Thursday, February 20, 2014

Water Based Dye Ink versus Pigment Ink - What's the Difference?

Ink plays such an important role in memory keeping.  When we document our stories for the generations that follow, we write them down with ink.  When we accent a page with a stamped image, we use ink.  As there are different types of inks, I wanted to give a brief overview to help you decide which type is best for your artwork or archival scrapbooking.

Close To My Heart Inks

Inks have two main components, the color and the carrier.  The carrier is the liquid (water, solvent or alcohol) that holds the color and transfers it to your page, which then evaporates and leaves the color behind.

A DYE ink soaks into the surface of your paper and bonds with it to change it's color.  A PIGMENT ink sits on top of the paper or surface it is applied to and hides the surface color beneath.  Dye binds and pigment covers.

Here are a few features and limitations...

Dye based inks:

  • Dries faster and soaks in
  • Fade in sunlight as sunlight changes the chemical bond between the dye and the medium
  • Great for porous surfaces such as paper
  • Can be blended with water
  • Uses a felt pad for crisper images

Pigment based inks:

  • Take longer to dry
  • Are great for embossing
  • More intense color
  • Resist fading in sunlight
  • Great for stamping a light color on dark paper
  • Will not run if water is applied to them so are better for archival use
  • Use a foam pad so images are not as crisp
  • Retains vibrancy of color since it sits on top of the paper
  • Store horizontally for best results

When stamping with pigment ink, use a gentle touch. Tap the pad lightly on the stamp straight up and down without rocking to avoid thick areas or bubbles

I hope this brief explanation of the difference in ink types has helped you see the unique characteristics of both.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Go with the Grain and get a Free Embossing Folder in February!

Did you know that the cardstock from Close To My Heart has a grain and that if you go with the grain when embossing you are less likely to have the white core show through?  I have to admit that I didn't know this. The "Score Big with Embossing" video explains exactly how to find the grain of your piece of cardstock and shows examples of what an embossed piece will look like both with and against the grain.

This video is very informative as well as timely.  It just so happens that the February 2014 special of the month is a FREE embossing folder with the purchase of 2 packs of bulk or single color cardstock.

During the month of February, you are eligible to receive your choice of a new embossing folder FREE (a savings of $8.95!) for every 2 packs of bulk single color or combo cardstock you purchase. Pick from our 5 new folder designs—dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, or stripe—when you make a qualifying purchase. Add a touch of texture and flair to every cardstock project you create—gorgeous and easy! This offer is only valid while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early!

*Offer valid February 1–28, 2014. Paper Fundamentals, Colonial White, White Daisy, and kraft cardstock packs do not count toward the qualifying purchase. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/ handling is calculated based on the full retail price ($8.95) of the free item(s). Embossing folder size fits most standard embossing machine; sold separately. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Close To My Heart Skylark Birthday Card

I really love the greens and blues in the new Skylark paper collection from Close To My Heart.  It is the first paper packet featured in the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  I especially love that the first sheet of paper in the pack has so much going on in the background that you don't really need to add a lot of embellishment to it.  The bird in the bottom right, the striped pennant in the top right and the "Beautiful Memories" in the top left are all part of the first sheet of paper! 

I used a piece of the Juniper card stock in the packet as my base and layered a smaller piece of the great Background & Texture paper.  I stamped a "Happy Birthday" sentiment using the Heartfelt Birthday Wish M-size stamp and mounted it on Kraft paper, also part of the paper packet, to highlight it. Then all I had to do was accent the card with a piece of the zip strip from the same sheet and used the new antiqued gold Durables Triangle Studs to point the eye to my sentiment.  

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Close To My Heart Skylark Birthday Card

Supplies Used:

This card used just a few small pieces out of this great paper packet.  I have lots left over to use for my Create & Takes at a future crop and to even make a 2 page layout!

I hope that you enjoy this paper and its possibilities as much as I do!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

CTMH Balloon Ride Thank You Card

Up, up and away.  That's where this amazingly light and lovely Balloon Ride paper collection takes me!  I couldn't wait to start using it.  I started out small, so I would have something to share here, but the sky is the limit to all that you can do with it!

Here's the cute 4" x 4" thank you card that I made....

Close To My Heart Balloon Ride, Close To My Heart Thank You Card
Close To My Heart Balloon Ride Thank You Card

The featured colors of Balloon Ride are Cashmere, Colonial White, Creme Brûlée, Crystal Blue, Juniper, Saddle, Sky, and Sorbet.  Since the paper has a bit of a light and pastel feel, I choose to use Juniper card stock and ink to accent my card.

Materials used:

Balloon Ride paper pack
Juniper card stock
Colonial White card stock
Juniper Ink
Creme Brulee flower
Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Close To My Heart 2014 Spring Summer Idea Book Is Here!!!!

After weeks of anticipation, it's finally here!  The Close To My Heart 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book is LIVE!!

There is no need to wait to get your copy; just click below….

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in for a great afternoon of reading pleasure!  

Your imagination will be fired up with all of the beautiful and hand made creations that you are going to be making with paper, inks and embellishments from this publication.

Ok, I'm leaving you alone now!  Go look!