Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Challenge of using Brillliance Inks for "summer" creations

Just like everyone else, cards are something I need all year round.  You never know when someone needs a “hug” by way of a card or just to say a quick hello.  My AIRs (Artists in Residence) challenge with Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts today is using Brilliance Inks with summery colors.
If you haven’t used these inks before this is a quick explanation of what they are and what you can use them for:  IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink Pads are excellent for most glossy surfaces, including vellum, photos and coated papers. Brilliance Ink is also perfect for stamping on or applying directly to ordinary paper, tissue, wood and other porous surfaces. Most colors are pearlescent.  Brilliance Ink is acid-free, fade-resistant, non-toxic and child-safe, great to know since the colors are so pretty.
Here is a photo of some of the product I received to work with this month.

The IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Brilliance™ Pigment Inks full-size ink pads are absolutely gorgeous and rich.  I had seven colors to choose from:  Victorian Violet, Mediterranean Blue, Pearlescent Sky Blue, Gamma Green, Rocket Red, Sunflower Yellow and Pearlescent Orange.  In some cases I laid two colors onto my craft mat, sprayed the ink with water and blended them together on the mat.  This way I had even more colors to work with.
I used the inks for rubber stamping and for coloring in the images.  To use them like paint I have IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Fantastix™ Multi-Purpose Applicators dedicated to each color.  It makes it simple to get into the tiny close areas in the image and lay down the exact color that I want.  I also used a stenciling type paint brush to help create my backgrounds for each card.  The sponges called IMAGINE Crafts® Inkblushers™ are also very helpful in applying the background colors.
I tore paper and laid down lines of ink with the paint brush and the Inkblushers to get an almost marbleized effect.  This is set aside to dry, which with this product doesn’t  long.  I did about three sheets of background paper all different colors this way.

Now that I have background paper I started stamping my images with IMGAINE Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink full-size ink pad in Tuxedo Black.  I decided to use all Stampotique images for this project so I had some real characters to choose from and quirky sentiments.  I used the same ink pad with the Fantastix applicators to apply color to them.

"Prom Queen" by Daniel Torrente is my favorite


"Prom Queen" by Daniel Torrente and Stampotique phrase by Carol's Collection

Now I ask you, who wouldn't be cheered by these happy little faces and sentiments?  My 87 year old mother loves them.  Go figure.

"Moth Fab" by artist Daniel Torrente

"Girl with Lunchbox" by Daniel Torrente and Stampotique phrase by Carol's Collection

For the background paper on the last one I used a cube stamp by Invoke Arts and applied each of the different colors on a piece of white card stock then put my glossy paper panel with the image and phrase on top of that.  Then the entire panel is glued to a folded white card.  Another great thing about the Brilliance Inks is that they work well with Copics; just heat set the inks before applying the Copics.  Copics provide the perfect red for an embarrassed look.  :-)

I hope you enjoyed my quirky cards today.  These are always my favorite stamps to work with, they just make me smile or laugh the whole time I'm working with them.

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate the visit.  If you have time to leave a comment I would love to hear what you think.  Have a great upcoming LONG weekend, I hope it allows you some creative time.  Take care ~ Renee


  1. Such fun characters these stamps are and great sentiments to go with them! Fun tips for creating backgrounds and pretty, pretty colors those ink pads are.

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  3. Love how you color those fun gals!!

  4. I love the colors and all that you shared! Thank you Renee for all your inspiration :D

  5. omg Renee - these are awesome! Love the prom queen - you know we all have a thought or 2 like that!

  6. I think I need me some of these brushes! SO COOL!!!! Love the effect too! Fun image and great coloration!

  7. All the cards are fab, and you show us a stunning way to use Brilliance inks !!! Beautiful backgrounds and results, thank you Renee for all the details too. Have a lovely week-end, Hugs. Coco xx