Well, it so happens that the April issue of Craft Stamper magazine had a free cover stamp and some examples of how it might be used, two of which intrigued me. They used a background of Distress Ink on water color paper and I thought I'd play around with them.
My first attempt was a near copy of one of the examples, where the stamp was used to create a "border" set off by Washi tape. I used a different sentiment from the one used in the example and instead of using Distress Inks dripped on a wet piece of water color paper,, I used Distress Stains and the "smooching" technique. Also, I didn't have the ins used in the sample so I tried a chalking ink instead.
This time, I used the smooth nice of the water color paper instead of the rough and I switched out the Distress Stains for Distress Ink and chalking ink for Archival "Jet Black". Instead of wash tape, I fussy cut along the border of the stamped images and put that border on the opening side of a top-folded card.
Products used in making both of these cards were:
- Stamps: Visible Image "Flower" (A freebie on the April 2016 issue of Craft Stamper magazine): Simon Says Stamp "Jumbo Stripes" (SSS101553)
- Inks: Distress Stains "Picked Raspberry", "Spiced Marmalade", "Mustard Seed" or Distress Inks "Picked Raspberry", "Spiced Marmalade", "Mustard Seed"; Powder Puff Chalking Ink "Midnight Confession" or Archival "Jet Black"
- Papers: The Paper Company Value Pack "white"; Ranger Water Color Paper
- Embellishments: Idea-ology Tissue Tape "Laboratorie" (TH93095)
- Adhesives: Viva Las Vegas "Miracle Tape"