Thanks for popping in.
Saturday’s blog a new technique, eh?
To who? To you ? To me?
Sometimes I think we are galloping forward at such a speed,
looking for new things,
that we forget some of the special tricks we discovered a while back.
This one for example:
Ranger Distress Inks used to paint a stamp.
Making our own ink palette to fit the stamp.
Let’s take a closer look…
Are you familiar with our Garden Heart Stamp?
Comes with a lovely verse.
I drew it myself a while ago.
It’s very delicate.
Cut the felt to size.
Decide on your colour range.
The Ranger Distress ink are fabulous.
We stock a large selection.
Individually and in sets.
Drip some drops onto a plastic polybag.
Paint the stamped heart with the colours.
Ink up your stamp and…
You can use the ink pad you have made for other stamps of course!
But it is actually made for this stamp and the colours sit beautifully.
You can make loads of cards in one hit!
So if you are making notelets to sell, for example, this is ideal.
Quick and very original.
If you store the pad inside the polybag you used as a palette,
it will keep for ages.
Make a note of the colours you used,
so that should it dry out, you can refresh and you know which colour to use!
I’m in the colour zone now, so I want to use a stencil in the background.
I LOVE this one which our Annie drew.
And the Garden Heart fits in the centre beautifully.
I have dabbed and smeared the same colour ink pads onto the stencil that we used for the Garden heart Stamp.
Actually, I couldn’t find a Festive berries Pad.
So I made one!
Then using brushes, I have blended the colours and the joins.
Now HOW to transfer the ink from the stencil to the card…
The easiest way is with pressure through an embossing machine.
I do love my E-Bosser, I have to say.
Worth every penny.
Order of Plates?
From the bottom up…
Inky stencil with ink facing up.
Works every time.
And the copy paper is a keeper too!
Now this little piece presents a perfect lesson in light and shade.
I want to define the weaves of the branches and leaves with pencils.
As it is, it is very lovely, but I think it could use a little depth….
See what I mean?
Took a while, but was very very enjoyable.
I just used the same colour pencils plus a grey.
Still a bit printed, grungy, textured,
but with more definition.
This stencil is a masterpiece.
Out with the home made ink pad again.
and two words from our Word Chains.
Friendship and Forever.
If you are new to stamping, then check out our Word Chains.
Lose the Hip in Friendship by only inking up the bit you need.
Second Generation ink, so not too bright.
Right. A faded window flap is what’s needed now…
Ink blot plot.
And cut out the heart.
Age everything with a dry yellow Clarity brush
Stamp onto the back of the cut out heart too.
And attach with a colourful brad.
But check out the background. See?
You can see how the leaves and branches and birds
are positioned now, instead of flat.
The message is hidden.
I could colour in the heart window, but I really must get on now.
That’s enough time spent being arty for one day!!
Now I really must go and clean some Groovi Plates.
We are so busy!
I don’t mind sitting by the Aga with the cat, cleaning plates.
There’s something very real about it.
Keeps me grounded.
Right where I like to be.
Love & Hugs,