Ink Play


Just wanted to pop in and share my ink play that I’m working on tonight. In anticipation of making cards for the upcoming 4th of July, I purchased an awesome stamp set from Unity Stamp Company called Ragged ol’ Flag. It comes with a large 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 flag stamp and this version, which is the heart which is about 3 x 3. The entire set comes with 4 image stamps and 1 sentiment stamp.

I just love the worn, distressed look of the images in this set. Tonight I finally had a moment to play around with them a bit. I started out playing with my Faber-Castell Gelatos set and the large flag with a bit of water added in. Unfortunately it didn’t work out quite as I’d hoped. I definitely need to do some different experimenting with the Gelatos. That’s pretty much what tonight was about, figuring out what would work and what wouldn’t for the cards I want to create. As many of you know, crafting is a trial & error learning process. The process is the same for me and I’m glad that I can share it with you.

For my little image below, I inked up the heart with some Ranger Distress Inks in Faded Jeans and Fired Brick and then spritzed my inked stamp with a hint of water mist and stamped it onto a scrap of watercolor paper from Canson.

I’m really loving the distressed look of these stamps and the distress inks just add to it – colors turned out really well.

Unity Stamp Company Rugged Ol' Flag

Unity Stamp Company Rugged Ol’ Flag

The sentiment that I stamped on top of the heart in black ink comes with this set. It is a quote from Johnny Cash. It reads:

So we raise her up every morning.

We take her down every night.

We don’t let her touch the ground,

And we fold her up right.

On second thought, I do like to brag

’cause I’m mighty proud of the ragged old flag.

Fell in love with that sentiment. Pretty much sums it up. Proud of our flag, proud to be American. I’ll be working on making some cards over the next week or so to send out as we prepare to celebrate our Independence (where is this year going – doesn’t seem like July should be creeping up on us already).

Anyway, I wanted to share my little Tuesday evening ink play with you. At least tonight I didn’t get my elbow into my ink pad and make it all nice and black like I did the other day working on Father’s Day Cards, LOL! I didn’t even notice until I woke up the next morning.

I’ll have another post later this week to share with you for my Father’s Day Cards which contain bunnies. Sounds funny, but they turned out super cute and I’m excited to share with you…just don’t want to spoil the surprise for any fathers that might be checking out this blog.

Hope your having a crafty, fun week!