Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stamp Positioner With Twinks "Easy Peasy"

-Any Stamp Positioner or Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
-Watercolor Paper/Good quality Cardstock
-Rubber Stamp with Wood/Acrylic mount
-Watercolors of choice

Step 1. I find stampers either love stamp positioners or hate them. I am kind of in between. I will tell you to have one that is heavy enough to help keep it in place. The first one on the far left above, with the ruler and rubber bottom, stays in place, but it allows the cardstock to move under it. See the purple Stamp-A-Ma-Jig on the far right. It doesn't work for me either. I had 2 and gave them both away.

The one is the middle is my favorite. Its heavy enough to help me keep it in place and it doesn't allow the cardstock to move underneath it. So place your cardstock in the bottom corner of the Positioner. It will always be here throughout your painting. you can trim it down before or after. I usually find it easier to do it after.

If you use an image mounted to an acrylic block, then make really sure it is mounted snugly. If it moves off the block then the whole image will be wrong and you will find out quickly.

Step 2. Select the watercolors you are going to use. Mine for the stamp shown are listed below. I use a Niji waterbrush because I don't have to mess with the water wells. I paint only one or two colors at a time. An example would be the Lemon Yellow and I never paint two colors next to each other unless I want them to bleed into each other. If I remember right, I painted the leaves of this first and then the flowers I clean the stamp after each color (s).

Another thing I don't do is spray or 'mist' the pot of paint. If I am going to need more paint I squeeze a drop or two in one corner of the pot. I like to control the consistency with the brush. If I want a wash I swipe the color slightly and twist the brush around on the edge of the pot, so the color spreads in the brush and the color isn't as intense. If I want a more intense color, I pick up the color by rolling my brush length wise on the color and watch to see the depth of the color and saturation.

So for this image I loaded the end of my brush and painted the colors. If I need to wet the paint on the rubber before stamping, I might mist it very very lightly.

The rest of the card was done and assembled as listed below.

This card reminds me of Bohemian Rhapsody. Well, maybe not!!! Ha! The background was cuttled, painted, then trimmed and mounted at an angle on the shown lavender paper.

The flowers image was painted and then put through the Cuttlebug using a Spellbinders die. The stack was:
1. B Plate on bottom (The B plate that gets torn up with the dies)
2. The image facing up
3. The die facing down (So it cuts into the B plate)
4. The C Plate (for the right pressure).
The edge across the top was done with a punch. The scalloped BG paper was then put though the Cuttlebug with the next size up or largest die. The image was mounted on the larger BG paper. A slot punch was used on both sides of the the image as shown. ATG tape was used to mount the image at the angle shown. (This completes the cardfront with the exception of the word and ribbon.)

The ribbon was mounted upper left first and then put through the slot and threaded through to the other slot. The ribbon actually changes color depending on how the light hits it, as you can see in the photo. (A crochet hook was used though the right side to lift the image a little and make it easier for the ribbon to come through. It was taped to the back of the lower right-hand side as shown. A Martha Stewart Bow was tied and mounted to the ribbon in place with a large glue dot.

The lavender paper was put thought the Cuttlebug using the smallest of the rectangle dies. Then the center of the die was used to trace the white CS needed and then cut out by hand. The words were stamped, mounted to the BG paper and then to the cardfront as shown. The gold thread, bling, and glitter glue were added for sparkle.

The supplies are listed below:
Bazzill Bling Serendipity 4.25"X5.5"
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth 80lb cover cardstock
-4.25X5.5" (trimmed to 4.0X5.25
Niji Waterbrush
Twinkling H2O's Lemon Drop, Sweet Alfalfa, and Kiwi

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth 80lb cover cardstock
Just For Stamps - Queen Anne's Lace
Twinkling H2O's Lemon Drop, Kiwi, French Lilac, Dutch Iris, Sweet Alfalfa, Garnet
Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangles Large (The largest and next to largest)
Stampin' Up Spiral Punch

Mark Richards Crystal Stickers Lavender 3mm and 5mm
Stickles Diamonds Glitter Glue
Gold Embroidery Thread unknown source
May Arts Ribbon Iridescent Green/Blue Look at the picture and see how this ribbon changes colors, almost like a Chameleon. I have 4 colors of this type of ribbon and I love it.

If you haven't guessed, more people wanted the supplies at the end. I am going to try and do that from now on, unless it makes more sense for some reason to change it now and then.....And by the way, 'Easy Peasy' is a Deb thing and I love it! Check her out!
Thanks for stopping by 'the blog' to look and share.





Deb Neerman said...

The card is gorgeous! Is there anything you can't do?!?

Great read, very informative. I use a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig when I'm not gonna color in my image; when I want to color, I use my VERY favorite stamp positioner in the whole wide world: A Stamp-o-Graph. Talk about easy-peasy!!

A Stamp-O-Graph positioner can change your stampin' life ... the results are astounding!

Lyn S said...

Wow! Fabulous card and tutorial Shirley!

The only stamp positioner I have is a Stamp-a-ma-jig, but I do find it annoying when the card moves underneath. There doesn't seem to be much else available over here in Australia though!

Joanne said...

I love how your card turned out! The colors are so deep and rich. Just beautiful. I am one of those that doesn't enjoy using my Stampamajig. I don't have the patience for it. One of my many flaws. lol

Maria Matter said...

Wow!!! My mouth is hanging open, this is so cool/beautiful/fabulous, Wow!

blessings, Maria

Gwen said...

wow this is truly beautifyl! TFS the tutorial!!!

Ann said...

Such a lovely card! Thanks for the tutorial. :D

Cindy Haffner said...

Awesome tutorial Shirley, love your card, thanks for all the info.

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous card. It is a beautiful flower garden.

Unknown said...

Эта открытка изумительная! Я восхищаюсь Вашим умением, Shirley, совмещать материалы!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Wow that is a beautiful card and I bet it SHIMMERS in real life!!!

Cheryl said...

Simply gorgeous Shirley!!! I love those flowers.

Candy said...

Beautiful Shirley!!

Etha said...

Beautiful card! nice work with the twinks ;)
I really hate stamp positioners..... never use them. That's why I really like acrylic stamps, hehe ;)

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous card and fantastic tutorial! I am not fond of the stamp-a-ma-jig myself. I use the flexible mat it came with and my older plexi positioner.

Teresa said...

That looks GREAT!!!! I just love twinks- they do so many things beautifully!

Peet said...

Wow Shirley, what a fabulous card!!!!!

Kim Etherington said...

It's nice to see spring colours at this time of year!!! It makes me miss spring. Nicely done!

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

What an astounding tutorial! I love the colour you got. Brilliant pointers. WOW! You ROCK! :O)

Kerry D-C said...

woooooooow! this is beautifuL!

Carolyn King said...

Gorgeous card and tutorial....
now I am rolling laughing at your just day no graphic on your sidebar! --fabulous!

Christine (All She Crafts) said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Such lovely colours!!

Chris xx

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Fab tutorial Shirley, and a gorgeous card. I really must get some "twinks"! Funny the SAJ is the only positioner I like...I find the other's too "short" for wood mounted stamps.

retiredheather said...

I love the angle of the image. It really adds a flair to this card. I am so impressed with your explanation of this method. I have never tried painted onto the stamp so another technique on my to do list.

Anonymous said...

beautiful card!

however, the purpose of the stampamajig (or any positioner) is so that you can stamp your image right where you want it the first time...not trim the paper around it later.
if you put a small piece of repositionable tape under your paper, it will keep it from moving. I keep one on my workspace all the time as I use my positioner with almost every card I make!
Give the Stamp-a-ma-jig a try! it is by far the easiest of them all to use...their added height makes it easy to slide your stamp up and down alongside of it...their plastic sheets are strong enough to use over and over again for years (just clean it after you use it and don't use stazon with it). hee-hee!
And don't forget, you can position the black (or purple) piece (or the arm of your particular positioner) on the bottom left, top left, top right, or bottom right side of the card... whatever feels comfortable to you.
there are many great tutorials out there... have fun with them. with your positioner you can do SO many things that you cannot do without them!!!

again, beautiful watercolor effect!
: )

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