Clear stamps are wonderful in that they allow you to see where you’re stamping. I find it especially useful when needing to overstamp or restamp an image that didn’t quite come out dark enough the first time around. By being aware of the position of your mount during stamping, going back over the image again can be done with a little patience. I’m not a truly “exact” stamper, meaning that everything needs to be straight and perfect, but a crisp, clear, dark image is what I strive for when stamping. I usually always have a back-up plan in case the 2nd stamping does come out right.
One old faithful back-up is to stamp the image on an entirely new piece of paper and cover the original spot completely. The trick is making it look like it belongs there, not just placed over the area obviously to cover a mistake! Ink the edges, layer different papers underneath or doodle to blend and embellish.
Another favorite is to use a Ranger nib to color in the ink where it is light or missing. Basically, touch the nib to the ink pad and use it as a pen to fill in the area. Going slow is the key here. Remember that ink is your friend and you can always put more on whereas removing it is nearly impossible which requires the implementation of the first trick above!
Yet another trick is to fill in the area with a like-colored marker. Stamping in black allows this as a great back-up plan, colors are a bit more difficult. Keep a white pen handy so that maybe coloring the background provides the best option instead of coloring the image.
When all else fails, add an embellishment! Paper flowers, bling or brads make a nice camouflage over a section that needs some help.
Below are some projects using the Holiday Whimsey set and the review can be seen on ScrapFriends.
Talk about a fun collection! I love the double-sided kraft paper in this collection and the fact that it is SO earth friendly! All the patterns are wonderful earth tones in color and design, lots of nature. Read the reviews on ScrapFriends for a full low-down. Here is one project using the collection.
Ah yes, one of my favorite companies, Tinkering Ink. We worked with the Retro Metro collection this month at ScrapFriends – lots of color and funky, bold patterns – just love it! Here are some items made with the paper, rub-ons, die cuts and Rip Strips:
With the summer here with a new CHA, so goes the introduction of more new product from Tinkering Ink. Beau Jardin is as refreshing as a summer day! See my review at ScrapFriends and the projects are below. This collection is just perfect for those summer memories.
Another great product from Tinkering Ink! Their Peekaboo Butterfly shaped album which combines chipboard covers with inner acrylic pages. The album is rather petite, 5″ x 3″, and is very cute for remembering small occasions or themes. I used it to document some of my recent favorite pictures, following Ali Edwards’ idea in a recent CK, “see”. I heat embossed the covers for some texture and color. The inner pages have Heidi Swapp masks that are alcohol inked so that when the mask is removed, the pattern is clear. The alcohol inks offer color and transparency in one layer, love it! Visit ScrapFriends for the full review.
I have to say that initially I thought this collection was a bit “bright”, but after using it, I really LOVE it! You may think that I say that about every Tinkering Ink collection – what’s to not like about a company that obviously has FUN designing their products and strives to keep an edge? Kezia and Paul are two of the nicest people in the industry – and they don’t pay me to say that, LOL! I have tons of fun working with their products. It’s an added treat that I get to review them at ScrapFriends.
This page was for my cutie kitty Cheddar. Al Fresco is a natural to mix with the new Doodlebug colored collections, which you’ll see in the next couple of layouts. Add some Heidi Swapp Ghost Flowers and punched flowers from the Doodlebug flocked paper and you’ve got some great dimensional embellishments.
Next I have a National Scrapbook Day tribute page, showing Kitty Foster and La Verne enjoying a lovely Belgian Waffle breakfast at Scrapbook Central that day. The Heidi Swapp Ghost butterflies were covered with L’il Davis’ Glitter Glaze then highlighted with pink Stickles. A little hole punch doodling created the butterfly trails.
Last, but surely not least, is a take-off of an idea from Tim Holtz. It’s an altered IKEA mirror/frame. I covered the mirror in the center with a picture and themed the whole embellishment scheme around the photo. Using some of Tim’s Fragments, Crackle Paint and Grungeboard, the project came together beautifully with Al Fresco.
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I recently had a great time reviewing this collection at ScrapFriends. I found it was very versatile with it’s wonderful colors and patterns. Very easy to use and create practically anything – layout, card, altered item. For the layout, I used Stampers Anonymous Stamps as additional background filler. The Wild Woodland rub-ons worked wonderfully over the Heidi Swapp chipboard hearts! I trimmed the long swirl from the Tabs & Tags sheet and added a photo turn to create the large “F”. A white pen came in handy for doodling on the birds and flowers. A Glitz Roller Doodle is responsible for the swirlies on the sides of the photos, cute! Stickles were the final touch over the letters for that added bling!
The card almost made itself! The patterned paper was ideal for the square card and a little added embellishment was all it needed. A rub-on from the Blur line plus stickers from Wild Woodland and a random ribbon – perfect!
Now this was a fun project! I’ve had a box of tissues on my desk forever and thought that it would be a great touch to create a custom cover just like I had in the bathroom! So, the panels were cut from one piece of Wild Woodland, adhered to chipboard then assembled together with 7gypsies Gaffer Tape. The top was a different piece of Wild Woodland then the whole thing was inked with Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Vegas Gold ink – love that stuff! I trimmed out some of the larger flowers from yet another piece of Wild Woodland and added one to each side for a 3-d effect. Now my tissue boxes will have this lovely cover whenever residing on my desk!
I just love new products and especially ones that are so fun! Enter Peek-a-boo albums by Tinkering Ink. They are 7 page albums consisting of 4 chipboard pages with windows and 3 solid acrylic pages. Way cool and currently available in 2 sizes: 6 1/2″ x 4″ and 6 1/2″ square.
For my projects in the ScrapFriends review, I mixed the 2 album types up so that I had 2 album with some pages of each size. It makes for an interesting read for sure! On the Flowers and Quotes book, I made a shaker box out of the window in the last page. There is also one on the front page of the Beach book. These albums are perfect for that feature!