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Deck the Halls

It's holiday decor season, and nothing says "Christmastime in the City" quite like The Ink Pad's exclusive NYC-themed stamps, used to decorate festive baubles! I made my own ornament-shaped templates and used them to trace shapes onto sturdy white cardstock, then i blended some of my favorite analogous combinations of Distress Oxide Inks to create an ombre effect inside each shape. I used Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber on the round ornament; Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries on the heart; and Spun Sugar with Spiced Marmalade on the oblong.   Then I used Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink to stamp...

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Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah begins this evening and everyone at The Ink Pad would like to wish you a warm, happy, meaningful Festival of Lights!  Card features Dina Wakley Alpha Stencils, Shizen Handmade Paper,  Tonic Studios Silver Service Cardstock Pack and Rinea Metallics Foiled Paper

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Making Many Mandalas!

I love Rubber Stamp Tapestry's Peg Stamp Sets and at the moment my favorite is their Make a Mandala Set. RST designs all of their stamps so they're centered neatly on the peg without much extraneous rubber; and the Make a Mandala set also has a line on the peg to show you exactly where the center of that design is... making it even easier to position each element of your mandala with perfect precision!  For this set of cards I combined the five peg stamps with some of my favorite colors of VersaFine Clair Inks, to make small but super vivid...

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New Product: Kitta Washi Strips

I'm test driving a completely new (to The Ink Pad) product: King Jim Kitta Washi Tape Strips. They are actual thin, sheer, 2 x 3/8” strips of washi tape, which have a backer like stickers have. You easily peel the backer off and apply the neat strips to you project. They come in dozens of styles and are great for adding photos & ephemera to journals, Using as page flags and borders, making patterns, spelling out words and... well, I'm excited to find other creative uses, but let me show you what I've done so far:           For my first card, I...

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How Many New York Taxis...

...can you fit into one blog post? If the taxis are The Ink Pad's adorable Michelle Ward Taxi Stamp, the answer is SIX! The cards in question also use elements from Michelle's Skyline, Manhole Hex and Manhattan Map cling stamp sets; against a dramatic background of Distress Oxide Ink Blends.   The design is based on a sample card I made for the store in May. I was flattered and excited that a few customers wanted to make their own version (it's EASY and fun!) and a few more just wanted to buy that card. So I made some additional...

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