It's first Friday of the month which means that it's time for a new Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge! In July the theme is 'Take A Stamp', so anything goes, as long as you have used stamping somewhere on your project. Easy, isn't it!
Our lovely sponsor this month is Art Journey, and one lucky winner will get an amazing prize: Four stamp plates from Art Journey!
My July inspiration card is filled with bright summer colours. For the card center I used two different stamps; a girl stamp by 3rd Eye, and a flower stamp by Stampin'Up. The sentiment text stamp is from a Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz collection.
For the white background I used simple white heavy office paper, and started with masking patterns on the paper with texture paste. Once dry I misted some green and yellow colours on the texture paste.
Some days back I had purchased two 6 pen sets of new Chameleon pens. The pens were quite expensive so I did not right away buy a large set with all possible colours. I thought that these 12 would be enough for figuring out if they were better than my current ProMarkers and if I liked them or not.
After a bit of colouring I'm convinced that I do like them a lot, but I'm still not sure if I need more colours. I like the idea that one pen would give me many different tones to the same colour, so that I did not have to purchase several pens for creating great shadings on my colouring projects. Working with the pens looked so amazingly simple on the introduction video!
However I soon realized that like other alcohol marker pens also these ones do require some practicing. It took me a while to get the new pens working well and giving me the different light and dark tones; reading the short instruction booklet that came with the pens would have helped :D
When carrying your pens to a crop or vacation trip it's a great idea that you don't have to pack and carry too many pens with you. But if you are an impatient crafter you might find it too time consuming to have to 'recharge' the light tone over and over again. The light tone will change to a darker one in a matter of seconds, so you will need to stop the colouring and change the colour tone many times. After 'recharging' the light tone you may want to test the colour on a piece of scrap paper, as it's not easy to predict how light the new tone has become. You probably don't want to do this colour testing on your unfinished colouring project!
But if you don't mind the bit slower working process I have to admit that the Chameleon pens are of good quality; the colours mix together nicely and the colours look really nice on various surfaces. The nibs are changeable and colours refillable which make these pens last long. During next weekend I will for sure be doing more colouring and Chameleon testing; stay tuned for more updates!
Assembling the card did not take long. First I glued down the fussy cut flowers, and attached the girl image in the center with thick 3D stickers. Even if the girl and the flowers are not from same stamp manufacturer I think they go pretty well together!
For decorating the flowers I used Stampendous 'Spoonful of Midnight' embossing powder that has glitter elements mixed with embossing enamels. What a great medium!
I suggest you hop over to Craft Stamper blog to see all the gorgeous cards the design team has made. Hope they will inspire you to play along!
Wishing you a sunny weekend!