Hello crafters! Today I have something special for you: the Design Team of the Make The Day Special Stamp Store is proudly presenting you with Stamping Contrasts! Tadaaaa! If you’re wondering what this means: we’ve teamed up and bring you one product used in completely different ways.
Today I’m partnering up with the lovely Jenny Mullens of Crafting In The Country showing you how you can use a christmas stamp set differently that you’d normally do. Jenny and I are using the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland stamp set, and while Jenny goes all christmassy on you (hey, you can never start too early, can you?) I have decided to do a little twist on the set:
I’ve grabbed one of the tree stamps, the one without the branches, and inked it up in a rainbow of colors. I’ve learned this technique from Laura Bassen, who is a color queen and still manages to be CAS. So, I’ve used a lot of my Hero Arts inks, making me feel good about having mass purchased almost all of them 😉 They came in really handy because I could create a really soft and natural progression of colors. You don’t need all of them … but it’s really nice to have the option.
I masked off the sides of the card with masking tape to create the white space all around and then just went ahead. It took some time, sure, but it was worth it. For proper cleaning of the stamp in between, I use the Hero Arts scrubber pad and the cleaning spray – it really makes a huge difference (compared to my baby wipes) and leaves me with a super clean stamp that makes switching to other colors safe and easy.
I finished this card off by using a sentiment set by Paper Smooches with Versafine Ink – it’s very opaque and deep black, providing great contrast to the rest of the card. I also used the tiny dot from the ME stamp set to stamp some accents, then colored over them with a Gelly Roll Stardust glitter marker (similar to the Wink of Stella) and coated this with Glossy Accents, effectively trapping the glitter and intensifying the color. Great effect!
I hope you like this idea of using a stamp set in an unexpected way. Make sure to hop over to Jenny’s blog to see how she used her crafty magic; and don’t forget to check out the Make The Day Special Stamp Store blog this week for more inspiration!
I’m also sending this card off to the Simon Says Stamp “Create Your Own Background” challenge.