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My criteria for the media that I use on my cards? They have to work well (or the best) and value. I do buy new supplies and love working with them but, with many items, I feel like I've found what works the best for me in a given type of media. For example, Marvy inks in my opinion are the best dye based inks but I use other inks (and love them) such as Distress and Memento because they have colors that Marvy doesn't offer. Below, I don't list every item that I use because some items are very popular and one can find them anywhere, and rubber stampers know where to get them, but I list a lot of the items that might be more obscure that have come to be the items that I've used a lot over time or where I can see that they will become a regular part of my repertoire.
Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink Re-Inker
Brilliance Moonlight White Pigment Ink Re-Inker
Brush Tip Markers that I use:
Uchida Of America 3000SET24A 24-Piece Le Plume Permanent Alcohol Based Ink Pen Set, Primary
Uchida Of America 3000SET24B 24-Piece Le Plume Permanent Alcohol Based Ink Pen Set, Pastel (This is the main set that I'm using as I use a lot of light value colors)
I also have a very cheap set of pens that I don't use quite as much but I have on my desk in the event there's a color that I don't have in the Uchida sets. These pens can be as cheap as .20/pen! They're double sided but not brush tip. They have a chisel tip on one end that I hardly use and have an extra fine bullet-type tip on the other. There are dozens of versions of these pens in different sets and they seem to be getting cheaper all the time. I bought a set of 88 Shuttle Art pens, and they work fine, for about .45/pen but this 100 set below is .30/pen. Are they the equal of $5/pen brands? No, but these types are .30 each. Crazy cheap.
Alcohol Markers 100 Colors Art Markers Professional Art Pen Dual Tips Plus 1 Blender Permanent Marker for Adults & Kids,Alcohol Based Sketch Markers for Painting, Coloring and Drawing with Base(white).
Kromekote Glossy Cardstock 12 point CS1 200 Sheet Ream. This is my recommended glossy these days. There are many manufacturers selling glossy card stock under
their own brand but most of them are probably repackaged Kromekote. No craft manufacturer or supplier makes their own card stock as it's way too expensive a process
for the crafting industry.
Mohawk Everyday Digital Silk Cover White Silk 100 lb. cover 8.5 x 11. This is my "matte" card stock that I'm using. It's silk and not matte which means that it's slightly coated
instead of completely uncoated so you get the benefit of a coated paper in terms of more ink vibrancy retention and you can use some media on it that doesn't work on glossy papers
because they're too slick. By appearance, though, it looks like matte paper. I bought mine at Kelly Paper but I didn't see it on their website. You can probably call any one of
their stores and order it and I thought it was cheaper than this site but someone pointed this site out to me recently and you can see the specs on the paper on paperandenvelopes.com:
Mohawk Everyday Digital White Coated Silk 100lb Cover
Stardream 81# Lapis Lazuli 50 Pack. A beautiful surface to stamp on. Stardream papers are iridescent. Brilliance inks dry on this paper very nicely.
These are a couple very dynamic papers/foils to stamp on by Recollections sold on the Michael's website. Use them with Brilliance inks (which will dry on them or you can heat set them). These packs go on sale all the time at about $3.33-$4/pack:
Rainbow Holographic Jewel Toned Foils
I just tried an older technique of stamping on vellum and I love it. You can achieve so much depth by stamping and coloring different areas of a scene on
different sides of the vellum and it seems to accept just about any media without smearing. I've had comments from some that their vellum doesn't allow their inks to dry
but I've had no problem with the Canson 55lb version.
Purple Onion 4" x 6" clear mounting stamp
Someone told me that these are the same thing as the Speedball Gel Printing Plates that come in different sizes. As far as platform compatibility, I don't know but would think these plates can be matte knife trimmed but, again, I don't know.
Paper Towels: Great for applying dye inks and using torn pieces for your cloud templates.
100% Cotton Balls: If you need a soft application of a certain medium, what's softer than a cotton ball to apply it? I use it for pigment ink applications. Always use 100% cotton as the synthetic balls are useless for this purpose.
100% Cotton Swabs: For a smaller application of media that you want to look softly applied. For example, a glowing star, light on a lighthouse, fireflies, etc. If using for something like this, use a dry brush application. Most people use WAY too much ink on their tips.
Kitchen Sponges: Paper towels and kitchen sponges are often better for your ink applications than many of the specialty applicators out there in the industry that are usually repurposed applicators designed for other purposes or completely different types of media. Paper towels and sponges are designed to absorb and, therefore, are great to transfer. If you have some kind of applicator that isn't designed to absorb it's not going to have a lot of media to transfer which, in turn, will make your process much more of a struggle. Some "applicators" look like they're good for something but what they need to be is designed for the purpose for which they're being used.
Pumice Sponges: What I use to clean my fingers/hands to remove the ink. No pumice stones but pumice sponges. I guess you can use a stone but that would be really rough on the skin.