Attaching Clasps to Beaded Jewelry
Bead Board - makes beading easy!
Beading tips
Beading F.A.Q.
Knotting with Tweezers
Stringing Cords
Stringing Wire
Crimping & Crimp Cover Instructions
Easy Ear Wire
Knowing Your Beads


Bow Making
Candle Burning
Decoupage with Mod Podge
Folding the American Flag
Floral Tablescaping
General Tips
Melted Crayon Art
Photo Booth with Props - How to set up
Tillandsia Care (Air Plant)
Vinyl Lettering


Conservation Framing
How to Hang and Care for your Pictures

Needle Arts

Knit with Milly Video: Blocking
Knit with Milly Video: Cast On
Knit with Milly Video: Cast Off
Knit with Milly Video: Knit Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Purl Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Knit a Starbella Scarf
Knifty Knitter Looms
Knitting & Crochet Abbreviations
Knitting Instructions
Yarn Weight System


Acrylic Paints: which one to use?
Basics of Brushes
Clay Pot Preparation
Coloring Items Using Alcohol Ink
Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine
Painting Mediums / Products Information
Painting Surfaces
Painting Tips
Tin Preparation
Wood Preparation

Paper Crafts

Accu-Cut Die-Cut Machines
Creative Card Making
Distress Inks with Tim Holtz
Getting Started on a Scrapbook
Glossary of Stamp Terms & Techniques
Inking 101
Marbled Look Created with Alcohol Ink
Masking Techniques - Rubber Stamping
Scrapbooking on the Wall - Canvas Art
Taking Gift Tag Art One Step Further
Tear Paper, HOW TO
Twinkling H20's


Blanket Stitching
Choosing the right THREAD
Fabric Conversions
Fabric and Sewing Project Tips
Glossary of Sewing / Quilting Terms
How to Wash your Fabric and Quilts
Stuffing (Fiberfill)

Inking 101

Information Courtesy of and Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop


Chalk InksChalk Inks

This is a combination of Dye Inks and Pigment Inks.  Chalk Inks produce soft subdued hues.  Dries quickly and is blend-able with other Chalk Inks.

Chalk Ink is a subtle, powder finish ink that can be blended on the paper before being allowed to dry. After stamping the card with 2 colors of chalk ink the edges of the red center were blended slightly creating a gentle transition from red to yellow.

• Acid free and archival
• Quick drying on most papers
• Creates opaque colors even on darker colored papers
• Details remain crisp




Dye InksDye Inks

Dries fast and can be used with watercolor techniques.  This is the most popular ink for basic stamping.

Dye Inks are a much stronger ink and can produce more color of a given density but they are not recommended for printing on paper.

Dye Inks are available in a wide range of colors, bright and bold to pastels and rainbows. Combined on the rubber of a stamp, a beautiful range of color combinations is possible. Dye ink pads can be used on porous and glossy papers and are probably the most widely used type of ink pads. Two tones of bright pigment ink create the colorful flower shown on the sample card, which can be stamped several times without reinking.

• Acid-free
• Quick drying on most papers
• Darker colors create an opaque image, while pastel colors can be overlapped and combined for many interesting results.


Dye Inks for Kids

ColorBox also produces a washable dye ink for kids called My First ColorBox.


Pigment InksPigment Inks

Stays wet longer allowing for blending and heat embossing.  This ink can also be heat set with a heat tool or craft iron.  Pigment inks work very well when printing on paper.

Pigment Ink creates beautiful crisp colors on liner, solid and letter stamps. The sample of the poppy reveals the clear wording on the tag and the softly blended colors in the flower, which used 2 shades of purple ink to create the color variations.

• Acid free and fade resistant
• Vivid colors and crisp impressions
• Excellent for embossing
• Does not dry on glossy or coated surfaces

Solvent InksSolvent Inks

Designed for decorating non-porous and semi-porous surfaces, such as metal, shrink plastic, acrylic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and some glass surfaces.

Safer to use than other permanent inks.