Going to the Dogs

Going to the Dogs

Let’s try out a background stamp. How about a dog themed one?

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This dog themed text background has been sitting in my stamp drawer for ages. (I’ve got a cat themed one as well.) It’s time to use it on a card, don’t you think? A simple band of puppy shadows, a couple strips of handmade paper scraps, and a detailed puppy on a pop dot finishes the card.

A quick word about choosing inks. The background was stamped with a distress ink. If you look closely at some of the letters you’ll notice that some are a bit blotchy. That’s because distress inks are a water based ink, and like water, they have a tendency to bead up on smooth surfaces. This is one great reason to clean your stamps, but not too well. A well used stamp will adhere to dye ink much better than a brand new stamp.

The shadow pups are stamped with a versamagic ink, which is a pigment ink with a chalk finish. What that means when you stamp is that the ink dries slowly, and is thicker than dye inks. The chalk finish means it has a nice matte finish.

In order to get a lot of detail on the popped up pup, he was stamped with archival ink, which dries quickly like most water based inks, but doesn’t move or bleed like a lot of dye inks can.

The little bits of handmade paper are from Skycraft Designs. They used to attend the regional Rubber Stamp expo, so I stocked up on some of their papers. You’ll see a few more bits and pieces of their papers this month. It’s time to get them out of my stash and use them.

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