Back to the piggy birthday card. This video seemed so simple, I went right to the Simon Says Stamp store and got the stamp set. I already had the Fog dye ink in my basket, so I just dropped in some Inkadinkadoo masking paper and the Fiskars compact stamp press. Why the masking paper and stamp press? Usually I do okay making a mask with post-it notes, but I thought the masking paper would be key to getting the background done with a maximum chance of success. Also, I'd been eyeing the stamp press for a while- it seems like a good way to line up your stamp with images already in the scene.
I was right- the Inkadinkadoo masking paper was a tremendous help. I didn't have to worry about holding it down while I swirled in the Distress Ink background. Post-it notes wouldn't have done this job very well, but they are okay for masking when you'll just be stamping on top.
Did the stamp press make a big difference? Well, I probably could have done without it, as clear stamps aren't that difficult to line up BUT I admit I'll be using it a lot in the future as I am kind of a stickler on having things lined up perfectly. So for only $14, I think it's a good enough deal, especially if you are very picky like I am or if you are new to stamping and would like a tool to help get great results right off the bat.
I didn't get the Bokeh Builder stamp set because I thought I had lots of small, simple shapes like dots that I could use. Once I began the card, however, it seemed I had none at all! How could I have no dots? So that's in my cart for my next order. I did find a small four leaf clover on another Simon Says Stamp set that I already owned, and I think it did a good job of filling in for the dots.
Here's how my card turned out:
Not too bad, huh? Again, just shy of Nailed It! I do wish I'd had some dots to stamp, and when I make this card again, I'll have them. Otherwise, I am pretty happy with it. I used Copic Marker paper because that's what I had available, so this will not be a one layer card. I'll just pop this up on a card base and call it done, though.
Alcohol marker coloring
One layer card
You don't have to be a pro at coloring to make a pretty card
Substitutions are okay
You need stamps with basic design elements (like dots)
The right tools make the job easier and more fun.
Happy Sunday, and have a great week!