Thursday, October 1, 2009

Celtic Fun

Joan B of Paperlicious fame has recently fallen in love with Waltzingmouse Stamps, which has Celtic sets that are beautiful. Seeing Joan's cards reminded me that I have quite a few Celtic stamps in my stash that haven't seen ink in years. I pulled out these two and started playing.

The sentiment is from PSX, and the border stamp isn't labeled. The sentiment is a bit hard to stamp. I tried SU classic, Memories, Colorbox pigment, and Tuxedo, and they all looked icky. I also tried two different papers: PTI and SU whites. The problem is the ornate M...liquid inks blotch, even on PTI white.

I was really surprised with the ColorBox pigment didn't work but realized my pad is drying out finally...after 8 years. That's pretty good longevity in a stamp pad, don't you think? Finally, I tried Colorbox chalk ink and got a good image.

In early medieval Celtic manuscripts like the Book of Kells, monks used red ink dots to outline ornate letters and fill spaces, as in the example below. My color scheme is obviously not authentic, so I went with chocolate brown dots and edged the stamped panels with a chocolate Zig writer as well. Edited to add: the dots are on the stamp as well; I just used the pen to make them a different color.

It was fun pulling out long unused stamps and playing, even if getting the good image was a bit frustrating and resulted in some wasted paper.

stamps: PSX, unknown
ink: ColorBox Chalk
cardstock: PTI vintage cream
accessories: Zig marker, dimensionals

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  1. Even if they weren't authentic in origin, those dots around the big fancy M really liven it up and connect it to the dark brown strip (which is clearly why you did it). Pretty!

  2. Wow, lovely cards, I like the way you have the colour distributed, it looks lively and vibrant!! Gorgeous cards!! TFS, HUgs always!

  3. Great card (and a small bit of historical trivia) that is what we come for.

    thanks for sharing this.


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