Of course, using them effectively in my simple style presents a challenge, which is why I've been reluctant to spend money on them. Until they went of massive sale at JoAnn's.
So I started playing around with them and am embarrassed to admit how much paper I wasted finding which inks work best with them and how I might use them CAS style.
It took a while to crack the code, but I finally realized that the jagged borders on the stamps were getting in my way...they're just too irregular for my particular brand of CAS. That's when I broke out these delightfully old-school scissors:
After trimming the jagged borders off the stamped images for London and Paris, I made these two cards.
LOVE!!! The scissors give a larger stamp edge for the mat of white on white. It's subtle, but cleaner. London is stamped in Memento espresso truffle, which looks better to my eye than the grey flannel I used on Paris. While smiling happily at these two cards, I wondered what would happen if I kicked these up a notch and added color. Some ink pads were too juicy and made runny images, some pads were too dry and left blotchy images, and some pads were juuuuuust right.
Like I said, I wasted a lot of paper playing around. Here are my favorite results:
|Greece gets Memento Bahama Blue.|
|Love the dimensionals here.|
|Stonehenge in SU Old Olive|
|The Pyramids in Memento potter's clay...not quite as crisp |
as I'd like it to be, but that's okay.
|Italy gets the Memento rhubarb stalk treatment. Love this!|
Though I do wish someone would straighten the leaning
Tower of Pisa. Seriously, doesn't that bother you?
|The Great Wall goes with Ancient Page Henna. This image |
is hard to work with...the level of detail is blurry on the stamp
itself, so the tower within the wall looks like a blob without
clear definition. Not my favorite.
To cut out the images, I used my quilting ruler and craft knife. If you haven't done this before, just remember to keep your fingers away from the knife when you slide it down the edge of the ruler! This has been my preferred trimming method for over 12 years now, but I still remind myself to be careful every time.
Now that I've typed that for the whole interwebs to see, I'm bound to cut off a fingertip. *sigh*
Anyway, I'm so glad these stamps were on sale because they were so much fun to play with! I can see framed art with the whole set of stamps, cards with a selection of stamps (esp. long, thin cards!), and all sorts of fun with colors.
PLUS, I used a pair of my deco scissors, which are definitely keepers on the Use My Hoard Challenge.
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: various listed above
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: deco stamp scissors, dimensionals, glue