Monday, July 7, 2008

Sweet & Simple

One of the first techniques I learned when I was learning to stamp... and overwhelmed by all the types of papers, inks, which were best for watercoloring, heat embossing, dry embossing, etc....was to use a brayer on a Kaleidacolor ink pad. This stamp is by Magenta and I used Kaleidacolor "Blue Breeze". I mounted on blue metallic paper, then on a DCWV card I cut down to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".

BTW, the aqua (left side of the card) is not as blurry or bright IRL. I am NOT gifted at photography!

Once the brayer is inked, you ink the stamp diagonally, then ink up the two opposite corners lightly that the brayer doesn't reach. Inking diagonally gives the illusion that the sun is shining down.

I later found this sentiment by "My Sentiments exactly!" and knew I needed to use it with my Magenta Noah stamp. I have not used either of these stamps or this technique since I first learned to stamp, which was in the late 1990s. I crossed over into scrapbooking after the girls were born. Using scraps to make cards gives me more instant gratification (relatively speaking) in our hectic lifestyle. I want to return to stamping more, because I have forgotten many of the techniques I learned.
On the envelope I stamped the USS Noah by Delafield Stamp Co.
I made two of these cards, one for my mom and one for my grandma (mother & daughter!) Both are having surgery today. My grandma is having cataract surgery, and my mom is having back surgery for a pinched nerve.

2 comments:

lauren said...

oh wow--now see this *IS* sweet and simple and SO cool looking...and i am fascinated by the process of it! you and stef and tracy know SO MANY cool techniques and excellent bits of stamping lore! i have much to learn from you guys!!! :)

ps: best wishes to mom and grandmom!!! hope all goes well and that they are on the mend super-fast!!!

Kristie Morrison said...

This card is awesome! I love it.

I hope your mum and grandma are both doing well...my heart goes out to your mum, I had the same surgery about 2 1/2 years ago, so I know how she's feeling, or more precisely, how she has been feeling...OUCH! I hope that she'll be alot better very soon!