Saturday, May 23, 2009

Froggie & Bow-Easy

Another wonderful inspirational challenge is on Splitcoaststampers today. Challenge 181 is to use the purses from the website LittleOddForest as inspiration for a card. I chose this purse; and here is a look at some buttons with the little froggies.

The stamp and epoxy accents are from Colorbok which were purchased at Michaels. I loved the images in the set but can't say I am too impressed with the clear stamps stamping ability. The stamp did not pick up the ink evenly; thus the image was stamped 3 times before a solid image was produced. Trying craft ink did not result in improvement. Roughing up the stamp by using an pencil eraser to increase the porousness of the acrylic did not make a difference either. But the images are so trendy fun. {and I love that!}

On the plus side, the acrylic stamp was easy to place for multiple imaging. The stamp set was fairly inexpensive especially with a 40% off coupon. Another cool thing that I discovered by serendipity was to use the acrylic stamp as a mask. After the frog was stamped, I decided to use the spritzer tool to add some orange to the background. I simply laid down the acrylic stamp and spritzed away. Wow- that is a lot easier than stamping and cutting. All in all, I'm glad I bought the set, but now I'll be more selective in its use.

I used my brand new Bow-easy for the first time. There is a good Bow-easy video on YouTube. There are several stamping online companies selling the bow-easy but I opted to buy direct from the maker on e-Bay & I received free, super fast shipping.

Stamp: Friendly Frrest (Colorbok)
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, WW, DSP- Frosty Days (08-09 holiday mini)
Ink: Green Galore, Only orange
Accessories: White uniball pen, Friendly Forest epoxy accent, Tempting Turquoise ribbon
Technique: Paper piercing using Tim Holtz's Retractable Craft Pick (tonic) {more on that product another day;)}


kssdesigns said...

Great card. Well worth all the effort of a clear stamp. You might want to try super fine sand paper (that always works for me) and chalk ink. I've had great luck with both of these.

Heidi said...

Cute card, great for little boy too!

Tenia Nelson said...

Very cute card!!

Crystal said...

This is SUPER CUTE!! Love that image and these fun colors!

Sara and Co said...

Dar-ling! Such a cute card and the colors are awesome! :) I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who had a lot of trial runs with the clear stamps. I used those in my daughter's birthday invites and I was near hysterics when I was finished. Love your blog! :) Sara

One4Joy said...

that is a cute frog (if frogs are ever cute!!!) I love the bright color combination and the paper piercing. and ya got some blue in there!

I wanted to say I took a visit around your studio...what a serene and wonderful creative space...and a whole room!!! to leave everything out...

Judy Rozema said...

That is a sweet frog!!!