Thursday, July 3, 2008

About last night.

Well, I've always said that I needed an ink tutorial. Last night proves it. It was an 'oops' experience.

Not only does nothing stick to a packing tape transfer, but I only had a dye-based ink pad to work with and it refused to dry. I even added some UTEE -- because I don't have any reqular embossing powders -- and that held the ink beneath the UTEE in place, but I know there's a better way. BTW, this is on glossy cardstock.

Another experiment last night may have yielded better results. As Suze Weinberg and Tim Holtz from Ranger teach, you can color clear UTEE with alcohol inks before melting. (Never add alcohol ink to a pot of melted UTEE! You will create fumes instead of art!)

I added Adirondack alcohol ink in metallic copper to a small anout of clear UTEE in a small jar and stirred until it was well mixed and dry. Then, just to experiment, I embossed this image on a cardstock that is more like watercolor paper.

It's a real learning experience! The textured paper is not the best option for a complex stamp. And I think that embossing of any sort would look better on a simple stamp or one could to a UTEE dip (but that's another story).

I can barely see the copper color in the UTEE because of the bold balck inked image.

Hands-on learning is really adding to all the tutorials I have read and videos I have watched. I get really happy when I think to myself, "This isn't working. I need________." It means I am learning.


Juliet A said...

Utee is almost never good for the type of embossing that you are trying to do, mostly because the ink is not sticky enough to hold enough of it. Please splurge on some finer powder in some colors.

Mam said...

I'm looking briefly over your site after getting info from you in a yahoo group email. I am lo-o-o-ving what I see and will be back when I have more time. You can see my "newbie" blog at

Mam said...

Hi. It's me again. Thanks for your comments on my atcs. I tried to email you, but it came back, so I'm answering you here.
I have been asked about both the polyclay stamps and the masking tape technique, so I'm going to be doing posts on each of them. That is, as soon as I have time. Isn't this fun?