Until the end of March, I'm changing the Thank You gift with each purchase at my online shop to an Easter Card Kit. Simply add your own embellishments and colour to make it unique to you.
Every order until the 31st March 2015 will receive this little pocket of fun. It includes everything in the photo except my frog who held everything in place while I took the photo (and obviously not including my Cutterpillar or the Ranger ink in the top left corner! lol).
I do love my little frog. My brother gave a pair of them to me - its actually a little torch keyring that croaks! So cute! It carries a distressing thingo on its keyring (you know, the thing we use to scruff up the edges of cardstock) so its easy to find on my art table :)
Anyway, the Easter card kit includes an A5 cream card folded to A6 (approx 4" x 6"). The stamped images are in Ranger Pigment Ink (black) on a beautiful smooth white cardstock. You also receive a piece of ribbon, twine and 4 pieces of cardstock or paper. All you need to do is add your own personal touch or even re-gift it to someone who loves bunnies (sadly, I don't have a bilby stamp... am working on it).
Don't forget to show off your card at either Pinterest or Facebook so we can all admire your artwork!
I love this new pigment ink from Ranger - it dries fast; faster on matte cardstock. Its opaque, permanent on both gloss and matte cardstock, and available in black or white. Their 'cousins' the Ranger Dye Ink Pads I haven't tried yet, but they say the same things on the lid "waterproof when dry, fast drying, great for all surfaces".
Ranger really have fantastic quality control for all their products. You can use either watercolour or solvent based markers with the Ranger Pigment Ink Pad. I've tested it with Distress Watercolour Markers, plain water in an aquabrush and the Chameleon Pens... works perfectly with both types of marker. I even wet my finger and attempted to smudge the ink... didn't budge! Marvellous :)
The white is great too, not quite as white as a Sharpie, but it's opaque and sets evenly. If you use a stamp positioner kit (like a this one) then you could easily stamp twice in exactly the same place, enhancing the white. Or simply do as I do and use a white pen or Sharpie to tangle over the stamped image.
The other white in the picture is Hero Arts Hues. Its a nice white opaque ink but thick and sticky. On the matte card it took a few minutes to dry, but on gloss it took 3 days. Imagine waiting 3 days to do the next layer on your project? Fine for art journaling but then, it's not permanent and if you rewet the dried image, it smears (whether you use solvent or waterbased markers or ink).
I like to use many layers, colours and textures in my artwork (cards, canvas and journaling) therefore, as lovely as this particular Hero Arts ink seems (the packaging is lovely), its not suitable for me. I'll stick to the Tim Holtz Distress inks, Ranger Archival and the new Ranger Pigment and Dye inks.
I'll still order it in if you'd like it as it might be suitable for you. You could always use a fixative over the top before adding new layers.
Just a reminder...
If you would like any brand or item not on my website, just get in contact. I can order nearly anything (stamps, dies, stencils, punches, tools, accessories, paint, etc) in our art and craft world (its a bit dangerous and exciting!). I simply send you a Paypal invoice after we work out what you'd like, order it in and post it to you as soon as it arrives.
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have a wonderful, happy and creative day!