Noble flower 2

Susan Robinson
October 11, 2021


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.


Noble flower 1

Susan Robinson
October 8, 2021


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


Bunny Run

Susan Robinson
September 11, 2021


I just love the way my mushroom turned out on this card! Despite colouring it the same way each time, it’s always slightly different. I made the mistake of applying my Liquid Pearl splotches to the mushroom top before the ink was completely dry, so rather than being white, they’re a bit yellow looking. And yes, I know my mushroom is leaning, but as the flowers in the background were all wavy, I liked that my mushroom stalk wasn’t straight 🙂

stamps: Mushroom & bunnies from Lavinia stamps; ‘Flower amongst Flowers’ 4155Lby Penny Black


Blue Iris

Susan Robinson
April 8, 2021


Back to basics – using your texters directly onto rubber, to stamp out your solid design images in multi-colour.

I added Gold Liquid Pearls to the center of the Iris, then set aside to dry before assembling card layers.

stamp: Single Iris 2663K by Penny Black