Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July Week #4

Years ago before Tim Holtz had his own website, stamps and products I watched Tim on Carol Duvall show. He made a custom ink pad to make lots of cards.
This technique would be perfect if you need 25 cards in a hurry especially if you wait until December to make your cards. 

Today I'll share one using Tim's word stamp on Season's Silhouettes #117.
For this project you will need the felt pad from Ranger, place the stamp on mounting block or if you have a mounted stamp place that image down on felt pad. Draw around the mounting block or mounted stamp, cut this out. Now ink your stamp with Archival black, stamp on this piece of felt pad you cut. Gather your distress ink refills that will complement your stamp, I used 2 greens, 2 reds, 2 blues and black soot distress ink refills for this stamp. Use the dropper to color the felt. Don't worry if the colors bleed together. Just be sure to get it all colored.
Now you are ready to have some fun. You will get about 25 projects from one inking and will have to re-ink your pad.
When you are do stamping, place the inked pad in a freezer ziplock pad.

I took this project further and stamped it on coated card stock, added clear embossing powder and heat set, after it cooled, I added two colors of red watercolor crayons over the inked and embossed background and then sprayed the watercolor crayons with Glimmer Mist. It was then spread around with a large water brush. What a great color! 
This piece was made using three techniques put together.

Tip: don't cut paper close and stamp like I did on the sample, it's hard to get it straight, for best results use a stamp a ma jig.
To finish all you do is add to a folded card add sentiment to inside and it's ready to send out around Christmas time. 
I think this project would look pretty with a green Glimmer Mist as well. 
Don't use Perfect Pearls on this project. The mixture of watercolor crayons with perfect pearls made a not so pretty card.

If you would like to see a tag I made using the same pad it's on my personal blog from 2011:

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