Saturday, February 21, 2015

Altenew - Vintage Roses - Stamp Talk

Hi friends,

Some time back, I took part in Altenew challenge & won $20 from them ( isn't that cool!). I bought this Vintage Roses set. Finally, I got chance to experiment with it.

I love pigment inks & i have many shades of colorbox inks. But unfortunately, the pads are de-flatting  so fast lately. So it was time to switch inks for me. I gave try to Wplus9 dye inks and  fell in love with them. 

So coming to the point.... i tried stamping these roses in pigment, dye & archival inks. I got best results with dye inks. I like pigment inks too but layering images were little difficult as these inks are opaque. Somehow, don't like working with archival inks.

My take away from this experiment:

  * Stamp quality is excellent & the way they have designed layers for Roses is just awesome. I was little disappointed with leaves though. It takes 11 images to make a cluster of five leaves. That was tedious & the grouping for leaves is confusing too (at least for me).

 * Build your layers from darker to lighter as Tasnim showed it here & use this reference sheet to align your stamps.

 * Dye ink works best for this set but you need various shades of same colour. 

 * Build all the layers with similar ink only. I tried stamping 2 layers with dye and one with archival which didn't work (2 yellow roses in bottom right corner).

 * I tried stamping with pigment inks too. I like that too but you have to build your layers from light to dark for sharper contrast as these are opaque inks. (In below image - two pink roses in bottom left corner...they are stamped with same inks but first one was dark to light while second one light to dark)

* You can build layers with only one ink & second and third generation stamping. The one at the bottom with mama elephant pigment ink - lollipop. For this method, pigment inks work better than dye inks because they dry slower and you have enough pigments left on stamp for second and third generation stamping.

All in all I LOVE this set. With little practice, roses were easy to align and final result is breathtakingly beautiful!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

RIC #77

With today's card I am playing along Runway Inspired Challenge # 77 which showcase this beautiful dress from Jenny Packham spring 2015 collection.

I was inspired by the colors and rays' pattern. Here is my take on inspiration picture.

The background is created with Avery Elle stamp. The flower is Jane's Doodle stamp stamped on vellum with memento luxe ink , embossed & fussy cut. 'Congrats' is a PTI die. I finished it off with some enamel dots and two stripes of grey. 

Close up:   

Love & Hugs....:)

You & Me

Hey friends,

 Here is the inspiration picture

My take on it!

I tried to create ombre effect with simonsays stencil, hot lips ink & wendi vecchi embossing paste. Ampersand is a Kelly Purkey die ( I just love it...). Inkadinkadoo heart stamp is embossed in gold.
Hope you enjoy my creation!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Another shaker

Here it goes...

For this card, I created a panel with two colors of paper stripes. Made a window for shaker element with PTI speech bubble die. I stamped the inside of cutout with WPLUS9 stamp. Added some locally found bling & mounted the panel with foam tape. I also added 2 more speech bubble, one from pattern paper with studio calico wood veneer heart( colored and covered with glossy accent) and another with sentiment from simon says stamp.

Close up:

"Just Us Girls" - JUGS#278-Wild Card Week

Hope you will like it. I will be back soon with some more valentine cards. Hugs.

Shaker Card

Hello Friends,

After a long absence from the blogland, I am back with a valentine  card today. And it is a shaker(yay!...i love shaker) cards.

I cut the white panel with Lawn Fawn die & shaded the back drop with Simon Says Hotlips ink. (Yup...  Laura effect...:)... totally! ). I mounted the panel with few sequins in each heart. I used PTI die for 'you' and sentiment is from mama elephant stamp set. 

close ups:

I am entering it for
"Just Us Girls" - JUGS#278-Wild Card Week


Hope you will like it. I will be back soon with some more valentine cards. Hugs.