I'm back again with more new stamps getting inky before they grow moldy oldie. Today it's my very first Concord and 9th set. I'll blame this one on Cindy Beach and all the pretty stamping she did with this set. I bookmarked it immediately and, happily, it wasn't long before I shopped. Don't you just love receiving those packages of crafty goodies in the mail?
The set is Blooms Fill In. It's a background stamp with a few sentiments and a whole bunch of flower parts you can use to fill in the blanks.
Clear stamps with a large expanse of solid surface can be tricky, so the right paper and ink makes all the difference. Cindy had good luck with Distress Oxide inks (which I don't have). My best results were with Memento ink. My two favorite papers for solid image stamps are Stampin' Up Whisper White and Copic X-Press It Blending Card.
This is Memento Toffee Crunch on X-Press It Blending Card. I kept it monotone, using Memento Rich Cocoa for the darker accents. I stamped an additional partial background, cut out the flower part and layered it with twine and a die cut.
After I made this card (and several more!) I looked at them sitting there on my desk and wondered what is so compelling about this stamp set. After all, you could easily do this with designer paper, and heaven knows I have plenty of that. I guess it's just the do-it-yourself aspect of stamping. Different colors, different degrees of filling in the blooms. Playing around and seeing what happens. A stamper gets it. This set should come with a warning: Once you start it's hard to stop.
Have a beautiful day!
Stamps: Concord and 9th Blooms Fill In Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Bazzill tan and dark brown Ink: Memento Toffee Crunch, Memento Rich Cocoa Accessories: Linen thread, Cottage Cutz Fall Vine