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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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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Listen

Susan Robinson
July 31, 2021

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This is a new release script stamp from Kaszazz called ‘Listen’ 6502J, which I gold embossed over a Distress Stain spray background. I also added a spritz of Lindy’s Starburst ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’ which gives it that lovely turquoise shimmer when the light catches it (hard to photograph sorry). Apart from the beautiful wording, I love the font they’ve used. The Wildflower stamp along the bottom is from a ‘Quick Cards’ magazine, and the little butterfly from Stamp-it.

I tried it again on the fairy card below (though didn’t quite get the layout right).

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Artful Gumleaves

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2021

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I never get tired of creating cards using this old Stamp-it design of framed eucalyptus leaves. For the red card, I just stamped the design onto some card which I’d coloured with Distress Stain sprays (Wild Honey, Fired Brick & Cracked Pistachio). I used a combination of watercolour pencils and chalks to colour in with, then added Rouge Liquid Pearls to highlight the flowers and some Wild Honey Distress Stickles on the gumnuts. I love the green of the central leaf veins in this one.

The blue card I did in a similar way, stamping onto a Distress Oxide background (Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin & Squeezed Lemonade). I embossed the script wording behind with Distress powders. I just used watercolour pencils to colour the leaves and gumnuts, and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls over the gumnut flowers.

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Magnolia branch

Susan Robinson
July 24, 2021

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Thinking of my Mum this week as she is not well. She was an avid gardener and loves flowers of every description. This Magnolia branch stamp is from Kaszazz, and suited my rather somber mood. The upside of all the upset this week, is that a number of relatives have come out of the woodwork to visit her, which is nice. Every cloud has a silver lining they say 🙂

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Wattle I do?

Susan Robinson
July 1, 2021

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Yes, that is the question, how to while away the hours whilst in lockdown.

The Wattle stamp is from Kaszazz, the baby from Paper Rose’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlpie’ “Bush Babies” set. The background was created by inking up an acrylic block with Distress inks, then stamping it out. I coloured images in with watercolour pencils, then added dots of Buttercup & Gold Liquid Pearls for the Wattle flowers.

Below is another card I did using the same Wattle stamp, but onto an alcohol ink background.

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Golden Gumnut Flowers

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2021

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Once again I find myself using for my background, not the actual print which I had designed on my gelli plate, but the scrap paper that I rolled my brayer onto to clean off the paint from the stencil! For some reason I am always drawn to these more random messy patterns.

Still on the theme of gum leaves, I dug to the back of my drawer for this old stamp (from Stamp-it), inking it in blue rather than the traditional green. I then went over it with a green colour pencil. I applied Gold Flower Soft to the flower areas, scattering dots of Light Blue Liquid Pearl around them. It’s not showing up in the picture, but the Gold really does catch the light and is quite shiny, as is the light blue shimmer paint in the leafy background.

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