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Botany 100% Recycled Card

Botany 100% Recycled Card

Melissa put our Botany Card to the test, she tells us that it has a great thickness and texture, a good ‘kraft’ colour and that it cuts smoothly with a trimmer.

Copic Colouring Test

Products used in this test

Ink Used for Image: MFT Extreme Black
Ink Used for Sentiment: Versafine Clair Nocturne
Medium used for Colouring: Copic Markers
Other Products Used: Shimmer Pen & Glossy Accents

Thoughts after the test

  • Stamped well with both inks and dried well for colouring.
  • Coloured well with the Copic Markers without bleeding.
  • The Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents slightly warped the card, however this is hardly noticeable.

Ink Blending through Stencil Test

Products used in this test

First Ink Used:  Hero Arts, Hero Hues Unicorn White
Other: Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush

First, Melissa blended the white ink onto the card and heat set it, then she Ink blended the Oxide ink over the top.

Thoughts after the test

  • This technique on this card gives a little ‘rustic’ effect. 
  • Both inks seem to soak into the card a little, however it did turn out great for a more subtle effect.

Explore our Botany Card and Paper, it’s made from 100% recycled materials and made in Australia.

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Knight White Card

Knight White Card

Melissa’s been busy testing again and this time she gave Knight White a go. It’s super smooth and bright white, overall Melissa thinks it has a great thickness, it’s a nice, bright white and it cuts smoothly with a trimmer.

Copic Colouring Test

Products used for this test

Ink Used for Image: MFT Extreme Black
Ink Used for Sentiment: Versafine Clair Nocturne
Medium used for Colouring: Copic Markers
Other Products Used: Shimmer Pen & Glossy Accents

Thoughts after the test

  • I found that it was a little hard to blend the Copic markers and they did bleed outside the stamped image but only slightly.
  • The Versafine Clair ink did not dry fast on this cardstock and it smudged a little when I coloured the image.
  • The Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents did not warp this card.

Ink Blending Through Stencil Test

Products used in this test

Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush

Thoughts after the test

  • The ink blended well onto the card.
  • Not so vibrant when completed, colour seems to soak into the card a little.
  • Still happy with the results.

Ink Blended then spritzed with water

Products used in this test

Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush, Water Spritz Bottle

Thoughts after the test

  • The ink blended well onto the card.
  • When spritzed with the water, it soaked in a little but I was still able to pick the water and colour up and got the effect.
  • Dried without warping.

Check out our Knight White (and Ivory) range that includes matching envelopes:

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Box Board

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Box Board

Melissa put our 0.6mm Box Board to the test with her Copic colours and alcohol inks. Her overall feedback is:

  • It has a great thickness and texture
  • It has a good ‘kraft’ colour
  • It cuts smoothly with a trimmer
  • It’s not suitable for Copic Colouring
  • It is great for ink blending
  • It would make a great background card

Copic Colouring Test

Products used for this test

Ink Used for Image:  MFT Extreme Black
Ink Used for Sentiment:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
Medium used for Colouring:  Copic Markers
Other Products Used:  Shimmer Pen & Glossy Accents

Thoughts after the test

  • Did not stamp well on the smooth side, the ink soaked in even after stamping it a few times.  So I used the rough side of the card.
  • It was hard to colour with Copic Markers on this card.  It was very ‘scratchy’ and very hard to blend.  The colour soaked in even after applying it twice and once completely dry, it doesn’t look good at all, it’s very spotty.
  • The Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents did not warp this card at all.

Ink Blending Through Stencil

Products used for this test

First Ink Used:  Hero Arts, Hero Hues Unicorn White
Other: Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush

Thoughts after the test

First, I blended the white ink onto the card and heat set it. I then Ink blended the Oxide ink over the top. This technique on this card gives a great effect, the colours seem to sit on top of the card and are more vibrant than the Botany card, it’s a great card for this technique.

Discover our range of Box Board:

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Astralux White Card

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Astralux White Card

Melissa has been busy testing again, this time she tried out our Astralux White card, which has a glossy finish on one side and matte white card on the other. Melissa tells us that the card has a good thickness and a nice white colour, it cuts smoothly with a trimmer and she highly recommends it for Alcohol Ink creations, she explains her tests and thoughts below.

Alcohol Ink Technique Test

Products used for this test

Ink Used:  Alcohol Inks
Other Products Used: Isocol

Thoughts after the test

  • I added a considerable amount of Isocol and Alcohol Ink to this card. To move the ink around I used an air blower as well as a heat gun. It with stood all very well. Once dry, I added more Isocol to get the dotted effect and heated it again to dry.
  • Considering all the times that I heated this card, it performed very well.
  • Yes, it did ‘arch’ a little when heating, however it did not go out of shape at all and once all dry and cooled, it went back to shape without warping.
  • I highly recommend this card for Alcohol Ink creations.

Cards Made

For these cards I created the background as outlined above, I then ran them through my die cut machine in an Embossing Folder, I then sanded the raised parts with a sanding block.

Thoughts after making these cards

  • I love how this technique turned out.
  • The card was the perfect thickness for this.
  • On one of the cards, it did tear a little when embossed, however I think that was because the card was still a little wet. The other one was dryer and didn’t have an issue.
  • There was no warping when embossed either.
  • Again, a perfect card and thickness for this technique.

Explore our Astralux range today:

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100% Cotton Ivory Card

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100% Cotton Ivory Card

Melissa, one of our dedicated product testers, put our 100% Cotton Ivory Card through its paces. She tells us that the card has a great thickness, a great colour that isn’t too yellow and there’s a great feel to the card, it also cuts smoothly with a trimmer.

Copic Colouring Test

Products used for this test

Ink Used for Image: MFT Extreme Black
Ink Used for Sentiment:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
Medium used for Colouring:  Copic Markers
Other Products Used:  Shimmer Pen & Glossy Accents

Thoughts after the test

  • The MFT ink bleds slightly on the card.
  • Copic Markers were very hard to blend.
  • Copic Markers bled past the stamped image.
  • The Versafine Clair ink did not dry quickly on this card and smudged a lot.
  • The Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents did not warp this card.
  • Overall, I find this card not good for Copic Colouring.

Ink Blending through Stencil

Products used for this test

Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush

Thoughts after the test

  • The Distress Oxide ink blended very well onto the card.
  • The colour is vibrant.

Ink Blending then spritzed with water

Products used for this test

Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush, Water Spritz Bottle

Thoughts after the test

  • Ink blending on this card was easy and worked well.
  • When spritzed with water, it held the water on top with minimal soaking in. I was able to remove the excess with a cloth to give the splattered effect.
  • No warping once dry.

Have a look at our range in 100% Cotton Ivory, which is also available in matching envelopes.

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Smooth White Card

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Smooth White Card

Melissa put our Smooth White 250gsm Card to the test. She discovered that is has a great thickness, a nice, bright white colour, a smooth finish and it cuts smoothly with a trimmer. Melissa highly recommends this card as a cheaper alternative for Copic Colouring.

Copic Colouring Test

Products used for this test

Ink Used for Image:  MFT Extreme Black
Ink Used for Sentiment:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
Medium used for Colouring:  Copic Markers
Other Products Used:  Shimmer Pen & Glossy Accents

Thoughts after the test

  • Stamped well with no bleeding from either ink pad.
  • Colouring with Copic Markers was great, no bleeding from Markers.
  • Held the Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents and did not warp once dry.
  • This card is a great cheaper alternative to the expensive Copic Card Stock available on the market.

Ink Blending through Stencil

Products used for this test

Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush

Thoughts after the test

  • Ink blended really well through the stencil onto the card.
  • The colour is vibrant and seems to sit on the card but does not smudge off.

Ink Blending then spritzed with water

Products used in this test

Ink Used:  Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Other Products Used:  Blending Brush, Water Spritz Bottle

Thoughts after the test

  • The colour is vibrant and seems to sit on the card but does not smudge off.
  • When spritzed with the water, the water pooled on top of the card and was lifted easily with a cloth.
  • Gave great effect easily.
  • Did not warp.

A finished card

To complete this card, Melissa ink blended a background with various Distress Oxide Inks then heat set it to make sure it was dry. She then then applied Hero Arts, Hero Hues Unicorn White Ink through a stencil and heat set it again. As she wanted a Bokeh effect, she did this several times. Melissa then went on to finish the card as a ‘no edge’ shaker card. Smooth White card was also used to cut the sentiment on the Cricut Joy.

The Smooth White card held really well with no warping during the making of this card, considering all the heating it got and the card also cut really well on the Cricut Joy.

Check out our Smooth White range which comes in options between 210gsm and 400gsm.