I hesitated to enter this one, it is so simple and basic compared to so many of the other fabulous entries...never mind, be brave! It was a good exercise and one I will definitely repeat. I enjoyed seeing how many entries had Lovely Layers as a focal point...I always struggle hard with getting the stamping just right on that set! I especially like that set on vellum, but I can't seem to find an ink that works with the vellum I have...I may need to order some thicker quality and try that. The type I have just pools the ink as if the surface is non-stick! So frustrating.
Anyway, back to the point Di. I tried using all sorts of other stamps for the purpose of this challenge but quickly found that things like hand saws, leaf sprays and other non-straight PTI items needed much more mental energy to align perfectly than I could rustle up. Something to play with later...
Things I used:
Ink:Versamark, PTI Vintage Touch - Camomile
Paper: PTI Kraft cardstock
Dies: Happiness in Bloom Leaves, Beautiful Blooms II #3
Stamps: Boutique Borders - Father, Peaceful garden - sentiment
Other: Clear embossing powder, yellow enamel dot (unknown aetiology), tiny polka dot embossing folder (also unknown - came in a magazine, but it is very sweet!), pop dots.
While I was browsing through all the entries on PTI I came across a stylish black card with a distressed heart embellishment at this blog. Connie had discovered the instructions for making the distressed embellishment in the bottom of a drawer she was cleaning out...she gives lovely clear instructions for this simple technique. I couldn't resist trying it out...
I also used a SU hearts as the punch was on my workbench, on a scrap of light cardboard from the bin, the Scotch Quick Dry glue and my only 3 colours of alcohol inks, Rust, Pitch Black and Stonewashed...it worked a treat. As you heat set the goo it bubbles up and turns all glossy and enamelled looking. Once dry they have a slight iridescent sheen and are quite sturdy. I think I may have overheated the tiny black one...on close examination it has quite an ashy aspect, leaving a little soot trail behind it and isn't as glossy as the other two, but what else could one expect from such a black little heart?
I will definitely be using this technique on other items, but maybe I'll think to wear gloves next time, I really got very inky indeed with the alcohol ink...
Thanks so much Connie, for sharing this tip.
Thanks for looking..