Ink Swatches & Lil’ Inker Designs

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to since coming home from the Stamping Away retreat.  I’ve been staying busy – though it feels like I haven’t been doing much.  I’m somewhat grateful that I have lots of cards that I made that I can share on Instagram…but I also want to share them here and writing a blog post takes more time, so I’m sorry if you’re seeing things you’ve already seen on Instagram that I posted this past week.

I’ve shared two cards that I made using product from Lil’ Inker Designs – they’re NEW products and are available on the Lil’ Inker Designs website.  I’m a little bashful to say that I only own several of their cover up dies – so when I had the opportunity to use more of their products at the retreat – I was so excited and impressed by how cute the products were!

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Cacti

This is a die set!  All of it (except the sentiment).  They have a stamp set that coordinates also but I only used the dies.  I sponged some ink on the paper to give it more dimension – but isn’t it great???  I think it’s a must have!

Smart Bunnies

Anyone else love bunnies?  How about bunnies with glasses?  Oh my goodness…*giggle*…look at those glasses.  They have die cuts for those glasses…but I stamped them and put glossy accents over them to give them a bit more interest – they are oodles of cuteness!  Here’s a close-up:

Smart Bunnies 1

Remember the beautiful card I shared in my last post using alcohol inks?  A friend asked me to replicate the card for her, but I don’t own the same Birchpress Design die, so I improvised using a Lil’ Inker Design Cover-Up plate.  Let’s see a side by side:

Alcohol Ink Overlay

Hindsight – I could’ve cut out more hearts, but I think it looks pretty good!  Glad I had things on hand that could work for this card!  I love playing with all the alcohol inks.  Here’s a photo of the alcohol ink panel before the card was constructed:

Alcohol ink background

It’s kind of sad to cover up all that beauty!  I swatched my alcohol inks over the weekend just before creating this card.  I cut down yupo paper to 2×2 for my coin book of swatches.  I did 2 drops of Alcohol Blending Solution and 1 drop of each ink color and blew it around using a hand air pump.  A little bit goes a long way!  I don’t have all the colors, but I think I have a pretty decent collection.  Here’s a photo of my alcohol ink swatches:

Alcohol Ink Swatches

I’ve done a lot of organization and ink swatching lately….so let’s talk about my ink dilemma, shall we?  It’s not really a dilemma…and they’re more wants than needs.  Be prepared – because it’s a lot to take in…

Currently, I have full-size Stampin’ Up inks – because I started this stamping world with their products and have added Lawn Fawn Ink minis, some Momento dew drop inks, and some MFT ink minis.  Here they are all laid out:

ink swatches before Altenew and CP

I have all the Lawn Fawn minis – but there are only 40 colors right now.  I wanted to add more and talked myself out of buying ALL the MFT colors…because there are a lot of bright and bold colors that I don’t need, so being practical, I limited myself to just pastels.  The only time I use colored inks is when I do stamp layering. I make a lot of my cards using outlined images and color with Copics or watercolor – that right there, what I just said should be reason enough NOT to want more right?  but…but…it’s all sooooo pretty!

So while at Stamping Away….I swatched all 84 Altenew colors and 38 Catherine Pooler colors.  Want to see what that madness looks like?

ink swatches after adding altenew and cp

They are beautiful…but do I need to spend over $800 in new inks?  NO!  No, I don’t!!!!  I’m sad those swatches won’t go to use…but I’m sooo grateful doing those snapped me back to reality about wanting more ink!  I’m 70% certain I don’t want those and 100% sure I don’t need more ink.  I wish I could use emojis…you could see my confusion and self destruction better.  I take solace in knowing I’m not the only crafter who does this… END RANT.

Alright…sorry about that.  I just had to get that out there!  Phew!  I hope you enjoyed the cards I shared and check out Lil’ Inker Designs if you’re not familiar!  I’m so glad I got to share these projects with you today!

XOXO,

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*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, LID for Lil’ Inker Designs, etc.).

LID So Prickly Cactus
LID So Prickly Cactus
LID Happy Bunny Border
LID Happy Bunny Border

LID Happy Bunny
LID Quilted Stitched XOXO
LID Quilted Stitched XOXO
SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder
HA White Embossing Powder
SSS | EH
 Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution

 


13 thoughts on “Ink Swatches & Lil’ Inker Designs

  1. Oh, Caly! YOU are amazing! What a busy gal and an organized one! I would love to have you over and help me get more organized. You are a dynamo! Yes, I have to agree with you about “needing” that much ink. Haha! But what a wonderful resource to have all those color swatches…just in case! I absolutely love your darling Lil’ Inker cards, and wow I love the amazing background you made and how beautiful the card turned out with your cover-up plate! Beautifully done! It’s amazing what we can do with what we have! Hugs, sweet friend! xoxo

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    1. Fixed, sorry! I recently changed it from “craftincaly” to my name and I forgot to update the link. Thanks for letting me know!

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  2. Ok, I have the dilemma of what inks to get. I have a bunch of stampin up ink, which are nice….but I need more. I was looking into MFT inks, but I started to hear great things about Catherine Pooler inks. AND THEN I saw how many Altenew has and that made me so excited. I do have “Full Set” Syndrome. If you were starting from scratch….what ink line would you go with? I would love to know!!

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    1. Hi Corrine!
      I had the exact same problem. I had many of Stampin Up inks because I like sets as well and wanted to expand. Plus my SU inks we’re starting to dry out and I wasn’t real happy with their performance. I ended up purchasing the entire Catherine Pooler line because the cost for the whole set is so reasonable. She had a sale last year and they were 20% off I think so I bought the entire line. I will say… they are beautiful inks, but they take some getting used to. They are on a sponge pad, not felt, so they are squishy. This is great for stamp coverage, but there are times I find it’s a little difficult to use with certain detailed stamps. Plus they take a lot of wiping up since excess ink gets on the stamp. I do wish she had more pastel colors in the lines because I too use my colored inks for layering. I find that the lighter colors she does have are a bit less juicy than the bright colors and then when you stamp them twice to get a crisp image, you darken the color somewhat. I did a lot of research on inks before I purchased them, so I thought I’d share my experience going through the process. All in all I think they were a good purchase given the price, but know you may need to include some other brands inks for lighter colors depending on your desired color palette!

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    2. If you have the newer SU pads, they have sponge pads like Catherine Pooler. They are very juicy-but as Elyse has mentioned, it is somewhat wasteful if you are a heavy inker-as most of it is cleaned away after inking a stamp up. I will say that with any ink-having a MISTI is vital and almost always requires double stamping to get full coverage. If you’re looking for a wide variety of colors and money is not an issue (which is always a issue, in my opinion as crafting is a big investment in general) and want to start with a new line with lots of pastels, I’d say Altenew is your best bet. I say that because they have sets of four for layered stamping. I don’t use a lot of colored inks bc I do a lot of Copic-coloring and watercoloring. But when I do-it’s for layered stamping and my dilemma was also choosing a line of inks that has pastels that are great for layered stamping. All ink lines are really wonderful and again…will stamp splotchy with a first stamp and usually requires a second stamp to get full coverage. Altenew just has the most variety and they make it easy by giving you the many shades to play with. I hope that’s helpful!! I just have all the minis (pricey!)

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      1. This is so helpful!! I think I will try Catherine Pooler first and slowly get the altenew minis. I refuse to buy from Catherine Pooler directly though….her shipping is absurd! ELLEN HUTSON with a coupon is where it’s at!!! Stampin up inks are decent and the new stamp pad design is great, but i struggle with splotchy. I am a bit of a newbie though. I think I make more swatches than anything. LOL. I need to get the MISTI….I have the Tim Holtz one, and it is not great.

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      2. Oh, and you mentioned COPIC coloring…. I just bought Stampin’ Ups alcohol markers to practice with before I commit to getting COPICS….as I mentioned prior I love having a full and complete set. So, I have to have a strategy before getting copics. lol. Clearly I am more of a collector….it is getting a little crazy! Oh well, I love pretty things! What can I say! Thank you so much for all your help!

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    1. I have 10 ink pads that I don’t use too often, not because I don’t like them…but I have too many to choose from so they are a bit neglected. Trust me-I was tempted with their sale. The colors are beautiful. They do stamp splotchy at first but smooth even as they dry and will require stamping twice for full coverage. Stamp positioners are wonderful for this. If you buy, I’d really appreciate it if you could support me and use my affiliate link. Thanks, Corrine!

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