Friday, 31 July 2009

Playing with clear stamps

Well these are the stamps I was talking about in my previous post. Clear stamps, which I didn't really mean to buy - and then wondered why I did.

I have been practicing colouring with inks, layering with inks, and generally just playing around.

I got better as the afternoon wore on! These are little tags which will go out with swaps etc. I might not have the holes in exactly the right places - but I need more practice.

These are more colourful in real life - not sure why they look a bit wishy washy

I liked the colours I managed on this one - and it is on very textured thick card - think I might have messed it up with the dark medallion flowers on the bottom - but again, I was trying out all these different stamps.

The colours on this one are much nicer in real life and they blend from dark to pale.

The sentiment stamp is the only rubber one I used and is from CHF and the bird is a free one which came with my magazine. This is the first time I have used it - and I rather like it - but horror of horrors - it tore in half when I gently peeled it off the acrylic block. None of the others did - and they were all clear and just stuck themselves to the block as this did. It is such a shame as I really like this little bird once I had seen it stamped. I have never had that happen before !

I had fun inking this one - over white red lined paper. The lovely butterfly image came for a Crafty Individuals book - its really nice.

Last one of the day - again this is richer and deeper colours in real life.

Didn't I get a lot done!

Off to put my bantams away as it looks like rain - and to tidy up my studio. I do like everything put back in its place so that I can start a new day with a clear-ish table.

Night Owl

I am not usually a 'night owl' but couldn't resist this one.

You know how it is - you go to an online site to buy one thing in particular, then when you get to checkout it says - if you spend x more you get free postage. So I end up getting little 'x's and then wonder what I am going to make with them

So today I am looking through my drawer of 'extra' stamps - which took me over the free postage threshold and trying to ease my guilty conscience by using them.

I love the latest grungy looking Tim Holtz sentiments stamps, so used one of those, with the owl, and created a night scene by using a CB embossing plate, colouring it, then flattening it - to create the shadowy leaves, then embossing it again to create the raised leaves.

It's just a bit of fun - not a work of art. After all the 'serious' stuff of joining in the Cornish Heritage Farm challenges which I did enjoy - I have decided a bit of messing about and experimenting time is called for.