Ink Blending Tool vs. Clarity Brushes

Hello everyone!!  I here with a post that is quite different then my other card post.

On Instagram, I love giving my opinion on the different tools that I own and use.  So, that way my followers would be more informed about the products they see and want but aren’t sure if they should step out on that limb.

So this morning, I posted this picture:

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I was simply sharing an upcoming project that isn’t due to release until April 1st.

Then a good friend of mines asked me to do a comparison between these Ink Blending Tools and the new Clarity Brushes.

I agree to do it so here you go:

Comparison

Here are my finding:

Round Blending Tool:

  1. Blends the colors well with good pressure.
  2. To keep from having harsh lines, you have to tap off first or start adding color off of the paper.
  3. Snags on the stencils that are intricate.
  4. Easy and small enough to hold.
  5. You can use one tool with different sponge (extra cost).
  6. The cost of the blending tool is $8.17 and it comes with two handles and four sponges.
  7. The additional sponges are $8.36.
  8. When blending, the color didn’t transfer into the sponge.
  9. Due to the shape of the blending tool, you have to mask off areas you don’t want color to appear.

Clarity Brushes:

  1. Blends the colors well with little pressure.
  2. No need to tap off or start adding color off the paper, the brushes doesn’t create harsh lines.
  3. Does not snag on the stencils that are intricate.
  4. Easy to hold, but brushes are tall.
  5. They come in four different sizes.
  6. You can use one brush for each color family (no additional cost).
  7. The cost of the brushes are $25.00 for four.
  8. When blending, the color didn’t transfer onto the brush.
  9. The tip of the brush is small enough for you to add and blend colors where you want them without masking off.

Note: Take a look at the outer circles of both cards. The blending tool added color to the outer circle on the card to the left because I didn’t mask off. The clarity brush didn’t add color to the outer circles because I have control over where the color goes due to the tip!

I like them both, but the brushes are easier to use with less elbow grease. I have two sets one for each color family. No need to buy anything extra.

So what do you think? I hope this comparison was helpful to all of you.  If you wanted to see what some to my Instagram followers were saying you can check it here.

Supplies:

Clarity Brushes Blending tool

Thanks for stopping by!!

~Kymona

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YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #35

I’m here today with Your Next Stamp (YNS) and the Sketch and Color Challenge #35!!

Each challenge has a sketch and a color combo to choose from.

Take a look at the color combo:

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Take a look at the sketch:

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Take a look at my card:

Congrats (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Whatnot Sentiments Set Five, Give Thanks for Sparkle Gumdrops

Other Supplies: Prima Watercolor Paper Pad, Prima Confection Tropical Watercolors, Recollection Heavyweight Cardstock, Hero Arts Ultra Fine White Embossing Powder

What do you think?  Did I follow the color photos? Let me know below.

So are you ready for the new challenge?

You have until March 31st, 2016 at midnight EST to play along and submit your project on the YNS Blog post.  One random participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp Store.  If YNS stamps or dies are the focal point then the winner receives and additional $5 gift certificate f0r a total of $20.  The winner will be announced on the YNS Blog the Sunday after the challenge closes.

I hope to see your projects!!

Supplies listed above!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

~Kymona

Kids Crafty Keepsake Box

Hello everyone!!  I was up on Walnut Hollow’s blog yesterday, showcasing this really cute one stop shop crafty box for my daughter and her traveling needs.

I was super excited to have been given this opportunity to represent their products.

Take a look at what I created:

Kids Crafty Keepsake Box

Cool, right!!  Stop on my Walnut Hollow’s blog for the full photo tutorial!!!  I didn’t leave a step out.

My daughter loves her box!! I hope you will too!!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

 

CASology 189 – Doodle

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Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card just for you!!

This week’s cue card is:

Week 189 - Doodle

Take a look at my card:

Just a note

When I saw the cue card, I thought about drawing my own design, LOL!!  Are you kidding me.  Not this time around.  Let me practice some more before I put myself out their.

So I want straight to the stamp set that was all about doodling, WPlus Nine Doodle Bud!

I just finished creating 105 wedding invites and had tons of scrap paper so I asked on Instagram what should I do with all of that paper and everyone said use it to create cards.

Scrap paper

So this is the first card I created using the left over paper.  This card isn’t an A2 card.  Its smaller!!  I think it’s perfect.

Creating this card was easy, I just stamped the images using the Mini Misti and colored them in using Tombow’s Recycled Coloring Pencils and Sand Eraser.

Nice and easy!!

What do you think?  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

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Our Guest Designer this week

Rachel

Our Sponsor this week is STAMPlorations!  They even gave us our own coupon code for you to use this week: CASOLOGY to save 10% in their online store!  How awesome is that!!

Supplies used:

Wplus9 Doodle Buds Recycled Color Pencils Recollections White HeavyweightMFT Hybrid Black Ink Tombow Sand EraserWe R Memory Keepers Corner ChomperMini Misti

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona

Sparkle and Shine Challenge

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Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with the Sparkle and Shine Challenge!!!  

Since its the 15th of the month, its time for our new challenge!!!

Here is the inspiration photo that guided us this time around:

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Now take a look at my card:

Bunny felt (SSS)

I have to admit I was stuck when I saw the inspiration photo.  I don’t have any wreath stamps or dies.  The colors aren’t my favorite either.  What do I do?

This weekend my mother taught my daughter and nieces how to stitch and I remembered I had the Simon Says Stamp Stitch die, and the bunny at that. So I went with that.  I’ve never used any type of stitching on my cards.  So this was a bit fun.

The basket was created with felt but bunny, his carrot and flowers were created with paper (I didn’t have felt in those color, LOL)

Nice and some what easy!!

What do you think?

Now its your turn to give this challenge a try!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Right At Home!!

The winner of this challenge will receive a $15 gift card to their online store and will be asked to be our Guest Designer for the next month.

Supplies used:

plush bunnyplush basket Recollections White Heavyweightscript-greetings-sq

pumpkin pie cssand feltgarden green csNeedlesEmbroidery Thread

 

Thank you for stopping by!

~Kymona

National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop

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Happy National Craft Month!!  Isn’t this amazing that we have a whole month dedicated to what we love to do, which is creating beautiful things!!

I’ve been super busy this month crafting like crazy.  I’ve never been so busy in all of my years of crafting.  I have to admit, I love it!!  I’m highly stressed but my best work comes to me in times like this.

Right at Home has decided that we would celebrate this amazing month with an amazing blog hop!!

The design team was challenged to create a project using our favorite products and share that with all of you!!

I thought this was a fabulous idea.  The only thing is, how do I pick what my favorite product out of all of the goodies I own.  LOL!!

Take a look at my card and see if you can guess what my favorite things are:

Blessed (RAH)

Can you see what I see?  Oh baby, I’m in love!!

Lets take a closer look:

Blessed close up (RAH)

Can you see all of that foiled goodness now?  OMG, I love it!!  So now you know one of my favorite products, Thermoweb Deco Foil, any color. The other is Right At Home Scripted Greetings Stamp Set.  My signature style is Clean and Simple.

This card looks amazing in person.  You can move it back an forth and see all of the different colors.

I’m also a lover of sequin .  I didn’t add them to this card because it would over do it and take away from the beautiful foil.

So you want to know how I create this card:

I cut Heidi Swapp Minc Signature Paper to 4.5 by 5.50.

Then I cut Themoweb Deco Foil Rainbow to fit on the front of the water card panel.

I ran it thought my laminator to transfer the foil on to the paper.  Since the stars contain toner, the foil stuck to the stars.

After that I  stamped the sentiment using the Mini Misti and Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I stamped twice so that the sentiment would stand out from the stars.

I sprinkled Stampin’ Up! Clear Embossing powder over the sentiment, since the ink takes a while to dry, adding the embossing powder will give the sentiment an extra kick.

That’s my card!!  What do you think?  What is your favorite product? Please let me know below. 

Now for the hop!!  You have to hop along leaving a comment on each of the blogs participating in order to win a prize.   More details on the prize, had back to Right At Home Blog.

Next up is fabulous Yuki!! Her projects are always amazing.  I can’t wait to see what she created!!

Once again, Happy National Craft Month!!

Supplies:

script-greetings-sqHS paperRainbow foilMini Misti Onyx Versafine Ink  SU Clear Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

 

CS Take It Make It: Take a Stamp Challenge Inspiration

I’m here today with CS Take It Make It Design Team for our CS Take It Make It: Take a Stamp Challenge for the month of January.

This month’s theme is Take a Stamp!!  That means take any stamp and create something, anything goes!! Now if that isn’t easy, I’m not sure what is!!

Take a look at my card:

Miss You Man (TIMI) copy

I love this stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I’m learning all bout brush lettering so this stamp set is so fitting for me.  It inspires me to keep going.  Maybe one day my handwriting will be a stamp.

Creating this card was easy:

  1. I used Concord and 9th Sophisticated Script stamp set to build my own sentiment.
  2. Then I used the Mini Misti to arrange the letters the way I want them to appear on the card.
  3. After that I used Versafine ink to stamp the sentiment on to the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.
  4. To finish off the card I added Your Next Stamp Red Gumdrops and round one corner.

Nice, easy and quick!!

Prizes:

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for January is: Basement Studio!

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Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

Sophisticated Script Onyx Versafine Ink Neenah Desert Storm CS holly berry red gum drops small  Mini Misti

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona