Series | Stretching Supplies

Ink Layering – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 2

August 11, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  This is the second post in my Mini Series about stretching your background stamps.  My challenge is to use the Modern Damask background in several different ways to get lots of mileage from one stamp.  This card is very simple, and doesn’t need tons of supplies.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped my background stamp in Lawn Fawn’s Yeti ink on white cardstock.  This is a white pigment ink, and a great tool to have in your crafty stash.  Hero Arts and Ranger have great ones, too.

You can let the panel dry overnight, or speed up the process with a heat tool.  I got this idea from Jennifer Mcguire, and if you haven’t seen her website, you’re missing out!  When she did this card, she used the Jumbo Stripes stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. But it’s still on my wish list, so I needed something else.

I went through my stamps, and found the Petals and Pallets stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I mounted the stamp upside down in my stamp positioner, at an angle.  Next I inked it up with All That Jazz ink from Catherine Pooler Designs, which is a dye ink.  Any dye ink would work for this, so use what you have.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I used the grid paper to keep the panel straight while I stamped my stripes, and shifted the paper around.  Don’t forget to clean the stamp after every use, because it picks up the pigment ink, and you don’t want to contaminate your dye ink pad.  And the pigment ink partially resists the dye ink, so you can still see the pattern.  After I finished the first layer of stripes, I decided I wanted more color.  So I lined up the paper again, and stamped between the first layer of stripes.  Now it looks like there are 3 or four different colors of ink, but I only used 2.  So cool!

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

This sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set.  My sons had VBS a few weeks ago, and they wanted to give homemade cards to all of their teachers.  They used up most of my thank you cards, so I’m rebuilding my stash before the holidays get here.  I stamped on vellum with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.

The challenge with vellum is hiding the adhesive.  I took my sentiment out to the garage, and misted the back with a light layer of spray adhesive.  Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area.  I added my sentiment to my background, and finished up with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Have you tried this technique before?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back next week with more ways to use this stamp!

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Series | Stretching Supplies

Rainbow Stamping – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 1

August 8, 2017

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’ve stopped by.  This is the first day of my new Mini Series, all about background stamps.  My challenge is to use the same stamp in 3 different ways, and show how versatile they can be.  For the whole series, I’ll be using the Modern Damask background stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Today, I’m doing rainbow stamping.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, you need lots of ink colors.  This Paintbox by ColorBox is perfect.  The colors are designed to work together, and they can be used individually by removing them from the tray.  If you don’t have this set, use whatever you have.  Many companies have ink cube sets, and they would work great for this card.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

You need a stamp positioner like the MISTI for this card.  I’m using my homemade version, and you can see I’ve positioned the stamp about 1/2″ from the edges, because I can’t stamp all the way into the corner.  I put a line of tape runner on the back of my panel, but use any temporary adhesive you have.  This keeps the paper from shifting around, since I’ll be stamping several times.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I applied the pink ink diagonally to the corner of the stamp.  Next I used a paper towel to wipe off a bit of the ink where it will meet the next color, to get rid of any hard edges.  Then I stamped it onto the white cardstock.  I cleaned my stamp well, so the leftover ink wouldn’t contaminate my orange ink pad.  When I added the orange ink to the stamp, I let it overlap with the pink slightly, and wiped off where it met the pink and yellow before stamping.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Here’s my finished panel.  I trimmed it down slightly and I ended up with 2 panels that are each 2″ x 5 1/2.”

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Now I’m ready to work on my sentiment, using the Say It Thanks die from Technique Tuesday.  I die cut the word from white cardstock, and the shadow from black.  I glued them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and stacked acrylic blocks on the die cuts until the glue dried.  You can use any liquid adhesive you have on hand, but the best thing about this one is that it dries completely clear and with a matte finish, so if any glue oozes out, no one will see it.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I added a blue mat behind my panel, cut to 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2.”   Then I attached the pieces to my card base with tape runner.  I’m using a T square to make sure my sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set), is straight.  The T square is an inexpensive tool – I got mine for less than five dollars – and it’s great for lining up sentiments, embellishments, dies, and pretty much everything else.  Can you tell I like it?

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I added my die cuts with foam tape, and a few Clear Iridescent jewels from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards to finish the cards.  How do you use background stamps?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

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