Monday, August 27, 2012

Stamp Show Flower Pot Tutorial

Warning: This is a long post.  I suggest going and getting a cup of coffee before sitting down to read.

This is the final product:
At the stamp show in Novi, MI, I did this demonstration quite a few times.
A few folks asked if there was a tutorial on the Rubbernecker Design Team Blog (Stampin Sisterhood).  Please note that many of the people I met at the stamp show were beginning stampers... so I have tried to show as many steps as possible.

Supplies needed:

  • Cut N' Dry Stamp Pad Felt
  • bottles of re-inkers (I prefer Distress Ink)
  • Waterproof black inkpad (i.e.: StazOn; Ranger's Archival)
  • Stamps: Create a Garden 1 or 2; Garden Phrase Set; all from Rubbernecker Stamp Co.
  • Ink blending tool and foam (sponges may be substituted)
  • Cardstock
  • Release paper (the back of stickers or the back of EZ Mount foam) {optional}
  • Ink Pads: Distress Ink (I used: Rusty Hinge; Wild Honey; Vintage Photo; Shabby Shutters)
  • scissors or craft knife

Step 1: cut out a piece of Cut N' Dry Stamp Pad Felt.  Size is not a huge issue.  It depends on how many colors you are going to use.

Step 2: Using re-inkers ( I HIGHLY recommend the distress ink for its excellent blending qualities) and make a square of ink.  The square should be big enough that the flower stamps can fit in a square if needed.  I think mine were about .75", but I did NOT measure.

I continued inking till I got all of the colors I wanted to use on my pad.  I put colors that I liked together next to one another.  The colors will mix and blend where they touch.  (this is a good thing).  I also stamped a "map" so I would remember where I had placed each of the colors.
Back row: Peacock Feathers; Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans; Peeled Paint; Shabby Shutters; Tea Dye;
Front row: Broken China; Seedless Preserves; Tumbled Glass;Squeezed Lemonade; Scattered Straw; Spiced Marmalade;

Step 3: stamp the container image (pot) onto a scrap of release paper (from the back of used stickers,  foam mounted stamps or EZ Mount).  IF you don't hoard this as I do, a piece of cardstock will work fine.  The release paper does not hold on to the ink--so the sponging uses less ink and is faster.
Step 4: cut out container image--this is now your mask
Step 5: Stamp container on cardstock and place mask on container so only the container image is showing.

Step 6: Using the Ink Blending Tool and Foam and mask, ink the image.  My method: Wild Honey from the top; Rusty Hinge from each side; Vintage Photo from bottom corners.
With the mask removed this is what it will look like.
Step 7: Using a scrap of release paper or cardstock mask a "ground" under the container with the Ink Blending Tool and Foam.
the result should look like this
Step 8: move scrap to the top of the container and stamp some stems.  The mask will help "crop" the stems to the proper length.
It will look something like this.

Step 9a: Now it is time to start stamping using the homemade ink pad pallet.  Here I have used a "weed" and used the areas of Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint.
Step 9b: I stamped the blossom using the areas of Peacock Feathers; Broken China; Seedless Preserves; Tumbled Glass;
Step 10: I finished the image with leaves (again using the scrap paper as mask) tiny dots for baby's breath and the sentiment.

Are you still with me??? GOOD!
I matted and mounted the card on cardstock.  I also added a few dots of Stickles glitter glue--just for fun!

Thanks for sticking with me through this!  I sure hope it was helpful.  IF I missed anything or I was unclear, please leave me a comment so I can address the issue.

Also, there are more cards I made with this technique and this homemade pallet HERE.

Thanks again,

Friday, August 24, 2012

A little resistance...

Embossing resist is truly one of my favorite techniques.  It is always magic to me.
There is a good tutorial HERE.

I used the Rubbernecker stamp, Journal Circle Flourish.  It was originally designed to be a scrapbooking stamp, but I like it as a frame.  Especially since Rubbernecker has SO many wonderful phrase stamps.

On both cards I used clear embossing powder, but white would work just as well.  I also used the same inks on both.  I use Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Dried Marigold and Spun Sugar.  (I love to use Dried Marigold with pinks since it has such pretty pink undertones.)
I also used some Stickles (glitter glue) to add a touch of sparkle.
In this first card I used the sentiment stamp: Best Things.  I made a simple cut between the lines "aren't things" and "thanks for".  I can re-assemble them later if need be.

The second card uses the "a true friend" sentiment; it can also be found in the Garden Tree set (one of my favorites).

Thanks for stopping by, today.

VERY soon I will have a tutorial featuring the demo I did at the Novi, MI stamp show in the Rubbernecker Stamp Company booth.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Sisterhood Sunday #20- Tea for 2

Today is the beginning of another Sisterhood Sunday Challenge!
All of the play along details can be found on the Stampin' Sisterhood blog!

Here is your inspiration:
I have a Clean and Simple card today for you!


  • Stamps: Alphabet set #3 and Coffee and Tea Inchies from;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mustard Seed; Crushed Olive; and ;
  • Paper: white, yellow, olive, and orange cardstocks;
  • accessories: foam tape;