If you’ve been looking for a new take on a handmade card using the Indescribable Gift stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, I have one to share with you!
I know that cardmakers cruise the internet looking for ideas on how to use the stamps and accessories they’ve bought. I had an email recently from Shelly, who said:
I want to make my purchases as useful and versatile as can be. Once I purchase a stamp set, I want to see different ways to use it including different cards and different techniques. Stamp sets and tools, like thinlets and embossing folders, are too expensive to only use once. I’d love to see “triple plays”. Three or more different ways to use one item.
I’m with you one the versatility issue, Shelly. It’s so easy to keep buying new products, because they’re so cool and exciting. Let’s face it, cardmaking and paper crafting is a hobby that takes lots of supplies and tools, and using things just once doesn’t make good sense!
Ever since Indescribable Gift came out in the Occasions Catalog, I’ve been wanting to do a version that didn’t use Blendabilities or even water-based Stampin’ Write Markers to color the image. What I had in mind was an Asian feel, with Crumb Cake card stock and white flowers. Here’s a close up of the artwork:
The image is embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder, then colored with Whisper White Craft Ink. You can just pick up the ink from the pad with a Blender Pen. It works great! I tried the White Chalk Marker, but the coverage was much more spotty. With the Craft Ink you can keep adding ink until the flowers are “painted” to your liking.
Be aware that the ink will dry much lighter than when you first put it on, and it takes quite a while to be fully dry. You can speed up the process with the Heat Tool. The ink will cover up the Early Espresso embossing where you’ve painted over the lines, so you need to go back over the lines and wipe the ink off so the embossing stands out again.
I used a pointed q-tip, rather than going over the whole piece with a paper napkin like I do with the Emboss Resist Technique. I didn’t want to have white ink smudges all over the art piece, which will happen if the ink isn’t completely dry. Do you think I was patient enough for that? Noooo, afraid not!
I found these at Walgreens in the makeup department. They really come in handy!
I designed this card for a male friend of mine, and didn’t want it to look all girlie like most of my cards. But I did want to bring him a taste of the season, so Soft Sky card stock helped introduce the feel of a spring sky.
The next decision: What to do with the background? You know how I don’t like to leave a background plain very often. But I didn’t what to interfere with the Asian style with an Embossing Folder. Then I remembered the elegant look of a scored frame background. Here’s a closeup:
I made a video on how to do this technique using Simply Scored a few years ago.
The scored frame in the video only has two lines, but this new card has three. They’re still spaced 1/8″ apart, like in the video
If you need any cardmaking supplies to try these techniques, you can order from my online store:
Remember: Order by next Tuesday, and you can still earn Sale-a-Bration freebies!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this new take on a handmade card using the Indescribable Gift stamp set, and that you’ll try these techniques in your studio!