First off, let me say I’m sorry for taking so long to get this post out. I know you’ll understand when I say life challenges happen and sometimes you just have to stop what you’re doing and focus on life. With that said, I’m trying to get back to a regular schedule! Hope you’ll get a lot out of this post today as I share my favorite supplies for cardmaking for – Part 2 Coloring! I apologize for how long this is, but there’s so much to share so that’s one reason for breaking up this topic into several posts. Feel free to print this page and use it as a guide!
So, when I first got interested in making cards, I watched a bunch of YouTubers’ videos for recommended supplies especially since I had 0 experience with all the supplies and tools that are out there. And, 80% of my supplies now have come from those recommendations. Even today, almost a year later before I think of buying a new tool, I go to my list of cardmaking experts to see any reviews.
Inks (Dyes and Pigments)
My ink line is just beginning so sorry I don’t have a long list here. So, if you want to recommend inks I’ve not listed, tell me about them by commenting below.
- Gina K Designs Amalgam Black Ink. This is my favorite black ink and my go-to for all my cards. It is Copic-friendly as well as great for stamping crisp images that I can then watercolor. – Gina K. Designs
- Hero Arts Intense Black Ink. My 2nd favorite black ink to use for stamping. It’s also Copic-friendly. – Amazon https://amzn.to/2nwol69
- Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. This would be my next favorite black ink that’s great for stamping too. – Amazon https://amzn.to/2mFHxOF
- Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Also, great for stamping. – Amazon https://amzn.to/2odh8rV
- Distress Inks. Love, love these inks for techniques and even sometimes for stamping. I mainly use these for ink blending. I have several sources for purchasing these: – Simon Says Stamp (SSS) – https://bit.ly/2obgTxr; Amazon – https://amzn.to/2nzKIaU; Scrapbook.com – http://shrsl.com/1uen0
- Distress Oxide Inks (pigment). This is my absolute favorite for watercoloring and I also use them for ink blending too. There are times when I’ll mix them with regular distress inks after allowing the oxide to dry; again a few sources for buying in sets or individually: – Simon Says Stamp (SSS) – https://bit.ly/2oeOeaX; Amazon – https://amzn.to/2nwU2fs; Scrapbook.com – http://shrsl.com/1uen6
- Distress Sprays – I don’t have any experience using the sprays but because I have a lot of experience using the ink pads, I definitely recommend this too – https://amzn.to/2VorEJk; SSS – https://bit.ly/31Uclup
- Simon Says Stamp Inks. I’ve used several of their colors, they are such high quality, stamps very well and look great on cards. – SSS https://bit.ly/2nwzUdz
- Gina K Design Inks. I love her inks and the fact that many of her cardstock papers match them. She also offers mini cubes which saves money and great to have to travel with. – Gina K Designs http://shrsl.com/1uenk; SSS – https://bit.ly/2m0Wf2s
- Scrapbook.com Hybrid inks. These are great for stamp layering. I have one set in the pink/red family and they are very good quality.
- Stampin’ Up inks. I was given some of these inks but I didn’t start playing with them until recently and I really like them. They’re juicy and I like the way they’re stored in their containers. I have several colors and I’ve stamped and ink blended with them.
- Pigment inks. I like these for doing techniques such as adding bokeh effects to cards or with stencils. They need to dry for awhile if I’m using more than 1 ink at a time. Hero Arts has great pigment inks + hybrid inks which is a combo of pigment and dye. Versafine’s Onyx Black is a good pigment ink too. And, check out VersaFine Clair’s pigment ink line.
- VersaMark clear embossing ink. This is for heat embossing and I use for stamping with white, gold, black or other embossing colors, for watercoloring images and for ensuring stamped images are crisp. – https://amzn.to/2MqDL4p
Ranger also has their line of clear embossing ink which also is very good – https://amzn.to/2VrKzTr
- WPlus9 – Love all their products, inks included. – https://bit.ly/2AWJF8h; Re-fills both dye and pigment inks – https://bit.ly/2pZ90wd
- Catherine Pooler inks – I’ve heard nothing but great things about her ink line and so it’s on my list to start investing in. One thing I remember that stood out to me is that her inks can be used blending together without contaminating two colors. I really want to try that out as I do a lot of ink blending and I get lazy and don’t always feel like cleaning my brush before using a different color.
This list below are other black inks that I’ve heard a lot of good things about, I just haven’t used them on my cards.
- Simon Says Stamp black inks – This is another black ink that I’m desperate to try just to have two different ones to use for everyday stamping.
- Staz-On inks – I don’t use this ink at all but I know it is unique in that stamps on different surfaces like metal and acetate for example, plus it’s acid-free. It dries quickly and won’t move when watercoloring stamped images. You need to clean your acrylic blocks thoroughly after use. – https://amzn.to/3139tKF (jet black)
I haven’t had to buy re-inkers for any of my stash because they’re all still very juicy, but I didn’t want to leave these out either because I do feel they’re useful.
- Distress Traditional and Oxide Re-inkers – https://amzn.to/2nsInP5; SSS (traditional re-inkers) – https://bit.ly/2VvnTSr
- Distress Oxide Re-inkers – SSS – https://bit.ly/32977v7
- Gina K. Designs Re-inkers – SSS – https://bit.ly/2Iu7Yyz; GinaKDesigns.com – http://shrsl.com/1vaey
- Ranger Re-inkers – SSS – https://bit.ly/2p3xe7Q
- Catherine Pooler Re-inkers – you can find her re-inkers on the Ellen Hutson website>> https://bit.ly/31Whja8
- Stampin’ Up Re-inkers – https://bit.ly/2pXisA4
- Hero Arts Re-inkers – http://shrsl.com/1vagz; SSS – https://bit.ly/2ooNVdS
I love learning and coloring is one of these techniques I need a lot of time practicing with. So, I started buying a few Copics and one of my crafty friends gifted me a few more which really blessed me. However, they’re expensive and outside my budget but I needed more colors and I looked around for alternatives. I found Studio 71 and they offered 80 colors in their pack for just $39.98 (at the time I bought my set). I don’t see much difference in using them but I’m a newbie.
The drawback is they are not replaceable as Copics are but since I don’t use them that often, I didn’t think this would be a problem. I’ve used them a lot and, I’m pretty happy with the results.
- Studio 71 Alcohol Markers – https://amzn.to/2MiQ4zG
- Copic markers (comes in many sets and individuals on Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2VqWhht; SSS – https://bit.ly/2LWLNTC
- Zig Clean Color Watercolor markers – (Amazon) 12/set, 24/set, 36/set, 48/set, 60/set, and 80/set; SSS (sold individually and in sets) – https://bit.ly/2p5R7Lq; Blick Art Supplies – http://shrsl.com/1vajv
I really like adding a bit of shimmer and shine to my cards and these markers are all great for that extra touch!
- Wink of Stella – My absolute favorite pen for glitter, shiny effects.
- Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen
- Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens
- Pentel Fine Point Markers – these are not for adding shimmer or glitter effects, but I really like the way these markers color and they don’t bleed through which is a plus in my book!
- Arteza Real Brush Pens – I’ve also heard great things about these markers but I haven’t bought these yet, however it’s another product line I had to include!
- Spectrum Noir Pen – Also adds a nice shimmery effect.
I’m not good at drawing or coloring but that doesn’t mean I won’t try! I have a few sets of colored pencils and pens that I’ve played with, guess I just need more practice!
- Derwent Watercolour Pencils – love playing with this set of colored pencils.
- Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen (S, 0.3 mm) – my favorite black pen for signing and coloring correcting tight spots on cards.
- Micron 05 Archival Pen – my next favorite black pen that’s similar to the Faber-Castell artist pen.
- Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (white) – these are great for adding just the right amount of color and with the white, I can mimic snow or add a decorative design to my cards.
- Slicci Silver Pen
- Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gel Pens – I was given a set of these pens and I really like how they color, they add a glittery effect and don’t bleed through even with regular paper.
- Distress Crayons set – I only own six of these colors but they definitely are not your typical Crayola colors! They are vibrant and works well with watercolor techniques.
- Staedeller Crayons set – Another terrific crayon set. I own the 12 pack but of course there’s a 24-set available here >> https://amzn.to/2pXn610
Paints, Paintbrushes, Accessories
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set – I absolutely love these watercolors and even though I’m a newbie, I’m glad I bought these as my first set.
- Prang watercolor 8-color set – This set came recommended from Kristina Werner so I bought it and I really like, very affordable and I think it’s great to travel with cause it gives you the basic colors. There’s a 16-color set available too >> https://amzn.to/30VIaBB
- Simply Art watercolor pan set – I was given this set from one of my crafty friends. I’ve used this several times and I really like them 🙂
- Ngwall Paint Brush Flat set – These were my first real watercolor brush set that came recommended watching these on YT and they are so cool to work with. I love how the brushes feel in my hand, how they handle the paint and I use these with traditional watercolors, distress inks and my Zig clean color brush markers.
- Ngwall Paint Brush Round set – Once I got the flat set and used them awhile, I knew I had to have the round brushes. Love all the sizes these come in!
- Princeton Artist Brush Neptune – I wanted a watercolor wash brush for adding a lot of color for backgrounds and after much research, I opted for this brush. I really love how it handles a lot of water and color. This brush is a quill synthetic squirrel, size 6.
- Princeton Artist Brush Neptune Size 1 – I needed a smaller brush so bought this not long after I got the size 6 brush. It’s great for coloring in tight spaces.
- Ranger Tim Holtz Water Brush – This brush is six inches that holds water and works really great with markers, traditional watercolors and ink pads. I pair these up with Distress Oxides all the time.
- Altenew Water Brushes – SSS – I own the medium size and large size and they work exactly like the Tim Holtz water brushes.
- VersaMarker Watercolor Pen
- Waffle Flower Watercolor Media Mat – I waited awhile before investing in this because since I own the Tim Holtz media mat, I thought I didn’t need this. But, as time passed, I went ahead and bought it. I like it but I find I don’t use it as much as I thought I would. It does have the palette on the side for your colors and it cleans up but I still use my TH media mat a bit more. SSS – https://bit.ly/31XfbPe
- Round Palette (comes in several sets) – https://amzn.to/2LZESsY
- Color Wheel. I’ve owned one of these since my days as a graphic designer and I still find it useful today in crafting. – SSS >> https://bit.ly/2rrBcVt
- Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes – I absolutely LOVE these brushes for ink blending. I just never could get good results with the rounded blended brushes but when I tried these, I immediately knew I wanted all the sizes. The handle is great for me so I know where I want to lay down more or less ink to make my backgrounds. –
Amazon >> https://amzn.to/2ATlqrp
Well, I’m stopping here for this list, Whoooo! A lot of info here but I do hope you’ll find it helpful 🙂 If I’ve not listed something here, just remember I’m still getting started so as I grow and learn, I’ll more likely come back and update the post to add in more products. Thanks for understanding for if you’re here, big kudos to you for reading this whole thing!