Long time no post, I know! I've been on the road (except for the month of December) and working on new stamp designs (coming later this year), new techniques (I've been sharing my Sparkling Stained Glass technique at shows) and bringing more awesome products to the shows and our online store!
This week's challenge at SweetStamps.com is for the Senior DT members to pick 6 items they always have on hand to craft with. And let me tell you, it is hard to narrow down all the wonderful, sweet stamping supplies to just a handful, but here are my favorites and why I love them so! Needless to say I love ALL our stamp designs and our Shades dye ink, so I'm focusing my Pick 6 list on those other things I cannot live without!
#1 Parchment Crafting Kit This is first on my list because I use at least one of the items in this kit every time I craft!
#2 Fantasy Embossing Powders These are fine detail embossing powders infused with holographic glitter for a subtle sparkly effect...they are GORGEOUS on vellum and cardstock!
#3 Dove Blender Pen I use this ALL the time, it is so easy to blend colors! You can use it on vellum with ANY fade resistant media: Shades Dye Inks, Watercolor Pencils, Markers (like Memento, Pergamano & Pitt Artist Pens), Chalks, Smooch, Gelly Roll Stardust Pens, even Peerless Watercolors (coming soon to the store!)
#4 DL113 Small Butterfly Dies by Cheery Lynn Designs These are a favorite to adorn cards and other paper crafting projects, and you get three different shapes: swallowtail, art deco and monarch! One of these days I will make a spring mobile with them!
#5 Scor Tape OMG, I LOVE all the sizes of this tape! 1/8" & 1/4" make great borders, the 1/2" and 2" to 2-1/2" sizes are great with Cheery Lynn Dies for my Sparkling Stained Glass Technique. You can heat emboss it (try this with the Fantasy EPs), glitter, flocking and Micro Beads. Here's a link to another project for "sugared" flowers using the Scor-Tape, Cheery Lynn Dies and micro beads....just scroll down and see how much fun this tape is!
#6 Distress Embossing Ink This is the ink I use when embossing our stamps on cardstock. It keeps the lines nice and thin, it isn't thick and sticky like other pigment inks, and it has a pleasant cinnaminny smell to it! The BEST part about using this ink is I can "trick" my dye inks into becoming embossable inks on cardstock! Here's how to do it:
• Ink your stamp with Distress Embossing Ink
• Immediately ink the same stamp with any color of Shades Dye Ink
• Stamp onto cardstock, apply embossing powder (I usually use Clear, Pearl or Diamonds & Pearls fine detail EPs) and heat
Well, I hope you have found this post informative and fun...maybe you'll even be inspired to try something new with one of these products.
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