Hiking alone….and stamping on photos….

Howdy y’all!  I’m here today with a layout I made using the fantastically fun collection called Golden Days by Fancy Pants.  It’s a line reminiscent of a few other lines I can think of, (Basic Grey, Gossamer Blue) from a few years ago, which suits me just fine, because I still have some old product that I can use along with this one to compliment.   As well, today you are getting the benefit of my mess up so you don’t have to make the same mistake yourself.

For the background of the layout, I combined 4 different patterned papers from the pack.  I am totally in love with these papers, so don’t be surprised if you see them again soon!


I used a variety of leaves on this page, from wood veneer to canvas fabric cut with a die, as well as some labels from the old stash.


I cut the title tag on my Silhouette electronic cutter and wrote my journaling on another tag.


I really wanted to stamp a phrase on my photo.  I knew Stazon Ink was the best option for that and the MISTI tool would serve well if I didn’t get a perfect impression the first time round.


The Stazon ink is the top line.  My ink pad was dry.  When I stamped the first time, it lifted the photo with it and there went my chances for a perfect 2nd impression.  But I tried anyway, and you can see the result.  Well, I’d ruined that photo anyway, so why not use it for some testing with some of my other inks.  Just to see and prove to myself which worked best and why.  Lines 2, 3, 4 and 5 are stamped (in order) with Versafine Onyx Black ink (pigment ink), Simon Says Stamp Black ink (dye ink), Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink (dye ink) and My Favorite Things Black ink (hybrid ink).  Then came the smear test.  You can see for yourself how well each performed.  Those middle inks have still not dried!  The Stazon was the winner.  So how to get around the sticky (drying out) ink pad?  Get off my lazy behind and dig in another drawer to find the re-inker and just re-ink the bloomin’ ink pad already!!  And then, success!!  The last line is the result of using a freshly inked Stazon pad, and was even inked and stamped twice!


I then reprinted my photo on my Canon Selphy home photo-printer (that thing has saved my bacon many a time!) and tried stamping again.  Love, love, LOVE the look of black ink stamped on a photo!


Some die cuts from Pink Paislee, washi tape from Carpe Diem, and finally, some ink blots, and this page was done!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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This post was written by Norine on April 16, 2017

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Congrats Grad!

Yup, it’s that time of year again…school is out already here, proms and graduation have already happened and kids are either sleeping late or getting up early for their summer jobs.  Up north, the kids still have just over a month till graduation so you’ve got some time yet to make your Congrats cards, and I’m here with an idea for you today!


My first criteria was I wanted to use my new MISTI tool!!  (Got it for my birthday after many less than subtle hints…)  And since I have several people to send graduation cards to this year, I needed a way to stream-line the process.  This is where the MISTI comes in handy!  First, let me just explain what the MISTI is.  It’s an acronym for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented and I’m sorry, but I’m going to come right out and call LAME name!  But see, after they put so much effort into designing a truly incredible stamp tool, there was nothing left for coming up with a more intelligent name.  So MISTI it is.  Never mind.  Once you use it, you will forgive them ANYthing.  How it works, is like a book.  It has a front cover or door on one side, and on the opposite side is a foam pad, some super duper magnets and and some graph paper.  You stick your stamp(s) to the inside of the door, ink it up and stamp your paper that’s being held in place, immoveable, by the magnets.  And if your inking isn’t perfect, well tada, just ink it up again, and close the door again IN EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT!!  (Sorry, I yell when I get excited about something).  And if you need to make 10 cards exactly the same, well the MISTI is your best friend!  Youtube some MISTI videos and you’ll get a much better idea than I’ve been able to describe.  But the best news of all….Lori just listed the MISTI and accessories in the store!!  Now it can be your birthday too!!


Anyway, my grad cards.  I went through all my stamps.  I had tons that say all those nice congratulatory sentiments, but none with images like mortar boards or diplomas. Or panda bears in cap and gown.  How do I not have any stamps of graduating pandas??!


I should point out here, that this was my first time using the MISTI and I actually did one thing wrong.  I should have arranged the stamps in the bottom right corner of the door so that I could just lay my card stock neatly up against the ruler edges for perfect arrangement.  I got around that by penciling a line around the first card, and using that as a guide for the subsequent cards.  But really, there is a better way.  Next time.


I decided to combine a bunch of those sentiments to fill in a whole card front.  And I would stamp them on black card stock, heat emboss with white powder and then rub on some Stazon Opaque White ink for…..you guessed it…..a chalkboard full of congratulatory greetings!


After stamping and heat embossing all of the cards, I used a Tim Holtz ink dauber with the Stazon Opaque White Ink, rubbing it around each of the sentiments to look like a messy chalkboard does after long use.


Sorry, this has gotten long.  To quickly finish…I glued the black card stock to folded cards then die cut a variety of different sizes of red hearts.  I glued them in place, then either covered them fully, or “scribbled” a design on each heart with red Stickles.


Pretty simple in the end, but when you are making a bunch of the same card, quick and easy is the way to go!  And if you don’t have any graduates in your life this year, think how cute this card design would be, if you used a variety of “thank yous” and gave it to a teacher for a job well done!  I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration today and I really hope you’ll give the MISTI a try!!

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This post was written by Norine on May 25, 2016

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