I’ve finally had a chance to get back into my craft room after a fun (and extremely busy) summer. Eloise has started full-day kindergarten and guess what? My house is empty for the first time in, let’s see, 27 years. Crazy, right? (I have eight kids ranging in age from 5 to 27!)
When I don’t have assignments to work on, sometimes I just like to play. I like to “mix it up.” It may not look obvious, but I have used five different mediums on this card:
Playing with different products is a great way to experiment. I sprayed color mist on a non-stick pad and dipped my Hero Arts feather stamp into the puddle. Then, I stamped it on white cardstock. Turned out great. Next, I stamped the feathers again in dye ink, pigment ink, and pearlescent ink. Then, when all the inks were dry, I spritzed the whole card with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame’ Color Shine spray. This is a great way to test products and maybe even get out of your comfort zone.
This “UR Uber Cool” card was also another experiment. I had heard of stamping with nail polish, but was a little skeptical. I picked up some cheap stuff (hee, hee) from the dollar store and gave it a whirl. What do you know? It worked. I stamped the strip of chevrons with three colors of polish. It’s a little smudgy, but I think that kind of adds to the whimsical flair of this card. One warning: have your nail polish remover ready to clean up your clear stamps quickly, I have a feeling it would be permanent if you let that polish dry on your stamp!
So, what have you done lately to “mix it up”? Tried any new products or techniques? I would love to hear about it. In fact, link me up if you have posted something lately. It seems I have a little time on my hands and blog hopping is one of my favorite activities! Leave me a link or a little comment, and I’ll pick one winner to win a box full of colored cardstock and other stamps and goodies for you to experiment with. Leave your comments by Friday, September 13th at 5 pm MDT.
Have a great week!
Kim Kesti, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal