Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Sketch & Stash Challenge #7

This week's Sketch & Stash has a simple and very usable sketch to follow, with your choice of if and where embellishments and sentiments go. From my stash I've used some Hero Arts clear stamps that I really struggle with and which have consequently been neglected. The tree and the owl are part of a large set with a long tree branch. I find the stamps just impossible to ink up successfully with anything other than a one-colour inkpad such as a Versafine, even that doesn't take too well, colours just bead on the surface and seem to vanish. If anyone has suggestions for how to make the stamps more usable I'd love to hear them! These stamps are my old stash.

For this card I've used Marvy le Plumes and spent HOURS going over and over the colours, they still look pretty faint :(. The owl and the sentiment are easy, the were copper embossed so no problems there. Basic Grey paper is new stash that I won from a challenge on Papercraftplanet.


  1. that's a very gorgeous cards - I love trees & owls so a double wow, congratulations on winning the paper too

  2. great card! I have heard if you rub an eraser on clear stamps it helps:)

  3. This is so nice!! Great job!

  4. What a fabulous card, I love how you've used the sketch Anne. The stamps are gorgeous, sorry to hear you're having problems using them! I've heard that if you stick cellotape on the rubber and then pull it off then this may help as it sounds like they have a coating on them of some sort.
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Sketch and Stash!
    Love Becky xx

  5. OM Gosh! What a beautiful card! Your owls are just fantastic and the whole design is wonderful too!

  6. Here there Miss Anne. On your stamps, try going over the top of them lightly with sand paper. Sometimes that helps get the manufacture film off so they stamp can grab more ink. You can try the eraser and tape too, I prefer the very light sandpaper. Also thanks for playing in the Squigglefly Blog hop. Good luck on winning prizes. Later Gator.

  7. Lovely card Anne and a great take on the sketch. I lvoe the branch and flowers.
    Have you tried embossing the owl?
    Thanks for joining in the Sketch and stash this time.
    Cathy xx


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