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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Using the Inkadinkadoo Stamping Gear

A tutorial presented by Cathy C. of Paper Traders

This is one of those stamping accessories
that I wondered if I would ever use,
but I had a 50% off Michael's coupon
and I thought, "What the heck, let's try this!."

Seriously, I'm glad I did buy it because
it is SUPER fun and I love the results I got..

Here is a little tutorial on how I made this card:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Fired Brick and Forest Moss
Cosmos and Fern stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs
White cardstock

 This is how the system works with their stamps.
Move along the circle gear, stamping in each space.

One of the problems that I see
with this system is that the design you end up
with is very large. Too big for cards but
good for scrapbooking or journaling.
I think that could be remedied by
using smaller stamps or making the gear smaller.

So I thought, what about using my own stamps?

1. I placed the gear in the center of my  folded cardstock.
I placed the fern stamp in the position I wanted it
and then place the acrylic block over that and 
pressed down to seal.

2. Lift up carefully and apply ink from the distress ink pad.

3. Move around the gear, stamping in
every other slot and only re-inking 
every other impression. 
This way you get the lighter/darker shading.

4. Re-position the stamp at a slightly different angle
and then go around the gear again in the
same fashion as previous step.

5. Get the Cosmos stamp and as in first step, 
position it on the paper first and then press
acrylic block to attach it. Lift up and apply
Fired Brick distress ink.

6. Then I did a third round of the fern stamp
to plump out the wreath using the same
technique as step 4.

7. Finished the stamp by adding a sentiment and
the cardinal stamp from the Ornate Christmas set by
 Inkadinkadoo and the Fired Brick Distress Ink.
Tip: When you use distress inks on acrylic stamps, 
the ink separates and so the stamped image
is not a solid uniform color. 
I like the effect, though.

Thanks for stopping by and Paper Traders
hopes you enjoy this tutorial.

Cathy C.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Thanks so much for posting this Cathy, I am so hoping Santa leaves me one of these under the Xmas tree!