How fun to win a stamp from the lovely Loll that is actually one I would purchase myself, Penny Black's Full Bloom. It just arrived and I had to hit my craft room and test it out. Three times. Learning curve, ya know.
Numero uno. Tapping Distress Ink pads onto the stamp and spritzing with water before stamping. Not thrilled with the coverage. It's a cling stamp and kinda hard to see the ink on the red rubber ...
Numero dos. Distress Markers directly onto the stamp, then spritzed and stamped. Getting better. I should mention that I stamped a second generation image each time too. And used sentiments from Inkystamp. Used Fired Brick, Spiced Marmelade and Wild Honey, but the contrast still wasn't doin' it for me, though my Mom would probably be all over these orange hues ...
Numero tres. Maybe it's just that I'm a bold and bright gal at heart, but I had to pull out the purple Zigs and color up the stamp. More contrast maybe - not sure why - but now I'm happy.
Vielen dank, liebe Loll! And I finally, FINALLY gave my Gelli plate a test drive. OMG it is such fun!!!!! Took one NBUS item (the plate) and created a Mt. NBUS of prints! Geesh! Have to make at least one card for Darnell's challenge before it ends.
I'm joining these challenges with today's cards:
NBUS over at Darnell's
Bastel Traum #38 - Birthday (dos and tres are actually going to a friend and her mother!)
Craft Stamper TIMI - Anything Goes with a Stamp
Cards and More #153 - Spring