This is almost an impossible choice for me, I have many favourite ink pads, but of all of them, Ranger Archival Jet Black ink is the most versatile and the ink I use the most. It makes its appearance of almost every project of mine. I love that it is waterproof and can be stamped on many different surfaces.
I made a double-high accordion card using Karen Burniston's Sizzix Accordion Flip 3-D album die. You can see how to make the album double-high here. This height was perfect for the new Tim Holtz Time Traveler stamps, by Brett Weldele. Fabulous images and lots of fun to colour.
I love making accordion cards and little books (here's another double-high one and here's a tutorial for an ordinary sized one). They are so much fun to make and to receive and there is plenty of space for embellishments.
After letting the Jet Black ink dry for a while, I watercoloured the gentlemen with the tree Distress Inks. This is one of my favourite ways of using both the Archival Ink and distress ink. If you are planning to watercolour, you need to stamp with a waterproof ink, otherwise it will smear. I just smeared the three distress inks on my craft sheet, gave them each one mist of water and coloured the images with a paint brush. Depending on how much water you use, you can get many shades of colour from just one ink pad. I always make sure to mist at the edge of a colour on my craft sheet, so that I have some concentrated ink to work with too.
This is the front of the card when it is closed. I stamped the edges with a stamp from Tim Holtz School Desk set, again with the Jet Black ink.
clock was stamped on Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper with Archival Jet Black. I love the detail you get with this ink on Specialty Stamping and on glossy cardstock. I just couldn't help to add some gears and game spinners too.
Here's a view from the top so that you can see the mechanism of the card.
I hope you will join us this week and show us a project with your favourite ink pad. As every week, our wonderful sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.
Thank you for the visit! I hope you will have a great week!
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Time Travelers, School Desk, Warehouse District, Stuff to Say, Going Somewhere, Elements of Time, Ultimate Grunge
Dies: Sizzix: Accordion Flip 3-D Album, Bracket Frame & Label, Mini Filmstrip & Tickets, Wanted Sizzlits
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Salty Ocean
Paint: Distress Paint Antique Linen
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost & Found paper stash; Claudine Hellmuth Natural Sticky-Back Canvas; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock; Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper; watercolour paper
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, Long Fasteners, Light Bulbs, Chit Chat stickers