Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Favorite Ink

I read about the challenge at Simon Says Stamp over at Ashi Oliver's wonderful blog.  I sooo love her page using Ranger Archival Ink.  It is just gorgeous!

She commented that we might think it odd she picked black ink as a favorite when there are so many colors available.  Well, I can top that, I picked Clear!  Yes, my favorite ink is Versamark.  Why?  Well, it is so versatile of course.

Sometimes I just leave it clear and stamp as a watermark, but mostly I use it for embossing.  For my card, I stamped in Versamark and embossed with Stampin' Up!'s new Early Espresso embossing powder.  Then I used a trick I got from Kristina Werner in this post for her Mother's Day card.

She colored on the back side of her image after embossing.  I think she used Copics with her white embossing.  I'm using Stampin' Up! markers and they are blending great on the vellum as the ink doesn't dry immediately.  This is also a fantastic technique for someone like me who has trouble staying between the lines :-(  I tell you if there was a grade for coloring in elementary school, I would have failed.

So this is perfect and creates such a soft look.  I'm using Hero Arts Whimsical Houses.

The frame was cut on the Cricut.  I just moved the cutting blade in a tad and then cut a shape from the Storybook cartridge.  I used the negative space by cutting a border around the where the shape was and that became my frame.  It is finished off with more Versamark, a wood grain stamp and clear embossing powder.

This one is off to my Operation Write Home box.  Thanks for stopping by today.  The challenge is here at SimonSaysStamp.


  1. At first I thought you had put a filter on your photo as it looked so soft.
    But you used velum, such a great idea.
    Your card is lovely

  2. Really cute card, Lisa! I'm glad you talked about coloring on the back side of the vellum. I've seen that before, but I always forget about it. It makes a really nice look, and I need to try it myself. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

  3. Versamark is a good choice! Your card is just precious! I love the house, and your coloration is wonderful! Great embossing too! Thank you for getting inky with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  4. Perfect choice! I love how this turned out :)

  5. Fabulous card, Lisa! I never thought to color on the back side. Great idea! Love the look!

  6. What a neat technique for a fabulous card.


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