Tuesday, July 24, 2018

First-World Problems

It's annoying when you ink up an image, stamp it, and get this.

Hero Arts dye inks tend to smooth out as they dry, but not this time. This stamp and the ink (robin's egg) are from Hero's February 2018 kit. After rubbing the stamp with an eraser, cleaning it well, and re-inking it, this happened.

Grrrr. So I decided to use an Archival ink (cornflower), which is oil based and generally provides perfect coverage, but this happened.

(Note this ink isn't as dark IRL as it looks in the photo.)

Well, isn't that special? (Reread that question in the Church Lady's voice.) I cleaned the stamp again very well, re-inked, and this happened.

Much better.

And here's the final card. (The ink color is accurate on the card but not on the above samples.)

To get a bit of height on the label, I stacked three die cuts together. That gives some lovely--and solid--dimension that won't crush in the mail.

The Hero Arts February 2018 kit is lovely, but that robin's egg ink is finicky. This has happened before. I love the color but wonder if there's something wrong with the formula. The Hero Arts raspberry jam ink looks great on the flowers with no rubbing of the stamp necessary.

Oh, well. Archival cornflower certainly works great!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Hero Arts February 2018 kit, Papertrey sentiment
ink: Archival cornflower, black; Hero Arts raspberry jam
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: coordinating dies, label die (SSS), rhinestones, black sharpie


  1. But it was SOOOOO worth the effort - it's FAB!


  2. I like the layout. Good proportion. Have you tried the Distress Oxide inks?

  3. Have you tried Catherine pooler inks? They have a felt pad. Perfect stamping every time!

  4. A helpful trick is to first coat your stamp with VersaMark, then ink with your chosen ink. Often times that will even out your inking and you'll have success. Love your finished product, Susan! S-o-o-o pretty!


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