Friday 3 October 2014

Time for a new challenge ......

Good morning!

Happy Friday to you.  It's the first Friday of the month so that means there's a brand new challenge launching on the Craft Stamper Blog.

As always there's a fab prize up for grabs, the winner will also have their work featured in an issue of the Craft Stamper magazine (ooooh!)  and ........ they'll be invited to do a Guest Spot on a future Blog Challenge too!  Now that's something worth winning.

This month our sponsor is .......  the fabulous Paperbabe Stamps

And here's the prize for this month's winner .....

What's the challenge then? ....... well, this month we'd like you to use .......

use more than one colour when inking up your stamps
Check out the project on page 80 of the latest issue of Craft Stamper, done by the lovely Kim Dellow.

There's a number of ways to do multi coloured stamping ...... use pens to colour your stamp, Distress Markers for example. Or, instead of using just one ink pad to add colour, use two or three ...... start with the lightest colour first and just add ink to parts of the stamp, use the next lightest colour and so on until the image is completely covered, then stamp away.

Another way to use more than one colour is to make your own ink pad ..... sounds like it could be difficult to do but, believe me, it's not.  I had great fun with this technique whilst on a Clarity Stamp Retreat earlier this year.   

All you need is your rubber stamp, some Cut n Dry Stamp Pad Felt and Distress Ink re-inkers.  Oh, and a small re-sealable bag to keep your ink pad in once you've used it.
(I think it was the lovely Maria Simms, from the Clarity DT who brought this technique to Barbara's attention, and also this clever little trick on how to 'index' your ink pad so that you can re-ink it again and again).

Cut yourself a piece of white card to fit inside the re-sealable bag.  Choose the colours of ink you are going to be using and write the names onto the card leaving a space in-between, and place the card inside the re-sealable bag

Add couple of drops of each of the colours onto the plastic bag ..... this is now your palette.

Trim a piece of the Cut n Dry felt to the size of your stamp, then using a black archival ink stamp the image onto the felt side ...... I used the pretty little Briar Rose from Clarity for my image

Using a paint brush, colour in the image using the re-inkers from your palette.  Don't worry if the colours bleed a little, your stamped image will be fine

I used one of the Clarity Stencils to create my vase, and while the stencil was still in place, I inked up my Briar Rose and stamped the image onto the vase ..... see how the colours have blended to give that multicoloured look

I then masked off the top of the vase and added more of the roses

If you feel your ink pad is drying out a little, just go back and add more ink ......

I added some words to the side and then used a second generation stamp of the rose to add a bit more detail ..... doesn't it look pretty?!

To finish the card, I added another rose to the inside along with a greeting ......

And then I used the same rose stamp, this time with Versamark ink, to create a co-ordinating panel to add to the inside ......

And also around the edge of some matching coloured cardstock to add a nice framed look

When you've finished with your ink pad, wipe any leftover ink from the outside of the plastic bag, pop your pad inside and store until next time

Because you wrote down the colours of ink you used, you'll be able to re-ink this time and time again.

Now it's your turn to go all multi-coloured.
You have until October 29th to get your entries in so lots of time to play, and who knows, you could be our next winner announced on the 31st.  Good luck!
Don't forget to visit the rest of the DT to see their take on multicoloured stamping.

Thanks for popping by ...... 
Cheerio until next time



ElizabethR said...

That's gorgeous and what I clever idea, Maria is so clever. Elizabeth xxx

Anneke said...

Fabulous technique, thanks for sharing! Beautiful card!

Craftychris said...

Ooh your card is sublime! I love the technique and the colours you have chosen are beautiful xxx

Renee said...

Beautiful card! Such clean stamping, I am so impressed!!

Tracy said...

What a great idea Linda, beautiful card!! xoxox

shirley-bee said...

Ooh, this is sublime, Linda! Clever inking technique too - love the idea of the indexed bags.

Nikki K said...

This is beautiful Linda, was trying to work out how the vase was done too, didn't realise it was a stencil, but even still it looks so 3D, it's the way you've inked it. Really lovely. xx