Saturday, February 21, 2015

Altenew - Vintage Roses - Stamp Talk

Hi friends,

Some time back, I took part in Altenew challenge & won $20 from them ( isn't that cool!). I bought this Vintage Roses set. Finally, I got chance to experiment with it.


I love pigment inks & i have many shades of colorbox inks. But unfortunately, the pads are de-flatting  so fast lately. So it was time to switch inks for me. I gave try to Wplus9 dye inks and  fell in love with them. 

So coming to the point.... i tried stamping these roses in pigment, dye & archival inks. I got best results with dye inks. I like pigment inks too but layering images were little difficult as these inks are opaque. Somehow, don't like working with archival inks.

My take away from this experiment:

  * Stamp quality is excellent & the way they have designed layers for Roses is just awesome. I was little disappointed with leaves though. It takes 11 images to make a cluster of five leaves. That was tedious & the grouping for leaves is confusing too (at least for me).

 * Build your layers from darker to lighter as Tasnim showed it here & use this reference sheet to align your stamps.

 * Dye ink works best for this set but you need various shades of same colour. 

 * Build all the layers with similar ink only. I tried stamping 2 layers with dye and one with archival which didn't work (2 yellow roses in bottom right corner).

 * I tried stamping with pigment inks too. I like that too but you have to build your layers from light to dark for sharper contrast as these are opaque inks. (In below image - two pink roses in bottom left corner...they are stamped with same inks but first one was dark to light while second one light to dark)


* You can build layers with only one ink & second and third generation stamping. The one at the bottom with mama elephant pigment ink - lollipop. For this method, pigment inks work better than dye inks because they dry slower and you have enough pigments left on stamp for second and third generation stamping.

All in all I LOVE this set. With little practice, roses were easy to align and final result is breathtakingly beautiful!






32 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this detailed review Neha ..I love the way the roses look with first,second and third generation stamping ..I think the dye inks give the best results and the way you have combined Wplus 9 and memento and PTI shades really works.I do love this stamp set too :)

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  2. Can't wait to see these on cards now!! Great review!

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  3. Wow! Thanks for this amazing review. I don't have this stamp set but I do have Wplus9 set pretty peonies. Haven't tried it yet, I wonder if I can build those peonies with memento inks.. !?

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    1. Thanks Jasleen! Yes, I have that too & woks well with memento & it is very forgiving than this as far as building layers. I love that too. In fact i just finished a card using it...:)

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    2. That's great. Please share your card soon so that I get some much needed inspiration for inking my own stamps. :)

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  4. Super review Neha..........I loved the Mama elephant second & third generation stamping. BTW am surprised you did not experiment with diff papers too :-P.

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    1. Thanks Tanvi, our white is tried and trusted and i don't have Neenah...;)

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  5. Thanks much for the lovely review...Saw Tasnim video earlier and had a start up issue to start with Wplus 9 pretty peonies stamp set...Sure gonna try it out now.. :)

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  6. First of all thank you so much for sharing this post... I do have this stamp set but till today its in cover not even open... was too confusing to select inks as I never built my dye ink n pigment ink pads... didn't have idea which will work out...after reading this post I can shop on my ink pads now...

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  7. This is wonderful Neha. I have never really understood how to do it and what inks to use. Thank you for all of this info.

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  8. REALLY Special! Thanks for showing your talents!

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  9. Loved your experiment Neha. The outcome with single ink looks good too. I m gonna try it. I only have archival and memento inks. Will try out some more combinations with them else will go for some new inks. I made a card today combining elements from this set and the little peonies set. Will share asap. Thanks for taghing me too :)

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    1. Thanks Indira! Yes, good inks are a must for us.

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  10. This stamp set is on my wish list! The flowers look so real and gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your experiments! Very interesting!

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    1. Thanks Susanne. Yes this is one gorgeous stamp set.

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  11. Love this stamp set! Thank you for the detailed review.. I so want to try stamping like this but I don't think I can ever do it.. Great review and makes me want to try my hands on stamps once again :)

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  12. Wow...this stamp set is super gorgeous....and thanks for sharing such a detailed review..!! Will be helpful in future!!

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  13. Thank you so much for showing this detailed review! It's so nice to see all the different inks with the altenew's roses. Thank you!!!

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  14. Thanks for your review on these stamps. I just got a set for my birthday and was playing with them last night and was daunted by all the different images needed for the 5 leaf sprig. Finding ink colors that work well with each other is the next phase. Thanks again.

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    1. Ya! Robin, Flowers are great..but leaves are lil too much. Good pigment ink with generation stamping is the best option for me as i don't have very many dye inks. Hope you are enjoying it!

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  15. I know you did this over a year ago, but I just bought my first Altenew stamp sets and discovered your blog here. Great tips. Had no idea it worked better dark to light. I've been practicing the opposite and have not been happy with results!

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  16. I know you did this over a year ago, but I just bought my first Altenew stamp sets and discovered your blog here. Great tips. Had no idea it worked better dark to light. I've been practicing the opposite and have not been happy with results!

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    1. Great Annie! glad you found it helpful!

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  17. I was confused for the type of ink to be used with my vintage flowers set. Based on your review i opted for altnew inks set. Thank you for such a detailed review. I also had a question - which cardstock should be used with the dye based ink to get a get a good result with this set?

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    1. Thanks Esha, Glad it helped you. You can get Bielo card stock from Priya Sivraj or Neenah Classic crest from any of the supplier. Thise are the best option for stamping in India.

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  18. Thank you for the information. I've wanted pigment inks for so long so I was just about to order some, but decided to read a bit again for stamp layering. Yesterday I tried a new stamp set which is a flower layer stamp set and it turned out great with dye inks and white pigment ink in-between. Is this the method you're saying will work with pigment inks, too ? I stamp them from light to dark, but using only 1 shade (obviously). Is this method going to work for pigment inks too or do I need more shades to layer? Thanks!

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