Friday, March 21, 2014

Spectrum Ink Pads and Water

When Leslie (Crooked Stamper) learned that I was enamored of Kaleidacolor spectrum ink pads, she dug out some old, long unused (and a few unopened) ones she had and gave them to me.

Can you believe not a one was already in my collection? Yippy!!!!

I pulled out an old Hero Arts shadow stamp and went to work, incorporating the OLS#3 Challenge, Just Add Water.

Can you believe the intensity of the color of the Calypso pad?

Even the Pastel pad has intense color!

But Caribbean Sea is my favorite...greens and blues, oh, my!

I positioned the shadow stamp on the edge of the card, one third of the way up after inking it and spritzing with water. Then, I put each sentiment half-on, half-off the stamped area, and added a triangle of little flower stamps with color-coordinated bling added for a bit of shine.

Easy, fun, and colorful!!!

If you don't have a spectrum ink pad, you could always color a shadow stamp or acrylic block with water-based markers and spritz. If you don't have a shadow stamp, you could improvise your own with, say, a piece of craft foam attached to a block with temporary adhesive. Would the foam give added texture to the image or would enough spritzed water even it out? I challenge someone to give that a try this weekend and share the results!!

Thanks again to Leslie for giving me these glorious inkpads. I assure you, they are well-loved in their new home!!

stamps: Hero Arts shadow, Papertrey and Gina K sentiments, Hero Arts flowers
ink: Kaleidacolor, Memento Luxe black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: water spritz bottle, rhinestones, various permanent markers to color the rhinestones


  1. These all turned in to fabulous makes - how lucky you have such a generous pal ... I only have two of these fab collections


  2. I think they are all gorgeous, but it's the last one that is my favourite!

  3. Love the bright colors. The mix is awesome, Susan! Love seeing you playing with water and inks!

  4. Wow! Aren't fellow stampers just the BEST! How fabulous that you put these to such a beautiful use~

  5. Beautiful!! I have some of these ink pads -- I should pull them out and put them to work!

  6. These are so pretty and what an effective layout too.

  7. I have to try this! Very cool cards! And I just hope my pads are still juicy enough!

  8. So kind of her and we all benefit!

  9. Um, blissful, Susan ... positively heavenly! Anita :)

  10. love love love -have a few pads but obviously not enough !!

  11. beautiful cards, I have a few of those in my collection too, thank you for the reminder and inspiration.

  12. I am so glad the ink pads have found a home where they will be loved. And yes, the Caribbean Sea is my favorite combination of colors, too. I'm so happy they are all still inky!

    You can make your own spectrum pads using Cut 'N' Dry foam like in this video:

    1. FELT, not FOAM. Sorry about that. Just ignore me and listen to Jennifer. :)

  13. Lovely cards - how nice to be gifted such cool stamp pads. I don't have any...

  14. Thanks for the inspiration to dig out my Kaleidacolor pads & put them to good use !

  15. The blue/green really is extra gorgeous IMO!


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