It's Christmas in July, so time to make something winter-themed. :D
That, and I wanted to enter this month's challenge at Crafter's Companion. And while I've entered my mom's birthday present, I'm not sure it really qualifies since it's not technically a stamp (though the CD *is* found under a stamps category, so we'll see). Thankfully, I found out that I can enter up to three times, and I've been wanting to do something with this stamp anyway, so...
I decided to use the Castle Combe Art-Kure stamp and a winter themed embossing folder from Cuttlebug, then cut the center out of the resulting embossed section to make a window to peek through.
I'd intended to color the stamp with my tombow markers (I don't have any spectrum noir and don't know if I even like alcohol markers), but I discovered that I had something wrong. Pigment ink is not the same as archival. The black ink pad I have is not water proof. This makes coloring with markers difficult.
So I tried with my prismacolors, but colored pencil just wasn't quite strong enough for this one.
I thought about leaving it black and white, but liked the effect of color.
What I ultimately ended up with is discovering that my sakura glaze pens didn't smear the ink for some reason. And, I learned you can somewhat blend them (though not to the level you can with tombow markers or what I've seen with spectrum noir or letraset). Enough for what I wanted, at least.
So I colored it with glaze pens, used three different glues to apply the polar white flowersoft, then added a touch of glitter to some of the embossing. The three glues? The flowersoft glue goes down heavier so I used it for where I wanted the thickest snow. Then my quilling glue gave the next best dimension, and finally used the sakura quickie glue pen for the flattest areas of snow. I also used the sakura glue pen for applying the glitter.
What I've learned...
I need a new ink pad, for one. Glitter gets EVERYWHERE for two. And I love flowersoft. :D