A little gloss

Show me a piece of coated paper, and I think, “Oooooh, shiny!” And then I begin to imagine what to stamp on it.

Coated papers are like transparencies. They have a slick surface, which can make stamping tricky, but it’s another dimension to add to your paper crafting. All you need is the proper type of ink. As I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here) about stamping on transparencies, for coated papers you’ll need StazOn or Brilliance inks, which are formulated for glossy surfaces.

I find that acrylic stamps don’t work on coated papers as well as rubber stamps because they’re squishy, which creates air pockets between the paper and the stamp. This results in gaps in the stamped image.

When stamping on a slick surface, try not to move the stamp. Stamp firmly so that the stamp does not slide around. It took two attempts to get a mostly complete stamped image for this card.

See my gallery for other cards I’ve made using coated papers.

Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of lime-green patterned cardstock (such as one from Me & My Big Ideas Black & White Butterfly collection). Cut a 2 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch piece of coated black cardstock (mine is from the Street Lace collection by Die Cuts With a View). Stamp a flower image (such as tall pom poms by Savvy Stamps) in Brilliance moonlight white ink. Stamp firmly to prevent air pockets from creating gaps in the stamped image, such as here:

When you’re satisfied with your stamped image, allow it to dry completely (this will take several minutes).

Cut a 5-by-2 1/2-inch piece and a 5-by-2-inch piece of different black-and-white patterned, embossed cardstock (I used two from SEI’s Black Orchid collection). Adhere the larger piece to the bottom of the card front. Adhere the second piece to the bottom of the card front, on top of the larger piece. Apply a teal border rub-on (such as one from SEI’s Black Orchid collection) over the smaller piece. Adhere a white paper flower (mine is from Bazzill Basics, gerber) to the top of the card, centered, using a glue dot.

Use a corner rounder on the top- and bottom-right corners of the piece of coated black cardstock. Tie a piece of teal embroidery thread around the left edge. Using dimensional adhesive, adhere to the card front, covering about two-thirds of the paper flower.

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