Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Believe in Fairies

Happy Tuesday blog visitors, Kirsten here.

Welcome to the second day of the Lavinia Stamps promotion. Apart from when I’ve used the stamps in Lisa’s classes, Lavinia stamps are new to me & I‘m enjoying creating with them.
The most important thing I’ve learnt is that the correct stamping ink is vital.  I automatically used black archival ink when I began, but I quickly realised it’s not suitable. Here’s a test sheet I made & you can see the difference immediately.

Most of the Archival ink remained on the stamp & while the Memento ink was slightly better, the Versafine image was perfect.

Handy hint; if you don't get a perfect image first time & you've stamped on one of the scenescapes or background papers, don't throw it away. Fill in the colour with a waterproof black pen instead. I've tried a Promarker, a Spectrum Noir & a PITT artist's pen, they've all worked perfectly.
After that I used Versafine Onyx Black & it is much better. It has a heavy oil content, so make sure you dry it thoroughly with your heat tool. The Lavinia patterned papers & scene-scapes are excellent quality & very smooth, so you will achieve a great result with your stamping.
This is the Poppy background paper & I kept the card very simple, stamping the Poppy Pod stamps firstly with Versafine & again with Versamark, covering with white embossing powder & heat setting. I was going to stamp the word on a separate piece of card, but I decided it looked better on the background paper. Before adding the organza ribbon I went around the edges with Forest Moss distress ink.
003 - Copy
This is the fairy Shaylee on the Midnight Haze scene-scape. Again I stamped her with Onyx Black Versafine & dried thoroughly. Her wing was stamped with black Archival & covered with
Clear Sparkle EP & heat set, (the wing is very detailed so I didn’t want to risk it smudging if I used Versafine).
002 - Copy

I stamped the poppy pods with Chipped Sapphire distress ink, then with Versafine. The flourish around the top is the Indigo Blu Vintage Flourish Dinkie stamp. I stamped the IndigoBlu dragonfly onto a scrap of white card with black Archival, cut it out & covered the wings with Stardust stickles. I finished with Patina & Stardust stickles  & matted both cards onto green & blue pearlescent card stock.

 Shaylee    Poppy Pods   Believe           Midnight Haze Scene Scapes    Poppy Background Papers    Indigo Blu Discover your Passion Rubber Stamp     Pastel Mixed Double Sided Premium Pearlescent Card       Vintage Flourish Dinkie
Glitter Glue - Stardust   WS15 Clear Sparkle   VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black    
Thanks for looking. Don’t forget to leave a comment on all of the Lavinia Stamps promotion blog posts to be in with a chance of winning the GIVEAWAY. And of course, you can see everything that's currently available in the Lavinia Stamps range on the website.

For extra inspiration visit the Lavinia Stamps Pinterest board;

Until next time, happy crafting.

PS The blog challenge will end on Friday night & if you're still thinking about taking part, have a look at this blog post by Lisa from last Saturday;



  1. Thank you so much. I have had a problem when inking and using clear solid stamps. I now know it was not me, which was what I feared, but the ink pad and now I know what one to use and how to fix if necessary - thank you!!
    Another beautiful creation, love the stamps, love all of the Lavinia products, thank you for the chance to win too x

  2. Two lovely cards and a great tip about the best ink to use. I will try this as I normally have difficulty stamping silhouette stamps.

  3. An interesting read Kirsten. I do love your sample with different inks. I love my Versafine inks and you cards are gorgeous too!
    Linda xxx

  4. Hi, beautiful cards, thanks for showing the different stamped ink images, it's good to know what works best on these papers. See you tomorrow.x

  5. Both cards are beautiful and elegant. Love the pods shadows ,very effective.

  6. Great cards, I have now had a go and used my fairy stamp.

  7. Great cards, I have got my fairy stamp out and have had a go.

  8. I love the poppy seed pod stamp. Very useful and versatial. Thanks for the tips on which ink to use.

  9. Lavinia Stamps are simply the best :)

  10. Lovely cards, like the little dragonfly detail on the second one.


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