Years ago, before I started stamping, I did calligraphy and learned how to reproduce Celtic knot-work in ink and gouache. It's a tedious process, very time consuming, and I never got as good at either the calligraphy or knot-work as I wanted to be. Then, when I found stamps that would give a similar effect, I bought a bunch of them.
As part of my Use-Your-Stamps challenge, I'm pulling out long-unused wood-mounted rubber stamps, and recently, it was the Celtic stamps' turn. Part of the challenge with UYS is to find fresh ways to use old stamps. With this particular card, I used a very fresh color (Hero Arts Soft Pool), a silver metallic pen, and a tall rectangular card to make these old stamps shine!
The silver marker anchors the design, and the light ink paired with a crisp white definitely lends a modern feel to these old, old stamps.
Check your stash for some old-style stamps and see what you can do to freshen them up!
stamps: Stampabilities (cross), Judikins (background)
ink: Hero Arts soft pool
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Prismacolor silver metallic pen, dimensionals, metal ruler