Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sketches and Stamping

I seem to go in spurts on the techniques and supplies that I love to use and for some reason it seems that I am loving stamps and picking them up far more often for my accents.
For Card Positioning Systems blog this week, Clear Artistic Stamps was our sponsor so it was natural that I would incorporate the stamps they sent me in my card for the sketch.
I wanted to keep my card very simple, keeping with the sketch, so that I could really show off these simple stamps. To keep it even more simple, I "colored" a piece of white cardstock first by rubbing it with a Fluid Chalk stamp pad. I was careful to not completely cover my paper with the color but to let the lines of rubbing the pad the length of my paper show through. I thought that gave it kind of a "bamboo" look.
To give the images further accent, I inked the single butterfly stamp and "stamped it off" so that there were just shadows of the butterfly on my papers. "Stamping off" means that I stamped the butterfly more then once after inking it instead of giving it a fresh coat of ink each time. I didn't even stamp it the first time on my paper so that I wouldn't get an intense image but a shadow one.
Next, I just had to use the Laura's sketch #9 at 2 Sketches 4 You sketch for this week! The minute I saw the sketch they put up on their blog, I was reminded of the bracket set of stamps I had just purchased by Inkadinkado. One of the brackets in the set was LONG and I knew it was just going to fit perfectly with the sketch. I embossed it with black embossing powder to give it a strong, classy look.
I also knew I just had to use that black, herringbone print by October Afternoon, so those two elements were the foundation of my card with splashes of some complimentary colors.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Clear Artistic Stamps
Cardstock Patterned paper – Scenic Route

Ancient Page and Fluid Chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap

Watercolor crayons

Circle punches – McGill

Materials list:
Patterned papers – October Afternoon
Bracket stamp – Inkadinkado
Flower – Prima
Pearl Brad – Gartner
Black tag – Making Memories
Black stamp pad and black embossing powder – Clearsnap
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Clearsnap


  1. Linda
    I LOVE this card it is stunning! That stamp is to die for:)

  2. Gorgeous cards Linda! I just love the bracket and patterns on that second one.

  3. Gorgeous cards Linda! You used those stamps well!


  4. Such BEAUTIFUL work -- both cards are wonderful! :)

  5. Lovin the stamping!
    Your paper choices are perfect!

  6. These are both incredible! Love the bamboo look on the first one, and the colors and papers on your 2sketches card are amazing! :D

  7. Absolutely gorgeous !!! I love that bracket stamp!!! Very cool!

  8. I so love your cards...the bracket is perfect on the 2S4Y card, I have to say. And I love the stamp on your other card....it's fabulous!

  9. They're both fantastic! Love the bamboo effect that you were able to create!

  10. Two gorgeous cards, love the stamping, great use of the long bracket very creative!

  11. Thanks Linda for your sweet comment on my blog! Your cards are beautiful... and I totally Luuurrve the bamboo stamp!

  12. Congratulations on making the Fab5!!!! Your work is amazing!!! Totally deserved!!!

  13. Beautiful textures with the different papers and then that wonderful flower! Love it!

  14. oops! There I went again missing the beautiful Asian card above it. I love the wonderful pleasing colors and the images.

  15. Woohoo! Congrats to you with reaching the Fab5!

  16. Gorgeous card! Very striking!! :) Congrat's on being Fab5!!

  17. Gorgeous card! The colors work so well together. BEAUTIFUL!

  18. You made it in the fab5, well done.