Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ONLINE INSPIRATION - APRIL 2012 - 1 Stamp for 5 cards!


My ‘Online Inspiration’ is basically an online step by step workshop and will be on my blog each month, around the 15th of each month. Each time, I will be showing something different, this might be a card, more that one card, or some kind of technique. All products will be linked under the post. I am waiting your comments, thoughts or questions. Enjoy!

This month, I decided to challenge myself! To use the same stamp as the main element, for 5 cards! And I made it!!!
There are so many techniques you can make with stamps and inks...more than you can imagine...

I am posting this earlier this month (because of Easter Holidays) ! Hope you like it!
Happy Easter to all of you! 

 Hello Card

Cut 3 stripes of color paper of your choice, about 4cm x 8.5cm and using strong adhesive (I like double sided tape) stick the pieces on some scratch paper, to create a strong base. Then ink the stamp with Distress Embossing Ink and stamp. Apply clear embossing powder and heat emboss. Let it cool down and mount the piece on some white cardstock leaving a small frame around.

Stamp on the left corner the greeting (In this case I used the hello greeting from the set) with Archival Ink in Jet Black.

Stick the piece in the center of a black standard size card.

Enjoy Your Birthday

Use a piece of cardstock (don’t use porous paper – it will not work) and cover completely with Dusty Concord distress ink by applying the ink directly using the pad. Let it dry.
Ink the stamp with Picket Fence distress stain (great product – cant get enough!!).
Spray some water with mini mister ( or use some perfect pearls in white color if you want to be shiny) and carefully stamp the flower in the center of the purple cardstock. Don’t lift the stamp immediately, allow few seconds letting the ink to be absorbed! Let it dry.
Round the corners of the standard size card, and the corners of the piece we created and glue it to the center of the card.
Stamp a large greeting on top of the flower using Archival Ink in Jet black.
Go around with a black pen and create small dots or faux stitching. This brings in the black and balances the card!

Thank You
Simple and elegant. And you can reproduce this card in minutes.

Use a card base which is thick and absorbent. I like using watercolor paper.
 Using markers (there are a lot of markers in the marker that 
you can use coloring directly on the stamp – I like the Zig ones – Memento are good as well – and Tombow….) 
color directly on the stamp starting with the lighter colors first and then moving on to the darker shades.
Then go over with a mini mister filled with water, 
mist the stamp a couple of times. Now stamp the design on the right side of the card. Let it dry.
Go around with an Inksentials blending tool and Walnut Stain distress ink and ink the edges of the card to make them darker.
Stamp the greeting on the left corner. Here I used the Thank You greeting with Archival Ink in Coffee.

Note that if you don’t have any markers, you can use distress inks and 
apply several shades of ink to the stamp. You will mist with water again and stamp.

Thinking Of You

Cut a piece of scratch paper 7.5cm x 11cm and apply some removable adhesive.
 Place it dead center on the front of a standard size card with the fold on top.
Use a mini mister filled with water and add 6 drops of walnut stain distress ink re-inker. 
Shake and spray 3-4 times to achieve an even coverage.
 Let it dry and remove the scratch paper.
Cut 1.5 cm stripes of scratch paper and apply removable adhesive. 
Place them around the card to cover the border we created by misting the ink before.
Use Archival Ink in Coffee color, ink the stamp very well and then stamp 
the image off to the right side.
Remove the scratch paper and go around the inside border with a brown marker or pen to crate dash lines.
Use a small greeting  (I like these small stamps by Hero Arts) and stamp on some brown cardstock using Versamark. Apply white embossing powder and heat emboss.
Attach the greeting to the card

Simple Hydrangea - No greeting

Cut a piece of watercolor paper 8.5 cm x 12 cm. Ink the stamp using Distress Embossing Ink and stamp. Press very well as the watercolor paper is rough and textured and we need a crisp image. Apply some white embossing powder and heat emboss.
Then apply Scattered straw distress ink starting from the top up to the middle. Then start applying Evergreen bough distress ink (is one of the 3 new colors from seasonal distress ink released during Christmas). Overlap the inks in the center. Then spray with some water and perfect pearls mixture (or use plain water). This will blend the colors and will create a nice look - you have to try this....
 Let it dry and glue the piece on some craft cardstock. Trim leaving a small border and using 3D adhesive mount the piece of the center of the card.

Thanks a lot! Cu next month with another 'Online Inspiration' ! George x



  1. Hi George. Congrats on your win at Hero Arts. I love your "simple and elegant" Thank You card in this post. I recently produced lots of cards using only one stamp set too. Isn't it fun?

  2. Thanks so much Maria! Yes it is fun, because stamping is not only stamp and ink!
    There are sooo many techniques out there!