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Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

Video Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

A few months back, I posted a video where I tested several different, non-Silhouette brand inks with a stamp made with the Silhouette Mint custom stamp maker. My initial results were a pleasant surprise, and I discovered that, yes, you can use non-Silhouette inks with Mint stamps. Woohoo!

This video is a follow-up to the first video, which you’ll want to check out if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. In this video follow-up, I retest a couple of inks that had promising initial results, as well as some inks that I didn’t test the last time around.

I’m happy to report that I can highly recommend four types of ink to use with Silhouette Mint stamps, in addition to the Mint brand inks themselves. These other inks allow for many, many different stamping possibilities and will give you more options than exclusively using the Silhouette Mint brand inks would.

Check out the video below to see my results and to find out which inks I recommend for Silhouette Mint stamps:

Silhouette Mint Supplies

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )

Inks Tested in This Video

Versamark Watermark Reinker ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
My Favorite Things Premium Dye Inkpads in Blu Raspberry & Razzle Berry
Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
Staz On Jet Black Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Ranger Jet Black Archival Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK ) – tested in the first video but mentioned in this video, too

Video : Heat Embossing with Silhouette Mint Ink

Heat Embossing with Silhouette Mint Ink

I’ve already covered watercolors in my quest to see how versatile the Silhouette Mint is, and now I want to see how it performs for heat embossing.

One of the things that I was surprised to learn while testing the ink with embossing powders is that, while it can stay wet for days or even weeks if you store your Mint stamps with the lids on them, it dries pretty quickly after you stamp it. After I discovered this, I made sure to have my embossing powder ready and waiting and poured it over the stamped area as soon as possible after stamping, and this really improved my results.

Another tip is to use a powder tool to cover the area on the paper where you’ll be stamping with a coating of powder to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to it, just like you would with a regular stamp.

My results were definitely a mixed bag at first, but as I experimented and tested more, my results improved so much!

If you don’t have a Mint and are curious about what it does, then be sure to check out the video in this post, where you’ll see a step-by-step for designing and creating your first custom stamp with the Silhouette Mint.

Check out the video below to see which embossing powders I tested with the Silhouette Mint ink and which gave me the best results:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
EK Tools Powder Tool
Darice Embossing Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Embossing Powders Tested

Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
Stampendous Ultra Detail Clear Embossing Powder*
Wow! Fluorescent Magenta Embossing Powder (similar : Wow! Fluorescent Tickled Pink)
Zing! Aqua Embossing Powder

*I think that this has been discontinued, which I didn’t realize until after I made the video. I’ve also had good results with the Judikins Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

Video : Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Wondering whether Silhouette Mint ink works with watercolors? I was, too, so I tested out several types of watercolor mediums with the black Silhouette Mint ink, which is the ink color that I use most.

Here’s a little hint about whether the Mint ink is water resistant : yes, it is! And this means that we have so, so many more creative options with our custom Silhouette Mint stamps. If you don’t have a Mint and are curious about what it does, then be sure to check out the video in this post, where you’ll see a step-by-step for designing and creating your first custom stamp with the Silhouette Mint.

Check out the video below to see the types of watercolor mediums that I tested, as well as my results with each:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )

Watercolor Mediums Tested

Sakura Koi Watercolors
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Distress Markers (you should have the same or very similar results with Distress Inkpads, too)
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

Can You Use Other Brands of Ink with the Silhouette Mint?

Video : Testing the Silhouette Mint with Non-Mint Inks

One of the first questions that I had when I found out about the Silhouette Mint was, “Can I use other inks with it besides the inks that are made for the Mint”? If you had the same question, then check out this video, where I test a variety of different, non-Mint inks with the Silhouette Mint to see how they perform. I was pretty surprised by the results!

I mentioned earlier that this is the first of two videos. As you’ll see, I had some “technical difficulties” in this video because I only had a limited number of stamps to work with, and I’ll be retesting some of the inks under better conditions, as well as trying out some additional inks with the stamps.

I hope that you find this video to be helpful, and stay tuned for part two you can check out the follow-up right here!

Silhouette Mint Supplies

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )

Inks Tested in This Video

Peacock Feathers Distress Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Ranger Jet Black Archival Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Hero Arts Mint Julep Shadow Dye Inkpad ( AMZ )
Adirondack Stream Alcohol Ink ( AMZ / SBK )
Peacock Feathers Distress Reinker ( AMZ / SBK )
Staz On Jet Black Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )

Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags

Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags

I am a total sucker for all things neon, and I could no longer resist picking up the Martha Stewart Crafts Neon Glitter pack that I’ve had my eye on for quite a while, so be prepared to see plenty of fluorescent paper goodies in the coming months because I am loving this glitter!

Neon Glitter

I just had to add a little bit of neon to my new Holiday Wishes Gift Tags, and the result is a set of merry and VERY bright tags that practically glow against black tissue wrapped boxes. There’s no doubt that any gift tagged with one of these babies will stand out among the other gifts under the tree. Have I mentioned that I love this glitter?

Supplies Used

Holiday Wishes Gift Tag Die Cuts
White Cardstock
Die Cutting Machine*
Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad
Martha Stewart Crafts Neon Glitter
Glitter Tray (Recollections brand from Michaels)
Black Tissue Paper
1/8″ White Satin Ribbon
Tape
Glue Pen or Marker (optional – for touch ups)

* I still use a Silhouette SD, which is no longer being manufactured as of the release of the Silhouette CAMEO.

Instructions

1. Using a die-cutting machine (a PDF file is also provided in the tag download for those of you who would like to cut out the tags by hand), cut the gift tags onto white cardstock.

2. Place a tag, right side up, onto a piece of scrap paper and use a glue pad to cover the entire front of the tag with a thin layer of glue. Immediately cover the tag with your choice of glitter (use a piece of paper or a glitter tray to catch the glitter that doesn’t stick to the tag). Tap off any excess glitter, set aside, and allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.

3. Thread ribbon, twine, or string through the tag loop and attach to your package.

Watch the Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags Video (or check it out on Youtube):

Heat Embossed Glassine Treat Bags

Heat Embossed Glassine Treat Bags

I’m back! I honestly didn’t plan on launching the site and immediately disappearing for two weeks, but the launch of the site just happened to coincide with a visit from an out-of-state guest (my mom). Last week, I was playing catch up on emails and meeting deadlines for various projects for my other sites. Deadlines always seem to come due all at once, don’t they?

Today I have another quick and easy Halloween treat packaging project for you, and I have to say that I’ve fallen in love with heat embossing onto glassine. It gives the finished bags a great texture, and the shine of the embossed areas is a perfect match for the translucent glassine. Methinks that I’ll be using this technique a lot in the future.

Watch the Heat Embossed Glassine Treat Bags Video (or check it out on YouTube):

Download the Transcript of This Video

Supplies Used

How to Make Custom “Chipboard” Letters

Custom Chipboard Letters

Chipboard letters are awesome, but many times I’m unable to find a style and font that fits the project that I’m working on, so I decided to make my own! This is an easy project, and you can make whatever font, letter, shape, or size that you need using your die cutter (I used my Silhouette) and any software that allows you to make your own custom cuttable files. I used Silhouette Studio, but Sure Cuts a Lot or Make the Cut would work well, too.

And I forgot to mention it in the video (d’oh!), but for fonts that have small, detailed areas, you can use a ballpoint or marker tipped glue pen to make those areas sticky.

Supplies Used

Silhouette SD + Silhouette Studio Software
Tombow Mono Adhesive Roller (Diamond Dots)
Kraft Cardstock (The Paper Company)
Martha Stewart Crafts Ballpoint Tip Glue Pen (optional)
Fonts : Chunkfive (free) and Eloquent Regular

Watch the How to Make Custom “Chipboard” Letters Video (or check it out on YouTube):

Download the Transcript of This Video

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