Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments the last few posts! I am glad  that you are enjoying the Q&A section and finding it helpful! Keep the questions coming, I love answering them 😀

So, after my last two successful adventures with pattern paper, I am back today with my first love – one layer card which is also the challenge at Lawnscaping Challenge#16 . Its a simple one with lot of stamping and masking and also a feeble attempt at masculine cards(I am no good with cards for men 🙂 ) because I wanted to play along the Wee Memories Challenge#64 – Masculine.

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps:Lawn Fawn (Sew Lovely), Skipping Stones(Grunge); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Brown sugar,Cough Syrup), Unity Stamp Co. (french Lilac, raw sienna), Momento(Lady Bug),Distress Ink(Shabby Shutters);embellishment: Brads(Basic Grey),Twine

While making this card, I realized I was out of green ink and so the green ink on this card is a little worn out but it adds to the grunge masculine feel so I like it. To create the frame, I placed the brads first and then wrapped the twine around ending with a bow.

Sorry for the blurry close-up picture. Even after been  reminded to turn the Macro on for close-ups, I somehow keep forgetting  to do that 🙂

I hope you like it!

Tips on Stamping

A few of you asked for some tips on stamping and so I have compiled a few here taken from internet resources and my own experience. You might already be aware of few or all them but I just though I’d share.

1. Make sure you use a good quality paper and ink. Most of the times its a bad quality ink thats the culprit for poor stamping because it blotches/bleeds.I like using Momento, Jenni Bowlin, Unity, ColorBox pigment inks and there are lots of other good quality brands out there. Remember there are different kinds of ink that work best on different kinds of surface.

   A.  Dye based Inks seems to work best for most stamping, but it is water soluble, so it won’t work on a slick or glossy surface surface as there is no place for the ink to go.  It dries almost instantly.  Jenni Bowlin, Momento are some of the available dye-based ink brands.

    B.  Chalk Inks, like Dye based ink, dries fast and does not work well with the glossy or slick card stock.

    C.  Pigment inks take longer to dry and are good to use when you want to emboss the image after stamping it.  These work on the Glossy surfaces and will work well with embossing powders.  If not embossing, either heat set or give the project time to dry.

    D.  The Staz-On Inks will really stain your stamps and the quicker you clean them off, the cleaner they will become.  They are more permanent kind of inks that work on Acetate and any other surface.Unity Co. inks work almost like Staz-On

    E   Alcohol Inks are made to work on glossy surfaces, and work particularly well on Glass & Metals.

2. Different types of stamps require different amount of pressure while stamping. Try stamping on a scratch piece of paper first, applying different amount of pressure and with a little practice you’ll know what works best for what stamps. Usually small, fine-lined stamps require little pressure and the big solid ones require more but it also depends on the stamp brand you are using (Hero Arts big stamps require much less pressure as compared to others).

3. When you go to use stamp, press it straight down on the paper. Press down with several fingers but don’t rock the stamp or move it – this causes the halos. Then lift the stamp straight up off the paper. The easiest way to insure you are always going straight up and down is to stand up when you ink and stamp your images. 

4. Keep a Mouse pad/ Cutting mat/Magazine under your card stock while stamping.It provides a cushion and enables better stamped images.

5. Make sure your surface is stable and not wobbly. Use a good table that can take pressure when you stamp. Don’t try stamping in your lap (I have been there, done that and it doesn’t work 😀 )

6. If you are just starting out with stamping, don’t stamp on your card base directly. Instead try stamps that you can cut and layer on your card. There are less chance of spoiling your card base this way.

7. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s OK to make mistakes. Don’t give up if you don’t get it right the first time, practice and learn and once you are there, you won’t be able to stop stamping.

I hope this post was helpful for you and you will pick up a tip or two. If you put these tips to use, don’t forget to let me know your experience and if any of it was helpful.

Have fun stamping !

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