Is there such a thing as too much ink on your paper? The answer is yes. Our cardstock is made of fibers pressed together. If you have never handmade paper, you should. It is really eye opening on the texture side. I could never make my paper as smooth as Stampin' Up! makes theirs.
All paper can absorb so much before it becomes sopping wet. We have discovered that cleaning up spilled water! I don't know what that limit is with SU cardstock, but my card I highlighted on Monday is an example of it!
From a distance you can't really see it, as in the left photo. But a closer look jumps out at me in the close-up on the right.
I had added ink to the Whisper White card stock with my new Blending Brushes. They are so soft! I was able to blend without the straight lines or the little "spots that I get with a dauber. Smooth at silk.
And then I stamped! I was using my Stamparatus because I love how nice my sentiments come out. I inked and stamped..once, hmmm not quite clear enough. Twice, the sis that one spot, not quite enough coverage. So third time is the charm, right? Nope! Third time was too much ink! When I took the paper up, the ink that hadn't absorbed smeared, just slightly. Of course, I didn't notice it until after the entire card was together! But lesson learned.
How would I keep this from happening again? I think I will try by doing my stamping first, then embossing it with clear powder. My shading will be next, saving the integrity of the stamped image. I know that will work.
My heater guy just left...looks like a new unit for us! Will be 18 F this weekend! At least our upstairs unit still works.
So for now, I am Dreamin' of a heater.....You keep Dreamin' too!
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator