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Tips From Tim - Adventures in Adirondacks

Adventures in Adirondacks by Tim Holtz
ADIRONDACK INK PADS -These inks are water based DYE INK designed to stamp on smooth porous surfaces. This will allow you to use this ink for many stamping projects. Basic Stamping, Brayering, and Watercolor are just a few techniques achieved from this ink. Brayer on glossy paper for the best effect, but be sure to blend those colors! Water coloring with the Adirondacks is one of my favorite techniques, simply squeeze the lid of the pad to transfer ink to the inside of the lid to use as a watercolor palette. Using a waterbrush or wet paintbrush, pick up the ink and paint on to your paper. The harmony of colors will also lend itself to stamping images overlapping one another to create a collaged look.

ADIRONDACK RE-INKERSHere’s a tip when re-inking your stamp pads – apply the re-inker all around the perimeter of the pad, next use a flat object (credit card or pot scrapper) and drag the ink across the pad from left to right – right to left – top to bottom – bottom to top. This will force the dye back into the pad and provide a more even and longer lasting re-inking of your pad. I use the Adirondack inkers for many other things. Also a water based DYE INK, these inkers can be used to watercolor, create backgrounds, and my favorite....faux bleach! Stamp and emboss your images on manila stock (shipping tags too) with clear ink and powder. Drop a few colors onto an artist palette or slick surface and pick up the color with a wet paintbrush to watercolor a background over the images. Finally, place inked paper between plain newsprint and iron to remove the embossing powder. The results rival a hand bleached look. I also like to drip the inkers onto acetate or glossy paper to create colorful backgrounds.
ADIRONDACK EMBOSSING POWDERS -Embossing powders are embossing powders right? Well not really. The Adirondack powders are quite different and unique in the fact that they are not enamel powders like others. Adirondack powders are white resin coated in color. So what does that mean? Well it means that you can mix the colors and when you heat them, the colors will remain separate. If you stamp into the powders, the resin will break-down so the colors will shift revealing the white inside. I love to layer and mix these powders – try melting the powders on a craft sheet and dragging a needle or pick through them to marble the colors - oh the fun you will have.

ADIRONDACK PIGMENT MARKERS -I am so happy with this addition to the Adirondack line – markers! These are a water based PIGMENT INK - yes pigment. But don't get confused because this is not glycerin based ink like pigment pads, it is water based. This will allow you to permanently color and write on slick surfaces such as glossy paper, vellum, acetate, dominoes, mica, and more. The pigment ink also works on fabric and is permanent and washable if heat set with an iron. The versatility of these markers can achieve the blends of Adirondack colors other "permanent" markers cannot. The colors coordinate with the pads and are archival and acid free.

ADIRONDACK DIMENSIONAL PEARLS What else could we need in the Adirondack line? Well, acrylics right? One of the new additions is this water based dimensional acrylic perfect for paper crafts, jewelry and textile work. These acrylics can be used directly from their fine detailed tip for a dimensional look, or watered down for a pearlescent glaze or wash. These are permanent and washable on fabrics too. I like to use them right from the bottle and blend them with a coarse paint brush to achieve the brush stroked look of oil paints. Both acid-free and archival these make a great accent on stickers, die-cuts, or directly on cards and scrapbook pages.

ADIRONDACK ALCOHOL INKS Developed with designer Tim Holtz, Ranger’s newest addition to the Adirondack line takes us on a whole other adventure. Released in color sets, these alcohol-based inks are just what you’ve been searching for to create colorful stone-agate backgrounds on gloss paper, shrink plastic, and more. These inks are formulated to work on any non-porous surface from dominoes, glass, mica, and metal – to plastics, foils, and more. This translucent colored ink goes on smooth, blends when combined with other colors or the Blending Solution (sold separately), dries quick, and permanent. Combine it with metallic pens for a shimmer of metallic marble. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this stuff.

Ranger Tim Holtz's Adirondack Alcohol Inks
ADIRONDACK COLOR WASH Developed with designer Tim Holtz, Ranger’s other new addition to the Adirondack line is the Color Wash. We have put together the highest quality dyes to create a product perfect for paper, fiber, and fabric crafts. This water-based dye is in 4oz. spray bottles – yes your gonna spray this stuff! Use it on and porous surface from papers and fibers to fabric and wood. Create a faux batik or just a mist of nature’s palette for a colorful background. Color custom fibers to match your cards and scrapbook pages. This dye is the best on fabrics – it’s even washable after heat setting and blends like no other. You’ll be washed away with all the possibilities this new Adirondack product can do.

Ranger Color Wash


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