Black ink is a must have basic for every craftroom and I’ve gone through my fair share as I looked for the perfect one! My current go-to black ink is the Clear & Simple Stamps Perfect Little Black Dress Hybrid Ink that is super versatile and great for any project. The ink is fast drying and has awesome coverage. For those who color with Copics, this ink is also perfect for minimizing the amount of bleed and smearing that your’ll encounter. This hybrid ink is also great for stamping on fabric, which I did in this project.
This one was a toughy to narrow down. I use a variety of inks on each of my projects so naming one “must have” was a difficult decision. Versafine Pigment Inks won out as my favorite because of the awesome coverage and vibrant impression they provide when using clear stamps. These inks also dry beautifully, without the chalky finish that some pigment inks have. Another plus that I love about Versafine? The packaging! Each pad has a hinged lid, so you won’t misplace it if you’re a messy crafter like me! My only complaint is the color selection. The current Versafine Pigment Inks are available in several rich and elegant colors, but I could go for a few more bright and bold shades. My favorite Versafine color is Habanero…definitely the best orange ink out there!
If ever there was a versatile stamp, the Market Street Candy Stripe background stamp is it. The simple design offers a ton of options for your cards, gifts and more. I love the quality of their stamps and you don’t even need to remove the background image from it’s acetate backing. After lots of thought, I am so happy that I decided on this background stamp as the craftroom “Must Have.” If you’re a beginner, you’ll get tons of miles out of this one stamp. Don’t believe me…here are some ideas for how to use this image.
Though it’s not traditional gingham, this pattern does convey a “gingham” feel. Just stamp the background twice in opposite directions, to achieve this look. Easy peasy.
Click through for SIX more ways to use the Market Street Candy Stripe Background Stamp…
By cutting the diagonals in strips, you can easily assemble a chevron pattern using the Candy Stripe background!
This simple little card is one of my favorites! Creating a two-toned pattern is easy. Just stamp once in one color, then stamp in another color in between the first background impression. Getting the two impressions to line up perfectly may take some practice, so do a few trial runs on scrap paper!
This set couldn’t be simpler. Use a piece os computer paper to mask the middle portion of your cardstock, then stamp the Candy Stripe background. Here, I left my project blank to show you the technique, you can dress these up anyway you wish. Add a monogram or a simple sentiment to finish them off.
To create these modern & contemporary cards, I inked half of the Candy Stripe stamp. This allowed me to created diagonals on only a portion of the card. I chose to overlap them to give a modern and abstract feel.
I love airmail envelopes and this stamp makes it very easy to create your own! Using a combination of techniques #3 & #4, I added a fun border to these otherwise plain jane kraft envelopes!
Turn your stamp horizontally or vertically to create a totally new look. Since the full stamp is designed to be used diagonally, you’ll need to create smaller cards for this look to get a full set of vertical or horizontal stripes. No big deal though…the finished set is a great group of mini-cards.
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