Product Tips

  • Alcohol Markers:  Here are a few things to know about them (thanks to Sarah Paige-Gruber and her wonderful downline for compiling this information):
    1.  They come in all 40 of our color shades
    o   Each marker comes dual tipped – one end is a brush marker, the other end is a bullet/fine tip
    o   Markers come in a 2 pack and retail for $5.95.  One marker is the true color of the set name and the 2nd marker is a shade darker or lighter than the true color to use for shading and blending.
    2.  Always store your markers horizontally and shake well before using
    3.  Alcohol inks are waterproof and can be layered and blended on surfaces other than paper
    4.  There is bleed-through when using alcohol ink markers. Be sure to use clean scratch paper to protect your surfaces and clean fingers when coloring.  Also, plan on layering your colored images on your project if working on paper.
    5.  To prevent a ‘streaky’ looking image, evenly soak the paper.  You have successfully and evenly colored your image if you turn over your paper and it is not blotchy looking
    6.  Blending Pen with Alcohol markers: The blending pen picks up and moves colors, it is more like an eraser than a ‘blending’ pen.  You can use it to create highlights, ‘fade to white’ and fix minor mistakes.  The blending pen also ‘pushes’ color away from it.
    7.   It is highly recommended that you use our new Pigment Ink pads and heat set your image prior to coloring.  

    Here are a few usage tips:

    Marker Blending on Paper – your basic ‘go to’ technique

    1.     Color evenly with your lightest color, smoothly soaking the paper and coloring in circles to avoid streaks.
    2.     While base color is still wet, add darker color to one side, lift up at the end of the stroke, leaving more ink in the area you want shaded
    3.     Go back over the darker color with your original shade to blend the two and create a smoother look
    4.     Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you achieve the shading look that you wanted

    Feather Blending – this technique works best with long narrow images such as petals.

    1.     Layer first color in one direction, press more firmly at the beginning of your stroke and lift as you go – fill in approx. ¾ of your image with this technique.  The ink may only soak through where you have pressed the marker at the darkest part of the image.
    2.     Starting on the other side, use the same technique with the opposite color you have chosen.
    3.     Repeat layers until you have smoothly transitioned and blended your colors in the middle of the stamped image.
    o   Tips for this technique:
    §  Use the side of the brush not the tip
    §  Lots of light layers work best for this technique
    §  OVERLAP your colors – don’t stop where the colors meet

    Fixing Minor mistakes with a Blending Pen

    1.  The blending pen ‘pushes’ ink away from it – if your ink bleeds outside of the stamped image, you can color with the blending pen to ‘push’ the ink back inside the line.
    o   This works BEST with lighter colors and for small imperfections. 
  • Color-Ready Ribbon:  With the Color-Ready seam binding ribbon and any CTMH ink, you can create custom-colored ribbon to match any project!  Sponge on ink from a pad, spritz ink on with a spray pen, daub with a sponge dauber or brush on ink using a marker. 
  • Cleaning Stamps:  To clean your Close To My Heart My Acrylix® Stamps, it is recommended to clean them immediately after use, using CTMH My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner and the My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber.  Spray the cleaner on one side of the scrubber and rub your stamp across the surface.  Then rub it on the dry side of the scrubber to finish cleaning.  The scrubber pads are removable and can easily be washed in the sink or thrown in the dishwasher.  If you notice that your stamps become less sticky over time, just rinse them off with dish soap and water and the stickiness will come back.  
  • Embossing:  Add depth and texture to stamped images using embossing powder.  Combine ink and embossing powder colors to create unique combinations.  Simply stamp your image  using CTMH VersaMark ink pad and then coat the image with CTMH Embossing Power. Make sure you covered the entire image, then shake off excess powder.  Be sure to get all the excess powder that may be surrounding the stamped image by lightly tapping the paper from the bottom side.  Now for the fun part...Turn on your Craft Heater and move it around over the image.  As the embossing powder melts, the image changes from a flat color to shiny.  Make sure you apply heat evenly so all areas melt properly.  
  • Inks: 
    1.  Dye Ink:  Dye inks are produced in such a way that they can achieve a broader and more vivid range of colors than pigment inks.  Dye inks absorb directly into the paper or fabric that they are applied to, so the ink color blends more easily with the material it is used on.  As an example, if you stamp a yellow dye-based ink onto bright blue paper, the stamped image will appear green. 
    2. Pigment Ink:  In contrast, pigment inks have larger particles so that they "settle" on the top of paper and fabrics instead of soaking into and blending with the color of the material they are applied to.  
    3. Water-based Ink:  Water-based inks are inks that dissolve in water and are excellent to use in watercolor projects.  this is especially easy to do when you use the water brush (filled with water) and/or a blending pen. 
    4. Solvent-based Ink:  Solvent-based inks are inks that dissolve in solvent.  Solvent-based inks separate from water just like oil does, so these inks are best used for putting down an image that you do not want to be disturbed by water coloring.  As an example, you could use the Black StazOn ink to stamp an outline stamp, let it dry, then use the Exclusive Inks markers and water brush to fill the stamp image in.  The StazOn ink will not run or bleed while you watercolor it in.
    5. Watermark Ink:  Watermark ink is a special formula specifically designed for giving papers a "water saturated" look where they are stamped.  Watermarking as a technique does not work well on Close To My Heart paper.  Because the ink is sticky before it dries, you can use it to add some embellishment to your project by stamping an image in it, then sprinkling prisma glitter or embossing powder over the top.   
  • Liquid Glass:  Liquid Glass can be used to add shine, brighten, highlight, accent, and add dimension to your stamped images, embellishments and projects.  To use it, simply hold the bottle upside down and squeeze it on to your desired area.  Viola...easy peasy!  The drying time will vary depending on how much product you use.  Don't touch it after you apply...just let it dry.  Rinse off the tip of the liquid glass applicator prior to putting it away so it is not clogged the next time you want to use it.  
  • Sanding:  Using our CTMH Sanding Kit is a great way to add dimension and contrast to your projects.  CTMH card stock has a white core, so by sanding the edges or over the top of your project, a white shading occurs.  A great idea to add emphasis to a stamp design is to measure stamp with a ruler to determine the area to be sanded.  Mark project lightly with a pencil.  Then sand surface of paper until the color is lighter or pattern is less visible.  Clear away any dust.  Then stamp on sanded area.

1 comment:

  1. what if your marker pens are dry? If they don't work? I bought about 8 sets and 2 sets came dry. Is there any way to make them work? or do I have to buy new sets in those colours.


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