I'm avoiding work today --- should be cleaning, vacuuming, dusting *blek!* and all that other glorious stuff that a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) fills her day with. Just not feeling it today! I've stepped OVER the laundry, walked PAST the dishes, closed the door to the kids bathroom (scary!) and wandered into my stamp room. AHHhhhhhh.... I can't believe some people get PAID to create ;-) Lucky ducks. Guess hubby thinks the same way of those who play sports and get paid (a stinkin' amount) for *playing*! February is a full month of birthdays so I thought I'd pull out my spectrum pad & ink up some glossy cardstock and make a few cards using the "Joseph's Coat" technique. Thought if I got 1/2 doz. made up then I wouldn't be scrambling in a few short weeks. I also need to stamp up some kids cards (stay tuned!) to have on hand. It's amazing with three little ones in school how MANY birthday parties there are to attend! :)
My favorite spectrum pad combo is Late November -- love those earthy colors! If you haven't tried this technique, it's worth the effort! I just make a few of them at once so you're not pulling out all your supplies, it's nice too to have some cards on hand. Start by inking up your brayer on your spectrum pad (make sure the spectrum pads are APART or you'll muddy up all your ink). Roll it over your glossy cardstock (do this a few times to get a good rich color on there). Let dry (or use your heat tool if you want to speed up the process). Swipe your embossing buddy over the surface of your inked cardstock & then stamp in Versamark (use a bold image like the one above). Emboss with clear embossing powder. Now ink up your brayer (once it's cleaned & dried) in basic black ink and roll this over the entire card. This is where my little one said "oh Mommy, why did you just wreck your pretty card?!"
She was delighted when I showed her the magic! Taking a tissue, wipe your cardfront taking all the beaded ink off the embossed areas! Voila! Mount, embellish..... and finish your piece. Pretty easy isn't it.
Well, off to do a 15 minute tidy (as FLYLADY says... you can do just about ANYTHING for 15 minutes!)......then I'm sure I'll slip into stampland again :)