Today’s Utah Divas International Color Challenge prompt reminded me of fall. I really had a difficult time getting past that thought, so looked around my stamp room for a bit of inspiration.
Having just returned from the Stampin’ Up! Leadership conference, I looked at the little box of three handmade chocolates that came home with me. The fancy favor box had been punched with a circle punch, and embellished with a simple circle punch flower. (And yes, I came home with all three pieces of chocolate, untouched… but recently consumed by my DH.)
Today’s UDI72 card features “The Best Of Everything” Stamp set from page 103 in the idea book & catalog. A Clean and Simple style stamp set, it seemed perfect for today’s CAS color challenge card!
The colors for today’s challenge: Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, River Rock, and Riding Hood Red. That’s overwhelmingly fall, right?
Here’s my little flower embellishment, cut from 1” and 1/2” circle punches. The leaves were punched with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch, and then scored down the middle to add a little dimension.
I’m really loving this pleated ribbon, aren’t you? It lies quite flat on a card, adding very little bulk or dimension!
A little polka-dot embossing, and faux stitching really adds a finished look to the card.
See how my flowers are all blotchy? Does that ever happen to you? There’s actually a very easy fix for this problem!
Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters:
Better Ink Coverage Using Solid Image Stamps:
- After inking your solid image stamp, turn it over and inspect the inked surface. If the ink appears to puddle or pool, the image will be blotchy.
- Try rubbing the surface of the image stamp onto a pair of blue jeans… sometimes there is a thin layer of residue left on the stamp, which can be easily removed this way.
- If the blue jeans trick doesn’t work… or you just want to turn to the big guns, gently rub a sanding block on the surface of the stamp. Red rubber will lighten and appear to have a white powder coating over the entire image. DO NOT rub the sanding block in one direction as it may etch lines into your stamp.
- After cleaning the stamp, try stamping in versamark ink…BEFORE stamping with your regular ink pad.. versamark will help hold the ink to the stamp.
- After stamping, don’t press so hard onto the paper that the ink is forced to the outer edges, LOL.. it’s crazy but it happens. ALSO… allow the inked stamp to rest on the paper for a few more seconds when using solid image stamps… and the ink will have more time to absorb into the card stock.
- Try stamping on different paper. Believe it or not, all paper is not equal! Some have a smooth surface for stamping while others have rougher grains or may use materials which resist inks!
Big difference, isn’t it!
Here’s the prompt for today’s UDI 72 Color challenge.
We’d love to have you play along with the design team this week… you can use any paper, stamps, and inks that are close to the challenge colors, so grab those inks and STAMP!
See you tomorrow with a new challenge from the Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge… you won’t want to miss this delightful card, and I hope it will inspire you to play along too!
I look forward to reading your lovely comments!