Getting the most use from your supplies and a couple of tips

This weekend over at Christian Card Makers FB color challenge for the weekend was in shades of purple.  Not Barney Purple, but deep rich, earthy shades of purple.   I also used This weeks new sketch  challenge.  I will show you the card and then the process - I've got a couple of supply tips to share too!


This is the palette for this weekends challenge - Love these colors, but I had such a small amount of purples in my stash 

Here is the Sketch I used ( by the former Verve Company)



I used a favorite Magenta Stamp, # 14.069
A beautiful Dogwood border, that just stamps up so beautifully!



I used a little white pen to add some highlights


Here is a tip, When using rubber stamps you may notice that over time some of your rubber can get a hard feeling, this can be caused by a number of things, age, where it is stored and how it is cleaned.

Here is another fun Magenta stamp that I purchased at a tag sale 


The rubber was very hard and slick.  This little 1.00 hardware store item will bring back your stamps almost every time!


It is a foam sanding block!  I have been using these for years!  If the stamp is really bad and I have had to give it a deep sanding, I wipe the rubber with a little glycerin and let it sit over night and then wipe off with a damp towel.  a bottle of glycerin  can be found in your drug store for a few dollars.

To give my bright white a little color, I used my "purples" distress tool.  I did not add any more ink, I just rubbed the sentiment until I had the desired amount of color!




I stamped a piece of scrap paper  and then punched a little flower, and distressed again with the dry distress tool



and lastly, a favorite thing of mine to do:

Stamp the envelope!




I hope you find my little tips useful in your crafting arsenal!
Have a wonderful day!
Ginny M







Comments

Great tips, Ginny, thanks.
Shelly Schmidt said…
I just love the dogwood stamp- and your purples are very regal. The edged flower gives just the right pop for a beautiful card! Great tips : )