Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Hearts and diamonds

Hi everyone,


Hope you are all okay out there in crafty blog land.


Quick question today,what's everyone favourite make of rubber stamps? I must say I am so impressed with those Art Journey stamps that I received last week,they stamp beautifully but unfortunately I do have some rubber stamps that are just meh! The problem is these stamps are so expensive so if you pick ones that aren't great stampers then it's a bit annoying! Comments welcome please,especially about the lesser known stamp manufacturers.

Anyway,I have a card for you today....thanks for the tips re keeping a white card white!

I am entering this in Craft Stamper,Bleach Blocking challenge here





I used a stencil for the bleach blocking technique. Really liked this new to me technique but I think next time I need to put the wet sponge applicator for a little less time against the stencil as I didn't realise how quickly it worked!

Distress inks,wendy vecchi stencil, Art Journey stamps. The heart spheres were stamped on a Hampton Art paper pad I have then cut out. The single heart was punched out.

Hope you like it

Donna x

31 comments:

  1. Oh, sweet card! I love the idea of bleach blocking through a stencil. Had not seen that idea before.

    I had been lucky to not receive many stamps that don't stamp well. Only one or two. But it is quite frustrating, not to mention a bother for returning them when they aren't even worth the time or postage.

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    1. Thanks Annie, hmm know what you mean. I am afraid the ones I don't like just get shoved somewhere out of sight! We silly Brits do not return stuff enough that's for sure : )
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  2. Hi Donna! Great card, I love the background! Good luck with the challenge ;)
    I try to buy only clear stamps nowadays (storage issues), but I have plenty of Hero Arts rubber stamps and they are great. Otherwise I'm not sure, there are so many... I'd like to know myself tbh. :) Ingrid xx

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    1. Thanks Ingrid, that's interesting. I only have a little diamond shape set of hero arts stamps so maybe I will try more of them! Sometimes the clear stamps are just as good at stamping anyway!
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  3. This looks really lovely Donna. I love the colours and the layout to it. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work and now following
    x catherine

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    1. Thanks Catherine,a pleasure to have you as a follower,thank you for your lovely words too
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  4. I love this technique of bleach blocking with a stencil: it looks great on your card! I must rry it myself, as it's new to me. It would be lovely if you could use it on a tag too and play along with the Dragons this fortnight, as Helen has chosen Stencils and the letter 'N' for our recipe. Your question about the stamps is interesting. I tend to have my favourite makers and keep to them. Sometimes certain inks go better with certain brands too. I find that Versamark is best for really detailed stamps. With unmounted stamps the type of block you use can be crucial too: the best ones are the acrylic, flexible ones as you can get even pressure with them. Have you tried brayering over the back of the stamp to get even distribution too? No doubt you know all this already, but thought I'd just share! Have a lovely week! Julie Ann xxx

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    1. Thanks Julie Ann, actually those paperartsy flexi blocks are brilliant. They have improved my stamping no end! I am beginning to think sometimes things dont stamp well because of me sadly! Ooh thanks for the nudge Julie Ann, I think I may join in that challenge as I do like my tags!

      Lovely week to you too
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  5. That's a wonderful card, love the idea of taking a stencil for this technique, Have to try it, thanks for the inspiration.
    I go with Julie Ann, the results of stamping often differs in using different ink pads. Tim Holtz suggested to ink the rubber with Archival Jet Black first.

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    1. Thanks Silvia,I do love the archival inks. I did buy a memento one once to try but hmm well not sure on that!

      Hugs
      Donna x

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  6. What a lovely delicate card - the bleach blocking looks great harlequin-ised!

    Stamps - Stampers Anonymous are obviously great; I've always found Artistic Outpost give a great image, and PaperArtsy and Unity too. I'm an Archival fan, though I know people who swear by Versafine... And yes thin flexi-blocks. I got some of the Tim ones as an ebay bargain just when I was starting out, and before I knew there were any other alternatives, but I've never regretted that buy!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thanks Alison, you are so helpful. I have never heard of Unity stamps so will look them up,yes paperartsy are fab!
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  7. This is absolutely gorgeous,I do love this technique.xxx

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    1. Thanks Doreen,yes think I will try this again,gives a nice watercolour type finish.
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  8. Lovely background. A very interesting card with so much detail. Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge. ~ Renee xxx

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    1. Thanks Renee, glad you like it

      Hugs
      Donna x

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  9. I love the Art Journey stamps too...so I sneak some every now and then! The bleach blocking with a stencil looks awesome.
    Thanks for joining in the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge.
    Dot x

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    1. Thanks Dot,yes those stamps are fab,they stamp beautifully
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  10. I love dina wakely and christy tomlinson stamps at the moment.... You did a beautiful job with the bleach blocking technique..love it:-)
    Thank you so much for joining in with the Take it Make it challenge.
    Tracy xxx

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    1. Thanks Tracy,ooh yes dina wakley scribbly birds...wonderful!
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  11. Gorgeous make and the stamps are lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at the Take It Make It Challenge. Elizabeth x

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth,glad you like it
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  12. I love IndigoBlu stamps, Crafty Individuals, JOFY, Stampers Anonymous, Dark Room Door, Hero Arts ...... ok, My name's Linda and I'm addicted to stamps!
    This is gorgeous, really pretty colour combination .... thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

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    1. Ha ha yes stamps are highly addictive aren't they?!
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  13. This is simply fab!
    I love your composition!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Craft Stamper TIMI challenge

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    1. Thanks chrissie,glad you like it
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  14. Fab background and layout, love it. Thank you for joining us at Craft Stamper this month. xx

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    1. Thanks Nikki,glad you like it
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  15. Love the background, very subtle and dreamy!! Thank you for playing along with this months challenge over at the Craft Stamper blog! xx

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    1. Thanks Trish,glad you like it
      Hugs
      Donna x

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  16. So artsy and cool! Love this! Thank you for joining the challenge at Craft Stamper!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment,it's really appreciated.

Donna.x