Stamp Pads and Glimmer Mist in a Pinch

So I am taking a class from Craft Tech University on Saturday with Samantha Star.  Since it has been over 4 years since I bought anything stamp related I needed to buy some supplies.  I figured no problem I would just go to the scrapbooking store.  Did I mention it has been close t0 4 years since I last stepped foot in the scrapbooking store?  Well it is closed, it closed in March 2009.  So Savannah no longer has a scrapbooking store (at least according to Google or my knowledge) to buy items I needed.  Yes we have Michaels but I would much rather have a root canal than drive out to Michaels and beat off little old ladies for scrapbooking supplies.  I turned to Ebay for all my scrapbooking needs.  I found an awesome store Simon Says Stamps and purchased almost everything from them (I need to get a heat embossing gun by Saturday). 

The package came today and I was thrilled until I realized they sent me the refills instead of the pads for the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I checked my order and they substituted but they knocked $10.00 off my bill and gave me a coupon for the next time I shop.  I wasn’t upset, a little disappointed but knowing me I would have still ordered it anyways.   I figured there had to be something I could do.  I did call the company just to see if they had them in stock, they were super nice, apologized for not having the pads and offered the following solution, after I figured it out Smile.

Before I called the company - I Googled how to make an ink pad and there was nothing.  I wanted the raised ink pads so it would be similar to the pads they will be using on Saturday.  Then I remembered that I had some old dried Dollar Store ink pads that I never got rid of.  I took those to the bathroom sink and washed them out with soap and water.  I let the “pad” dry and then glued it back down to the platform with Quick Dry Tacky Glue.  One it was set I added the ink to the ink pad.  To my amazement it works GREAT!!!  I now wish I would have bought 15 more or at least one more for the blue.  I might run to the Dollar Store and see if they still sell these ink pads and if they do pick several more up for future Tim Holtz Distress Ink purchases.

I do have to play with them a little more I think I might have added too much ink to them but I am pretty sure they will work nicely for Saturday.  My daughter tested them out and she loves my “new” stamp pads and the “glimmer mist”.

The other thing I needed was Glimmer Mist – I have a hard time spending $5 - 7.00 for a 2 oz. bottle of something that I’m not sure I am going to like (call me cheap, I don’t care).  I think glimmer mist is cool but I personally am not a glimmer type of girl (shiny but not glimmer).  I once again turned to Google and found The Frugal Crafter.  I was so excited but there was one problem, I needed Pearl Ex.  When I made my order on Ebay I also bought some Perfect Pearls by Ranger, they were on sale for $1.50  I figured if nothing else I could add them to my watercolors.   I was not expecting them to be just like Pearl Ex a beautiful fine powder.  I figured I would try it with hairspray and food coloring – I added about a teaspoon of the powder to the hairspray and several drops of food coloring.  Shook the bottle and tested it – I am happy with it. 

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The picture really doesn’t do it justice – very shiny and pretty.  The “dark” specks was the sprayer (operator) trying to spray too quickly.  I made two more colors a white one and a blue one (my daughter requested blue).

I have no idea if it is archival but many artist use hair spray to seal pastels in a pinch (myself included) and I have never had the paper yellow or anything funky happen to the pastels.  Having background in Historic Preservation I know nothing is truly archival – archival in paper means it needs to last at least 50 years in “normal” conditions.  I also know if it didn’t work the paper would have started to yellow within 2 hours – a college mid term gone horribly wrong.

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My daughter’s Thank You card made with the “new” stamp pads and the red glimmer mist.  It is really shiny and pretty, according to my daughter.

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I had to make “blue glimmer mist” it is not as blue as my daughter wanted it but I like it.

I am pretty happy with everything and maybe if I see “real” Glimmer Mist in action on Saturday I will be able to bring myself to buy a bottle but I am liking my “cheap” Glimmer Mist.