Friday, 8 June 2012

Twinchies again!

Over on UK Stampers, the theme of the Twinchie swap for June is “My Little Red Heart”.  I signed up for the swap in a rash moment, having no clear idea as to what I was going to do!  None of my ideas would gel, so I decided to put the job on the back burner and go back to experimenting.

In sorting through some old stamps that don’t get used very often, I came across a forgotten set of flat “shadow” stamps.  One of them was just over 2” square, so I thought “Aha!  Why don’t I have a go at “Kiss-Stamping”, and see if anything turns up that will make my Twinchies happen.”  So, after one or two false starts........

I inked the "shadow" stamp with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, kissed it with a floral background inked with Worn Lipstick, kissed it round the edges with the curly tail of a bird stamp inked with Peeled Paint (stamping a bit further in on two sides, to allow for trimming), kissed it with the Craft Stamper magazine freebie "Time to Celebrate" circle stamp (with the words masked out) inked with Barn Door, kissed it several times with a small "open" heart stamp inked with Barn Door, then stamped the "shadow" stamp onto white card, and cut it out at 2” square.  Then I inked the "Love" stamp with Barn Door and stamped it inside the circle.  The “Love” looked a bit lost, so I stamped it again with Barn Door onto plain white card, cut it out and stuck it on top of the first image.  Then I inked the larger "open" heart stamp (which matches the heart in the “Love” stamp), again with Barn Door, stamped it onto white card, cut it out, inked it all over with Barn Door, gave it 4 coats of clear UTEE, and stuck it onto the “Love”.  At this stage I stood back, looked at the Twinchie and thought “Wow!  That’ll do nicely!!”  Then…..

I had to clean off all the stamps, and do the whole lot twice more, trying to get all the stages in the right order!  Umm!!??!!

Success at last with "kiss" stamping!  I’ve only managed it with a brayer before, for doing reflections.  I think it may have worked this time, because the Distress Inks are more forgiving than the inks I have used in the past.  Hooray for Tim Holtz!!