Thursday, 10 April 2008

Paperbag Studios Laugh Rubber Stamp Sheet

I've been playing with the Laugh Paperbag Studios sheet today. First ATC is 'My Best Friend' - where I have used bubble wrap to create the distressed circle background stamp. I stuck a small rectangle of bubble wrap onto a block using a bit of cheap glue stick ( so that it can be washed off my block when I had finished). Then stamped onto white card using embossing ink and clear embossed. The background is then coloured using distress ink pads in a few colours. Apart from the postmark stamp all the other stamps used are also from the Laugh sheet. The second picture shows the texture the bubble wrap gives to the background (not bad for free LOL!).

I really like the extra texture that embossing gives to a background (something Tina inspired me to do as she add loads of gorgeous texture to all her backgrounds). This next ATC (titled Remember) uses a Hero Arts swirl stamp that I have had in my stamp collection for ages - This time I coloured the card lightly in purple distress ink first, stamped and clear embossed the swirl stamp then coloured the card deeper in the shaded of purple and green (so that the swirl pattern is a distressed pale lilacy colour and stands out).
The script stamp and the diamond stamp are my favourite all rounders from the Dreamer sheet. The wings are the standard gold german scrap that has had the gold removed with nail varnish remover and then coloured using purple and brown stazon. Finally a bit more texture and colour is added by random daubing on the edges with versamark (or clear embossing ink) and some gold embossing powder.

On this 'Success is not a Destination' ATC the man from the Laugh sheet has been stamped onto a satin gloss ATC card (and again on plain card so that I could colour him in, cut out and triple emboss.) The background is coloured with Marmalade spice, Mustard seed and Fired Brick distress pads and to give it depth I stamped the no. 15 stamp (from the laugh sheet) and bubble wrap over the top in blazing red stazon. The close up shows this better.
To finish everything was giving a couple of coats of clear embossing.

Yet more embossing with 'Laugh and Live More!' - the diamond stamp has been stamped with Opalite glacier blue ink pad and embossed in clear. I love the two tone shimmery effect the Opalite pads give - we will be stocking these at Scrapz very soon.

And finally this little chappy - coloured with decorating chalks and triple embossed (mainly because I seem to be in an emboss everything in sight mood at the moment which is all Tina's fault as I love all the embossing she does on her gorgeous ATC's.) Some of the other stamps used on this one are from the Dream Notions half sheet.


sakazoke said...

Im taking claim to these hun. They are simply gorgeous and i want them all ok? Im so in love with the bubble wrap. I did the gold atc today and triple embossed it and then used some dried bark and impredded it into the gold. So like you i have been playing with textures but im having a go with the bubble wrap as i never thought of that. Thanks for the tip hun.

Chriss Rollins said...

bubble wrap is great fun used that 9yrs ago on plant pots, picture frames and my background papers for handmade cards,works well with gold paints and there is more than 1 size bubble.
and when you are finished your project you can destress by popping all the bubbles.
the ATC's are fab.
chriss x

Linda said...

Wow Karen, I'm breathless after reading all that. So much information to take in - and such beautiful ATCs to look at.
Off to find some bubble wrap.......!

Anonymous said...

OMG what stunning projects Karen... I am sooo glad you have started a blog to share all of your fab stuff... way to go girl!!! Just knew you would join us eventually :D oooh another gorgeous place for me to visit every day. Yayhay!!
Chris xxx

Jaqi said...

Im all of a dither now, with all these brilliant ideas, can you not just come and live at my house.......I feel such an amateur, you are creating some brilliant techniques. Thank you for sharing all these great tips, Jaqi x