Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lucky Stars

What did we ever do before clear stamps?  After stamping with wooden stamps for several years (I still love my wood stamps!) I remember being at a crop and trying out someones clear stamp mounted on an acrylic block and thinking, "Woah. I REALLY like this."  The whole ability to see where you are stamping makes so many techniques possible. 



 This card uses a drop shadow effect for the sentiment (WPlus9) that wouldn't be easy to recreate using a wood block stamp.  The clear stamp makes it super duper easy.  After stamping my sentiment in navy ink, I gave it a quick heat set using an embossing gun, then used my embossing powder applicator to make sure the area was good and covered. I wanted to make sure that ink was really dry before the next step, which was stamping it again over top in Versamark ink. Add a little silver embossing powder, heat set, and done! The end result is a nice shadowed effect for the main panel. The rest of the card came together easily with some additional inking, patterned paper, some embossed stars (cut out), and some sequined stars. 

What do you prefer stamping with? Wood or clear stamps? No matter what kind, the Butterfly Reflections, Ink shop has both for you. Check out the new Kelly Purkey wood stamps in stock. So fun! 

Thanks for stopping in today! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Lucky Stars- WPlus9
Ink: Versamark-Tsukineko; Navy, Lemon Yellow- Hero Arts
Paper: Serendipity 6x6 pad- Dear Lizzy
Accents: South of Market star sequins- Studio Calico

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