Thursday, 7 June 2012

A bit of stamping…..yay!!!

Well for Less is More and my blog this week I have indulged myself with a little bit of stamping. This week I have been working with  a lovely Stamp from Oak House Studio. Owner of Oak House Studio and Designer of the Clematis Stamp is Lynnda Worsnop who this weekend is hosting a 24hr event using just the one stamp in lots of different ways. I have had amazing fun experimenting  with the stamp finding different ways of using it and I have to say, for a clear stamp (laser cut in a very strong polymer…giving an impression as good as a rubber stamp) it really is very durable ….just as well as I have been extremely hard on it….thank goodness there isn’t a “Society for the Protection  of Stamps” as I wouldn’t blame Lynnda for reporting me for mistreatment…the good news is the stamp is still standing and stamping as beautifully as when I received it….

….so to prove it’s still working (despite being dunked in all sorts of inappropriate paints etc!) I have made a card for Less Is More’s Red White and Blue challenge


Inspired by the blue and white china I inherited from my mum, I masked off a square panel with Post-it notes (with a square post-it used as a template), then drew round the panel with an ordinary Berol Handwriting pen….despite using a stamp I wanted to avoid using bought cardmaking products as much as possible, DSC_0045so I also avoided using a bought inkpad and used an ordinary felt pelt rubbed over the stamp. As the pen was waterbased it was easily washed to colour the image….. ideally I wanted to glaze the panel but every household item I tried made the ink bleed too much and I think even bought inkpads may have the same effect….if anyone has any clever ideas I would love to know.

But with time ticking away I have left the image matt and added my touch of red…a knotted scrap of ribbon (yes I cant even throw off cuts of ribbon away…in fact I keep a tub of little scraps pre-tied in bows …and if they’re not big enough for bows …I use them knotted!!!)

If you’re lucky enough to live near the Oak House Studio, do drop in and visit Lynnda and see what she is up to (I think she will have the kettle on), if not pop by her blog (hopefully my projects will be there) I have scheduled a couple of sensible home decor projects …I am still working on a very “unglamorous” idea …..and keep an eye on her One Stamp facebook page this weekend (9th and 10th June).

p.s love the stamped watch you’ve just posted on your blog Lynnda….oooooh want one of those!!!!!


Vicky Hayes said...

Just wonderful Diane - I'm always so impressed with your resourcefulness and although I can't help with household items to glaze your tile I can tell you that versamark doesn't bleed when I use it over images coloured with my water based ink. (Although I would cover light bits first.) Maybe a piece of acetate from some packaging would give a similar effect to glazing? Vicky x

Kathyk said...

This is lovely - so classy


Suze Bain said...

Your card really does reflect the style of the china Diane and I love the little dotty ribbon and your red insert. A very pretty card. xx

Julie said...

Love the results of your work! Great card.

Deanna said...

Diane this is so sweet, love the image and the polka dot ribbon-very elegant!

Jean Straw said...

This is a beautiful card, I love the stamp.Jean x

GinaA said...

This is a super card and I love your idea of using household stuff, your washed inking is beautiful and the red ribbon works so well.

Chrissie said...

Super card Diane and love the scrap of ribbon. My old mum would have been impressed with your thrift!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Aileen said...

So pretty and I love the little piece of ribbon. x

Jenny said...

Great post Diane, I love reading about your crafty substitutes although the Berol handwriting pen is giving me visions of my early school days...*shudder*
The blue image looks so pretty, no idea what you could use as a glaze though...I suppose you tried clear nail varnish!!
I'll keep an eye out for your work...I thought the studio would be in Norfolk, closer to you!!
Anyway, lovely card :0)
Jenny x

Linda said...

Simply stunning! It's such a pretty stamp and the little touch of ribbon adds the perfect finishing touch xx

Cheryl said...

oh gosh this is simply stunning such a beautiful stamp,just brilliant hugs Cherylxxxxxx

Mandi said...

Your design is my kinda style Diane
Love it
Love your resourcefulness [is that a word!!] too
Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Faith A said...

This is gorgeous, love what you have done and the red insert is genious

Bea said...

What a lovely card - really lovely image

Lynnda said...

I love blue and white china and often use this sort of look on my cards.
re the glazing I think if you left it to dry over night or heat set it it may have avoided the bleeding

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