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Old 12-05-2016, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone seen that amazing jingle bell stamp by Sunny Studio?

I just received the stamp set, and of course, don't have the right inks to make it look so realistic. One of my favorite examples was made by someone who used Hero Arts inks, which I refuse to buy because they don't have refills.

I tried Memento London Fog and Grey Flannel: too dark, and second generation stamping with these was too light.

SU inks: more of a grayish brown.

Altenew: warm gray, and I need a cool one.

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Just been looking at my inkpads, and inkpad colour charts, and you are right, greys are not the best colour range. How odd. the only ones I can see that may be helpful are either Brilliance Starlight Silver, or Archival Shadow Grey. Maybe markers would have a better range?
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:16 AM   #3
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I would do a darkish gray then emboss silver for the top layer or use a dark yellow then emboss gold for the top layer. Cute set.
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Ranger's Shadow Grey Archival is a lovely cool grey. So is Distress Ink's Hickory Gray, and it comes in an inexpensive small cube.

Although Distress inks are known for water based techniques, I stamp with them when I don't have a color in another ink, and sometimes it works well. Double stamping, putting Versamark on the stamp or rubbing a new stamp with an eraser helps. Sometimes that isn't needed - it seems to vary by color.

Here's Jennifer McGuire's take on this set, but she uses Hero Arts inks. They do seem to last a long time and I often buy the mini cubes, though they don't come in all colors (?). http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/blog
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Smoky Slate is a nice cool grey (SU).
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Totally understand and respect your choice not to buy inks that don't offer refills.
BUT...while standing on a great principle you might be missing out on some beautiful ink.
I totally agreed with you when I read your post but when I stop and think about it, as a hobby stamper a full size ink pad will last for YEARS for me. No refill needed.
Unless you are a production stamper making multiples of card designs for sale getting those pretty gray Hero Arts ink pads can give you the joy of having the right colors for that really cute jingle bell; and you'll probably be able to enjoy using those ink pads for years.
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I fell in love with this set a couple months ago and ordered it right away. Then I realized that I didn't have the right colors to actually make this set work. So I've watched many youtube videos and a lot of the ones that I've seen use Lawn Fawn ink pads. Specifically, the two gray inks that they use are Hippo and Manatee. One person said if you don't have two shades of gray ink, just stamp off on a scratch paper for the first layer and then stamp regularly for the second layer. So I ordered those two ink pads and they actually just came in yesterday. I won't have time until this weekend to play around with it but I can't wait.
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Smoky Slate is a nice cool grey (SU).
That's what I was thinking!
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Jennifer McGuire has a great video You searched for bells - Jennifer McGuire Ink
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I'm guessing Jennifer is the one she was referring to who used hero arts ink.
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I'm guessing Jennifer is the one she was referring to who used hero arts ink.
She does - message #4 has a link to Jennifer's video.
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PaperTreyInk Soft Stone is a lovely soft grey, almost disappears when stamped. It's a dye based ink. It might pair with one of the other grey's mentioned...perhaps Memento Flannel. I don't have a lot of PTI inks, (though I don't know why not, they are wonderful!) they may very well have a slightly darker grey ink in their line-up.
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Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions.

I have SU Smoky Slate, but definitely not a cool gray when stamped alongside some other inks.

Maslex, I can't wait to hear your results with the Lawn Fawn inks.

Jennifer McGuire isn't the person I was referring to; I can't remember the designer's name, but she made one of the sample cards for the Sunny Studio blog.

Susy, I have PTI'S Soft Stone, which I thought would be perfect, but it also is a warm gray.

I finally ordered a couple of pads from WPlus9, Fairy Dust and Silver Lining. I received them today, but got home too late to do more than a quick attempt. I think they are going to be perfect!

Cobby, I do make multiples for sale and go through a lot of ink - it's much more cost efficient for me to have a reinker. With that said, if the WPlus9 doesn't work out, I may have to break my own rule and order the HA ink pads.
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Let us know what you think of the WPlus9 greys, and what you think of the ink itself. I don't have any of their inks, but I'm always willing to make room in my drawers for another good inkpad or two.

Thanks for letting me know that PTI Soft Stone is a warm tone grey. I really love using the Soft Stone cs for layering, haven't used the little matching ink cube much, but I ordered it so that I would have a matching ink if needed.
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I think WPlus9 is going to work, but I'm still playing with it.

However, I need to offer an apology to Lydia and Alli because Smoky Slate is definitely a cool gray and works great with the jingle bell. You can use it stamped off once for the base layer, fully inked for the second layer, then add black for the top layer for an adorable jingle bell. I had Sahara Sand out and had used it last week when I thought I was using Smoky Slate.

I'm having trouble lining up the second layer since the first one needs to be so light. Any tips?
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I think WPlus9 is going to work, but I'm still playing with it.

However, I need to offer an apology to Lydia and Alli because Smoky Slate is definitely a cool gray and works great with the jingle bell. You can use it stamped off once for the base layer, fully inked for the second layer, then add black for the top layer for an adorable jingle bell. I had Sahara Sand out and had used it last week when I thought I was using Smoky Slate.

I'm having trouble lining up the second layer since the first one needs to be so light. Any tips?


I was wondering why you said brown - hahah!


The MISTI for alignment - stamp it on a positioning sheet in black to help you line it up.
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I am soooooo in love with this set. However I too did not have the right inks so I used the ornament this year! Next year will be the bell.

I've not checked yet but does Altenew have a 4 pack in greys???? If not I will get the HA cubes specifically for this stamp!!!!
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I am soooooo in love with this set. However I too did not have the right inks so I used the ornament this year! Next year will be the bell.

I've not checked yet but does Altenew have a 4 pack in greys???? If not I will get the HA cubes specifically for this stamp!!!!
Altenew does have a 4-pack, but the inks are a warm gray.
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Try stamping the 2nd layer first, then the 3rd, and then the 1st one last. Makes for easier alignment.
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I know ... After I posted yesterday I went to check. Cool grays are the way to go!
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Ooh, thanks, Lynne! I will definitely be giving that a try.
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I used the Lawn Fawn Hippo and Manatee....and its perfect!
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