Today's challenge is to stamp up the background paper yourself. Right up my street I thought, until I realised that I don't really have any stamps that aren't Easter or Christmas, except the flower ones I've already used.
So, I picked this Hampton Art Stamps Sketched Cat one up today in Hobbycraft's clearance for under £1 (see Day 37, I went for Chipboard to decorate, but they didn't have any undecorated, so I bought lots of other stuff instead...) A good bargain I think.
I used the rest of the orange acrylic decorated cartridge paper left over from my Day 37 card, and Versacolour's Magenta, Peony & Brown. I'm an huge fan of their small inkpads, they give a really good colour at a good low price, but they take ages and ages to dry. Pretty much my cardstock is 5"x5" or 5"x7", so I can get two cards plus some scraps out of a single sheet of A4 pre-coloured paper. There's enough scraps for another card, so this colourway/ image may yet appear again...
In the end I waited a couple of hours, then blasted with the hairdrier, but still smudged it a bit when mounting it onto the cardstock. Luckily it's a smudgy kind of stamp; so as long as no-one looks too carefully, I'lll get away with it.
What I want to know though is how long it normally takes these inks to dry and how can you speed it up so that it doesn't smudge?
Maybe the answer is to colour and stamp up a vast range of papers ready for every possible challenge the DT sets us so that they'll be dry in time?
There's a theme to my cards, I'm doing each daily challenge (sometimes a day or so behind) from whatever papers I've got out on my table, which is why you get a run of them all using the same papers/ inks/ images etc. Eventually, I'll end up with a stack of cards and an empty stash... (except today's Hobbycraft extravaganza more or less filled up the spaces I'd made so far sigh)
Now then, next week is going to be a REAL challenge - starting tomorrow it's Scor-It week - which is a board & tool system for making lines in cardstock who are sponsoring the 365 Cards Blog - apart from the chance to win a Scor-It, it'll be very interesting seeing how scoring can be used creatively. We're assured you can do all the challenges with a bone folder, so bone folder at the ready: I'm not convinced it's going to be easy, but it will be interesting, and I suspect we're going to learn a lot!