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Color layering (where to buy material + test of color combos)

I've been dying to buy some of the Hero Arts color layering sets since months.
Each set includes layering stamps and a matching 4-ink cube pack, especially created by Hero Arts artists (see HERE for the color layering guide).  

Here you have a table with some considerations about buying in U.S. or in EU if you are a EU-based customer...


Comparative table a)
U.S.A
EU (multiple retailers)
EU (single retailer)
Color layering bundles (stamps + inks)b) c)
Available
Not always available
Not always available
Color layering bundles (stamps + inks + dies)b) c)
Available
Not always available
Not always available
Separate materials (stamps and inks)
Available
Available
* Partly available
Prices

Fair
More expensive than in US
More expensive than in US
Custom fees
To be paid
NONE
NONE
Taxes
Add to the price in $
Included in the price in € or £
Included in the price in € or £
Shipping fees
To be paid
To be paid twice
To be paid once
Shipping costs
Expensive
Average
Fair
Shipping time
Can be long
Fair
Fair

*Retailer might have some stamp sets and some ink blocks but not necessarily the ones matching the stamp sets
a) table refers to March 2017
b) perfect match and lovely shades

c) not much saving with respect to items purchased separately

I went for option 3 and bought a layering stamp set with separate inks of my choice from a single EU retailer.

That's what I got:
  • The Orchid in a pot stamp set (Hero Arts) 
  • Tea Party ink set from The Fawn Lawn (Wild Rose, Celery Stick, Fresh Lavender, and Do 
  • Ink set #20 from My Favourite things (Orange Zest, Lavender Fields, Cotton Candy, and Field Day)

These are the inks I had at home

...and these are some of the combinations I have obtained with my inks...




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