Happy Saturday! We've got a crazy busy weekend here with kids' activities but I wanted to pop in here today with some links to new products that are tickling my fancy plus answer some reader questions.
First up, new products I'm excited about:
- I loved the Memory Box Plush Dies that my friend, Jennifer, showcased in a video back in December. Well, guess what? Memory Box has some new spring-themed plush dies! These are fantastic for creating some adorable spring decor with felt and other goodies from your stash. My favorites are the Heart Pocket Plush Die and Egg Pocket Plush Die. I've linked to all the new release below in shopping.
- My friend, Mendi's, newest release of Sunny Studio Stamps and Dies is available. My favorites from this release are probably the Sending My Love Stamp Set and *Backyard Bugs (coming soon). I'll be sharing cards with these stamps in the coming weeks so please check back. Unfortunately quite a few of the new products sold out at Simon Says Stamp before this post went up (I'm so happy to see others loving Mendi's designs!), however you can get on the wait list to be notified when they are back in stock at SSS.
S H O P P I N G
Memory Box Plush Dies. Affiliate links used.
Sunny Studio Stamps and Dies. Affiliate links used.
R E A D E R ' S Q U E S T I O N S A N S W E R E D
(links to products mentioned below. Affiliate links used.)
Q: I am LOVING the Ranger Archival Ink, but it stains the stamps terribly, and I just can't seem to get the ink off my clear stamps.... I've read everywhere that you can't use cleaners on your clear stamps without deteriorating them! I have no idea what to do? Is leaving this ink on for the most part an option? If not, what in the world are you cleaning the stamps with to not harm them?
A: I am by no means a stamp cleaning expert but I use Ultra Clean Cleaner (says it’s safe for clear stamps) and the Stamp Scrubber Pad to clean my stamps and have never had any trouble with deterioration of my stamps. Some inks cause more staining than others but I guess that doesn’t bother me. Lawn Fawn is releasing a stamp cleaning at CHA this next week that I am anxious to try. Click HERE to learn more about it.
Q: Loved your video on how you store stamps and dies in Avery Elle pockets. I am now in the process of doing this can you please tell me how you would store your red rubber stamps in those bags.
A: In case anyone is interested in that video, HERE it is. I store all my unmounted red rubber cling stamps in the same pockets using the same system. I find it's much easier to streamline them this way. For any red rubber stamps that don't fit, such as the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds or other TH or similar stamp sets, I keep them in an InterDesign Fridge and Freezer Storage Bin, 8-Inch by 4-Inch by 14.5-Inch, Clear Bin. Here are the storage products mentioned in the video that I use:
Q: I was wondering if you ever made any videos of ideas on how to dress up the inside of your cards. I have a lot of trouble coming up with ideas on cool ways to do the inside and I'm just stumped.
A: I am not the best at dressing up the inside of my cards so I don't have any videos specifically for that technique. I usually only add a small bit of stamping with an additional sentiment if I do anything at all. I generally leave them blank so I can write a note to the recipient inside.
Q: I'm looking into getting another coloring medium for coloring in stamped images. I currently use prisacolor pencils and gamsol and am trying to decide between copics or the zig clean color real brush markers. Is the ease of use equally the same for both or one better over the other?
A: Copics and the Zig Clean Color markers are two completely different types of markers so the results will be different with either one. Copics are high quality, long lasting (won't dry out for years and can be stored on theirs side or upright), non-toxic, refillable markers that come in 358 colors. They are alcohol-based dye markers, which means no matter how many times you color over an image, it will not cause the paper to pill. They give smooth results blend beautifully. These are artistic grade markers and can require a bit more practice to learn how to use them. I continue to grow and learn with them every time I color!
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers are a water-based marker, great for watercoloring techniques. I highly recommend you use a watercolor paper or my favorite the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock when using these. Unlike Copic Markers, these will eventually cause the paper to pill if you go over the image too many times with the marker. You can use these with or without water. I love that they will blend seamlessly without the addition of water and it really sets these markers apart.
The Zig markers are quite a bit cheaper than Copics but more expensive than other watercolor markers, however they can be used in multiple ways to achieve multiple looks.
I think there is a bit of a learning curve with either type of marker, but the Zig markers are probably going to be a bit easier right off the bat than Copics.
I know I didn't get to all the questions. I have more I will answer in another post. If you have a crafting question that you would like answered, please leave me a comment on this post and I will add it to my next Q & A session! Thanks and have a great weekend!