion and secure with magnets.
  2. Place the arch part of the arch sticker stencil from the Sticker Stencils 5 - Silhouette Collection about 1" up from the base of a piece of white cardstock and use low-tack tape to cover= the bottom and top with low-tack tape.
  3. Brush Graphite and  Paprika Elements Inks over the sticker mask and the strips of low-tack tape to create a grey mortar background.
  4. Keeping the arch sticker stencil and tape strips in place, place the Stones Stencil over the panel. 
  5. Brush GraphiteSaharaPaprika, and  Russet Orange  Elements Inks over the stencil, masks, and tape strips to create a stone wall. 
  6. Remove the Stones Stencil and use a black chalk pencil to loosely outline the stones and to add detail to the stones and the wall.
  7. Remove the arch part of the arch sticker stencil and place the arch sticker stencil over between the two strips of tape.
  8. Brush Graphite Elements Ink  over the stencil to create the arch section.
  9. Remove the arch stencil and the tape strips.
  10. Use a black chalk pencil to darken and add depth to the archway.
  11. Cover the bottom portion of the stone wall and archway with low-tack tape. 
  12. Brush Pine and Olive Elements Inks over the tape to create a grassy area. 
  13. Use green chalk pencils to add grass and grassy tufts to the pathway and the lawn areas.
  14. Cover the top portion of the stone wall with low-tack tape. 
  15. Brush Sundance and Confetti Elements Ink over the tape to create a sunset sky.
  16. Place the image panel onto a stamping platform.
  17.  Use Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp the Dragonfly Keeper Clear Polymer Stamp and the Have a Fairy Happy Birthday Clear Polymer Sentiment  Stamp
  18. Re-ink and stamp again if necessary to attain good impressions.
  19. Remove the image panel from the stamping platform and heat set.
  20. Use White chalk pencil to enhance the fairy. 
  21. Use yellow and orange chalk pencil to add a glow to the lantern. 
  22. Use a Sparkle Glitter Brush Pen Clear Overlay to add glitter to the fairy's wings. 
  23. Use the Blue Stardust Glitter Gel Pen  to outline the wings and to add detail to the fairy's antenna.
  24. Trim the image panel to 6.25" x 4.25" and edgewith Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink.
  25. Cut a piece of Avalanche cardstock to 9" x 6.5". Score at 4.5" and fold to form an A6 card.
  26. Sponge or brush Sapphire Blue Shimmer Delicata Ink to the outer .5" of the card. Heat set.
  27. Adhere the image panel to the shimmery blue card.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Sun...Sea...Sand...

It's Tuesday, my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week's theme is "Anything Goes". I few weeks ago, the team showcased  PaperArtsy's wonderful mini stamps and mini stencils. I had such a great time with these little treasures that I decided to make another project, this time with a summery theme!

Here's my 5.5" Square Card!



Topflight Stamps Products Used:
JOFY 16 Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set by JOFY for PaperArtsy

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Kraft Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Summer Sky, Desert Sand, and Teal Zeal Memento Inks by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Copic Markers:
 Skin: BV0000, BV000, E50, E21, E11, E00, R20
 Lips: E04, R32
 Hair: B41, B45, C3, C5, C7
 Sunglasses: B41, B43
 Sun: Y11, Y15, Y18, Y35, Y38, R32, BG0000, BG000
 Clouds: BG0000, BG000, BV0000, BV000, C00, C0, RV0000
 Cabanas and Blouse: N0, N1, N2, R30, R32, B02, BG11, BG32, BG34, BG90, BG93
 Ocean: BG53, BG57, B52
White Gelly Roll Gel Pen by Sakura of America
Silver Metallic Gel Pen by Pentel
Flag Dies: Source Unknown
Photo Corner Stickers by Adhesives by 3L
Repositionable Sticker Paper by Avery
Low-tack Tape
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platforms

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to 11" x 5.5". Score at 5.5" and fold to form a 5.5" square card. Set aside.
  2. Secure a piece of white cardstock to the base of a stamping platform.
  3. Position the sunglass gal from JOFY Mini 68 (JM68) Cling Mounted Stamp facedown approximately .75" from the base of the image panel.
  4. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the Sunglass Gal twice — once onto white cardstock and once onto repositionable sticker paper. 
  5. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version and place it atop its counterpart as a mask.
  6. Position the cabanas from the JOFY 16 Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set facedown one third-ish the way up the panel.
  7. Ink the cabanas tamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and stamp it twice  — once onto white cardstock and once onto repositionable sticker paper. 
  8. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version and place it atop its counterpart as a mask.
  9. Position the cloud stamp from the JOFY Mini 65 (JM65) Cling Mounted Stamp facedown on the top left of the image panel.
  10. Ink the cloud stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. and stamp it twice  — once onto white cardstock and once onto repositionable sticker paper. 
  11. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version and place it atop its counterpart as a mask.
  12. Thoroughly clean and dry the cloud stamp.
  13. Reposition the cloud stamp facedown on the right side of the image panel, ink it with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. and stamp it twice  — once onto white cardstock and once onto repositionable sticker paper.
  14. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version and place it atop its counterpart as a mask.
  15. Position the happy sun stamp from the Zini Mini 55 (ZN55) Cling Mounted Stamp facedown on the image panel between the clouds, ink it with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. and stamp it twice  — once onto white cardstock and once onto repositionable sticker paper.
  16. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version and place it atop its counterpart as a mask.
  17. Place low-tack tape horizontally over the bottom part of the cabanas. 
  18. Sponge or brush Summer Sky Memento Blue ink over the top of the tape and over the masks to create a blue sky. 
  19. Move the low-tack tape to cover the top portion of the cabanas and place another piece of low-tack tape   to cover the base of the image panel. 
  20. Brush or brush Desert Sand Memento Ink between the pieces of tape and over the masked images to create a sandy beach. 
  21. Tear a piece of scrap cardstock and brush or sponge Desert Sand Memento Ink over the top of torn section to add detail to the beach.
  22. Move the bottom piece of low-tack tape to cover the beach. 
  23. Brush or Sponge Teal Zeal Ink over the tape and masked image to create the sea.
  24. Remove all masks and tape from the image panel. 
  25. Color the clouds, sun, cabanas, and photo-bombing Sunglass-wearing gal  with Copic markers.
  26. Add silver metallic pen to the horseshoe and doorknobs of the cabanas.
  27. Use the White Gelly Roll Gel pen to add a highlight to the lower lip of our gal.
  28. Use the white gel pen to add dots and lines to the ocean to create sea foam. Smear with your finger, then reapply to add stronger white highlights.
  29. Trim the image panel 5.175" and mat with piece of white cardstock
  30. Adhere the image panel to the reserved  5.5" square Kraft card.
  31. Add silver photo corners to the corners.
  32. Place a piece of Kraft cardstock onto the stamping platform. 
  33. Position the sentiments from the  JOFY 16 Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set facedown on the cardstock.
  34. Ink the stamps with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp
  35. Use flag dies to cut the sentiments.
  36. Edge the sentiments with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and adhere them to the card as shown.
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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Steampunk Father's Day Card Tutorial

I’m continuing my experimentation with Imagine Crafts' Metallic Brilliance Inks and created this Father’s Day card using two of my favorite themes – cats and Steampunk! My somewhat lengthy and verbose tutorial is below!

Here's my card!



Imagine Crafts Supplies:

Starlite Sillver, Starlite Black, Lightning Black, and Cosmic Copper Brilliance Inks 

Turquoise Gem and Mango Madness VersaMagic Dew Drop Inks

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink *

Sponge Daubers

Fantastix

On Point Glue

Tear-It! Tape

Craft Mat


Other Supplies:

140 lb. Black Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore

Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics

Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Designs

5” x 7” Gel Press

4” Brayer by Speedball *

Foundry 3D Alterations Foundry Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz for Sizzix

Gears Alterations Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz for Sizzix

Sprightly Sprockets Shapeabilities Die Set by Spellbinders Paper Arts

Sentiment Labels Die Set by Spellbinders Paper Arts

Nuts and Bolts Craftables Punch Die by Marianne Designs

Mini Gears Die Set by Memory Box

Premier Ink Blending Tools by Hunkydory Crafts *

Premier Ink Blending Sponges by Hunkydory Crafts *

Steampunk Pets Clear Stamp Set by Funky Fossil Designs

Classic Sentiments Clear Stamp Set by Hefty Doodle *

Copic Markers:

 Cat's Fur C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C8

 Cat's Ears and Nose: RV91, R30, R000, R00

 Cat's Eyes: B23, YG01

 Helmet and Jacket: N5, N6, N7, N8

 Goggles and Ornaments: BG11, BG13, BG18

 Goggle Lenses: BG10, BG90

 Brass Bits: Y11, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28

Spray Mister

Curved Craft Scissors by Fiskar’s

Heat Gun

Misti Stamping Platform by My Sweet Petunia


Please Note: The products marked with asterisks ( * ) are available at Topflight Stamps!


Tutorial:


Step 1:

Use a brayer to apply Starlite Silver Brilliance Ink to a 5” x 7” Gel Press. Place a piece of black mixed media paper onto the Gel Press. Smooth the back of the paper to transfer the ink and pull a print.








Step 2:

Repeat Step 1 to enhance the coverage.











Step 3:

Clean the brayer, then use it to apply Starlite Black Brilliance ink to the Gel Press. Place the print back onto the Gel Press inked side down. Smooth the back of the paper, then pull the print. Heat set the inked paper, then clean the brayer and the Gel Press.







Step 4:

Place the inked black mixed media paper into the Foundry 3D Alterations Embossing Folder. Spritz the back of the paper with water. Close the folder and run it through a die-cut machine.








Step 5:

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Cosmic Copper Brilliance Ink to the high points of the embossed paper. Heat set.










Steps 6A and 6B:

Use Fantastix to apply Turquoise Gem VersaMagic Ink randomly to the high points of the embossed paper (6A). VersaMagic Ink has a matte chalk finish which comes out when it’s heat embossed. 


Use another Fantastix to Apply Mango Madness VersaMagic Ink randomly to the high points of the embossed paper (6B). Heat set the panel and set aside.



Step 7:

Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the cat from the Steampunk Pets Clear Stamp Set onto white cardstock. 










Step 8: 

Fussy-cut the image and use Copic markers to color it. Use a dark marker to edge the cut image. Set aside.


Step 9:

Use the largest die from the Sprightly Sprockets Shapeabilities Die Set to cut black mixed media cardstock two times. You will end up with two cogs and two circles.









Step 10:

Sponge Lightning Black Brilliance Ink over one of the cog die-cuts and one of the circles. Heat set both.










Step 11:

Use On-Point Glue to adhere the inked cog atop the other one.










Step 12:

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Starlite Silver Brilliance ink to one of the circles from Step 9. Heat set.










Step 13:

Place the silver-inked circle into the Gears Alterations Folder and run it through a die-cut machine.










Step 14:

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Cosmic Copper Brilliance Ink to the high points of the embossed circle. Heat set.










Steps 15A and 15B:

Use Fantastix to apply Turquoise Gem VersaMagic Ink randomly to the high points of the embossed paper (15A).


Use another Fantastix to Apply Mango Madness VersaMagic Ink randomly to the high points of the embossed paper (15B).



Step 16:

Use Tear It Tape to adhere a slightly larger circle to the back of the stacked cog die-cuts.










Step 17:

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Starlite Silver Brilliance Ink to a strip black mixed media paper. Sorry that there’s no photo. Use cog dies to cut the silver-inked black paper.









Step 18:

Use a C2 Copic marker to color a piece of white cardstock. Use magnets to secure the colored cardstock onto a stamping platform. Place the “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment stamp facedown on the colored cardstock. Ink the stamp with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic Ink and stamp. Repeat inking and stamping if necessary to attain a good impression. Remove the stamped cardstock from the stamping platform and heat set the ink.



Step 19:

Use a rectangle die to cut the sentiment. Use the matching nameplate die to cut the Lightning Black circle. Adhere the sentiment die-cut atop the nameplate die. Sorry that there’s no photo.



Step 20:

Use Tear-It! Tape to adhere the embossed circle and the Steampunk Cat onto the cog die-cut. Use the tape to adhere the sentiment as shown.









Step 21:

Use On Point Glue to adhere the gears, cogs, and screws to the sentiment die-cut.










Step 22:

Cut black cardstock to 10” x 7”. Score at 5” and fold to form a 5” x 7” card. Use Tear-It! Tape to adhere the image panel to the front of the card.









Close Up of the Finished Card




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