Friday, November 11, 2011

Unusual Colors for CAS Christmas Card

Somewhat of an unusual choice in colors for a Christmas Card, LOL… but the stamped solid image from Come To Bethlehem was already on my stamp room table.  So was the embossed Brushed Silver card stock and Pewter embossed sentiment. 

Put them all together, and you have a CAS Christmas card in Basic Black, Night Of Navy, Whisper White, and Brushed Silver with a little help from Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper!1.CAS_Christmas by Sharon FieldThe other day, one of my stamping friends popped on over, looking for help with the solid image stamp from Come To Bethlehem.  I had already given her tips over the phone, but it just wasn’t working for her.  So, I set about to solve the dilemma… and today will share a few tips for you too!

As a result of the manufacturing process, new rubber stamps will often have a film or residue on the surface.  This is even more apparent when working with solid image stamps… you may notice uneven stamping, or even that the ink just doesn’t seem to stick to certain areas.

Tips for stamping Solid Image Stamps:

  1. First, make sure your ink pad is well inked… but not overly inked, just well inked.  If you have over-inked your pad, you will see bubbles of ink appear on the stamp surface…. you may also notice ink bleeding out onto the outer rim of the stamp pad. 
  2. Now that you know that your stamp pad is inked well, you can try this handy trick:  Ink the image first with Versa Mark Ink, then the ink color of your choice.  The Versa Mark Ink will help the colored ink stick to the surface of the stamp.
  3. If you’re still not getting good coverage, try using a sanding block, and rotating in tiny circles over the entire surface of the rubber stamp image.  Don’t work in a back/forth motion as you may etch lines into the stamp.  It is important to be fairly aggressive as you sand in circles, but also not so aggressive that you carve lines into the solid image.  Clean off the stamp, examine for shiny spots, and re-sand as needed.
  4. Now, ink the image (you can do the versa mark trick too if desired)… and place the inked stamp DTP (direct to paper).  Press firmly with your fingertips across the solid image without rocking the stamp.  After removing your fingers, allow it to sit and absorb into the card stock for about 15 seconds.

Some additional things I’ve noticed while watching people stamp…

  • Sometimes they press the image so firmly onto the paper that the ink is forced to the outer perimeter of the image… quite a surprise to see!
  • Rocking in an over inked pad, and then on the paper… try to stick to straight down, straight up as your stamping technique.  If you’re a rocker, sometimes trimming your stamps closer to the image lines will aid a bit, you can also try stamping with a lighter touch… not as much downward pressure.
  • If your paper is not ultra-smooth or has more of a rough texture (commonly noticeable on bargain bin big box store card stock), your stamped image will not transfer correctly. 2.pewter embossed star with clear rhinestone brad
Don’t you just love the new Pewter Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the Holiday Mini Catalog?  It’s like watching liquid silver flow as you heat it with a heat tool!   The liquid pewter star of Bethlehem was embellished with a clear crystal brad… you could also use a Basic Jewel Rhinestone, but I really liked the additional dimension provided by the silver frame around the crystal brad.3.Peace On Earth Embossed SentimentMore pretty Pewter embossing with the “Peace on Earth” sentiment from the “Four the Holidays” stamp set… and another tip I learned from one of my stamping friends!

Embossing Tip:

To more easily collect your embossing powder after using it in a powder pal tray, place a sheet of card stock vellum in the bottom.  The embossing powder won’t stick to the card stock vellum at all… and it will be easier to clean the tray afterwards too!

Happy Veterans’ Day to you and all our wonderful soldiers!  My step father was in the military, and our DS is an Airman who has travelled several times to the war zone… I know many have been touched by the service of daughter, sons, spouses, and relatives too… and today is the day we can all take a moment to tell each and every one of them how much we appreciate them!!  BIG TIME Hugs!!

See you tomorrow with the last installment of the Stampin’ Addicts Big Shot Blog Tour Projects… tomorrow I’ll share a step by step Super Saturday Tutorial for how to make the cute little Santa Ornament Box!



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Fabiola said...

quelle élé

Patrice H said...

Thanks for all the "Hot Tips" I especially like the Versa Mark tip.
I kind of like out of the box colors and cards for X-Mas!