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Sunday, October 26, 2008

FAILING MISERABLY...

I really am. I've had my new monogram stamper and alphabets for nearly a week now and I haven't yet been able to get one stamped right. They looked so easy when I saw them being used, so I'm a bit gutted. I get uneven ink impressions and very, very inky fingers, which of course doesn't make sense at all, lol. The ink is practically hidden from the rubber. Added to that, I've already lost a 'Y' from my baby alphabet. Still, I shall plod on and I WILL get one right.

The good news though, is that my article on my Polymer Clay Pendant (a similar one to the pic I posted here on August 24th) is now with the typesetters and should be in the next issue of the Polymer Cafe magazine.

So, what have I managed to get right? Well, I'm still very much into my distressed inks, so I made an ATC using them and some tags for a tag swap.

For the ATC, I used a Graphicus stamp again and in the centre I added Diamond Glaze and some tiny clear holeless beads for texture. The background was stamped with a stamp from Crafty Individuals.

The purple tag I made by using Versamark clear ink and then just dabbed chalks over it. The butterfly was done in the same way, and 3D mounted. The tag on the left was stamped and heat embossed using clear ink and powder and after I'd put my distress inks on, I ironed the tag to melt the embossing powder leaving a smooth, white image. An old trick, but neat, eh? A bit more DG was used on these too. The one on the right was sprayed with Glimmer Mist after inking and the embellie was stamped onto Grungeboard.

4 comments:

WeirdCat said...

Hope you get to grips with the monogram stamps soon

thebabycub said...

mmmm, remember that uneven can give a very good distressed effect so don't neglect that exploration.
Perhaps they aren't happy with the type of ink you are using. I have found some stamps really don't like dye based ink for example.

Bobs said...

Gosh - how nice to see a comment from Andy! :)

Your tags are gorgeous, Lorraine. Don't give up on the monogram stamps though. You'll get there in the end!

xx

Afaque said...

oh awesome... u have some very great skills... ur combination of colors is so raw yet its so attracting...
again i loved the first one .... wth flower in the center..

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