by Cathie Allan
Yes, I know … the word “quick” and “Cathie inspired ideas” are not two things you usually see together BUT what you don’t know is I do a lot of “quick stamping techniques”, what I don’t usually do is put them in a blog post or put them in my magazine articles. Why … simply cause I love to give you “more” for your stamping buck when you take a class from me or when you execute one of my projects that I publish. I actually love making cards and here I have made “notecards” that literally take me less than 10 minutes from start to finish. One of my fav’s is to simply stamp an image in “frost white” pigment ink and emboss with white embossing powder. Why “white ink & white powder”? Well I simply love the depth of white this achieves. Actually whenever I use a “colored embossing powder” I will usually stamp the image with a pigment ink color that matches the embossing powder for this same reason. The second reason I match ink and embossing color is so that if all the powder does not stick to the image that was stamped the color that it was stamped with fills in the “breaks” in the embossing. This can be “messed with” when you want to alter the finished look of the colored embossing powder but that is another blog post.
Here I have done 4 wonderful note cards that all sport Magenta, awesome stamps. One of these cards was created over 8 years ago. I found it in my stash and it inspired me to do more and share this super quick idea with you.
Can you tell which one it was? It’s all good and the good news is that although that notecard was made a long time ago the stamp I used is still available because Magenta DOES NOT discontinue. You gotta luv that. The technique will always be a good technique and these samples will always be current when the stamps are always available. God bless you “Magenta” for being one of those few companies that allow us access to all the images you have ever created.
Can you tell which notecards started out as colored cardstock and which ones started out as white “Super Stock”? White embossing is great on both. On colored cardstock you can just stamp in the frost white, pigment ink and emboss OR you can pop the images by using your stylus and a foam tip to apply a complimentary color of ink over top and around the image. If you do this in pigment ink you can just buff off the ink that is on top of the image with a “slightly” damp paper towel.
Spellbinders dies were used to create the panels for the “text messages” for some of the notecards and I did hand cut a rectangle for one, just because. I’ve also included shots of the interior of two of the cards and shots of the back of a few of them. These notecards are pretty from front to back. A joy to create “quickly” and a joy to share!! Got ten minutes … make a notecard.
To see more of Cathie’s work visit her blog – Creative Whispers