Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ink Stains by Roni

Have you discovered this blog yet?  Roni Johnston is the creative writer, and she shares her fantastic talent every day.  I never miss it!  She covers all techniques, and shows some that are unique.  I find her inspirational, and I know you will too!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ready for Mothers' Day!

Spring has been so long coming this year, but now I have definitive proof that it is happening.  I heard the peepers in the pond singing!!  And there is not a sliver of ice in the water (but I'm sure it's cold!).

To celebrate spring, I used Jamilla's Petal Pizzazz set to make a bunch of flowers to send to my mother.  In hindsight (ie, too late now that it's glued down) I would add a strip of green ribbon where the green crystals are.

And I found out I need new ink!  Suddenly, I don't like any of the irky-murky colours I have, and want all new ones.  Are you listening, Jamilla?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Make Your own Ink pad

I used the Tim Holtz technique of making your own ink pad to make multiple stamping of the same image.  It was surprisingly easy!

You need a piece of Cut'n'Dry Foam the exact size of your stamp block.  (You can also use Cut'n'Dry Felt)

Stamp the image on the foam using Staz on ink.  Then, with reinkers, ink over the areas you want to colour.  For instance, on the Razzle Dazzle image I used below, I coloured the flowers and leaves different colours.  Don't worry if the ink spreads.  Your stamp won't pick it up.

Then, use your pad to stamp!  You might need to refresh the ink occasionally.  Because the pad is the exact size of the stamp, your stamp is automatically positioned to pick up the right ink.

If you want to keep the ink pad, slide it into a baggie, and label the stamp it goes with on the bag.  Because, the ink pad doesn't really resemble the stamp!