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40 Plus 2

The Autumn/Winter 2012 Close To My Heart Idea Book & Catalog features a new color palette.  Close To My Heart is calling the entire color collection, "Forty Plus Two.  There are still four (4) categories, but they've been renamed.  They are:


Each category has TEN (10) colors meaning a total of forty (40) colors that you can choose for the following coordinating items:  
The ink pads are created of water based dye ink that is acid free, in a felt pad which gives each stamped image a crisp, clear impression.  They can be used with water, various brushes, and dry quickly. 

*The Mini pigment pad sets are ONLY sold in sets of 10 and come in the 4 new categories.  These are designed to be used to add color to 3-D items and items that are left out in the open, opposed to being preserved by page protectors.  The color is more vibrant when applied to wood, canvas, and 3-D shapes such as the My Creations® line. 
There are also two (2) colors that are separated from the categories, Colonial White, and White Daisy.  This is the "Plus Two" part of the new color palette. These ink pads are made up of pigment ink, which takes longer to dry, and have a foam pad, so the images you stamp are not so crisp. These have the following items for sale:
  • coordinating cardstock
  • pigment based ink pads
  • reinkers
The Exclusive Inks Markers have been TOTALLY redesigned for the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book! These markers are now ALCOHOL-BASED markers

Some things to keep in mind with this new type of markers:
  • Alcohol-based markers will dry out quickly if they remain without their caps for a long time. Be sure to CAP these markers when you are finished coloring with them. Listen for a 'snap' when closing the cap.
  • CTMH markers are NON-refillable. The re-inkers that are available for purchase are NOT alcohol based, and will not work with the redesigned markers. (with the exception of the Colonial White and White Daisy re-inkers.)
  • Each of the forty (40) color markers (called the 'base' marker) comes with a coordinating color (called the 'shade' marker) in the set. So that's a total of EIGHTY (80) different marker shades that are available. Each set of 2 markers is only $5.95 USD. 
  • Shake the markers to distribute the contents evenly.  Twist and pull off the caps. Store these pens HORIZONTALLY.
  • There are THIRTEEN (13) markers that include a DARKER shade. They are:



Desert Sand

Sweet Leaf
Creme Brulee

  • There are TWENTY-SEVEN (27) markers that include a LIGHTER shade.  They are:
Smokey Plum
Outdoor Denim
Indian Corn Blue
Ponderosa Pine
New England Ivy
Autumn Terracotta
Barn Red
Cotton Candy
Crystal Blue

  • When coloring with the redesigned markers, you'll want to work quickly so the blending of colors/shades will be more effective. Start with the lighter color/shade and then go darker.  You can color up to 3 times to turn up the intensity of the alcohol marker color.  
  • There are TWO (2) tips per marker: a fine tip and a brush tip. The brush tip is quite durable.
  • These markers are NOT like other markers out on the market today, such as Copics, Pro-Markers, or Spectrum Noir markers, to name a few. 
  • Make sure the stamped image is DRY before coloring with these new markers, or smears might appear. One way of quickly drying these inks is to use the CTMH Craft Heater (Item Z555.)
Now when stamping the image to be colored, there are a variety of inks to use.  I did a 'test' of 5 different ways to stamp using the products we offer.  I used the following Marker colors, using Base & Shade: Cotton Candy, Hollyhock, Sunset, and Gypsy. For the 'steam,' I used the "Whisper" ink pad, not a marker.  

This is the Staz-On Ink: 
I stamped the image, and dried it with a

The next image was stamped with the only pigment color I own at this time, that would work with the White Daisy cardstock:  Colonial White.  
Again, I stamped and then dried the ink with a heat embosser.  
The ink left a little 'resist' factor when I used the markers.

Then came the Archival Black ink pad:
Hitting this image with the
heat embosser dried the ink quickly.  It's non-smearing. 

The fourth type of medium I used was the embossing powder we offer, combined with the Versamark ink.  
I used the black powder, heating it to melt then cool 
before coloring with the markers. 
This method leaves a raised (embossed) coating 
that is ink resistant. 

The final ink used was the standard Exclusive Inks® Black Dye ink pad.  
Heated and left to cool before coloring with 

The reason I wanted to show you the different methods for stamping, is so you can choose what's comfortable for you to use.  I heard conflicting reports about certain types of inks smearing when using the new markers, but I didn't see any smearing with any of the methods I used.  Of course, not having the Black Pigment inkpad, and substituting the Colonial White pad in its place was not the best way to compare that to the other 4 inks, it'll have to do until I get the specific ink pad.  

Here is  a picture of all the stamped images I colored:  

Staz-On, CTMH Colonial White Pigment Ink; CTMH Archival Black, Black embossing powder; CTMH Black ink.
SO, my point is, as long as you let the stamped image DRY (either naturally, or via a method such as a heat embosser), it appears no smears happen with using these new CTMH Markers.  

Now, your mileage may vary--and if you have different results, please let me know in the comment section for this post.  Thank you!

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