Good afternoon everyone
This morning I decided I was going to play with a stamp I bought some time ago but have never used. I did try it out briefly when I got it but was very disappointed that the stamped image looked as though the ink was "bubbled". Some time later I heard that sometimes this is a problem with acrylic stamps and that the solution was to sand it lightly. Hmmm, not sure whether that was a good idea - after all I didn't want to destroy the stamp altogether! So I just left it. Then last week I saw another, far more acceptable tip, which was to take sellotape over the surface then ink it up with Versamark and allow it to dry before using (thank you Ali Watson!) So I reckoned I had nothing to lose by trying it and it seems to have worked because there was no "bubbling" when I tried it this morning. This is large corner stamp and, on reflection, I think I was being a bit adventurous trying it out because it requires a large acrylic block and I discovered that it put quite a strain on my poorly wrist. However, I perservered and ended up with this card.
I used Neenah card from Crafters Companion to stamp onto and silver pigment ink (think it is Encore). The card base is 7x5 pre-scored card. I would be very interested to hear what everyone else thinks of this as I am not too sure about it. Firstly I think it would probably be better suited to a wedding or silver wedding rather than a birthday but I had decided I wanted to stamp the sentiment in a square for the centre of the card and I only have birthday, thinking of you and Christmas stamps like this! Secondly, it took me about ten attempts to get the square almost straight and eventually I realised that the stamp itself is actually slightly out of line - the happy and birthday are at different levels on one side which is why I couldn't get a perfect square. Here's a close up
Not the best photograph I'm afraid. Anyway, this is my card for today.
Thank you for calling in.