Thursday, February 24, 2011

Back to Stamping!

Yea!  I was finally able to break the seal into my craft cave and stamp a few things.  Our basement is finished as far as the construction, now I just need to paint and lay the flooring.  I still haven't decided on what color I am going to paint the walls, and since I threw my back out reaching around a corner to turn a light off (of all things!), it may be a few days before I paint anyway.  Any excuse I can use to be able to stamp is good enough for me!

I have never really been a huge fan of negative image stamps, but seeing some samples of them recently got my creativity flowing.  And I just had to use my Archiver's 30% off coupon for something!

This image was embossed on black cardstock, then colored with chalks.  (Something I haven't used in forever.)  Once the image was colored and cut out, I very gently went over the embossing with my heat tool again to remove any traces of chalk.  Just be careful not to burn the embossing.  Don't ask me how I know, I'll tell you anyway - I had to do it all over again.


Lesson learned.

Stamps - Hero Arts Poppy Background
Paper - Basic Black, Regal Rose, Rose Red
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - clear EP, heat tool, chalks, cotton swabs, ribbon, cobochons, dimensionals

This image was embossed with white on white cardstock and colored with Copics.  It was easy to remove any stray ink with my Copic blender pen.  I was amazed at what a difference this little step made.

Stamps - Hero Arts Large Blossom
Paper - Rose Red, Regal Rose, GKD PL white
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - white EP, heat tool, Copic markers, ribbon, half pearls, dimensionals

Then I decided to play.  The following images haven't been made into cards yet, but I can color them or leave them like they are, use them as the main image, or as a background.

I brayered the ink on white cardstock and stamped with Memento black.  I think this would look even better if it were embossed.

Pink embossing powder on black and white cardstocks.

Yellow embossing powder on black and white cardstocks.

Purple embossing powder on white cardstock.

I have strayed into a different style of stamp, and I really like all the possibilities there are with these images.  I like it even more that I went out of my creative comfort zone and liked the results.

What have you done lately that was out of your comfort zone?



Carol said...

LOVE your cards and 'play' pieces! Those are the exact same two reverse image stamps I have and I LOVE them! You have definitey gone beyond the level of play that I've done and I really like your results...esp the pink and yellow embossing powder on black c/s. Stunning!

Cassandra said...

WOW what a busy girl you've been. I love the second card with white on white. Am going to give that a go this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

crafterGM said...

Can you tell me how you did the the embossing over the cardstock with the same stamp and not get on the flower. Thanks Gloria M. I would love to learn how to do that. you can email me at Thanks again

Susan Raihala said...

Awesome art from all your playing around! I so need to do that...been to focused on results rather than process lately. Outside comfort zone...I've done a few things that ended up in the trash. It's HARD to get outside the box I've built for myself!

Doris said...

I recently posted 3 cards using the reverse poppy stamp, and now you've given me even more ways to use it! I'm enjoying your creativity and look forward to future posts now that I'm signed up for updates...