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Product Spotlight: Walnut Ink

Walnut ink, made from the shells of actual walnuts, comes in a liquid or crystal form. These crystals are mixed with water to produce ink. The intensity of the ink varies depending on the amount of crystals and water used. The manufacturer may suggest you start with a darker solution and thin it as necessary to lighten the colour. Generally, when working with crystals, dissolve 1 tsp. per 1 cup of water.

Tsukineko’s walnut ink spritzer bottles are a form of premixed walnut ink liquid. Manufactured in four shades, the ink can be sprayed directly onto paper or poured out and used as paint.  They are archival and acid free. 

 Are other brands of walnut ink acid free? There is some debate. The actual walnut ink itself is not acid free, but some claim that the dried end-product is pH neutral. If you are concerned about this, just remember to mount your photos onto acid-free cardstock before adhering them to a walnut painted background to act as a buffer OR keep any inked items well away from your photographs.

Walnut Ink works as a “color wash” to stain paper and provides a vintage look to handmade cards or scrapbook pages. Once dry, you can stamp on it using either dye, permanent or pigment inks. And because it is a wet medium initially, you can achieve varying shades of color depending on the strength of the mix you use or add texture just by dabbing in places with a tissue, rag, sea sponge or crumpled plastic wrap 

TIP: Walnut ink behaves differently on different paper surfaces.  So play around with the papers until you get the look you want.  Remember this STAINS fabric and other porous surfaces so you may want to wear gloves or use tweezers to handle your items when wet.
walnut ink

Walnut ink can be purchased here.

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Product Spotlight: Alcohol Ink

Alcohol inks are an alcohol based, acid free, transparent ink that are put out by Ranger. They are perfect for any smooth, non-porous surface. Glass, plastic, dominos, metal, ceramic, acetate, glossy card and cd’s can all be used with this product. Alcohol inks are so different from regular inks because they tend not to blend. If you cover a glossy surface with one colour, you can drop other colours onto it and it will “push” the original colour out of the way. This is one of the reasons that it needs to be used on glossy or slick surfaces. On mat paper the alcohol ink is absorbed and can’t be displaced so it just looks muddy. The Alcohol Blending Solution is used to blend the colours together and soften the look of darker ink colours.  If you are a follower of Tim Holtz and his techniques on his blog, he uses alcohol inks regularly with spectacular results.
alcohol ink

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Product Spotlight: Ribbon

  Ribbon is readily available in every colour of the rainbow and in a multitude of textures.   Its versatility makes it ideal for the creative genius in you.  And, as far as embellishments go, it is quite inexpensive as well—every scrapbooker’s dream! 

Ribbon Techniques 

1.       Make a knot, trim off the excess and glue to the center of a flower.

2.       Weave it.  This can be done by cutting small slits in your paper and weaving the ribbon over and under the page. Alternatively, you can also weave multiple strands of ribbon on the page itself.  Mixing widths and textures adds pizzaz!

3.       Use it to top a tag.

4.       Create a border.

5.       Cut lengths of ribbon.  Loop and glue the ends together.  Place several of these ribbon loops in a circle formation, placing a large brad paper circle or even a button in the center.  Glue.  You have now created a ribbon flower!

6.       Stamp on it.  You may need to heat set your stamping to prevent bleeding.

7.       Create pleats for dimension.  Glue pleats down with ribbon glue or sew instead.

8.       Make your own striped paper using different ribbons instead of using patterned paper.

9.       Use it to dangle a charm off of.

10.   Make a bow or make knots for a more masculine look.

11.   Cover chipboard.

12.   Create photo corners.  Start with a 3-inch strip of ribbon (grosgrain works well). Fold both ends down at the midpoint to form a triangle; iron. Repeat until you have two or four ribbons for each picture. Slip triangles—with seams in back—over corners of photos, and use acid-free double-sided photo tape to affix them to album pages.

13.   Make curly ribbons by wrapping tightly around a dowel rod or pencil (securing with pins if needed), spraying with a cornstarch solution and baking in the oven for about five minutes. Leave to cool, set over night then remove from the dowel. Great for album covers and bindings. 

Attaching ribbon

Ribbon can be adhered to your pages by several methods:

Staples

Glue: ribbon glue by Making Memories works well as do glue dots or running it through a Xyron

Secure with brads, eyelets or nailheads

Stitching

 Ribbon can add a little spice to your pages in so many ways!   Have fun and feel free to share your ideas and tips for using ribbon in the Comments section below.

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Product Spotlight: Glitter Glue/Stickles!

Who doesn’t love a glitz in their life?  I know I do!  Using Stickles/Glitter glue is such an easy way to add some shimmer to any page.

stickles

Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your journey into glam:

  •     Doodle with it: with the fine tip applicator, it is easy to doodle with.  You may wish to do your doodles in pencil first or use stamps/rub ons for your pattern, if you are not feeling confident enough to freehand your doodles.  Then simply trace over with glitter glue and let dry.  
  • Highlight images: is there a particular area of an image you would like to draw attention to?  Add a little glitter glue to catch your eye!  For example, outline the edge of a photo matt or add sparkle detailing to snowflake stamps. 
  • Write with it: a great way to make titles or make particular words stand out is to write with glitter glue. 
  • Dress up your paper: have a piece of pattern paper that looks a little blah?  Lightly apply some glitter glue with a brush.  This works best on small areas of paper as the paper may buckle. 
  • Create your own embellishments: Spread glitter glue over paper and allow to dry.  Using a hand punch or a die cut machine, cut out various shapes and/or letters.  Feel free to try various mediums such as transparencies, chipboard, etc.  
  • Design your own icy chill:  Glitter glue is perfect for creating the look of sparkly snow. 
  • Make your own pattern paper: design your own pattern paper by creating swirls, circles, dots, dashes on your background paper.

And with it’s small compact size, these make great stocking stuffers!  You can find them at Scrapbooker’s Club House right here

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Product Spotlight!

Aren’t these stamps by Hero Arts just darling?
hero arts china dolls set

I fell in love with these!  Here is a little card that I created with them (and you could too!):

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So much fun in one little package!  And the fact that they are made of clear acrylic makes your life as a stamper so much easier.  You can always see where you are stamping and that is such a huge plus!  And you could easily swap the heads/bodies around and get even more looks for each girl.  Get them Here while you can!

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