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Ciao for Now

It's my last official weekly post on The Ink Pad Blog... for now, that is. Because, of course, the online store will remain open and I'm sure we'll be posting samples and other fun stuff from time to time. But this seemed like a great time to celebrate how much we love NYC and we also love (and plan to keep in-stock!) the exclusive line of city-themed stamps and stencils Michelle Ward designed for The Ink Pad! This card features the Map, Postmark and Empire State Building from the Manhattan Map set; the Taxi and "I Love NY" sentiment from...

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Stencils and Sealing Wax

Two of my all-time favorite discoveries during my time at The Ink Pad are journal keeping in a Traveler's Notebook, and the nostalgic joy of Sealing Wax. And happily, this post has BOTH of those; and right now you can discover either of them at 30% off, while the brick-and-mortar store closing sale continues. There are still a few 2022 dated Traveler's Notebook Refills available in both Regular and Passport sizes, including the Weekly Vertical with Memo edition that I'm working in here. There are also lots of different undated refills, covers and accessories, and this is a great time...

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Hexies + Doodles +Thanks

Michelle Ward's Stamps and Stencils designed exclusively for The Ink Pad have a great NYC vibe, but they don't necessarily need to be used only for New York themed cards and layouts. For example, the Large Hex Pattern Stencilmakes a fantastic pattern that works for any occasion; and Michelle's Dance Line Stamp Set has some fabulous art deco detailing as well as the two beautiful Dance Line silhouettes AND two very useful sentiments, as well.  I blended Villainous Potion Distress Oxide into Shaded Lilac through the Large Hex Stencil, then used a fine-tipped black pen to outline the hexies and...

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What's Black and White and Rose Gold All Over?

In this case, the answer is a really BIG mandala... drawn on black paper. Because let's face it, there is always something a little bit magical about light ink on dark paper, we cannot help but marvel a tiny bit, right? And if there is a Deco Premium Rose Gold pen as part of the equation, so much the better! They come in chisel and bullet tips; this is the latter and it lays down a beautiful seamless line of color that is entirely opaque. I could have drawn the entire mandala in Rose Gold, but it's always more fun...

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Tiny Sealing Wax Collages

Wax seals add instant elegance and nostalgia to any project, and there's seemingly no limit to the combination of papers and embellishments that coordinate well. In this case, we've got Vintage Typewriter Stickers, Classic Icon Fleur-de-Lis Wax Seals, leafy diecuts, Glitter Tape and scraps of sheet music. Pepin's Classical European Tiles book contains thirty-two sheets of long tape strips, rectangular labels and square seals, but it's the medium-sized circles I've used on these tags. Penny Black's Juniper Die Set is cut from Tonic's Silver Service 6x6 Card Pack. Vintage Typewriter Stickers add a little bit of whimsy to any project...

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