I’ve been playing with some of my new toys from my first order from the Fall/Winter 2018 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I have to say that I think I discovered the most under rated stamp set, Wishing You Well. It is so versatile! I made the same card in four different color combinations and they all look awesome!
The card above is done in fall colors, using natures poem DSP, petal pink, grapefruit grove, and blackberry bliss ink and card stock, and ruffled and Tea Room ribbons. The card below is in tradition Christmas colors, using Wood Textures DSP, tranquil tide, crumb cake, and real red ink and card stock, and solid and burlap ribbons.
Wishing You Well is a red rubber stamp set which you can get in either wood mount or clear mount. It’s done in Stampin’ Up!’s patented dist-INK-tive style, which allows for images with incredible depth and shading. You can really see that in the bow, wreath, and in the spray. With one inking of the stamp you get ink laid down in different amounts, giving you lights and darks all at once.
This stamp set includes a variety of greetings which really make it extend to all seasons and multiple occasions. There’s also this great wreath image that I didn’t even show in the samples. With these dist-INK-tive stamps there are a few things you need to be aware of to get the best results possible. The carved surface of the stamp is very shallow, which can allow pooled ink to transfer to your paper, which won’t give you the shaded results you’re looking for. I have some tips for you to avoid having that ink pool in the first place! Take a look at this practice sheet:
The problem you see in the second bow from the bottom on the right isn’t stamping technique or the stamp itself. The problem is a juicy ink pad! My Mint Macaron pad happens to be very juicy, whereas my pacific point and cajun craze pads are perfectly inked resulting in perfect looking bows in the image above. What do I mean by juicy? If you look at your stamp after inking it up and you see bubbles of ink on the surface of the stamp–that’s an indication of a juicy ink pad. How can you deal with a juicy ink pad?
Tip 1: just barely kiss the pad when you ink up your stamp
Tip 2: just barely kiss the paper and quickly lift away if you’ve got an abundance of ink on your stamp
Tip 3: use a sponge dauber to transfer ink from your pad to your stamp (see the bottom right bow in the image above)
Tip 4: try conditioning your juicy pad by using a credit card or something similar to push excess ink to one end of the pad
Still not sure? Check out this video I created to demonstrate these tips. You can see exactly what I mean by juicy pads, bubbles of ink, and kissing the pad or the paper.
I truly believe that this is one of the best sets in the catalog and all it takes to create beautiful stamped images is a little attention to your ink pads. See the side bar or my about page for how you can place your order with me for the supplies linked in this post. Also, the holiday catalog is now live so go check out all of the fall and winter goodies you need to get you through all the holidays! Prefer to shop from a catalog? Download the Holiday Catalog PDF. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and sign up for my newsletter to get exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox! Come visit Craft Stamp Create on facebook or comment below to get the conversation started!
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