Noble flower 2

Susan Robinson
October 11, 2021

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In my last post, I told you of one way to colour stamp designs which have a lot of rubber area. Here is another way, using a Ranger product called ‘Cut-N-Dry’. It comes in felt or foam pads. The felt one is for using with dye (water) based inks, and the foam one is for using with pigment (embossing) inks. It is basically a way for you to create your own custom design ink pad. I used the felt pad, as am colouring with dye inks.

  • 1. first, cut a piece from the felt pad to fit the exact size of your stamp.
  • 2. stamp your image onto the felt pad (the cotton side) with a StazOn pad, so that it won’t bleed when you apply the other inks over the design.
  • 3. the instructions say to apply the different coloured inks with a paintbrush, but I found this method didn’t soak the pad with enough ink to give a good stamped out impression, so I ended up pouring the inks direct from the bottles onto the pad. The newer bottles have a needle point nozzle which made it easier. The inks will spread, but don’t stress, as that’s nothing to be concerned about.
  • 4. I applied green ink over the leaves, and yellow, orange and pink ink over the flower part.
  • 5. then you line up the stamp over your custom ink pad and stamp out your image! It doesn’t matter if the inks have bled out, as the rubber will only touch in certain places and pick up the ink underneath it.

The beauty of this technique, is that you can mass produce cards with the same coloured image, over and over again, rather than painstakingly colouring it by hand each time. Great method to employ for Christmas cards, when you have a lot of cards to make of the same design. When you have finished with your custom pad, store it in a self-sealing bag to keep the inks moist, and you can re-use it again down the track. If the inks have bled out a lot and it’s hard to see the design, write the details on the back of the pad. I always also mark the top left corner too, so I know which way is up and makes it easier to re-align the stamp.

(left) using direct from bottles to ink up pad (right) using paintbrush to ink up pad

Now, as I explained in step 3. above, when I used a paintbrush to apply the inks to the pad, it didn’t make it wet enough, so my stamped image was quite pale (see image at right).

So rather than waste it, I cut the flower out using it’s matching die, re-inked my flower stamp, then lay the cut-out over it. I placed an acrylic block over the top so I could better apply pressure without risk of the paper moving.

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Noble flower 1

Susan Robinson
October 8, 2021

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Sometimes when you have a solid stamp design with a lot of rubber area, such as this one, stamping it out in black is not a good option (see sample at right). It’s just too heavy and dominant.

So what ARE your options?

One method is called the ‘direct-to-rubber technique’, where instead of using an ink pad, you simply colour the rubber area with texters. Two things to be aware of: 1. only use water based texters, never alcohol based ones (such as Copic or Spectrum Noir pens) for this method. 2. Make sure to use a painty nib (soft pointy nib like a paintbrush), as the bullet style nibs are hard and may scratch your rubber, therefore effecting further stamp outs.

Because it may take you a while to colour in the whole stamp, huff your breath over it to re-moisten the inks, before stamping out. I stamped onto gloss card, which will take a moment for the inks to dry, but makes the colours more vibrant.

stamps: Noble 4377K by Penny Black; Art washes by Hampton Art

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Aqua Chess

Susan Robinson
October 6, 2021

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My last card inspired me to find other ways to use up my scraps of patterned paper. Thought I’d go for a softer look with this one. I sponged some black ink over the ‘black’ chess pieces, and around the cat, mouse and table. I used Opal Liquid Pearls over the white chess pieces.

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Green Chess

Susan Robinson
October 4, 2021

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Simple silhouettes. I love this green patterned paper and had only a scrap of it left. I’m glad I found a good use for it.

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Colourful Chess

Susan Robinson
October 2, 2021

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A cat and mouse playing chess, how cool is that?! Another set of cards coming up, using the one design, this time a die cut. Starting off in my ‘colourful inky background’ comfort zone.

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Peach Iris

Susan Robinson
September 29, 2021

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My last card in this trilogy. I used yellow Liquid Pearl in the center of the iris. It looks like a little fire at it’s heart. Really happy with the 3 cards I’ve made with this one flower design. Hope you’ve liked them too.

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Purple Iris

Susan Robinson
September 27, 2021

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Sometimes I employ artistic license when colouring flowers, but for those purists amongst you, here is a purple iris. I found this little beauty in the sale box at my local scrapbook store. Very happy with my find. So now I’m just having a play. This is my 2nd card in a trilogy. I used a little Gold Liquid Pearl for the highlights, which is so effective in real life, but the photos just don’t do it justice. Distress ink background; Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Shaded Lilac.

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Soft Pink Iris

Susan Robinson
September 24, 2021

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There are times we all feel the need for a little softness in our lives.

I was attempting a shabby chic look with this one. The background I have had lying around for ages. It was an experimental piece, where I stamped out a background wording, painted over it with white acrylic paint, then wiped the paint partly off with a wet wipe before it dried. The idea being that the wording would partially show through. I wasn’t that impressed with my result, so put it aside. When looking for a background for my iris, I spotted it and wondered what it would look like embossed. More of the paint peeled off after that, but I liked it much better. It was actually a stationary divider, so quite thick card. I cut the tab off and used it for the thank you wording.

stamp: Single Iris CRP327 by Stampendous

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Nature Fairy

Susan Robinson
September 21, 2021

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I have some little fairies in my garden! They are metal ones that dance around in one of the palm pots. I think they’re secretly looking after the garden at night, because sometimes in the morning, I notice that the hedges have been trimmed, or the weeds pulled up. (Or maybe it’s just my husband? He tends to get up earlier than me and potter about outside for a bit whilst I’m still snoozing. If I make any comments on the garden, he says, yes, the fairies have been busy again, haha).

When I first stamped out the fairy and realised she wasn’t dark enough (as you can still see a hazy image of the green fern through her), I was going to re-do, but then I thought – ‘Hey, fairies are supposed to be invisible aren’t they?’ So I reasoned it was okay to leave it as it was. Applying logic to support my laziness:) Anyway, it’s time all the fairies disappeared, as I move onto some flower cards.

stamps: fairy by Lavinia stamps; cricket by PSX; rest from ‘Nature Sketchbook 2’ set ICO375 by Graphic 45

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Pink Sky

Susan Robinson
September 20, 2021

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Just running out the last few fairy mushroom cards before moving onto new subjects – flowers, then cats. Only 1 more fairy left! I’m regretting stamping the wording out in purple, as it is a little too dominating, but was afraid a lighter colour wouldn’t stand out against the busy background.

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