Saturday, March 24, 2012

A long life is in store for you (and a lot of stamps too)

Hello, my dear stamping friends! I'm Irit and this is my second blog post here on The Rubber Cafe blog as a new DT member.

So as some of your may know (my FB friends mostly) that my new TRC stamps made a long journey over from our Israeli customs to my home (2 weeks and almost 13 miles). . . but they are finally here with me! I definitely had a hard time deciding what I'm going to use for my March blog posts. Actually, I wanted to use them all as all of them were so gorgeous but finally I decided on the oriental stamps this time because I was in a Chinese mood.

Then I decided to make a quick tutorial with some stamping basics as some of us are not experienced stampers and sometimes we just need to go back to basics.

So this post is about a resist stamping technique and also about stamped paper piecing but with a few twists.

Resist stamping technique:

This technique is based on the resist-to-paint action using stamped and heat embossed images.
  1. Stamp any image on cardstock and then heat emboss it. 
  2. Paint over the image with inks, watercolors, stains, acrylic. 
  3. Wipe image to reveal color they were originally  embossed.
My twist here is to use a light-color patterned paper for this technique and not an ordinary solid cardstock that is usually used.

So I used Basic Grey cardstock (back side of it) with white ink (OK, I am a messy crafter. My inks and stamps are not so clean but believe me, it is white inside.) I used Donna Salazar Mixed Media Jasmine ink and white embossing powder. I used the Blossom Branch  set for this step.

Here you can see the stamped and embossed image. We are ready for the next step.

You can use any kind of paint over your stamped images as long as it's not a totally permanent one. I decided to stick with Donna Salazar Mixed Media inks and to paint  my embossed blooms into some pink color that mixes great with this original greens of the paper.

So I used this Chiffon ink here with a piece of  Ranger's Cut -n-dry foam used for my inking and then I added some pink highlights with reddish watercolor over the flowers. I wiped all the extra paint and ink off with a baby wipe.

Now that my resist piece is done and cut out to the card panel size and inked around with Donna Salazar's Truffle ink. The pearl flower centers were made with a Cream Pearl Pen.

The second basic technique I will show you today is this Stamping and Paper piecing technique. It's very simple and well-known but I decided to make a twist and use a piece of patterned paper again to make it 3 layers high . . essentially a 3d  image.

I used this TRC Large Lace Fan with Versamark embossing ink and some gold embossing powder.

Make three sets of the fans and then fussy cut  one full fan. The second just cut the upper half and the third one, just the lace part. I adhered them one over another using 3d foam glue. 

And here are both stamped pieces before the final card was made.

Putting it all together: 
  1. Heat emboss with the same gold powder around the edges for the distressed look.
  2. Use 3 layers of Basic Grey papers that are subtle in pattern as we want the focus to be on our front panel.
  3. Add blooms and the fan. Make an embellishment cluster with a recycled ribbon bow, an old Chinese coin (recycled from an old candle), some black old twine, some not so old Prima flowers, and a sentiment from some Chinese fortune cookies page. The sentiment just says it all: "Long life is in store for all of us."
All paper layers were adhered with The Rubber Cafe Scrap Happy Glue. 

This card will be back in the blog on June 20

I hope you liked my tutorial and my oriental card. See you in a week or so with another project.

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Karen T said...

Irit, great tutuorial, and amazing card. Really turned out beautifully!

melissa said...

WOW I love it ... great job .. so glad that you finally received your stamps .

Kristine Reynolds said...

Very pretty!

TesaB said...

It's a BEAUTY!! Wow! Love it!