10 September 2011

Week 32 - One Layer - Seeing Double

It seems that there were lots of shiny, happy people around "Less is More " last week with lots of beautiful metallic entries, thanks everyone, but now we're on to the second week of the month, which is a....
So on your entry this week, we'd like to see TWO of something.

My cards for this week both involve using a stamp twice, but each one employs a different technique.
This one uses a fabulous pear stamp from A stamp in the Hand, which is a completely flat stamp.
This is how I achieved this effect
  • I inked the stamp with Shabby Shutters Distress ink, then dabbed a little wild honey onto it using a Decopatch brush. 
  • After this I inked around the edge of the stamp with some Forest Moss Distress ink, both directly from the pad and also with another stiff brush.
  • I then inked the text stamp from the SU French Foliage set, in Forest Moss and stamped this onto the pear stamp (Kissing Technique).
  • I then stamped it onto the card which had already been printed with the sentiment on the computer.
  • I covered this with a mask which I had previously cut out and then repeated the process for the second pear, positioning it using an acetate sheet and my Lego right angle. (Poor man's Stampamajig)
The fonts are Abadi MT Condensed and Eutemia I.
Note to self: Ensure the text stamp is aligned similarly on both images in future!

This one uses a stamp from the SU Silhouette Sentiments Set, Stamped twice without re-inking to imply the shadow effect.. I stamped over a straight edge mask to ensure that the branches ended at the same point on the left.
The sentiment is from Unity Stamps.

I have a few doubles on my cards! Firstly the fact there are 2 of them, two cards for two friends!
The stamping technique is two step stamping, whereby 2 stamps are needed to make the complete image, an outline and a 'fill' solid design. So although there is only a single flower, it is double stamped! They are from Close to my Heart and as they are clear, you mount them onto an acrylic block, therefore positioning is easy! Having said that with this kind of 'loose' design I rather like it placed slightly 'off'.
The pink is a Brilliance ink and the green is one of the fabulos new SU In colours! This is so fresh and new it's very wet, therefore making a less solid effect. Have to say I quite like it looking 'smudgy' A quick fix would be to add a bit of Quickie glue and glamour dust!
The twine is from Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.
[Sarah gives an excellent service and sells at super prices, do go and have a look]
The double ends are made by sticking 2 gems, black in this instance, back to back over the cut end of the twine.

For my second card, I stamped a fern branch from the fabulous Inkylicious set 'Meadow Breeze. in an aqua colour. It's an excitig new colour from Stampin' Up. All will be revealed October 1st! There are 5 new colours in their 'In Colour' range, they are all lush!
I then stamped again in Versafine Onyx Black, as is the 'Thanks' which is from CTMH.
The ribbon is just from my stash. To create the little bow I punched 2 holes on the stems and threaded it through both holes from the front, then threaded the ends back up again, on opposite sides then trimmed to finish.

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So here you can see four different ways of using double stamping, We're wondering how many other ways of having 'double' of  something, our wonderful LIMettes will come up with.

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  1. This looks an interesting one layer challenge, love your inspiration cards ladies. This OLW always challenges my stamp collection!
    Jenny x

  2. Blimey I'm first! Another fab challenge ladies love your cards xx Jan

  3. Thanks for a fun challenge! Lovely cards and inspiration from you!


  4. Oooh another great challenge again, thinking cap on !

  5. It is a long time since I was in the challenge, fun to be with again! It's always fun challenges and great inspiration!


  6. Wow this is a great challenge and some great cards form the ladies:) Sandra H

  7. Missed ya last week - but I gotcha this week! Thanks for a great challenge once again!!

  8. Oops sorry ladies please could you delete No 34 - I linked back to yourselves by mistake3. Jeannie x

  9. Thank you ladies for another great challenge....you certainly keep us busy.


  10. Thanks Guys -- glad I could play along this week. Love the inspiration!

  11. Thanks for a great challenge as always ladies! xx

  12. Great challenge and super inspiring examples ladies.

    Toni xx

  13. Gorgeous cards! I can't pull up your site, Chrissie, it comes up and then disappears~weird! Your cards are gorgeous...I love those kissed pears. ;)

  14. You really do get us all thinking each week! Thanks as always. Vx

  15. So many brilliant cards but have managed to leave comments for everyone. Well done.

  16. Hi there Ladies, Great challenge idea and fabulous cards from you both, wonderful inspiration, Thanks again, Gay xxx

  17. hi guys bless you again for another wonderful challenge as always your cards are simply stunning,hugs cherylxxxx

  18. Have been under the weather but hope I really am back on track now.Have loved this week's challenge-great inspiration and entries so far.



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