It used to bother me when a clear stamp would not deliver an evenly inked image. Clear stamps, also known as acrylic or photopolymer stamps, tend to leave a softer image on the paper than rubber stamps. Ink tends to bead on the stamp’s surface, however, which leads to an uneven stamped image.
Rubber stamps leave a crisp image, but I often find that I wish I could see through them to tell where I’m stamping, as I can with clear stamps. And though I have a sizable collection of block-mounted stamps, I’ve always preferred the compact storage of cling stamp sets. Cling sets also are cheaper and can offer several stamps per set. I guess you could say I cling to clear stamps. I couldn’t pass up a chance for a bad pun.
To combat ink beading on a clear stamp, gently rub an eraser over the stamp. Or, you can skip this step and embrace the stamp’s imperfections.
The unevenly inked chevron line breaks up the balanced appearance of the card and softens the boldness of the neon-orange ink. I wanted the zigzag to be the focal point, so I kept the rest of the elements all close to the same light-blue tone.
If you’re a “Mad Men” fan, then maybe you’re as excited as I am for tonight’s two-hour premiere of the sixth season. I’ve missed the SCDP team (now minus “P”). I made the mistake of reading a Slate.com article about the season opener. “Minor” spoilers? Pffft. I think not. Why did I read it … all of it?!
Whom am I kidding? I would have read the entire article if it were a detailed play-by-play. I’ve read Wikipedia articles about “The Walking Dead” comic books, looking for hints as to what my favorite zombie-apocalypse drama will bring. Ahem. Moving on …
In honor of “Mad Men,” I planned to create a card inspired by the 1960s. I had a specific October Afternoon journal card in mind, and I wanted to add a funny sentiment to it, but the journal card was MIA. My craft area is organized, but I have a habit of piling up products around my workspace, such as stacks of acrylic-stamp sets and leftover cardstock. I’d been brainstorming ideas with that journal card weeks ago, so I knew it was somewhere.
I went through a pile of notepaper and stacks of cardstock, looked under packages of rub-ons and clear stamps, peered beneath my craft-cart-on-wheels. No journal card. I had resigned to letting it go and using a different one, and then I flipped through my pile of notepaper one more time … out flew the card.
I’m happy that I found the journal card, because I don’t think a different one would have worked as well. I like how my “seriously?” talk bubble fits the theme of office talk with the word strip that shows “watercooler” and “gossip.”
When October arrives, I might try a Halloween card inspired by “The Walking Dead.” Are there stamps of zombie images?
Shake. Clickety-clack. Shake, shake, shake.
Spritz. Spritz. Spritz.
Drip. Splat. Drip.
There are new sounds coming from my craft space. A wide variety of paint mists have joined the paper-craft industry. In the past, I enjoyed painting with watercolors, gouache and acrylics for art projects, so I purchased a few Heidi Swapp mists to try. These sprays have shimmery particles in them and need to be shaken well. Each bottle has a small metal ball to help blend the contents. They’re noisemakers, especially when shaking more than one at a time.
After shaking things up, I placed my cardstock in a plastic lid that came with a disposable baking pan. The lid worked well as a spray shield for my workspace.
I kept my design minimal to feature the shimmery, watercolor-like sprays and splatters.
One year ago, I published my first post on this blog: a valentine that showcased a glittery die-cut lobster.
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I’ve discovered the amazing online crafting community because I started this blog. I’ve seen so much creativity, and I am awed by what other bloggers create.
To celebrate — and to begin my second year of blogging — I made a birthday card featuring a tasty treat.
The “here’s the scoop” stamp is part of a set I’ve had since fall (Pink Paislee’s Portfolio collection — I’ve been using this set a lot), and each time I saw it, I thought of ice cream (mmmmmm, ice cream).
At last, I have a set of chevron stamps in my crafting arsenal. I kept the pattern toned down by using Versamark.
The design can be customized to different card sizes — just add or subtract die-cut ice cream scoops. Can you imagine a 12-inch-high card? I wonder how many scoops would be on that!
I’ve used neon colors for a summer-themed card, Christmas cards and a birthday card, so Valentine’s Day neon seems like a natural progression. This trend is not going anywhere. Neon is fun, retro (so many craft products are retro-themed lately) and screams, “Hey! Look at this awesome, happy project!”
I relied on brads instead of adhesive to attach the transparency to the card. Not having to wait for glue to dry is a bonus. To prevent the recipient from being blinded by love, I tempered my neon pink with layers of patterned transparency, vellum and cardstock in gray, black and white.
Doubt is the crafter’s enemy. I had this card’s concept in my mind for a couple of days, hashing out the color scheme, elements and design. Doubt crept in before I put ink to paper. I wondered if a background of pink hexagons would look better in yellow, if pool blue and light aqua would complement the background and if I should use blue at all.
I could wimp out and not trust my instincts or go with my gut. I felt that my gut would lead me down the right crafty path, so I dove in and made the background pink and used blue. The result is better than I imagined. One Valentine’s Day card down. Now, if I only had written down that other card idea …
I love it when products from different companies match as though they were made for each other. With this card, the vintage-inspired newsprint and trendy “NEWS FLASH” talk-bubble stamp make a fantastic pair. The vintage-inspired stamp of the stylish woman corresponds well with these elements … she’s a “correspondent.” Ha! I’ll be here all week!
I stamped my talk bubble in neon-purple ink, which is not the brightest neon ink I’ve used but the color still is great. This “news flash” card could be used for many occasions … in my case, a friend of mine is turning 30. I made my own talk bubble for the inside that says, “YOU’RE 30!” I hope she likes it!
After crafting 60 holiday cards, I wanted to put aside the glitter, gleam and glitz for a while. Though I love all that “blings,” I needed a break.
This thank-you card is free of sparkle. It’s clean, simple and has a retro vibe. I played off its office theme by embellishing with common objects: staples and a paper clip.
Get ready to raid your desk. This card is easy to create.
Typically, when October rolls around, I’m thinking of ideas for Christmas cards. This year, I started in July.
I pushed myself to do it. Two Peas in a Bucket held a “Christmas in July” challenge. I created one trend-heavy holiday delight with a hand-cut chevron pattern, vellum, die-cuts and glitter. The color scheme of black, red and white is non-traditional, and that’s an approach I often take. In the coming weeks, I’m certain I’ll have cards with “retro” colors such as light green, fuchsia and turquoise (check out my gallery for past cards like this). I’ve already thought of a card featuring neon colors. I can’t wait to create that one!
Apothecary labels are popular for Halloween, and this year I wanted to make my own for a patterned-paper design.
Out of the six Halloween-themed designs I’ve created, I had the most fun making the apothecary labels. There’s something about concocting strange names and ingredients … (insert witch’s cackle).
When I found a stamp set with images of old-time apothecary bottles, my card idea was in place. I used my patterned paper as a background and cut out a few labels to use on the bottles. Though I gave the design a bit of distressing in Adobe Illustrator, I took it a step further on my cut-out labels by stamping on them with a metallic-beige ink for a long-past-expiration-date look.