Over the last week I’ve been busy updating the shop a little – I spent some time separating out the 1/16″ papers from the rest of the standard size widths. I did this for one main reason – I didn’t like the idea of the paper strips tangling in the packages during shipping. Not that they did, but with quilling paper that narrow, it’s SO easy for it to happen. There’s nothing worse than trying to work with a tangled mess of quilling strips.
I decided to offer the narrow width in the straight option only. That way I can keep the strips totally straight and I can make sure they are in great condition when they arrive at their destination.
But, that’s not the real reason for this post today. I make so many cards, and I have a paper crafting shop… It was only a matter of time until I found a super nice white cardstock to craft with! I added to the shop today – you can find it here.
I have used this paper to make my projects for about two weeks now, so I’ve tried several different paper crafting and inking techniques. I did up a little card so y’all can see how some of the most common coloring and stamping techniques compare.
First though, is cutting. One of my pet peeves are ragged edges on my cuts. That’s why I don’t normally use the trimmers that pull along a wire – I find they kinda rough up the edges as you drag the blade through. I tried out a 9″ bypass trimmer, a rotary trimmer and a rotary bypass trimmer. They all cut extremely well and easily through the cardstock. I then scored it to check the fold line – no fraying 🙂
You can see the texture in that photo too.
For my testing card, I stamped with the most common kinds of inks first: pigment (Versafine), solvent (Staz-on), and dye (Memento). You can see the difference in the stamped image, which, by the way, is courtesy of Paper Smooches. It was tossed in with my latest order! Anyhow, pigment ink stamped the darkest, followed by the solvent, and then the dye.
With inks, it’s a trade-off really; do you want a nice dark image that takes time to dry, or a lighter colored instant dry option? I usually use dye ink. Not because I prefer the grayish black, but because I always end up wearing pigment ink.
And then transferring it EVERYWHERE.
On to the embossing – I did a square of honeycomb texture with a skinny embossing folder from Provocraft. I had no issues with the paper fraying, all the little hexagons were nice and smooth. I also heat embossed a flower with some black embossing powder to test for warping. I still got a bit of a wave in my paper… not enough to even see in the photo, and definitely not as bad as other papers I’ve used in the past. At this point, it may just be my technique.
The coloring and inking was the fun part of all this. The Copic markers I used for the kitten (a combinations of neutral greys – N1, N3 and N6) blended really well. I stamped the kitten in Memento. For the colored pencil version, I used greys again for comparison. The color went down evenly enough, but you can tell pencil is not my strong suit 🙂
And finally, the Distress inks. I blended together Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, and Squeezed Lemon over a Staz-On inked flower. The Distress inks blended very easily, making those neat green and orange shades. And the black ink didn’t smudge, thankfully!
I listed some supplies for you, in case you’re wondering about a particular item.
Thanks for comin’ by!