Friday 14 February 2014

Craft Stamper - Make It, Take It Challenge

...tis that time again... oh yesh a brand new challenge over on the Craft Stamper blog... and the challenge technique this month is to use repeat stamping.  This is a fabby technique and perfect for jazzing up background papers and your own inky backgrounds too.  For my creation, I have made a tag and used Distress Inks and Archivals to make my background... here's how I made it:

Starting out with a Size 8 manila tag, I blended Antique Linen DI all over it and then blended Stormy Sky DI around the edges and in towards the middle, leaving some of the Antique Linen showing.  I then used Faded Jeans to blend a bit darker around the edges and finally used Black Soot DI to give the tag a frame.  Using a watermister, spraying water into my paw and flicking it at the tag, I achieved a nice bleachy splatty effect.  The repeat stamping was done using a really old PSX stamp I have - it was the second rubber stamp I ever bought about 271 years ago... and I still loves it.  I used Wendy's Cornflower Archival ink - this is perfect to go with Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans... however, I did a "second generation" print... basically, ink the stamp as normal, stamp onto paper and then onto the tag... this way the ink is slightly lighter and that is what I wanted as I didn't want the butterflies to be too prominent.

Adding in a smidge of black stamping around the edge always pleases my eye, adding to the "frame" of Black Soot, so I did a few impressions of the shabby diamond stamp using Jet Black Archival... and remembering to dry the ink too as Archival needs to be heat set to ensure no smudgey paw marks.  The big old butterfly is an Indigo Blu stamp, isn't it gorgeous!  That was coloured with the same DI's as the tag... and then pearls added to jazz his body up.  The sentiment is one of Tim's from Stuff to Say, stamped onto card, 3D'd and torn along the bottom for a bit of extra texture.  A few pearly swirls added a little bit of prettiness... and there you have it! 

Don't forget to CLICK HERE and visit the Craft Stamper blog... also, there be a prize for one lucky entrant too!!!   Today I am mostly going to be prepping for my class tomorrow at Neil Burley's Studio tomorrow... and also, playing with something *brand new* that will be launching at the Stitches trade show this weekend... ohhhlalaaa.. I am loving this new **********.... teeheee!!   Thanks for looking, have a grand day!  TTFN

Hels x


Marleine said...

Hi Hels,

I love this tag. Gives me the urge do have a go. That butterfly is gorgeous.
Craft club at my place today with Claire and Lizzie. Roll on the tags.
Thanks for the ideas. X

rachel said...

what a wonderful tag Hels - will defo be joining in - hugs Rachel xx

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels fab tag and that butterfly is so pretty. Have a wonderful weekend, you are a tease with new product x

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous tag Hels! Love the beautiful background and the lovely sentiment.
Linda xxx

Craftychris said...

ooh this is so gorgeous! I adore that large butterfly and I need the cornflower ink! xxx

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous tag Hels! Happy Valentine's Day!

nancyd said...

Morning Hels, a fantastic tag, the butterfly is gorgeous we watch a lot
of you doing second generation stamping
but I think I have only done it once or twice
you forget when you don't do it a lot
till you come along and remind us
thanks for all your inspiration I'm
sure everyone appreciates it.
Nancyd xx

Helen said...

I think I have that stamp too... PSX were gorgeous stamps! Great tag, Hels. WIll try and remember this challenge, lol! Hope the class goes well and you are able to get there after all this weather we've had!!

nannapat said...

Fabulous tag Hels, the colours are gorgeous and I love the flutterby. Have a good weekend everyone. Pat x

Mrs B said...

Hi Hels. Great tag, love that big butterfly. Have a great weekend all. Take care.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, You might well 'teee heeee', you teaser !! haha.
Loving, loving, loving, this tag, the colours complement perfectly and the stamping is gorgeous, love the large butterfly.
Have a good weekend, teaser !! teaser !! teaser !! haha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Carole Z said...

Fab tag Hels - what a lovely quote and I really like the butterfly stamp, hugs Carole Z X

Chaffinch said...

Hels - Hope the demonstrating is going well - I see the Creative Expression booth/stall is not far from the big coffee area, so you should not be wanting for your chocolate fix.

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