Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just Believe.. a Stamp Set, Not a Christmas Card!

I read the title of this stamp set in the new Idea Book & Catalog and truly expected it to host at least one image of Santa Claus… isn’t it funny how we automatically grandfather images and concepts with some phrases?  Not a Santa Claus, however the Just Believe stamp set does have several graceful floral images… and I’m sure that if I tried, it could be a Christmas Card as well.

Today’s card however, is a study in Vanilla and Black.  Inspired by a sketch challenge and the wonderful polka dot paper from the Love Letter Designer Series Paper Pack… talk about association… Love Letter?  My guess would be that it was intended for Valentines’ Day!  My first pack of this luscious DSP is almost spent… I will definitely be ordering more soon… how about you?

1P7190003JustBelieve Created By You 

Just a simple and elegant sketch based card… I used the tallest image from the Just Believe stamp set, and the verse was stamped then punched with a 1 3/4” circle punch.  The sketch did not call for a ribbon adornment, but this card had such a formal ‘tuxedo’ feel, that a bow tie seemed appropriate.

A sponge dauber and basic black classic ink were used along the outer edges of all the very vanilla pieces, although very lightly and delicately to render an even and planned layer effect.  Doesn’t show up so much on the Basic black Mat.. but a dauber was even used on the polka dot designer series paper!

Solid image stamping can be a bit tricky at times… often a new stamp will have manufacturing residue on the surface which seems to repel the ink.  Lightly sanding the stamp in tiny circles with a sanding block will help… as will re-inking your pad, and resting the inked stamp to set on the cardstock for a minute or more to allow the ink to absorb into the cardstock.

When to re-ink your stamp pads:

  • Have you ever noticed that images stamped with your Basic Black Stamp Pad sometimes appear to have an almost purple cast?  That means it is time to re-ink the pad! 
  • Sometimes you’ll notice the edges of the pad are lighter and thicker in appearance than the rest of the pad… it’s time to re-ink!
  • Have you noticed the edges of your stamp pads appear to curl?  Time to re-ink!

Re-inkers are great for many techniques as well, I even mix mine with white craft paint to use on cards, ATC’s and altered canvases.

Have a wonderful day… I’ve got a BIG announcement coming in a few days… stick around, you won’t want to miss it!




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Margie said...

Love this beautiful and elegant card.. layers rule!!

Shari Winterstein said...

Very lovely card! Thanks for inspiring me and blessing my day. :)

Ms said...

this is just stunning .... I love the layered look and the dotted paper to match the embossed dots. And I really liked the bow... Any chance of a tutorial on how to make thank you for sharing your creativity

cinmfoster said...

A stunning card, love the embossing on the top and to polka dots on the bottom. Thanks for sharing.