Don’t faint, I stamped a card!

Boy, it feels like it had been a long time since I just sat down and stamped for fun. Sure, I did a lot of stamping on Christmas presents and craft fair items but those were fairly planned out. This card was just playing with ink, stamps and watercolor paper:

DCF 1.0

I dusted off the old Stampmaker and made the TARDIS and police box sign stamps and then used a blueprint stamp from Technique Tuesday and the gears and winged clock from Inkadinkado.  To make the card I inked up my TARDIS with 4 Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord (working light to dark in this order) then I stamped it on watercolor paper. I spritzed it with water to give it a softer look. I smooshed the Dusty Concord pad on my silicone sheet to act as a palette and I painted a shadow. Then I took a damp brush and dragged some of the ink around for shading on the TARDIS. I chose Distress ink because it can be reworked with water, typically it is not my favorite ink to stamp with. Tip: If you are stamping on rough paper lay the stamp on your table rubber side up and press the paper to the stamp!

DCF 1.0

Then I just added some of the other stamped imagery with Stampin Up ink because I wanted a sharper look. I mounted the panel on black and hot glued the “police box” stamp in the wrong spot (!) but, it is hot glue so there it will remain ha ha! To balance it out I added some clock hand die cuts and attached them with screw top brads.  all in all, a really fun card to make! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

French Country & Lots of FUN Techniques!

My apologies to all of my subscribers who had an unedited draft of this post emailed to them.

I love a card that uses a lot of techniques but doesn’t cost a fortune to make.

That is the case with this card. I was going to save it for Earth Day next month but I was afraid I would forget so you get it today instead!

Technique #1: Fabric flowers with homemade “Gluebers”

What’s a glueber you might ask? Well, it is a really big glue dot and it is used to make fabric and twine flowers. It is also expensive so here is how you make your own gluebers and glue dots: You need a bottle of Aleens Tack It Over & Over glue (you can order it online line from joann or custom crops and most craft stores for about $3 a bottle-it lasts a LONG time!) Squirt out a circle of glue on waxed paper the size you want. For the flower my circle was about 2.5″ wide. Let the glue dry. After the glue is dry cover the sheet of dots with another sheet of waxed paper to save for later. Cut apart the large dots. To make the flower cut a 2″ wide strip of fabric (whatever kind you like and have on hand) and tie a knot close to the end. Press the knot in the center of the glue circle and twist the remaining fabric as you wrap it in a spiral around the knot pressing the fabric in the glue as you go.  Stick the fabric tail to the back and snip off any excess. I used about 24″ of fabric for this. It took all of 3 minutes. You can try low temp hot glue as well for this technique, just work on a silicone mat:)

Technique #2: Make Your Own Baker’s Twine

I did a post on that, you can read it here.

Technique #3: Make a yarn nest!

I love this technique and it is so easy, just wrap yarn around 3 fingers and scrunch up some in the middle and press into a gob or hot glue. EASY! then you can add little plastic eggs. FUN!

Technique 4: Raid your back yard!

When I needed a bit of organic goodness for my card I poked around in my back yard for twigs and pinecones. Free & fabulous!

Technique #5 (for those of you with Stampmakers) Stencil & Embosss!

I made a stencil with my TC Stampmaker and stenciled the background. I’m not sure I am in love with the stencil packs because I could cut a better stencil on my die cut machine. The stencil is thicker than it should be I think HOWEVER  I tried embossing with the stencil in my big shot die cutter and it worked beautifully. Also I made a woodgrain embossing plate with my stampmaker (see the kraft paper under the nest) and I quite enjoy that.

 So, there you have it! Lots of fun techniques you can try! Til next time happy crafting!

Hunka-Hunka Burnin’ AWESOME!

When I opened my big box of AWESOME (aka my new TC Stampmaker) last week I was thrilled with the machine. I was making stamps, stencils and embossing plates with my own designs. It was love at first sight. I posted some of my cards and I heard from some stampmaker owners that were less than thrilled with their machines. I decided to try and troubleshoot some of the problems people were having with their TC Stampmaker. One big complaint I heard was that the stamps with fine lines fell apart. I decided to try and make a couple of Elvis stamps for photos I found online (you cannot buy Elvis stamps) and I was worried that the delicate lines in his portrait and the lines in the “Jailhouse Rock” background might not work but as you can see they were fine:

All of the stamps used on this card were made with my Stampmaker!

If you are trying to make a stamp with fine lines you need to expose the underside of the clamp (back of the imagepack) to the UV light for a few seconds to give the stamp a bit of a base. I found 5 seconds to be ideal for this (in the stampmaker instructions they recommend 3) but 8 seconds is TOO LONG (don’t ask me how I know LOL!) Here I stamped out 4 stamps, the first with no underside exposure and the others with 3, 5 and 8 seconds respectively:

Here are some close-ups of the stamps.

Obviously I can use the Elvis Jailhouse Rock stamp (I made the above card with it) but it is not ideal, I had to ink it carefully as not to smoosh ink on the background. Even though I got less than perfect results with some of the stamps in my experiment it was worth it to find the “sweet spot” for exposing these stamps. I hope I can save other Stampmaker owners a bit of work too!

BTW the polka dot background (stamped in blue) was such a bold stamp that I did not expose the back of the stamp to the UV lights. It did not need it. You could play with the amount of underside exposure, for instance is you had a stamp full of fine journling lines or some fine line artwork you would want the whole 5 second exposure but if you had a bolder image 3 would suffice and if it is a really bold image you can skip it all together. Think of it this way; a certain amount of light needs to pass through the transparency in order to harden the polymer enough to make a stamp. If you only have a few fine lines for the light to squeeze through you will need some exposure from the back to harden the bottom of the gel to the film…make sence?

 

To make a record I punched a 3/4" circle from blue, a 1 1/2" circle from black and glued them together. I set an eyelet in the center and drew on highlights with a white pen. Easy!

OK I just had to show a close up of these cards because Elvis was so handsome 🙂

 

Another Tip: The stamps you make in the stampmaker do not cling to your block. They are the same high quality photopolymer (you can tell because they have they same beautiful sweet smell the other top stamps do!) so you can either add the imagetac tape to your stamping block or th stamp, put cling cushion on the stamp or my fave technique (drumroll please….)

TIP! After you washout the stamp dry the back of the imagepack film off and smear some of the leftover red goo on the back of the stamp before you pop it in the tray of water for the hardening process, viola-a stamp that clings!

I hope these tips helped those of you with Stampmakers who have been frustrated with their stamp making endeavors. I hate to think of many of the wonderful machines collecting dust 😛

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW and other AWESOMENESS!

It’s Wednesday and that means time for WOYWW! Before I show you my mayhem and foolishness that is my work desk(s) this week have a look at this pretty card:

 

Now, my room is a total wreck today because the item sitting on the corner of this work table.

 

Yep,  saved some of my Christmas money and bought a Teresa Collins Stampmaker!!! (totally worth 3 exclamation points BTW) I have been wanting one for about a year!  I got the starter kit on sale at Custom Crops for $100 and I am glad I did because it is $152 now! I made the cameo stamp using the fonts DB cameo and DB cameo busts from Lettering delights, they have such pretty dingbats and fonts, I love their stuff!

 

So, the stampmaker is Totally. Freakin. Awesome!!! I played with it all morning and made a bunch of stamps. I first made a stamp with one of the predesigned negatives that came in the kit and then I printed my own negatives to make my own designs. I have wanted to make this library card into a stamp for the longest time!

All have more on the stampmaker later. I am having a couple of friends over to play with it tomorrow, I want to try making the embossing plates and stencils too. It is so much fun and honestly, I am still amazed that it works! I’ll leave you with one more sweeping vista of my train-wreck of a craft room. I’ll have to clean it up before my crafty friends arrive;) Till next time happy crafting!

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