|These are the products that Eduardo at True Colors gave me to play with.|
|A bit hard to see but the stencil is in blue on the left and the piece of cardstock with the clear stencil paste is on the right.|
|I sprayed the Special Colors over the whole piece of cardstock.|
|After I wiped away the colors from the where I had applied the Aqua Transparente.|
|Left side is the Special Colors on glossy paper. Right side is the excess absorbed by a piece of white cardstock.|
|Can you see the glimmer from the Metallic Green?|
Next up was using the Splendour over a stencil. I first applied True Colors' Aqua Transparente over a Crafter's Workshop stencil on glossy paper. I allowed it to dry and then used the alcohol ink sprays over it.
|Look at these colors - how vibrant!!|
The alcohol ink sprays adhere great. I also tried their blending solution as well as Ranger's and I was able to spread the inks nicely over the piece using the felt. The colors are beautiful and very vibrant. Love it!!
First I did a sample using the Ranger alcohol inks. I applied some of the Ranger inks (Lettuce, Red Pepper, and Butterscotch) to a piece of glossy paper with the felt applicator. Then I applied some of the Ranger blending Solution and bounced the felt around again to get a lighter, more marbled effect. And then, lastly, dripped a few drops of the Ranger blending solution on the inks.
|Ranger Alcohol Inks First Layer|
|After adding some blending solution to the felt.|
|After dripping some blending solution right on top.|
My final test to was drop some of the True Colors blending solution on the paper. It did not spread the inks as quickly as the Ranger blending solution but, after a few minutes, I was happy with the way it came out.
Six hours later, after dinner, still not dry. Not going to work for me. Okay, time to try a new way.
Then I added some of the Ranger Blending Solution to the felt and went over the paper again. Came out very nice considering I only have darker colors to work with.
Next up, I dripped some of the Ranger Blending Solution directly to the glossy paper. It worked well, dried quickly, much more quickly than the True Colors Blending Solution. It seems that if I want to use a blending solution with the True Colors inks, it will have to be a Ranger one. Slight setback, but I can work with this.
Hmmm, what else? Another product I love from the states is Viva Decor's Inka-Gold. This is a paste like substance that you can rub onto pretty much anything for a really nice metallic sheen. True Colors has a product called Patina Ecologica. I got to play a bit with it when we were in their offices but I wanted to see how it would work on grungeboard or letters. Let's see.
First up is using Inka-Gold in Steel Blue on a piece of grungeboard. Some rubbing, buffing with a paper towel, and I like.
Next up, I tried the Patina Ecologica in Lazuli, which is the closest to the same color as the Steel Blue. It is not as creamy as the Inka-Gold but also not a full liquid. It's also a water based product so clean up is very easy. I took a bit on my fingertip, rubbed it into the letter, buffed with a paper towel, and the results are just as good as the Inka-Gold. Actually, I like it better as there is a bit more of a metallic sheen to it. Almost as if there are small flakes of mica in the product. Yeah!!
Now I am curious...since it is not as creamy as the Inka-Gold, I wonder how it will work in a stencil. Let's see. I taped a Crafter's Workshop stencil over a piece of plain white cardstock. Then I brushed the Patina Ecologica over the stencil. I decided to try a brush this time instead of my finger. Removed the stencil and LOVE the results. The Patina is creamy enough to act like a stencil paste at the same as it is acting as a paint. Yeah!!
|Tape stencil to white cardstock.|
|Brushed Patina Ecologica Lazuli over the stencil.|
|Removed stencil. Looks great!|
|Can you see the slight texture?|