When I first used these...
When I first used these pens, I was disappointed. Then I learned how to use
them. Unfortunately, they are not as rasied as I thought they would be, but they
are the best that I've ever seen! No more embossing ink pens, embossing powder
and heating tools!!
First off, you say away from porous paper. The ink seeps into the paper and
that's that. What you want to do is write something slowly, then let it dry.
Then write on top of it, slowly... If you write too soon, the existing ink will
just get gooey and be dragged by the tip of the pen. You want to write gently,
too, so that the ink comes out, but the pen does not press onto the existing
ink. If you write gently enough, ink flows right out of the pen, onto the
existing ink. Writing larger helps because the ink comes out in a broad fashion,
so you'll wind up with wider letters than expected.
The 3D effect is not terribly huge. The letters that you write are raised,
though. I sent a birthday card to my boyfriend and I addressed his envelope with
the black ink. I wrote his name and address in large letters, let that dry, then
I added about 4 layers, letting each one dry completely. Remember, like with
nail polish, if you try to write sooner than it dries, you'll just drag the
existing ink and ruin the effect.
The pens are awesome for addressing letters, writing a greeting in a birthday
card (like "Happy Birthday", not the actual note), writing a salutation on the
front of a greeting card, coloring in stuff. They are awesome and they have a
place in my craft pen collection forever.
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