Inspired Stamps: Congratulations

Hi there!

A few days ago I got some happy mail which was a package filled with some lovely stamps from Inspired Stamps. After seeing what Antoinette sent the team, I can say with all certainty that I am extremely thrilled to be on this team. The stamps are even more beautiful in person and the images are so much fun to work with.

This week I decided to go very clean and simple with the stamp and the card. I'm going to leave all the fancy, coloring techniques to my teammates and stick with the simplicity that a stamp can bring to your card or other paper project. I am a HUGE fan of Kraft. I am also a fan of embossing. Put the two together? Heaven. I love how sharp a white, embossed image looks on a piece of kraft paper.

Inspired Stamps Used: C1009 Flowers, More Perfect Sentiments

You know it's a quality stamp when you don't have to do much to ensure a crisp image or sentiment. All I did was simply condition my stamps (a normal process you should do with brand spankin' new acrylic stamps) and then inked away. To condition, I've been known to use a pencil eraser to go over the image or stamped over and over again with some ink. I've got one of those big and juicy ink pads that I reserve just for conditioning a stamp.

For the flower stamp, I used watermark ink from Versamark and heat embossed it with white powder from Stampin' Up!.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink in Onyx Black. Then, for a nice punch of color I used some striped paper and nice big old orange bow.

Supplies: Paper: Imaginisce, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Ribbon: Offray, Pen: Uniball Signo, Stamp Ink: Versamark, Versafine (Tsukineko), Stamps: Inspired Stamps, Border Punch: Fiskars

Thanks for swinging by! Make sure you visit the Inspired Stamps blog tomorrow evening to see even more inspiration from the brand new design team!

hugs,
Melissa