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August 17, 2007

Bloggers Challenge - Inspiration

Week 8 of the Bloggers Challenge is here, and with it a new challenge. This weeks challenge was inspiration. What inspires you to stamp?

For me, it's a variety of things that inspire me to create
  • design calls
  • clothing
  • magazine photos
  • upcoming classes
  • my friends

Inspiration can come from many different sources, the inspiration for today's bloggers challenge comes from a t-shirt I own.

To recreate the tye-dye look of the fabric I used the Polished Stone Technique.


  • Glossy card stock
  • rubbing alcohol
  • dye reinker
  • metallic reinker
  • cotton ball
  • Krylon Fixative Spray

Place a few drops of the dye reinker and the metallic reinker onto your cotton ball. Next, add some rubbing alcohol to the area of the cotton ball where you added the inks. (Be careful not to over saturate the cotton ball).

Now pounce your cotton ball onto your glossy card stock, completely cover your card stock.

When finished seal with Krylon Fixative. Stamp images as desired and finish you card.

Card Details:

Stamps - With Gratitude
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Card Stock - Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Glossy
Other - Groovy Guava Reinker, Silver Encore Reinker, Rubbing Alcohol, Cotton Ball, Krylon Fixative Spray
Shelly wanted to know "Can I ask what re-inker colors you used?" Sure, I used Groovy Guava and Encore Silver Metallic. I know most of the time you see polished stone with 2 colors of complimentary inks - but I only wanted to use 1 - as I was after the look of the color in my shirt. To add dimension to the polished stone. I let my first application dry, and then added a second coat.
Also, Carol wanted to know "what is Krylon? a sealant? " Krylon is a fixative spray and acts as a sealant so your metallic inks won't rub off. Here's some information from the Krylon website
Krylon® Workable Fixatif
Delivers a workable finish and lasting protection for artwork.
Eliminates smudging, wrinkling and gloss

Protects pencil, charcoals, pastels, chalk, tempura, conte, crayon, watercolor, India ink and more
Creates ideal surface for rework or art revision
Easy to erase through
Acid-free/archival safe


Maus said...

Nice example of this technique!! So you spray fixative over your pounced background and THEN stamp your designs (like your leaves) over that? I got hesitant after ocne spraying a card with Krylon and then experienced that the regular fixative is really truly in NO WAY workable as the surface would not accept anything to be added, no matter what I tried ;)
Inspiration in such a fun thing, I can see a rock and be inspired for a card, its too much fun!

Dawn Easton said...

Haven't done this technique before but you make it look EASY! Thanks for this Lisa. Your card is beautiful!!

Stefanie said...

Beautiful card Lisa! It matches your shirt perfectly.

I've never used a fixative with polished stone before. I'll have to try that out. It always takes forever for the metallic ink to dry.

Anonymous said...

this is an absolutely stunning card! Thanks for sharing the card and the technique! I'm going to have to give this a shot. One question - what is Krylon? a sealant?

Basement Stamper said...

Great tutorial! You did a great job with the background looking a lot like your shirt!

Ida said...

Gorgeous! I love the polished stone technique. Your card is really beautiful and does indeed capture the look of your t-shirt. Ida

Anonymous said...

Lisa, your card is beautiful! I love Polished Stone.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fabulous, Lisa! I just love this technique...it's one of my favorites, so easy, but such a big WOW factor. Your card ROCKS! It looks awesome with that stamp set!

maggie fellow said...

ooh and ahh - great tutorial too

Connie Babbert said...

VERY cool, Lisa! Love the colors you used...


rozie640 said...

Your inspiration and your card are fabulous. I haven't done polished stone in a long time. It really goes so well with fall. Glad to see the technique done again. I need the remnder. Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Oh- these colors are fabulous Lisa! Can I ask what re-inker colors you used??? What a great BG for the leaves. TFS! LOL And, by the way, YOU are on my Inspiration list!........
Shelly Schhmidt

Pat Huntoon said...

That is really cool, Lisa!

Lori said...

Lisa, this is beautiful! Thanks for including step by step directions.

Anonymous said...

The colors match your shirt perfect! Awesome card!!!

Susie Moore said...

This card is lovely. Thank you for sharing the technique too.


Karen said...

great inspiration Lisa - love this technique, but I never seem to have luck with it. Maybe I need to try again! Love the fall card!!

Valerie said...

thats an awesome card! I will have to try this soon...I learned almost the same tech. in a stampin up class a while back its so much fun to do and it looks awesome! We just didnt add the metallic color.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful, elegant card! Haven't done Polished Stone in a long, long while....love how it matches your shirt. Awsome tutorial! Thanks for the refresher!

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