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Old 09-16-2008, 07:24 PM   #1  
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Default Seeking white embossing opinions

Is there any visible difference between using white ink and then clear embossing powder, or using clear Versamark ink and white embossing powder, or using white ink AND white embossing powder?

Results with just my ColorBox Frost White ink are not really so great. It doesn't really give me a good coverage. I've read another thread on this and I wanted to buy another white ink pad -- could find only Briliance white in Michaels, which I think sparkles a bit (that I don't want) and the one I really want, the Palette white, is sold out at PTI.

Anything a girl can do to get a really nice white coverage with embossing powder?
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:26 PM   #2  
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Versamark white is worth every penny and the Joann's white is very good too.
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so there is a difference in the versamark clear wartermark stamp pad and the versamark white? now I'm confused..
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:32 PM   #4  
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Oops...I meant Stazon...I have way to many stamp pads.
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Using clear embossing powder over white ink turns it a nice ivory color. I discovered this by accident, but was happy that it softened the look because the white was a little stark.
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I usually do an overkill -- white craft ink with white embossing powder. I like my image to be opaque. For a more frosty, translucent look I use white ink with clear powder.
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I have found I get an ivory color with "white" EP (JoAnn brand, not SU) regardless of the ink below it. Colored EP pretty much seems to cover the ink underneath, IMO. Even the "holograph" EP covers the color and it looks almost clear, rather than the color of the ink.
I think clear EP with white ink gives a slightly different result (because it will be more of the color of the ink below), if I recall correctly.
But I don't think Palette is great for embossing. You can do it, but you need to be pretty quick. Stazon is definitely not the best for embossing, either.
SO, I use the Frost White cat's eye if I want a really white look. There are the chalk white and JoAnn's white ink pads that would work too, but they aren't quite as bright as the Frost White. I haven't used the CTMH white ink but I saw it demo'd at a convention and it looked awesome--super sharp & bright (could have been the paper & stamp, though, too). One of these days I'll have to break down and get it, even though I already have about 5 white inkpads already!
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I use versamark ink with white embossing powder when I want something to be super white. As others have said, using clear EP with white ink is not as bright.
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I prefer Versamark with white embossingpowder, I like Ranger Seafoam White.
I have an older post on my blog, where you can see the difference between inks and embossingpowders:
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I prefer Versamark with white embossingpowder, I like Ranger Seafoam White.
I have an older post on my blog, where you can see the difference between inks and embossingpowders:
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I do the same, and I really like the Sea Foam White too. I really like the Ranger embossing powders.
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I have found I get an ivory color with "white" EP (JoAnn brand, not SU) regardless of the ink below it.
I've only used SU! embossing powder, and that white always finishes nice and crisp with no ivory tone -- it doesn't matter whether I used VersaMark or Whisper White craft ink.
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The best white ink I've ever used on colored cs is SU's whisper white craft ink. I have the Brilliance--don't waste your money.

As others have said, white EP (I have the ranger, too) is definitely the way to go if you want nice, crisp embossed white on colored cs.
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Another vote for versamark and Ranger Seafoam White embossing powder. I think it's much more visible than the white ink and clear ep.

Godelieve, that link on your blog illustrates this perfectly!
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OK, thanks ladies. I knew I could count on you to give first-hand results. My real problem is that my ColorBox frost white -- by itself -- isn't opaque enough. I was thinking that if I emboss maybe that will be better coverage, until I get around to getting a really good thick opaque white ink pad. I've seen some great cards with dark DP and white ink and it looks gorgeous.

So it seems that if I do Versamark with white EP that will be really white.
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When heat embossing, I always use the same color pigment ink as embossing powder (I only use Ranger brand embossing powder).

If you're trying to work with white embossing powder, it may have some color effect from the paper you are using. Meaning the brightness or purity of the white powder against the paper could change the look. (no actually the paper doesn't change the color of the embossing powder).

Using Versamark with any color embossing powder could change the color slightly of the embossing powder when heated. The Versamark is clear, so the paper color could show through especially if there is not a very good coverage of embossing powder.

I only use Versamark when I want a watermark.

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The best white ink I've ever used on colored cs is SU's whisper white craft ink. I have the Brilliance--don't waste your money.

As others have said, white EP (I have the ranger, too) is definitely the way to go if you want nice, crisp embossed white on colored cs.
That is funny because I couldn't get the white brightness I wanted with whisper white craft ink, so I bought the Brilliance and it worked perfectly!
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That is funny because I couldn't get the white brightness I wanted with whisper white craft ink, so I bought the Brilliance and it worked perfectly!
OMG! Guess it all depends on the individual pad, LOL! My SU ink is so juicy and thick and wonderful, but the brilliance is sorta dry--has been since I bought it. I tried re-inking, but maybe I just didn't put enough on it.

I just stamped white snowflakes on real red cs yesterday, and the SU white dried GAWGEOUS on it.
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I love my stampendous white embossing powder. I use that alot. White ink I use brilliance moonlight white.
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To get a really white look I like either Brilliance Moonlight White or CTMH white along with white embossing powder ( I use seafoam white from Ranger).
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I always try to match my pigment ink (VersaColor) to the EP (I use Stampendous powders) and LOVE the deep color results. When I can't, I use either VersaMark or Embossing Ink and am usually happy with this as well. I did find that the clear EP over colored ink gave a more subtle, muted look which can come in handy =, too...
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