Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm a thousand miles away but girl, tonight you look so pretty...yes you do...

Hey yall, how's it going? I just wanted to post real quick and assure you that I'm still alive! *wink* I will be posting my Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge soon, but for your patience, I have a sneak preview of some new Verve for ya. Sound good?

This card previews images from two new sets to be released by Verve on March 8th...Beautiful Kindness and Circular Sayings. This is Verve's biggest release to date...can you say EIGHT sets and FIVE Plain Janes? WOWEE!

For this card, I decided to paper piece the butterflies from Beautiful Kindness with one of the solid (ish) pages from my Basic Grey  Porcelain 6x6 pad and then pop them up over the Cream panel. The background paper is from the same collection. Lots of sponging and stitching gave me the shabby chic look I was going for, and since I don't have any Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, I decided to color my white ribbon with a Copic Marker. The sentiment is from Circular Sayings.

So often I have people ask what kind of ink to use with clear stamps. I own a ton of different brands, and most of them work great with my high quality photopolymer stamps like Verve, MFT, and The Cats Pajamas (to name a few). Although my Brilliance inks are my favorite for coloring, pigment inks are not really my favorite for solid image stamping since they do require heat setting and don't tend to dry very quickly. But what stinks about that is pigment inks give you the best coverage. I have several Colorbox Chalk Cat's Eyes, and while I don't mind them, they leave a strange whitish finish to the image. My very favorite by far is my Versamagic Dew Drops by Tsukineko. The colors are rich and vibrant, they dry quickly, give great coverage, and are very affordable. They also don't "spit" when you lift your stamp off the cardstock. Has anyone noticed that with some juicy inks and clear stamps? You ink it up all good, press the stamp down, and if the stamp sticks a little, the ink will kind of splatter on your cardstock when you raise the stamp off the paper. Anywho, these don't do that. I just thought I'd give you that little tidbit...just for fun! Have a fabulous day!

11 comments:

Kim said...

That is beautiful as usual! I love the plain janes and can't wait to get some new ones. K

Lynda Benden said...

OMG Shannan, I CAN'T wait for Julee's release!!! Your card is AWESOME!!!! I love the sentiment and the butterflies are fantastic!!

Christi said...

I love these butterflies!! I can already tell they are going to be a must have!!

Linda Beeson said...

Those butterflies are wonderful - what great colors on the entire card.

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is so CUTE!! Lovin the new sets!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!! This is so gorgeous!!! I love it and I love that song too!! :)

Shelley said...

Love your butterflies! What great colros you chose - this card is beautiful!
S.

Tracey said...

Love this card Shannan! The butterflies are gorgeous!

Monique H said...

Such a pretty card. Love the Verve butterflies!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Pure gorgeousness! I love every little inch of it!

Brooke S said...

Beautiful card Shannon.. Thanks for the ink info.. I will have to mix it up a bit and try a new ink brand... Hugs to you and the boys..
BROOKE

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