Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The More You Know....(the easier you craft): CTMH Ink Pads

Ever wonder why CTMH carries different types of Ink Pads? Do you need all of these? What kind do you need most? Read on!

Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads: Our Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads, including our Black Exclusive Inks pads, are water-based dye inks. The dye ink absorbs directly into your paper and allows the colors to blend easily with the material. They dry quickly and blend easily. These inks are recommended for most stamping projects, but not for projects where you plan on using watercolors or coloring with alcohol markers after stamping the image.
Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad: Our Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad is our archival ink offering. This pad quickly sets an image that you can then color in using watercolor pencils, watercolors, or water-based inks with the blending pen.
Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Sets: Pigment inks behave differently from dye inks, in that they settle on top of your material rather than soaking into it. This allows you to stamp lighter colors on darker materials and to keep the true color of the ink pad when stamping on another color. Though they take longer to dry, when dried, they work well for coloring in with your markers or watercolor inks, as the pigment inks will form a permanent bond and will resist blending when you color over them.

StazOn™ ink pad: StazOn™ is specifically formulated for stamping on non-porous materials. Because StazOn is solvent-based, this ink works well when stamping an image that you will later color over with watercolors, but it is not ideal for use with alcohol markers.
Memento™ Tuxedo Black ink pad: The Memento™ ink pad gives you another archival quality ink pad that works for any stamping project and can be used with alcohol markers, watercolors, or any of our other coloring options.

Now grab your ink pads and stamp some stuff up and get creative.  Try a new technique, and then share your results and images of CTMH products / designs here!

Your CTMH Consultant,
Danielle DeNise

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cricut Sale on Zulily (and a comparison of select item prices with Amazon)

I happened across Cricut items (including the new Cricut Explore Air bundle) on sale on Zulily today.  This sale is only through April 13, 2015. Read through and I will tell you how to get a little more money back even.

Check out this event on zulily!
Cricut - For the scrapbook project, card or photo album that needs something special, look no further than the inventive designs of Cricut. Its line of die-cutting machines helps make an impression no matter what theme or occasion sparks your creativity. Craft polished projects with these picks!

Zulily will charge a $9.99 shipping and handling fee.  Amazon, if you are a Prime member, will include free shipping.  However, you can order as much as you want and from many other store sales on Zulily at that flat rate as well.  So keep that in mind with these select item price comparisons.

Cricut Chalkboard Fonts Cartridge: $19.99 Zulily or $22.99 on Amazon

Cuttlebug Embossing and Die-cut machine: $49.99 on Zulily (blue) [or in green] or $62.99 on Amazon (for the blue, $58.42 in green

Cuttlebug Rachel Script Embossing Plate Set: $14.99 on Zulily or $15.16 on Amazon

There are more embossing and die-cutting plates, Cricut cartridges, and even a vinyl sampler pack available on the Zulily sale.  Want to know how you can save even more money in the form of a rebate?  Use eBates!  I love this company.  I have received over $679 back just by shopping online.  Sign up and go through eBates and get another 1% back on your purchase.  I can not say enough about how easy and great eBates is when you are shopping online. So there you are!  Get shopping before this sale is over :)  

Happy Spring Crafting!

P.S. Close To My Heart has embossing folders and Cricut collections that will complement your Zulily Cricut purchases.  Check them out, you'll love them.  Want to earn a Cricut collection at half off???  Host a qualifying party and you can!  Message me here.