Ink Inclinations

Claire Harrison Independent Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrator

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bandanna Technique

Wow! Two posts in one day! Well, there was something else I wanted to share with you because it is so cool and so easy.

I was mooching around on the web looking for some inspiration for my new stamps from the Spring Mini Catalogue, from Stampin' Up! I happened across this card by Barbara Hardeman on Splitcoast Stampers. The card was made using a technique I had not come across before – the Bandanna Technique. The stamp set Barbara has used, True Friend, lends itself perfectly to the "bandanna look" and happened to be one of my new sets!

I decided to use this as inspiration for my card to pop in with my Spring Mini Catalogue mail out. So I searched the web to find instructions on the Bandana Technique. It is actually very easy. Ink your stamps with black ink, I used Staz on, stamp your stamps on Whisper White cardstock. Sponge over the colours of your choice. Then highlight areas of the design with a white gel pen. Too easy! Anyway, for the sample, I have made here, I decided to go with a more traditional bandanna look and just use Real Red, so I brayered over my colour instead of sponging it.

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think.

Thanks for dropping by, Claire.

Too Many Boxes!

Hello, again! Long time between posts even for me! Life rips along at it's usual pace and as usual I seem to have to peddle twice as fast as anyone else just to keep up, let alone get ahead of the game.

Today I have some cute little boxes to share with you. My Stampin' Up! upline, Mae, kindly shared a link she had found to a blog showing the directions for making these gorgeous boxes. You can find Shelly's blog by clicking here.

My gorgeous girlfriend had a sparkly party for her 5 year old coming up. Having only a son I rarely get the chance to play with girly stuff. So I offered to make these as party boxes for the guests. I re-sized Shelly's original template to fit in party goodies. They were a very big hit!

The little girl's boxes were made using the Perfect Princess stamp set (thanks Lynda for lending it to me!), colours from the Soft Subtles colour family and, of course, lots of glitter. The little boy's boxes were made using Stampin Up!'s East Coast Prep designer series paper and the co-ordinating cardstock colours Real Red, More Mustard and Wild Wasabi. For the three older children attending (2 big brothers and an older cousin) I used the Outlaw designer series paper, the Wanted stamp set and Sage Shadow, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla co-ordinating cardstock. Hope you like them. Thanks for stopping by.