Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Church Christmas in Black & White


Look at all that snow! It looks just like Toronto! Hopefully not for too much longer!

This Hero Arts stamp arrived in the mail the other day and once I performed a little surgery on it*, it was good to go. I paired it with an old Stampabilities sentiment (also surgically altered). I cranked out 24 of these babies on Tuesday afternoon for my Church Christmas project, using a Soft Stone card base.

These cards were an experiment in black. I started off using my new Memento Luxe black ink. It is extremely rich and black, but it is also slow-drying (like over night!) and (in my humble opinion) messy to work with. I have never loved pigment inks -  I use Whisper White cardstock, which is a coated cardstock, and that means that the ink sits on top of it longer. If you use Papertrey or Neenah, which are uncoated cardstocks, I think that the drying time would be shorter since the ink will soak into the card stock more quickly. Anyway, I'm no expert, I just go with what I like. And for this card I ended up liking my Versafine Onyx, stamped and then embossed with clear ep. It is slightly less black than the Luxe, but then my fingers were also less black than when I used the Luxe.

*stamp surgery on woodblock stamps is easy. You put your stamp in the microwave for 15 seconds and then it's easy to peel the stamp and foam away from the wood. Cut out the bits you don't want (mostly frames in these two instances) and if you're quick, the glue on the wood and the foam will still be warm enough to just stick them back together.



22 comments:

Lesley Croghan said...

Love that you performed some stamp surgery! Gorgeous card.

Gerrina said...

Love the card! And I love my Versafine... Use it on all kinds of things and use the normal Memento for images to color in, on my stampruler (stampamagic) and for the great colors. The rich pigment inks are great to use on pearlpaper, but you're right they need time to dry... Enjoy your day, Gerrina

Lynn Mangan said...

Stunning Ardyth...the black is so crisp and clean that it looks like it was professionally printed!

Sian Ridley said...

Whoa! 24 of these bad boys?! That's good going!

I love how striking this card is, it's beautiful :) I love a monochrome design and the sparkle is the perfect Christmassy touch :) Stunning :)

Kim M said...

Oh. My. I LOVE this!!! I have that HA stamp and now I want to CASE this card! Great idea to get rid if the frame. I've done many a surgery to my clear stamps. Never thought about trying it to my woodblock ones. You rock, Ardyth! :-)

MeredythG said...

This is so nice Ar. I think it worked out beautifully!

Chriss Blagrave said...

This is stunning! Such crisp details with that beautiful stamp and your sentiment compliments such a serene scene. I have never done stamp surgery on my wood mounted stamps but I am not afraid now. ;)
Have a wonderful day!

Debbie Lahaise said...

I have this stamp and always loved it but its a pain having a frame - now dithering whether to perform surgery too and maybe on a few other stamps that I have !!!!! this is almost as bad as when I decided to cut my embossing folders so that I could do more things with them -eek

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is gorgeous!

Geri said...

You're a brave woman Dr. Ardyth....surgery on a brand new stamp...definitely something only a stamping warrior would try!

This card is stunning! The B & W is PERFECT for this image. 24 cards in one afternoon - great start on the Christmas project.

Regarding the Luxe ink - I use mine on CTMH card stock, which is my regular brand(a whiter white than SU and not as glossy).

Kristie Goulet said...

This card is beautiful, Ardyth! I love the simplicity of it for easy mailing but the impact of the black is perfect!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...what a beautiful and stunning card!

LeAnne said...

Just gorgeous...you make me want to run out & get BOTH of those stamps! Glad to know I am not the only one who does stamp surgery, LOL!

Sheila H said...

Gorgeous card - perfect in black and white. I use Versafine black. I don't have any Lux inks, but would love to try them.

shirley-bee said...

You're a brave person indeed to take a scalpel to a brand new stamp! The result is very effective, looks fabulous. Luxe sounds way too messy - I think I'll stick with Versafine!

Super Jen said...

Brilliant!

Anita in France said...

Fabulous, Ardyth ... love the black and white ... crisp snow against a deep, dark night ... gorgeous! Anita :)

Deepti said...

I never knew this technique of surgery :) so glad I got to learn this ;) beautiful card !!

Jen W. said...

Such a gorgeous image! Good call on the clear ep - it gives it just the right amount of shine. And I'm with you on the VersaFine Onyx - nothing beats it in the black ink department!

lostinpaper said...

It's wonderful Ardyth, a real breathtaking design!

Gabby said...

Absolute beautiful card! I got a sense of peace when I saw it. :)

Joyce said...

This is stunning. Absolutely. It makes snow look beautiful and peaceful (isn't it always?) I was puzzled when I first saw your card because I have that stamp, and didn't see how you achieved that look--until I read about your courageous cutting. Mine is cling, so would be even easier to do--putting this one on my list. And, thanks for the tips about the types of paper. I just got a bunch of those Memento Luxe inks and am eager to try them this weekend.