Medallion madness

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Inspired by a simple card by Kris Kilcoyne, I had to try something similar.  Did you know that the 1/2″ Polka-Dot Ribbon is dotted only on one side?  Double the fun!

Some notes about using stamps with solid images (as opposed to line images):

  • “Condition” the stamp by rubbing the Adhesive Remover all over the rubber, then clean it with an old toothbrush and your Stampin’ Mist Cleaner.  This removes the residue left on the rubber after manufacturing.  If you don’t do this, you’ll notice that ink pools in places on the rubber and is resisted in other places, preventing a good stamped image.  For all stamps, I rub them on a piece of Grid Paper (or even on my jeans) after assembly, then clean.
  • Use a Brayer for best coverage.  Typically I ink up large stamps by opening the ink pad and pressing just the cover against the stamp.  This allows me to press the pad against the stamp.  But on some of the more solid background stamps, this will leave lines from the edge of the pad.  A Brayer works better in this case.
  • Keep the stamp pressed against the paper for a second or two — don’t smack it against the paper.  Give the ink a chance to be absorbed by the paper.
  • Clean a big stamp like this in the sink with a spray of Stampin’ Mist and an old toothbrush or under running water.

After I assembled the card, I went contrary to my own “leave well enough alone” advice and added the medallion in the top left.  That’s right — ribbon was on, panel was adhered to the card front.  Careful masking with sticky notes prevented ink from getting on the card front.  But apparently not from getting on my fingers.  As I went up to the office to photograph the card, I noticed two significant fingerprints on the front.  Aggravation!  I tried to float off the ink with plain water, but that pilled the card stock, so this project will be cut up and used elsewhere.  I love using our Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive because it really holds, but in this case there was no way to remove the front panel without damage, even using Un-Du.  Drat.

Stamps:  Medallion (p. 133), Trendy Trees (112)

Ink:  Soft Suede

Paper:  Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory

Other:  Brayer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Ribbon (Soft Suede), Linen Thread

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