1. There's a stamp that I've been looking for, do you sell it?
We are always looking for unusual stamps, supplies, and gifts. We can special order those hard-to-find items for you.
2. What's the difference between Dye-based inks, Pigment ink pads, and Fabric ink pads?
Dye-based inks are water-based and quick drying. Images will look crisper & brighter when stamped on white gloss-coated papers and appear more opaque when stamped on uncoated paper stock. They may bleed or blur on absorbent papers, such as construction or tissue paper, and may fade over time. They are excellent to use when coloring with pencils, markers, and watercolors. Most are acid-free and can be used for scrapbooking.
Pigment ink pads are thick, opaque, and slow drying and stamp well on all types of paper. They stamp rich on uncoated paper stock. Images will only dry on coated paper when embossed and will provide vibrant colors to the surface. Since these inks are fade-resistant, they are suitable for archival applications.
Crafters or Fabric ink pads are ideal for use on fabric, paper, wood, and metal. They are available in both water-based and solvent-based formulas. Most require heat to permanently set them when used on fabric.
3. What inks can I buy at Wishful Thinking?
Dye-based inks:Kaleidacolor & PSX Raised Dye Pads
are water-based and quick drying. They work best on coated card stock or papers with a hard surface. Available in multicolored pads.Memories
are fade-resistant, waterproof, and acid-free for memory albums. Best to use with watercolor paints or markers. Works well on vellum.Memories Shadow Inks
are specially designed for subtle shadow background and can be stamped or colored over with another ink.Ancient Page inks
are archival, waterproof, and permanent on most surfaces.Pigment inks:Versacolor
inks are thick, opaque, and slow drying to facilitate embossing, but they will air dry. Stamps well on most papers, but will not dry on coated paper or vellum unless heat set or embossed.Versamark
to create interesting tone-on-tone effects, try this unique ink designed to react with the paper, subtly changing it to a darker color.Brilliance
inks are fast drying for coated stock and vellum. This ink can also be embossed and are available in pearlescent colors.Encore
- this slow-drying metallic ink is used for embossing.Colorbox
- this slow-drying petroleum-based ink should be embossed.Colorbox
Fluid Chalk this acid-free ink is most effective on coated papers and should be heat set for permanence. We also carry Cat's Eye, Petal Points, and Option Pads.Top Boss
- acid-free embossing pads that are either tinted or clear.Crafters or Fabric inks:Fabrico
is solvent-based and works best on fabrics, but can also be used on paper, wood, and metal.Other Inks:StazOn
- fast-drying solvent ink appropriate for all surfaces, but designed especially for use on plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, laminated paper, coated paper, and leather. Not recommended for the fabric. This ink should be used in well-ventilated areas.Just for Kids
are washable, child-safe inks.
4. Where can I get my film developed?
Wishful Thinking is excited to announce our partnership with Advantage One Imaging Center in Columbus, IN! Drop your film or digital memory card off at Wishful Thinking by 5:00 pm and your top-quality hand-inspected pictures will be ready the following morning. For your convenience, you can pick up your film, camera batteries, and disposable cameras here as well. Advantage One has offered traditional and digital photography services for over 25 years, whose quality standard for imaging is unsurpassed in the area. Feel free to browse their website: www.advantageone.biz
5. Help! I have no time to work on my projects at home. Do you know where I can find a place to go to just relax and work on my projects?
There's good news for all you ladies out there who'd like to work on your craft projects without the dog stepping all over your precious work. All crafters are welcome: scrapbookers, stampers, quilters, whatever! For more information, www.harmonyhouseretreat.com
For our friends in northern Indiana, be sure to try the scrapbooker's B&B retreat in Arcadia, www.crop-a-doodle-do.com
6. Do you have any favorite vendors?
We use many different vendors and are adding new ones all the time. Visit the following web sites to learn more about how to make your cards and scrapbooks stand out:
Art Institute Glitter: artglitter.com
Hero Arts: heroarts.com
K & Company: kandcompany.com
Karen Foster: karenfosterdesign.com
Lasting Impressions: lastingimpressions.com
far and away: farandawayscrapbooks.com
7. What do I need to bring to my class?
It is helpful if you bring the following items to most of our classes (we'll tell you if you need to bring your toolbox or not): detail cutting, non-stick scissors; personal cutter; adhesive; heat gun; 12" metal-edged ruler; pencil; Exacto knife; bone folder; cutting mat (6x6 or 6x8); fine, medium & large paintbrush; scotch tape; crop-a-dile; and tweezers.
8. How does the Artist Trading Card Swap work?
Because of the increased popularity of Artist Trading Cards (or ATC's), we are sponsoring a swap at Wishful Thinking! This will be a fabulous and fun way to increase the number of ATC's in your own personal collection. We'll announce a theme every month, by email and on our website (see our monthly highlights
or quarterly highlights
Don't know much about Artist Trading Cards? Join us for our "Let's Play Cards" groups and learn all about them. See our class schedule
for the times, then e-mail us to reserve your space today!
Make 6 cards and get 5 in return. You can make them all the same design, or all different. Don’t forget to sign the back with your contact information in case another artist would like to contact you about your ATC.
If you bring your ATCs to the store, you may choose which ATC’s you’d like to take home AND you’ll receive a FREE GIFT for playing in the Swap!
If you are unable to bring your ATCs to the store, send them with a self-addressed envelope with return postage. Our address is Wishful Thinking, PO Box 573, Nashville, IN 47448. Please write Hand Cancel on your envelopes so your ATCs will arrive safely. You’ll also receive a FREE GIFT for playing in the Swap!
9. How does your monthly raffle work?
Every time you shop, add a ticket to the jar to win a door prize. Drawings are held monthly.
10. Does Wishful Thinking offer a Frequent Buyer Card?
Yes! If you don't have one already, pick one up the next time you check out and start earning those points for a $20 coupon!
11. Do you offer private classes and consultations?
Yes! We can arrange a private class, birthday, bridal party, or even a private shopping night for you and your group of 3 or more at a time that is convenient for you. We can also set up workshops for Girl Scouts, 4-H groups, church groups, etc.
It doesn't matter if you are new to scrapbooking or stamping or have been enjoying these hobbies for many years - you're bound to fall into a creative rut from time to time. Don't fret! We're here to help you! Call us to make a private appointment with one of our experienced and crafty consultants. We can help you with:
Your Scrapbook, from beginning to end or anywhere in between
Mini Tag Books
Not only will we help you with your design, but we'll also teach you the techniques needed to accomplish it! Call us for more information at 812-988-7009.
12. What's the scoop on the birthday discount?
Come into Wishful Thinking on your birthday (or the day before or after) and receive the discount of your age on one regularly priced item. Birthday discount does not apply to die cut machines. This is the one time you'll want to be older!
13. Tell me more about the Inky Fingers Stamp Club. Can anyone join?
Everyone is welcome to this free event! We meet once or twice a quarter to share new ideas, techniques and friendships - dates are posted in advance on our website and through our newsletters (the third Thursday of the month). Join us for FREE make 'n takes, special store savings, snacks and a FREE goodie bag! We also hold a swap so if you would like to join in, please bring a handmade card for the swap basket.
We'd love you to stop in and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow stampers. Our only request is that you call and reserve your space so we know that you're coming.
14. Do you sell custom-made greeting cards?
Don't have time to create your own cards, but want to make someone's day extra-special? We can help! If you're interested in purchasing custom-made greeting cards for your clients or that special someone, send us an email and we'll give you all the details.