Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Let's Celebrate

Hello there!

Quick post today. I just want to share this card I made a couple of days ago.
Male cards are often difficult to make. I believe clean and simple is the trick! I used the Free Spirits stamp set from Paper Smooches for this card. No fuss, just simply stamp them directly on the card. This is probably one of the few fast cards I have made! ^_^
I don't know, maybe certain inks are just not made for solid stamps (I mainly use Memento dye inks and Brilliance pigment inks). Some are better than others. The champagne glass here turned out to be very blotchy. I also figured out that with some inks wiping across the solid stamp works better than tapping or dabbing on the stamp. The ink seems to go on much better. By wiping, it also gives you this nice fine line effect. This can be clearly seen on the far right hand side bottle. Anyone have this problem? Is it the ink or the stamp? Maybe I should invest in some better quality inks or should the solid stamps be treated in someway so that it takes the ink better?? Love to hear from all you crafty friends out there. 
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  1. DARLING design, Julie! I love the stamping with the choice of pattern paper! The swiping/wiping has such an awesome effect! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

  2. great celebration card!! Thank you for playing a long with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  3. Awesome masculine card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Craft Your Passion:)
    ~ Bonnie DT

  4. Oh, so fun! Great take on the sketch!

  5. Super cute card! Yes, swiping the ink across the stamp will cause lines to appear. I often "pounce" or tap quickly for good coverage. Sometimes new stamps don't take ink well and I have to season the stamp a bit by using a white eraser on the stamp to get unwanted residue off of the new stamp.

    Thanks for joining us this week at Paper Smooches Sparks!

  6. Great masculine design. I like the textured look of the images from swiping them on the ink pad. I agree with what Erin said--you might need to "season" the solid stamps a bit. I also find that using pigment inks with my solid stamps tends to work better than using dye inks. Thanks for joining us at Paper Smooches SPARKS!


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