Monday, March 22, 2010

Smooch direct to stamp technique

For this card, I applied Smooch (Pool) ink directly to my stamp and then stamped it onto my cardstock.  The stamp is from Stampers' Anonymous and line stamps work better than solid stamps.  (At least to me - I don't have the patience it takes to color that much of a stamp in.  I started one and quickly found a different stamp to experiment with!)   It worked really well.  You get a lot of shimmer and the image is actually raised on the cardstock, so it feels a little like you embossed it.  It is much cooler in person than in the picture (you'll have to take my word for it, unless you live near me and want to see it).

I cut the stamped image out and layered onto Core'dinations cardstock and then layered on black cardstock.  I used a new purchase to cut this image out - Color Bee scissors by EK Success - LOVE THEM!!!!  I was using precision cut scissors from Fiskars and thought I really liked them.  I had been searching other blogs and noticed a few had mentioned the Color Bee scissors (these are in the same family as the Cutter Bees, but with titanium blades).  What an amazing difference!! It was like cutting butter with a hot knife. 
One other thing I tried before cleaning my stamp (just used soap and water) was stamping it multiple times without reapplying ink in between stampings.  From left to right: the first image is the first time I stamped it, the middle is the second time and the right is the third time.  As you can see, they do get progressively lighter.  The last one would be good for a subtle background.

So, I experimented with two new things today and I loved them both - a lot!  When you have a chance, definitely try out this technique (I think you'll like the results)  and you'll be really happy if you purchase the Color Bee scissors as well.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

Deb said...

The more I see smooch inks, the more I think I need them. Your card is pretty, and I never had thought of using the inks as a stamping ink. Thanks for the great idea!