Today’s card reminds me of Santa Claus… Too bad I didn’t realize that before I finished. Only after photographing the card did I see Santa’s suit peeking from the card front, LOL!! Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Brushed Gold card stock are complimented by scraps of designer series papers and an image from the Priority Mail Hostess stamp set found on page 202 of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog. This is the photo that made me realize that Santa was with me, LOL… on the left side. I may make another card using this concept adding a black belt and fur just for fun… what do you think? The ‘fringe’ across today’s Christmas card is a scrap of wired burlap ribbon… I thought it gave a pleasant, earthy feel to the card amidst all the bling!
As you can see, I need to re-ink my Cherry cobbler ink pad… here’s a tip for re-inking the new pads!
Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters:
- One of the first indications that your stamp pad needs to be re-inked is uneven coverage on stamped images. ANOTHER, more applicable to the felt pads is when the edges of the pad whiten or lighten!
- When re-inking, apply ink first around the perimeter of the pad, and then lightly through the center.
- Use the back of a plastic spoon to massage the ink into the pad and spread for even coverage.
- Hopefully you haven’t allowed the edges to dry completely as they may not accept new ink :)… as you massage the ink pad, you will notice the edges changing to the ink color once again.
- Stampin’ Up! pads are constructed that when closed, the ink pad is automagically stored upside down… If you have an older design pad or non stampin’ up ink pads, it’s best to store them upside down too… which will keep the wet ink at the surface of the pad.
- If your inkpad comes with a plastic protective liner over the pad (after you’ve opened the new package of Stazon, or Memento ink for instance)… use mini glue dots to permanently attach the line to the inside/lid of the pad and then store upside down… this will keep your inkpad nice and fresh for a very long time.
Do you have any more ink pad tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment on today’s post and we’ll build a wonderful resource together!
Thanks for stopping by today, I look forward to reading your tips and comments!
Santa’s peeking around the corner Christmas Card!