All inks are not the same

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This is a test I was doing with a type of stamp by Concord and 9th called a turnabout stamp. You put the stamp on a platform like a Misti or a Tim Holtz stamp platform and then rotate your paper, stamping four times total to create the pattern. As a test, I stamped three times with Memento Tuxedo Black (my favorite black dye ink) then once using Tim Holtz Distress Lucky Clover. As you can see, the green ink is feathering and not clear. The details in the snowflakes on the mittens are blurred or obscured. The black stamped images are much crisper.

Does this mean you shouldn’t use the Distress ink? No. This means you should not use the Distress ink on this paper if you want crisp images. You have to try inks out on multiple papers to see what works best for the effect you’re trying to produce. Just get your stash out some night and try things on your scraps. You do save your scraps, don’t you? Either way you’ll know what you can do with your tools and produce amazing things with them.

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