Friday, September 05, 2008

rockin' with a couple of cards

Here are a couple of cards that I made recently but hadn't had time to upload.

This first card was made using Memento dye inks. I was wanting to show off the colors and the way that they're a bit translucent and overlap. The stamps are by Heidi Grace Designs, and the embellishments are Robin's Nest dew drops.

For this card I used the regular and scalloped circle and regular and scalloped paisley Nestabilities dies by Spellbinders. I also used the large JustRite monogram stamp as well as the Hero Arts owl image and sentiment all inked with Memento dye inks. I used my Stardust pen to add the extra touches of glitter here and there.

Now, I wanted to mention that I tried something new when I made these cards. With the exception of the monogram stamp, all of the images on these two cards were stamped using clear stamps. I like them, but I've been accustomed to using rubber and sometimes the clear can be a little less forgiving about the amount of pressure that I put on them. I decided to give rock-a-blocks a try. They're made by Crafter's Companion and have been around in the UK for a while. What I like about these mounting "blocks" is that they help regulate the amount of pressure that's applied to the stamp. They also stamp the image using a rocking motion rather than direct downward pressure. I may write in more detail about this later. Suffice it to say, my images made using clear stamps do look good on a more consistent basis now. I'll take the help where I can get it, plus these blocks do fit in with my credo of making things easier and more foolproof. :-)


  1. OOOHHH, please do write more about these blocks. I've heard about them, but haven't seen them in action, or read any reviews. I have so many clear stamps I just don't use-and keep buying them for some reason- thinking I will get better at it. Can't wait to hear what you say. Amy V.

  2. Okay, Jay, I want to talk about the Memento colors. I though they would be brighter. So you say they are translucent. Tell me a little bit more. I love the card by the way and also the one below it. Two different cards.

  3. WOW!! Look at those fabulous cards!!!!!
    I am a huge fan of heidi grace stamps and love that first card. (what is the name of the stamp set?).

  4. Both are great cards, Jay!! TFS

  5. Can't wait for more info on the rock-a-blocks! I've been eyeing them but couldn't make a decision- so I'm looking forward to your always good advice!

  6. Okay! I've made a new post about rock-a-blocks. I like them and they've made getting crisp images with my clear stamps much more consistent. It helps that I had a pretty good idea of what I was tending to do wrong with my clear stamps though.

    Shirley, in my new post I stamped some solid images using some of the Mementos. I think those will give you a better idea of how bright the inks can look. I should have overlapped some, but I forgot. I'll try to stamp some images to show their translucency and post them later.

    Deanne, that's the Girlfriends Set. I really like the Heidi Grace line, too.

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments and for coming by!


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