My Favorite things

I thought I would put down a few of my favorite crafty things:

Inks

Hero Art Shadow Inks - I love the mid tone colors, they are so beautiful and I love how these inks dry so smoothly.  I do find that the grape juice color is really dark and can overpower all the other colors.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks - love how you can blend them onto card stock so easily and you can do water color techniques with them.

Black Inks – Versa fine Onyx Black for stamping sentiments and very crisp clear images.  Memento Tuxedo Black ink for my Copic coloring and Stayz On for my watercoloring.

VersaMark ink for embossing

Stamps

My favorite stamping company out there at the moment is Mama Elephant .   I just love their stamps and dies.  They are a new store, but they have quite a lovely range of stamps – adorable images, fun borders, great letters and sentiments.  I am also trying out their pigment inks.  So far I love the colors.

I really enjoy Paper Smooches, they have some adorable sets..

I also subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp and Studio Calico monthly card kits, which come with a clear stamp set, papers and embellishments!!  It’s fun to get the kit and try and use the stamp set in many different ways.

Die Cuts

I really love die cuts and quite a few of the stamping companies out there have their own die cuts, some which match the stamps and others that stand on their own.

My Favorite Things dies are awesome – they have a fantastic selection and you can find pretty much anything here..

Copic coloring

There are so many beautiful images out there for coloring.  Some of my favorites are Saturated CanaryTiddly InksC.C Designs and Stampin Bella.

I use copic markers to color my images and I usually get them from Marker Pop.  They are a fantastic value and they have a lot of brands of stamps to color if you want physical stamps rather than a downloaded/digi image.  They also sell Shin Hans, various inks and other fun crafty items.

I use Croygen Metallic White paper for printing and stamping my images to color.  I get it from Paper-Papers and it seems to be the best deal I have been able to find.

Printer for printing card stock

I have just purchased an Epson WF3520 which has a rear paper feed tray.  So far it is working beautifully for feeding my card stock.  I tend to have a little bit of bleeding when using the lighter color copic inks, but if I rub the image before i start coloring with my fingers it seems to help.  It seems to print lovely photos (although it is very slow) and it is wireless for all those documents you need to print and don’t want to have to connect cables!!

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