Thanks for popping in.
If you’re reading this in the morning,
I’m probably hopping about like a loony in the studio, getting ready for the TV show at 9am.
If you’re reading this in the afternoon,
I’m probably fast asleep in the car on the way home, or on the sofa!
Either way, the show must go on -
as must Sunday’s blog !
Sometimes, I am so busy running the business (and jet setting!) that I miss really cool techniques and tricks.
Thank heavens for good friends, who fill me in, so to speak, and keep me in the loop!
Like lovely Maria Simms. She was doing this in France, and I was intrigued, so she gave me a demo. Very impressed I was! And I can see massive potential here, so...
As soon as I got back to the UK, I had a load of Distress Re-inkers flown in! In fact, I ordered the lot! Every colour!
And a load of the Stamp Pad felt, too!
So I just want to show you what Maria showed me.
You know how usually, when you ink up a stamp, you just get the one colour? Now those of you who have known me a while will remember how much I loved the Big n Juicy rainbow pads - until they were discontinued, that is! In fact, before that, they had Rainbow Adirondacks, and discontinued them, too! Why do companies do that? If you knew how hard we tried to set up our own Rainbow pad production line! We were blocked at every turn, so in the end, we concluded that ‘twas not to be.
Well, here is a super way to make your own rainbow pads, if you like, and even mould them to fit a particular stamp, too!
Here’s what you need:
Find a stamp you like. Here are our 2 gerbera.
If you buy the large one,
we will give you the little one as a gift.
So stamp the flowers onto the felt side of the pad, using Black Archival. i.e. a permanent ink pad.
Keep it tight. Waste not want not!
Then pick which colours you want to use,
and start colouring in the image with the pipette from the bottles.
The ink soaks in and spreads, so you only need a few drops of each,
If you leave gaps in between the colours like this,
they will either spread and join up after a little while,
or you can add a lighter colour in the gaps.
Your ink pad is ready to rock n roll!
The stamp will fit exactly.
The Gerbera is quite samey all the way round,
so I made a mark with a pen on the pad;
that way I knew exactly where the middle of the top was each time.
If this was our Trojan horse, this wouldn’t be necessary.
You would clearly be able to see
where the head and the hooves are!
(Bet that stamp would look fabulous laced with colour like this....)
1st generation and second generation ink.
or in Barbara-speak: ink, blot, plot!
You can go back again and again and again;
the ink pad lasts and lasts!
So here I just kept going,
until both the background tag and Theuvacard
were completely full.
Then I thought, how about another stamp? Let’s see...
So out came the Alliums.
Inked up the stem, too. Bingo.
It’s like having our lovely rainbow pads back, but even better, because you control which colours and where the colour is!
Could play all day, but I really must dash.
Beautiful colourful lineart,
Piece of cake.
And when you’ve had enough, pop them in a poly bag,
ready for next time.
Now to the re-inkers:
you can can them individually of course.
Or you can buy the whole collection!
All 48 bottles at a super price.
To see the set, and the individual bottles,