Stampin’ Up! has a wonderful new product in the Holiday Catalog – archival inks in both Basic Black and Basic Gray. You can find them on page 19, and you might easily pass them by thinking, what’s the big deal about archival ink? Well, if you like to watercolor or use Blender Pens, you’re going to love these new inks! They are especially made to work with these coloring tools so that the ink doesn’t bleed!!! And, that IS a big deal.
Like me, I’m sure you’ve noticed that most inks run or bleed when wet. And, the wetter the paper, the bigger the problem. Even Tuxedo Black Memento ink, which works great with alcohol based markers, are prone to bleed when wet. So, these new archival inks are the answer to my prayers, because I LOVE TO WATERCOLOR!!!
I decided to put the Basic Gray Archival ink to the test on this card. I used the Everything Eleanor stamp set and Shimmery White paper. This stamp set has lots of little lines on the flowers, and I’ve had a big problem with the flowers bleeding in the past when I’ve tried to watercolor. Well, you can see from this card that the archival ink worked beautifully! It passed the test with flying colors. I used LOTS of water to paint these flowers, and I went over the flowers two and three times adding layers of color. And voila, no bleeding whatsoever! I’m sold.
Another fun technique that I used on this card was layering to make my flowers look 3-D. I stamped, painted and cut out the same flower two times. However, the second time that I cut out the flowers, I only cut out the center petals. Then, I used a dimensional to stack the layers making the flower appear 3-D. I also slightly curled the top petals.
This card was a little time consuming, because I had to hand cut out all the labels and flowers. There aren’t any framelits to match Everything Eleanor. However, I think it was worth the effort, and I love the end result. I think my friend will really appreciate it too.
To further expand on the 3-D look of this card, I added a couple rows of Basic Pearl Jewels as well as some individual ones. If you look carefully at those jewels, you’ll notice that there are pre-arranged rows that are very easy to pick up and place on your cards. Don’t forget to use those little beauties!
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The new archival inks are available to purchase at my online store on September 1 (next Tuesday!) Add them to your wish list; you’re going to love them!