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White Stamp Ink Comparison …

k14692911Hi, CR8TiV Cats !! It’s Friday and I hope you’re working on something CR8TiV or doing something CR8TiV over the weekend. (ⁿ×ⁿ) Today I wanted to share my comparisons on White stamp ink pads. As you know from my previous posts I’ve been doing a lot of cardmaking and really getting into the craft of making handmade cards. I currently have some posted up on my *newly* opened Etsy shop but I recently came across some Recollections 11×11 Cardstock at my local 99¢ only store. It’s brown craft paper like the color of a Paper bag.

I generally been using my white Sakura gel pen to make cards out of it but I really wanted to use some of my slowly growing stamp collection stamps but wanted something other than black ink. I always like the look of white on dark so I started shopping for white ink pads. The first one I bought was the Memento Luxe “Wedding Dress” and it didn’t give a very crisp or clean stamped image. It was rough and blotchy like a chalkboard mark. So I continued to look for a better white ink pad.

I had heard the Colorbox “Frost White” was the best one. But I was unable to find that in any of my local craft stores. But I found a Tsukineko Brilliance Dewdrop set with a “Moonlight White” and CraftSmart White at Michaels. For those of you who don’t know what Dewdrop set is they are a set of mini Tsukineko ink pads in teardrop shapes. Each pack general comes with Four(4) different colors.

So with the help of craft store coupons I was able to gather a small set of white ink pads to share my results with you. The set of white ink pads I now have is the … Memento Luxe “Wedding Dress” ~ Tsukineko Brilliance “Moonlight White” ~ CraftSmart *Michael’s storebrand* “White ~ and Colorbox Chalk “Popcorn”. Now for the Colorbox Chalk I dunno if maybe I bought a defective ink pad but it does not show up on ANYTHING !! It’s like it’s a transparent ink pad. I’ll post pictures of each on the brown craft paper and black paper in a minute.

But in Google image searches it shows that the Colorbox Chalk “Popcorn” shows up nicely on Black. For example in this image I found … *See image below*
Swan Lake Chalkboard 001The picture description says they used Colorbox Chalk “Popcorn”. So I dunno if it’s my stamps or the ink pad I got is defective but you’ll see in the examples I posted below they do not show up at all like that in the picture. So below is the sample chart I made comparing each of the white ink pads I got.

11653369_10155679489050307_1790195877_nHere is the Black cardstock with a sample of each white ink pad. The CraftSmart is really affordable I think it was like $4 for the ink pad and it gives very bright, opaque, and clean stamped image *That’s the one in the upper right corner*. The Memento Luxe “Wedding Dress” is blotchy and transparent. You can’t really see it unless I took a up-close shot *Sorry for the poor image quality* but the stamped looks more like a chalkboard impression. The Tsukineko Brilliance”Moonlight White” is good but still not opaque and bright. If you look at the Colorbox Chalk “Popcorn” it’s like a ghost image barely even shows up at all.

11667105_10155679489105307_883248674_nHere I tested out samples for you guys on a strip of the brown paper bag colored Recollections cardstock. Tsukineko Brilliance is okay but still pretty faded white … Memento Luxe is better but still like I said blotchy … the CraftSmart I think is the winner in all of the Four(4) white ink pads I got as it’s opaque, bright, and gives a good stamped image. (>~<“) Except on this one I might of pressed down too much on the ink pad so it got over saturated so the detail of the inner flourish didn’t show up.

But ColorBox Chalk “Popcorn” is definitely a fail ! I dunno if it’s bcuz the stamp I was using or if the ink pad was dried up/defective but it just always shows up as a ghost image or completely invisible. When I press the stamp onto the ink pad the stamp is covered by the ink pad color but when I press it down to the actual paper it doesn’t seem to transfer anything onto the paper.

Overall Memento is currently my favorite ink pad brand as I have the Memento Tuxedo black and it gives great crisp images. The Tsukineko I’m still iffy about whether I like them but I have developed a small collection via their dewdrop sets. So I think I’m liking the CraftSmart “Michael’s brand” the only thing I would advise is to stamp very lightly onto the ink pad. The ink pad is SUPER saturated and wet so even a gentle press would cause the ink to ooze out and your stamp impression will be ruined. A very feather almost not even touching the ink pad coats your stamp better.

Before I end this blog I wanted to show you the really nice results you get from the CraftSmart white ink pad with the feather touch tip I just explained. I found this beautiful cling stamp in the clearance bin for $2.50 and what’s funny about this stamp is after I had stamped it and admired the beautiful bird and flower which are two of my favorite things about Nature. I noticed the time stamp there in the corner behind the bird says 10 SEP. 10th of September is my husband’s Birth date and the day we got married. So now this stamp will have an extra sentimental value added to it. As it includes many things I love … Birds, Flowers, and my husband.


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Slowly Growing … (ñ w ñ)

11429638_10155652400795307_1066063042_nHandmade by : MYT♥CR8TiV™ – 2015©.

(=~=”) I really need to get into the habit of blogging more often but Life always drags you away from doing what you wanna do to doing what you have to do. You don’t wanna but you have to ! 😛 Guess that’s why people always say … Do what you gotta do.  But I do create on a daily basis and making things or drawing something everyday it’s just sometimes I procrastinate or too lazy to post them up. L0L

Above is a impromptu handmade Thank You card I made last night for my husband’s coworker who gifted me a very cute and delicious mini banana bread loaf. I felt her act of Love and Kindness deserved a Thank you card. It was also my chance to try out some *new* stamps I had bought.

I know in a previous post I was talking about no always needing to go out and buy stamps when you can draw/create your own image on a card and it’d look just as good as a stamped card. But it’s a lot of work to think of an image to draw, draw it out, outline in, add in details, color it in, cut it out, and then mount onto your card base. As that favorite quote floating around the internet goes … Nobody Got Time for That !!

With the help of a gift card I had gotten for my Birthday to JoAnn’s I had bought my first few stamp sets from JoAnn’s and I was loving the stamp sets I got which were the Fiskars Teresa Collins Flora which is this one here … and I got a stamp set that has sentiments.

The Teresa Collins Flora stamp set has to be my favorite stamp set in my slowly growing collection. Thanks to JoAnn’s coupons I was able to expand my stamp set a little bit more and now I have enough that I need a small bin to store them in. I do still need to buy more sentiments and animals stamps.

The owl stamped on the card is from the Inkadinkado Pattern Birds and Bugs stamp set which is this one here … and the flowers that I added are from the Teresa Collins Flora stamp set which I linked above and the Fiskars Petals from Scratch stamp set which is this one here …

I’m using Amazon links as references but I bought all these stamps at JoAnn’s. I highly recommend going to the JoAnn’s in Covina on Azusa Ave. *1460 NORTH AZUSA AVENUE, COVINA CA 91722* That is my JoAnn’s store now. It’s a bit of a drive from where I am but my previous post explained the reason I now drive further to go to a JoAnn’s. Totally different environment here then there !! Super friendly and helpful workers compared to the rude, unfriendly, bad attitude, inaccurate prices of the previous location. Also the Azusa Ave. location is SUPER organized and clean !!

Anyways where was I ? Oh yeah the card is generally a mix of stamps from my slowly growing collection of stamp sets. I wish that stores sold more recognized and wanted brands like LawnFawn, MamaElephant, BoBunny, etc. But most of the craft stores I know of like JoAnn’s and Michaels just has Fiskar stamps and a few small selections.

Like my previous post … Just make do with what you have. Maybe I’ll post up a picture of my stamp collection so you can see what I have available. Most of the cards I create I try to post for sale in my *newly opened* Etsy shop … I am only posting up a handful at a time until I start making enough profits to be able to post up a lot more stuff.

I know it only costs .20¢ each to post an item up but I have A LOT of stuff and eventually I’d like to get my clay creations posted up as well but until I start reeling in some sales and profits I can only post up a handful at a time within my budgets allowance.

So it would actually benefit you if you shopped at my Etsy store bcuz the more you shop the more profits I will gain which will allow me to post up more things and eventually post up some craft supplies at a tad cheaper price than a craft store. I have two(2) Memento Dewdrop ink pads that are up for sale that I haven’t posted up on Etsy as it’s not in my budget at the moment. It’s Pea Sprout green in color.

I encourage you please shop my store and help me grow. Eventually in the future I plan to do YouTube tutorials and do a lot more with MYT CR8TiV™ but I am fairly limited at the moment. But it will get better in time … I promise you that !!

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Doing with what you have … Making with what you do best

Quotation-Haruki-Murakami-age-happy-Meetville-Quotes-58834Hello my CR8TiV Kats !! Lately I’ve been making handmade cards on a daily basis trying to create a good enough amount of inventory to sell in my Etsy shop ** There are soo… many things I would like to post up into the shop but lacking knowledge in secure packaging, money to ship it, and time to getting them shipped in a timely manner all hinder me from posting up anything besides handmade cards at the moment. So please forgive me for not having a large variety of items in stock as I get situated and learn to cover the areas I am lacking in.

Anyways I’ve blogged about this topic before about being content with what you have and stretching your means with what you have. Well, if you’re a cardmaker you know that Stamps are a crucial part of cardmaking and that many of the YouTube cardmaker like Kristina Werner, Jennifer Mcguire, Nichol Magouirk, etc. all have wonderful stamp sets that they use in their cards.

I could only wish to have their stamp collection but I use my artistic skills to create my own handrawn images which I used in my cards. You’ll see many of them on my Facebook page ** and a few are posted up in the Etsy shop. So now when it comes to handrawing you want the best and highest quality art supplies. I always made due with what I could afford like Crayola markers, Colored pencils, etc. I was lucky enough to get a 48 color Prismacolor set but I gave it away to my nephew.

Originally my thoughts about Prismacolor weren’t so great. I had used Crayola colored pencils for so long and I loved how they were under $6 at Walmart for 50 colors and loved them more than Prismacolor colored pencils. I know right you’re thinking … (o ⌂ O) Are you insane ? But I recently got myself a 12 color Prismacolor pencil set from Walmart for $15 and I’m a huge addict to color variety so I wasn’t happy about only have 12 colors. I really wanted the 150 color Prismacolor set but that’s still a bit out of my budget.

So again I made do with what I had. Now that I had the chance to get to know Prismacolor pencils a bit better. My previous thoughts of it has changed. Crayola colored pencils aren’t what they used to be. Before they were highly pigmented so the colors were bright and lay out nicely. Now the colors are more or less faded and less pigmented. So I started to do some research *mainly YouTube based* on blending with colored pencils and doing more with them. I found tricks I already knew where used to tweak the colors of colored pencils like the baby oil and rubbing alcohol trick I blogged about awhile back.

Now there’s a solvent called Gamsol ← Not the name of actual solvent but the brand … the solvent is called Odorless Mineral Spirits some call it Turpentine/Turpenoid. I have heard about Turpentine when my Sister was studying art in college and know what it does for paint but did not know you can use it for colored pencils. I haven’t been able to get some, yet but will blog about it when I do.

Currently I’m using my blender marker that came with my Promarker set on my Prismacolor pencils and it blends beautifully. Now what I found in that my 12 color set is actually just as great as a 150 color set. Now I know you’re thinking … (¬~¬) How can a 12 color compare to a 150 color set ? Well, simply bcuz Prismacolor pencils blend together beautifully !! If you learn your color wheel and what colors mixed together make what color like Red and Blue makes purple then you really don’t need any more colors than the 12 in the set.

I needed pink for the nose, cheeks, paw pads of my animals but my 12 color set doesn’t include a pink. I simply just lighting colored in red then went over with the white til I got pink. 😀 I did the same for the peachy pink I needed for a hamsters hands and feet. I mixed orange with white til I got a pale peach color. It made me giddy to see that I can make *new* colors by blending the 12 colors I already have. The 12 color set comes with Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Purple, Light Brown, Brown, Black and White. Now those aren’t the exact names of the colors as they each have fancy artists name like Ocean blue or Phthalo blue.

But it made me realize that if you have a high quality art supply you really don’t need to get all the colors. Just your primary colors and a white/black is all you need to mix and create your own colors you need. Just make do with what you got !!

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