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Old 02-17-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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Ok, so at the risk of sounding like a complete and utter idiot, I am going to swallow my pride and ask:

Is there anywhere - ANYWHERE , I can find a site or tutorial, listing, SOMETHING- that will clarify what products to use with what medium?
I have gotten progressively confused when it comes to what paper, ink , printer - so on - I am supposed to use with what medium I am using, in order to get the best results.

I have a laser printer ( for my digis) , I have just invested in some (16) distress reinkers, I own a few packs of Tombows, colored pencils, and I have most of the Spectrum Noirs.
How do I know what paper works best for what medium? And ink pads for the few stamps I own ?

Uugghhh- see my dilemma ?
( checking for blonde hair, see NONE)

Any advice on some sites ?
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Well.... I couldn't really find a site for what you have. I did find a site for what paper to use with Copic Markers (which I own) which are primarily the same as Spectrum Noir. (I'm even thinking of getting Spectrum Noir.) Copic Markers on Different Paper. I use Georgia Pacific from Walmart and I like it, plus it is cheap! I can't say much for the other things, except I recommend Memento Tuxedo Black as the ink for your Spectrum Noir Markers. The thing to remember for ink is to use the opposite of what medium you're using. (Alcohol Markers = Water-based Ink.) Also, for colored pencils, if blending with Mineral Spirits use the same paper as the markers, or for dry blending/burnishing use paper with a slight tooth. I hope some of this is helpful. If you need more, try looking at the manufactures FAQ page of your products. They usually have questions like this.



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Good idea about going to the manufacturers sites !
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Your Welcome! I had to answer as I've been there and done that. Also, I saw the Spectrum Noir FAQ and believe they recommend Crafter's Companion cardstock.


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I wonder if it makes a difference if I am printing them out, or stamping them - in regard to the type of papers ....
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From experience, I know that Georgia Pacific works with HP Inkjet Ink (Laser should work.) and Alcohol Markers. I'm not sure about other papers. Remember to be careful with heavier paper if it rolls through instead of staying flat. Paper Jam! (Also, from experience.)


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Ahhhh- thank you !
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I have to say, about myself, I tend to be a KISS person - keep it simple, stupid.

Like you, when I get into too many choices, I can get overwhelmed and almost paralyzed.

And, maybe I'm not so particular as many are about my finished products. My cards are supposed to be fun for me to make, and to make someone smile when they receive them. I want them to look good, but they don't have to be perfect.

The only cardstock I use to stamp on and for my card bases is a version of the Georgia Pacific cardstock that I get at Sams Club. It is a nice weight, white cardstock, 110lb, and you get 250 sheets for about $7.

I think it works very well with the collection of markers I have, some Copics, Sharpies, Bics and the Spectrum Noirs. These are all alcohol base markers. I found I didn't like how the water-based markers colored. They streaked and seemed to "ball" up the cardstock. So I stick to the alcohol markers.

I have a set of nice Prismacolor pencils, but don't use them very much. It seems to me that it takes so much longer to color images using colored pencils. I don't have the patience to fool with using Gamsol or baby oil to blend them. I much prefer to use my markers. I will say that the cardstock I use does work with pencils, though.

As far as inks go, my very favorite ink is Versafine Onyx, which is a very black, quick drying pigment ink. It is great for stamping images and stamps very clearly, especially on detailed stamps.

It does smear a bit if you go over the lines with the alcohol markers. Many people like the Memento Tuxedo Black when they are using markers. I have it, but don't like the "faded" look it has, compared with the Versafine.

I usually just use my Versafine to stamp everything, be sure to let it dry thoroughly and color carefully, just up to the lines, and not over them.

So, that's my system. Pretty simple, but I usually use only one ink and one kind of cardstock.

Of course, I have lots of other colors, etc. of cardstock when it comes to matting images and making layers for my cards.

Here are a couple of examples from my gallery of cards colored with Spectrum, on the cardstock I mentioned, and using the Versafine ink:
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LOVE the cards !
I wrote down the paper info , thank you *
I think I have the Versafine ink already ( with sll the supplies I have that I havent touched yet, Im going to assume its in there!)
Thank you for the info and help !
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LOVE the cards !
I wrote down the paper info , thank you *
I think I have the Versafine ink already ( with sll the supplies I have that I havent touched yet, Im going to assume its in there!)
Thank you for the info and help !
Thanks - cardmaking is really fun once you settle down and actually do it! Getting all ready to do it is hard, I know.

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*Ooops- I meant to say with "all" the supplies I havent touched yet ...
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