Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop

The Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop
Eastern Medallion Thinlit Dies

Welcome and I hope you are enjoying the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop! I have been doing a little comparison investigating and I am excited to share what I discovered!  

(I think I will recreate this card using Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point...or Old Olive!  What do you think?) 

One thing I try to do when getting a new Stampin' Up! Stamp Set is to brainstorm ideas that are outside of what I see immediately in front of me. Sometimes, the ideas that burst forth are from other products I have worked with in the past or from other projects inspired from other designers. 

While that is certainly not always the circumstance, that is the case with the featured card! 

My short papercrafting background spurs from a multitude of sources.  While Stampin' Up! is a fabulous company, I often chuckle to myself when I hear other Demonstrators say Stampin' Up! came up with this never seen before concept...Not trying to disparage any new innovative crafting coming from Stampin' Up!; but there is a huge papercrafting market and if our eyes are only on Stampin' Up!, we may be not aware of the immense diversity in the market. 

I have mentioned all of that to say, the inspired card project I am featuring on today's Blog Hop is from a card created by the talented Kristina Werner in which she used Ranger Distressed Inks and a die set called Partial Cut Flowers from Simon Says Stamp. Link to the video by clicking on Kristina's name above.

Before I share some of my comparisons below, I would like to add how much I love Stampin' Up! for the amazing products, shared crafting community, and much, much more of what this cherished company brings! 

The first photo below is a side by side comparison of Classic Stampin' Ink Pads versus Ranger Distressed Ink using Kristina's smooshing technique. 

Before joining Stampin' Up! I regularly used Ranger's Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Above, I used Distressed Ink on Ranger's Watercolor Cardstock on the left and Classic Stampin' Pads and Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper on the right. 

I found I got very similar results with the exception of Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper absorbing more of the pigment infused water in areas. This did not happen to the same degree with the Ranger Distressed Watercolor Cardstock.

I do believe the faster absorption rate of Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper added great dimension and increased interest. The colors I used can be seen below.

I know that Watermelon Wonder will no longer be available for purchase soon, but I think Calypso Coral would be a great substitution for a similar color combination.

Here again are two comparisons of my finished cards. On the left, Classic Stampin' Pads were used and Distressed Inks on the right. While it would be impossible to duplicate the same card twice using Kristina's (Technique's Originator Unknown!) technique, I had similar results. 

Here you can see how versatile Stampin' Up! Inks can be to complete projects that use other products one might come across out there on the World Wide Web!

In addition, I would like to highlight the embellishments used on the "You Are My Sunshine" card. They will be available with an amazing new assortment of other embellishments that will undoubtedly have to become part of your crafting stash! The center of the flowers are called Faceted Gems and they are available in gold and clear on page 197 of the new and inspiring "Creativity Your Way Annual Catalog 2017-2018!" Request a catalog today!

Here is a closer look of the second project using the Distressed inks with the Eastern Medallion and Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  

In addition to the above featured smooshing technique, I find Classic Stampin' Pads are equally as versatile in blending projects in which I exclusively used Ranger Distressed Inks in the past. 

Thank You for stopping by and continue to see the other amazing projects in the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop by clicking on the next designer. 

One addition reminder:

For the month of May, do not forget the special customer opportunity, which offers two purchasing options for the Eastern Palace Suite supplying a wealth of creative possibilities for the beginning and avid crafter! Hurry these exclusive Bundles are only available through May 31!

To see more information and what each Bundle includes visit my online store by clicking on any product image below!

Card Stock: Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Ranger Distressed Watercolor, Glimmer Paper 
Stamp Sets: Sunshine Sayings, Crazy About You
Dies: Eastern Medallion, Sunshine Wishes, Detailed Dragonfly 
Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder, Ranger Distress Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, & Abandoned Coral 
Other: Stampin' Trimmer, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Stampin' Emboss Gold Powder, Emboss White Powder, Clear Blocks, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Glossy Accents, Classic Label Punch, Paper-Piercing Tool, Gold Faceted Gems, Clear Nuvo Crystal 

Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Bundle Eastern Palace Starter Bundle Eastern Palace Premier Bundle 

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies Watercolor PaperBrights Classic Stampin' Pads


  1. A great way to use these new dies.

  2. This is a beautiful background technique!

  3. I am so glad you like it! I also featured this card on Facebook and it is the only card of mine that received a purchase request from that social media platform. Thank you for your sweet compliment!

  4. What a fun technique to try. Thanks for the inspiration.