Hello my fellow crafters! Today I bring you my go to tools and inks that I always have in my stash, and/ or that I couldn’t live without. Let’s start off with the inks, shall we?
First, the basics, my favorite black dye ink is made by Hero Arts and it is their Intense Black ink and my favorite black pigment ink is Versafine in Onyx Black. I love the Hero Arts ink because it doesn’t bleed and you can use it with watercolors, which is a big bonus for me. I like the Versafine because, well, frankly I’ve never found another one that I like this much. It stays wet long enough to put on a clear coat of embossing powder but it dries quick enough so that you don’t run the risk of smearing it. With some pigment inks, you can wait an entire day and still badly smudge the image when you go to color it. The next ink that I absolutely cannot live without is my Versamark water mark embossing ink. I love to heat emboss so this baby is a must! Finally, you really have to have a great white pigment ink and the best one I’ve found to date, thanks to Jennifer McGuire, is the Hero Arts Unicorn Ink. It stamps really solid and works great for blending as well!
Now to the more fun colors. I know these are pretty new but I already can’t live without them! I’m talking about the Distress Oxide inks by Tim Holtz. There are two sets of twelve that are out so far. I love them so much that I actually took my labeler and sat down for two and a half hours and labeled each side of each ink. I keep my blending sponges in a mesh bag because they don’t want to stick to the bottom of my inks so into a bag they go. The best thing about these inks is that they are a mixture of pigment and dye inks, which means they blend better than the regular Distress Inks because of the pigment properties in them. These inks stack beautifully and they all coincide nicely with each other.
Finally we’re to the tools part of this post, sit down, it’s going to be awhile! The first thing I can’t live without is my Fiskars wire trimmer. I have both the big and the small one, the small one I use to do most of my cutting of anything shorter than 9 inches. Next are my acrylic blocks by Bo Bunny. They came in three different sizes and since they are clear I took skinny washi tape and wrapped it around the sides to make them less loseable. For my scissors, I like the Fiskars squeeze scissors for papercrafting as well as my Cutter Bee scissors. They are both great for fussy cutting larger images, while my other scissors by Tim Hotlz (the Snipz) are perfect for fussy cutting smaller and more detailed images. To clean my stamps I use one of two things, baby wipes I buy in bulk from WalMart and the Stamp Shammy from Lawn Fawn. Depending on my mood, I’ll use one or both. One thing I think that is worth the investment is Sweet Petunia’s Misti Stamping tool. This has saved me so many times, especially when an image didn’t stamp right. I use the grid transparency from Simon Says Stamp to help to line up mainly sentiments. As for glue, I use two types, liquid and tape form. My favorite liquid glue is the Ranger Multi Matte Medium and then sometimes I use glossy accents to attach things you can see through. For tape I use the Elmers tape runner, Scor Tape, and the red backed tape. The Elmers is what I use most of the time but when I need something a little stronger, say for an envelope or for a watercolor painting. Not pictured is the foam tape I use. I get the big momma roll of 3M foam tape you can get from Simon Says Stamp or Amazon.
What are some of your holy grail products or inks? I would love to hear from you down in the comments!