Using what I’m now going to call my ‘Inspiration Generator’, I got the above 3 options. I was at a bit of a loss with the ‘stamping only’ onto kraft card as the colours are always really muted and dull so I searched in YouTube for ‘kraft cardstock’ and lo and behold Jennifer McGuire had a video with some kraft cardstock techniques and I learned that if you stamp the card first with white pigment ink then you can stamp over the top and get your colour to ‘pop’ and be true to its actual colour.
I’ve had this art deco stamp set for ages and have hardly used and I liked the idea of doing something quite simple with the big square stamp. So I stamped this onto a card panel (5 and a quarter inches by 4 and 3 quarters) using white pigment ink then went on top with some coloured inks. The stamp set also includes a triangle ‘corner’ type stamp so I stamped some copper coloured ink on there. I’m yet to find really good quality copper/gold/silver inks so if anyone has any ideas then let me know! This was just a cheap one from Hobbycraft and is fine but isn’t very ‘in your face’ which is kind of what I want with a metallic ink. But anyway, it did the job albeit in a subtle way!
Just to note that I made 3 cards because I always need masculine cards and it was an easy technique to duplicate at each stage. Part of me wanted to make these cards quite classy and semi-plain but then I realised that no man I know is classy or serious (lol) so I decided I’d add this cute owl stamp from Picket Fence Studio. I just stamped in black ink on top of the square images.
I then chose a couple of sentiments; one from a Tim Holtz set and another from a Fuzzy Lemon set.
Once I’d done this I felt like they needed something else but rather than put any embellishments on I decided to stamp a few dots either side of the image; I just did this with the rubber end of a pencil.
I then mounted my panels onto kraft card blanks measuring 5 inches across and 5 1/2 inches long. These are my finished cards which I’m quite pleased with. Really simple and made me think outside of the box a bit 🙂
- Kraft Cardstock for panels from Papermill Direct
- Kraft Card bases from Hobbycraft
- White Pigment ink – Lawn Fawn in ‘Yeti’
- Copper ink – Hobbycraft
- Square/Corner stamps from ‘Art Deco’ set from Neat & Tangled
- Green ink – Distress Oxide ‘Lucky Clover’; Purple ink – Mama Elephant ‘Eggplant’; Aqua ink – Mama Elephant ‘Rainwater’
- ‘Cool Dude Owl’ stamp from Picket Fence Studio
- ‘It’s Your Birthday’ stamp from Fuzzy Lemon ‘Star-Studded Birthday’
- OMG stamp from Stampers Anonymous ‘Hipster’
- Black ink – Altenew Obsidian pigment ink
Fuzzy Lemon available at CraftStash; All inks & Neat & Tangled available at Seven Hills Craft