Monday, August 5, 2013

Back to rubber......

Long story, so you can skip it and just scroll to the pics if you want.... LOL

I started stamping in april 2011, I only had some clear stamps and started making atc's, before that I had made some Christmas and Halloween cards using a stamp every now  and then but really was a scrapbooker.
 When I started making ATC's I learned different techniques and enjoyed working with inks and embossing powder.
I found out that rubber gave much better impressions than the clear stamps did and from that moment on I was addicted to rubber.

Then I joined Smeared Ink Design Team in August 2011 and that was the first time for me to get to work with digital stamps. That was something I had to get used to, cause as much as I enjoyed using digi's you just can't do the same techniques you can do using rubber.
Learning allong the way, I found out you can do a LOT using digi's and the best part of digital images is that  you can print them in any size you want, when using rubber your are just stuck to the size of the stamp.
So I used digi and rubber together, and that worked fine. I did some GDT's for the Stempelwinkel(only rubber, no digi allowed), started to make tags and joined Dragons Dream dt of course using rubber mostly for that. If I would have to make a choice between using rubber or digi then, I would have chosen for the rubber.

Then I became a member of the Rick St. Dennis EDT in September 2012. And things started to change, I started to use digi's more and more.
I still used my rubber or clear stamps to create  backgrounds but colouring a digital image became much more important. And I needed lots of practise too, cause my colouring skills deffo didn't get me in the team......
Luckely for me Rick gave me some colouring advice, telling what could be better in a nice way (thanks for doing that Boss,it really helped a lot), looking back to my colouring a year ago and my colouring now, there is a big difference,  I have learned a lot.  Still some learning to do though.....

Anyway long story short, the "real" stamps became much more of a back ground thing, cause, colouring being my new addiction and loving to work with Rick's images....I even found out that if I  had to make a choice between rubber and RSD digi's, the digi's would win.....

But now some RSD images are also available in rubber ( the ones I used are from I Brake for Stamps), and that is the perfect least that's what I think............

 Cause you can do both with these images, get them coloured or just go crazy ink I did both.....and had lots of fun

first the just coloured stamp, stamped with black archival ink on cardstock

and then the inky experiment:
I used distress inks (peacock blue and raspberry pink)  a mini mister and a walnut stain re inker on a craft mat. Put the inks and water on the mat and  swipe the card through the ink.  Dry using heattool, Iron to make flat, put some more ink on with blending tool.
And then stamped the images using versamark. Add black embossing powder, used heattool to melt it, and then used aquamarkers to get some parts of the image coloured. You still can see the inky bckground in the parts of the images that weren't coloured with the markers
It was kind of an experiment and although the colours are odd cause of the inky background I really do like the result. See pics below

sorry for the long story, but hey, it's my blog so I can make a long story if I want to LOL
for those of you who want to see the difference in colouring here  2 pics
september 2012

and july 2013
I will enter the Alice eat me drink me card here


  1. Het verschil in kleuren met een jaar terug zie je wel. Ik vind dat je het onwijs mooi kan, zou willen dat ik het zo kon. Met wat kleur jij?

    1. Potlood. Caran d'ache luminance 6901
      Ik gebruik geurloze terpentine en een doezelaar om de kleuren te mengen

  2. Brilliant work no matter the stamp or digi! The difference in your coloring is remarkable!

  3. Brilliant card! Thanks for joining our first challenge at "Just For Fun!"

    Elaine xx

  4. A great card, thank you for joining in the Just for Fun challenge, good luck

  5. Amazing work thank you for joining in at Just For Fun, JFF DT