Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenge Blog and the theme for the fortnight is Sunshine. I am not a fan of the sun in winter, it shows up the dust too much. Despite the continued wet weather here in the UK the sun has been making regular appearances. These are usually timed to end just as I set about taking photographs of my projects! However, I did manage to outwit in order to take pictures of my Crafty Boots design team pieces.
These were made using the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear which I have had for some time but not been brave enough to use. I can tell you that, now I have, it is brilliant! If you haven’t seen this piece of equipment in action it is basically a mechanism that enables you to stamp at regular intervals. There are different shapes and each has a stamping block that locks into little notches on the gear. The king of the stamping gear is Create and Craft’s John Bloodworth and you will find no end of inspiration over on his blog.
My first card gives you an idea of how the whole thing works.
I prepared the background by dusting Mustard Seed and Wild Honey distress inks on to plain white card. Next, I used my script stamp and Wild Honey to stamp patches of text. Then it was time for the stamping gear. I used the circular frame, two different stamps from the celestial set and Vintage Photo ink. Using the first of the sunray stamps, and stamping inside the frame, I stamped in every fourth notch (or every other notch that is marked). Then I stamped the second sunray in between, starting two notches to the right of the original and continuing in every fourth notch. This probably sounds like gobbledegook, but will make perfect sense if you have the gear set! The face was stamped separately and I cut it out stuck in the centre of the sun rays. To finish, I dusted on a little Spiced Marmalade ink and layered it on a blue background.
My second card was made in almost the same way and was inspired by a technique for single layer cards that I found on John’s blog. First, I stamped the word dream using the String Inspiration stamp from Darkroom Door.
Then I masked the lower portion of the card off and prepared the background in the same way as I did for the other card except this time I used Spiced Marmalade to stamp the script.
I again used the circular frame and positioned it by eye. A useful tip here is to decide where you want the centre of the design to be, in this case the face of the sun. Then I stamped the sun rays in exactly the same way as before, but this time using Rusty Hinge distress ink.
I stamped some additional rays, again using the circular frame, so that only part of the design was showing. The finishing touch, and another heart stopping moment in case I messed it up, was to draw double lines underneath the inked area.
Very happy how these two turned out, especially as they are my first attempts. Can’t wait to play with it some more.
I hope you’ll be able to let a little sunshine into your life by joining in with the challenge over at Crafty Boots and do check out what the rest of the design team have been up to.
Thanks for buzzing by.