Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mix-Ability, and an anniversary!

Today we're celebrating our 16th anniversary, so that inspired my entry for this week's Mix-Ability challenge! I love this older stamp set from Stampin' Up! - there are very few SU sets that I've been moved to hunt down, but this one was definitely a must-have-and-never-sell.

I picked up a small pack of cork 'paper' at Tuesday Morning last time I was there, and I wanted to try it out - it was surprisingly delicate but it stamped well, and I was able to paint on it with acrylics too. To do that, I laid down a base coat of All-Purpose Ink from Tsukineko - this is an ink that's made for porous surfaces, so it was the right choice here - it's a nice bright white with a little bit of a pearl sheen to it. So pretty! I added a little water to it here so I could still see my stamped lines.

Here's a peek at the cork pad - these sheets are just 4", but there are larger ones available, as well as adhesive backed sheets. The sheets are 1/32" thick - they do tear very easily, and my piece warped something awful when I die cut it, but it did relax after a few minutes. The surface really responded well to acrylic paint, and to the All-Purpose Ink.

Here's a closer look at the image and my painting - I used a white Posca pen for my horizon line and some finer highlights.

Part of the Mix challenge was to include some text, so I used this little snip from the index of a book I use for crafting purposes... that's layered onto a wooden tag that I also got at Tuesday Morning! Love that store. The base of my card is embossed with a wood folder, because it looks like water ripples to me. I just embossed the bottom portion, not the full card.

That's all I know! Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Could you tell me what black ink you used to stamp the image? I love what you did! It's beautiful and would make a wonderful gift or framed picture. Thank you.

    1. Sure! I used StazOn Timber Brown.

  2. Beautiful card. Like the idea of using the cork paper. Think I even have that stamp and will try it. thanks. Edna

  3. Oh goodness..I need to find a Tuesday Morning. LOL. Really pretty. the stamp must have been before my time. Don't remember seeing it. Our 50th is coming up. Might have to CASE you.

  4. Beautiful I have this stamp set and I really like what you have created with it . Thanks for sharing .

  5. This IS a BEAUTIFUL CARD Dina! I have that image too. Didn't even know it was available back when I got it, as they'd quit running it in the catalogue. But, SOMEHOW discovered SU STILL HAD IT AVAILABLE for purchase, & was able to purchase it. It IS A KEEPER! ;) You're painting & meeting the challenge goals are done FABULOUSLY!!! I DO LOVE all the texture!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! ;)

  6. What a wonderful card! Love the cork. It is always refreshing to see your artful take on things but sharing just how you you achieved it is much appreciated. I too stalk Tuesday Morning and love their treasures that really get the creative mind in gear!

  7. This is simply awesome, Dina. I am spellbound by your work. I would love to see this as a print for sale! A lovelier anniversary card/gift cannot be imagined!
    PS My daughter loved the art print I bought from you. I gave it to her for her birthday. My other daughter will receive hers when her birthday rolls around in Nov.

  8. Ah-maze-ing! Happy anniversary!

  9. You are one talented woman! Beautiful!!

  10. Happy Anniversary!! I just bought this set at a yard sale a couple months ago and haven't tried using it yet but you have given me inspiration to try it for our kids anniversary card!