Day 9! In case you missed it; It’s that time again, A-Z Challenge season! This month I am keeping things simple; sharing makes past and present, as well as a few I’ll try to create just for the challenge! Today I thought I’d go with a method rather than a theme, with inking and stamping for cards.
Each post I will try to share around five or six pics of handmade cards; using different styles, methods and elements. For an added challenge, I will be working entirely from my craft stash! (I do have a ridiculous amount of papers, embelishments and what not to use!)
The April A-Z Challenge
What is it all about? Basically posting every day throughout April, except Sundays. Following the alphabet, whether keeping to a theme or otherwise. It’s a great challenge, and one of my favourite parts is meeting other bloggers!
You can find out more here.
An A-Z of Handmade Cards
This year for MY April A-Z Challenge; I have chosen a running theme of handmade cards. Although I make cards for every occasion, it is rare these days, for me to actually share them! So throughout April I will be sharing cards I have made, to both share, and perhaps inspire others to give card making a try! I will endeavour to use a variety of creative methods, covering many every-day events.
Inking and Stamping for Cards
Using rubber or acrylic (or photopolymer) stamps are the most common stamp types; which I also go for. I don’t use them all that often, because I don’t have a vast collection, though I do have a few different lettering stamps! You can pick them up in a lot of craft shops, and they are great once you get the hang of them!
Ink-wise I’m not too fussy, though I prefer pigment based ink, as the colour is more consistent, but you can get many types of ink, including water based dye, and distress inks.
The stamps I have are largely themed. I have quite a few Gorjuss stamps as I like the images.
I also have some cute “Tatty Teddy” aka Me to You wooden, rubber stamps. As well as some open designs appropriate for stamping on a variety of cards.
As well as some other random sentiment and themed acrylic stamps. The only issue I have with stamping, is that it can be hard to be consistent. I do enjoy colouring them in though. I don’t have a huge array of designer markers, but I use a mix of brush pens and even gel inks to colour.
Generally, while I don’t use stamps often for cards, I use stamped sentiments inside some of the cards I make, especially at Christmas when I tend to make a lot of cards at once! I also have a wooden rubber logo stamp, which I designed, and this gets added to the back of all cards I make now!
One thing I would say, is if you are a fan of a particular theme, stamping is a nice reusable method, which would reduce craft room clutter and waste! You can also use inks and stamps in bullet journaling and scrapbooking!
Want to see some more stamping, check out some of my Christmas makes here.
I hope you will join me throughout the month for the challenge, and of course, I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Feeel free to share your favourite card featured, or a related story! If you’re taking part in the challenge, I’d love to visit, but please leave a relevant comment if leaving a link.