Monday, May 27, 2013

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Into the woods

Good Monday morning!!
I am here to today to share a card I have made for our latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show: Into the woods. Once again this challenge offer so many possibilities...just check out the awesome Dt inspiration!!!
Immediately I thought of my Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain stamp, but I wanted to challenge myself to make a "girly" card. Here it is:

I did a type of reverse inking with this stamp. First you generously apply ink to your paper....I just put the ink pad directly down and swept it over the paper a good few times. 

 Then you spritz your stamp with water and stamp it down on your inked paper, let it sit for a minute or so while applying pressure. When you lift up your stamp, you will have also "lifted" up some of the to speak, but not is just the water reacting with the ink :)

The Lots of Hearts clear stamp set by Simon Says was the perfect match with the cute wood grain hearts :) To pump up the girly aspect I added a Die-namics flourish covered with Glossy Accents. It was cut from my stash of handmade papers using the "Resolve" can find HERE.

I would love to see your take on the theme "into the woods", so pop on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show and link up your project :)

You could be the lucky random winner of a $50 dollar store voucher to use at Simon Says Stamp Superstore :) :) :)
Have a fantastic day! Hugs, TRace

Monday, May 20, 2013

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: #1 ink

Good Morning! I'm back today with our Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: #1 ink
I am sharing a card I have made using my #1 ink in my crafting arsenal :)  It is the ink I reach for the most, and is the most versatile....any ideas what it is?? How about I show you the card first and you can guess for yourselves...I sure you know me well and already know the answer :) is VERSAMARK :) Yes I believe I use it on almost every project!!! 

I want to share some "must have" tools to accompany your Versamark ink. As you can see in the photo I actually have three pads: clear, red, and black...I will talk about that later. You will definitely want a re-inker, for you want your pad to be "juicy" to get the best image. You must have an Embossing Buddy or similar tool. It helps cut down the static on your paper, so embossing powders just stick to the ink...where you want it :) A fine paint brush will get a few stray bits off. Of course if you are using the ink for embossing you need embossing powder and a heat tool.

I love to emboss when I colour and spritz generously, the ink stays put! 

In this close-up you can see I also used Versamark on the tiny flower background stamp and on the sentiment...something I do ALL the time :) I seem to always use black ink for my sentiments, unfortunately I don't get it right the first time and need to re-stamp....this is where I use my black Versamark ink pad, that way I don't have to clean my stamp in between :)

Once again, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a random prize of a $50 dollar store voucher to use at their Simon Says Stamp Superstore!!! 
I would love to see what your favorite inks are, so please pop on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show and link up to show us :)
Have a fantastic day! Hugs, TRace


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