September 24, 2015


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The most difficult stamp I have ever worked with (and also the most expensive) is this image by Lynne Perella for Paper Artsy. I don't know why it's not available in the US so I had to order it from the UK and the shipping added a greal deal to the cost.

It has a tremendous amount of detail and is not deeply etched so it's a bit of a struggle to get an impression that's satisfactory.

This time I used a really bizarre inking method that worked rather well. Surprise, surprise.

I applied thick watercolor using a brush and let it dry then stamped over that layer with black dye ink. Then I lightly spritzed it with water and stamped onto my paper surface.

The paper border was made with one of the most useful stamps I own and if I had to pick a favorite from my collection this would be it because it's so versatile. It's from Tim Holtz and is part of the Visual Artistry Lost and Found stamp set.

The text is Idea-ology chit-chat and the dots are Ranger Liquid Pearls.

I made this card for my bestie Thelma who's got a milestone birthday on the horizon and I'm linking to Simon's Monday blog challenge where this week's theme is use a stamp.

I must give a special shout-out to all the Design Team members who really rocked their creations this week. It was very inspiring!


  1. Stunning! I love the image you've used and the beautiful combination of colours work so well together ~ I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… :)

  2. Gorgeous! Love the soft colors and the stamp is amazing! I think it's a difficult stamp to work with indeed! And you did a perfect job with it! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  3. I recall that stamp! It's a beauty. I didn't purchase it, however, for the same reasons that you've mentioned. Your stamping technique is intriguing. I think you may have stumbled upon something genius! I'll give it a go and see if I can achieve the same beautiful results that you did here. Thanks for sharing your work. We love that you join us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  4. Well, whatever it took to get the image it was worth it - the card is fabulous! (PaperArtsy generally recommend Versafine for their detailed stamps, but I guess maybe you've tried that too.) Love those tiny pearly dots - I'm really impressed with their neatness and regularity, and they make a beautiful frame.
    Alison x