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Memento Luxe Ink Review

Reported by Angela Butler-Carter

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Of all the crafty supplies that I’ve acquired and hoarded over the years, there is one that I never get rid of: inks. I love them. They come in so many different shapes, colors, and formulations. There are pigment, distress, hybrid, shadow, and archival inks, just to name a few. Over the past seven plus years of crafting, I feel like I’ve tried them all.

After all that trial (and some error), I have to say that Tsukineko’s Memento brand inks are in general among some of my top performance inks. They provide a lasting and crisp inking to almost any stamp, and I find that their inks resist fading as some other inks tend to do.

So when I got the chance to write the Memento Luxe Ink review for Craft Critique, I just had to find out if these inks lived up to their brand name. I couldn’t wait to try them, and share my results!

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This pigment ink is designed for mixed media applications. It can be applied to any porous surface, according to Tsukineko, and is permanent when heat set on fabric. It is available in a 24 color palette of full-sized ink pads.

To really test out new inks, I like to make mini cards. They are super adorable, compact, quick, and easy. I also like to make one layer cards so I can see how inks lay on top of each other. These inks stamped perfectly and the colors were so saturated with just one inking and impression of the stamp.

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This beautiful color is Morocco. It’s a lovely orange although it’s coming off more as coral in the pictures. It was stamped only once with this beautiful color payoff. The gorgeous gray I used is called Gray Flannel.  I love the gray so much because it is a true gray. I’ve purchased other inks in the past where the gray stamped as black, but not so in this case.

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The Pear Tart and Bahama Blue are so vivid in color I just love the contrast next to the rich black ink of the sentiment.

I did use a white ink on this card called Wedding Dress. I stamped it on top of the Gray Flannel. It did not show up very well at all (you can just barely see it in the gray circle on the bottom right). I also tried it on darker card stock and I found it to be alright on that surface. It gave more of a ghosting affect rather than a true white. However, true white inks are very hard to come by so this isn’t a surprising result.

Pros:

  • Beautiful ink saturation with a single impression.
  • Layers beautifully with other pigment inks.
  • Crisp impressions.

Cons:

  • You will need to tap into your ink pad a bit heavily to get the ink to really cover your stamp.
  • The white ink provided only a bit of ghosting rather than a true white image.

Memento Luxe inks have an MSRP of $6.99 and are available at Amazon.com.

Review | Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium Scissors

Reported by Linda Neff

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I thought I owned all the scissors I needed for my crafting projects but then I received a pair of Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium Scissors to try.  I had lots of projects going on using a variety of products so I put these to the test.

I needed to cut some burlap strips and muslin pieces and was delighted at just how easily these scissors glided through both types of fabrics. They really did cut “like butter” – I felt no pressure at all and both fabrics were cut with nice clean edges.

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The packaging declares these scissors “easily cuts through multiple layers of fabric” and they did! My daughter and I were making new seat covers for some dining room chairs and used the Westcott scissors to cut through the 1″ thick seat padding. These scissors whispered through this project as if they were simply cutting through one layer of fabric.

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I have scissors for heavy projects like cutting chipboard, wire and such and if I try to use them to cut a piece a ribbon they won’t do it. The blades will just chew at the ribbon. So I’ve always had to have both fabric scissors and work scissors. These Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium scissors easily went back and forth from one type of project to another without any problem.

I use a lot of corrugated cardboard in my art projects which can be really tiring on the hands to cut. That’s where I learned to love the fact that the tension on these Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium scissors can be adjusted. The scissors come with a Blade Tension Key – a fabulous idea – so the blades can be easily adjusted for varying cutting materials.

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I loosened the blades just slightly to test the scissors on the corrugated cardboard. What a difference it made! With the tension adjusted for the thicker material it was very easy to cut through quite a lot of chipboard pieces with a whole lot less pain in my hand.

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Overall I have to say for the street price, less than $15, these scissors seem like the perfect little workhorse. The fact that the blade tension can be adjusted also should help the blades stay sharper longer. I’ve been using them on a variety of materials – fabric, paper, chipboard and corrugated cardboard – with ease. The lightweight scissors have very comfortable ergonomic nylon handles. My only worry is that I will put the Blade Tension Key in a safe place and when I need it I won’t remember where that safe place is. I wish it could be attached to the scissor handle somehow.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable to hold and use
  • Easily cuts through a variety of materials – from fabrics to paper products
  • Includes a Blade Tension Key for tension adjustment

Cons:

  • Includes a Blade Tension Key that could be lost

Westcott Extreme Edge 8″ Titanium Scissorsare available from a variety of office supply and crafts retailers, or the Westcott website, for around $12.50.


Review | Ranger Foil Cardstock

Reported by Maria Soto

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I love working with Ranger products, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this product. Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock has a shiny, mirror-like quality, and it’s sturdy enough to run through an embossing machine (such as the Big Shot).  You can use mediums like alcohol inks and acrylic paints to embellish its surface.

I decided  to go ahead and bring out my Big Shot – along with some dies, embossing folders, and some Prima chalk inks – to see how well they worked with the foil cardstock. You can see the results in the photos that follow.

I started by embossing with my Big Shot & a Sizzix embossing folders set (Birthday Congrats and Thanks) by Eileen Hull. It embossed perfectly, every little detail, and I only ran it through the machine once.

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Next I tried die cutting stars using Spellbinders’ Shapeabilities “Jewel Treasures” set by Julianna Hudgins. They came out great, and I had no problem taking them apart.

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After die cutting the stars, I decided to use some of my Prima chalk ink in Blue Jay and Pastel Blue. Below are two photos showing the stamping on the starts. I love how it worked great, dried fast and all without the need of the heat gun.  I left the outline removed from the die cut in plain silver. These will make great embellishments on any paper crafting project.

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I decided to get out my Quick Snippers and see how well they would cut a design edge. I great results as you can see below.

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I can’t wait to use this foil for my holiday card making! I loved the ease of use and the versatility of the product. I can see myself creating all different types of projects with it, not just cards.

Pros:

  • Easy to cut using different types of cutting tools
  • Easy to emboss
  • Holds color great with many different products besides Ranger’s
  • Perfect for card making
  • Great mirror-like quality

Cons:

  • Only available in one consumer package size

Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock is available in a 3 pack of 8.5″ x 11″ sheets for $4.50 MSRP, as well as in a 20 sheet bulk pack for open stock resale.