Monday, August 11, 2008

A Beautiful Use of the Brocade Basics Stamp Set

Thank you to Robyn who diligently responded to my challenge to identify the two other stamp sets used in the Bloomin' with Beauty card from my last post. The leaves come from Brocade Basics and the "for you" comes from Occasional Greetings. Robyn, I will post your gift out to you.

When I first saw Brocade Basics, it didn't really grab me (too "tapestry"). But then I attended the 2008 Stampin' Up!® Convention in Brisbane (yes, there is such a thing as a stamping conference and it sure beats any other business meeting I've attended in my life time) where the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!®, Shelli Gardner, demonstrated a card using this set. It has been on my Wish List ever since.

The card above was made by Alana Galagher during our weekend away together for a sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers. Alana's card was voted as the best of all responses to the Sketch Challenge. Congratulations Alana and thank you for allowing me to share your creation with my blog readers. This card has pearls on it from the SU! Pretties Kit which adds dimension and some "class" in my humble opinion.

This is actually a tri-fold card but unfortunately I did not photograph the open card (d'oh!). But you'll get the idea from the sketch which inspired it (SC94):

You will also notice that the flower blossoms are two colours, Groovy Guava (GG) and Purely Pomegranate (PP).

This has been achieved with a technique called Rock 'n' Roll. Alana has first inked the solid stamp up in the lighter colour, GG. She then inked the edges of the same stamp with the darker ink, PP, by rolling the edges of the stamp on the PP ink pad. Unfortunately I don't have the Brocade Basics stamp to illustrate this but using another stamp (can you guess which set this one is from Robyn?), on the left is the stamp inked with the lighter ink only, and on the right is the stamp inked with both colours, the darker ink being around the edges.

You can learn more about this technique from this Rock 'n' Roll tutorial from Beate Johns.

I'll be back later today with some dates for your diary so please stay tuned.

Love from Crafty Kim


Anonymous said...

Kim, I do love a challenge - would it be from Wild Rose?
Robyn A

Ruth said...

its a lovely card, thanks for sharing!