Sending Love

Yesterday was B is for Book and today is B is for Black. I’m sending love as I’ve been experimenting with the new Lots of Love stamp set, and am smitten with the big. bold, Brush font that is used for the “sending lots of love sentiment.”  You’re also getting a look at one of the papers in the new Just Add Color Designer Series Paper pack, but here I have chosen to use it as a simple black and white background without coloring it in.

Sending Love

The patterns on this paper tend to be very large, so I thought that using it as a card front would require a landscape orientation, as opposed to the standard portrait orientation.

I was trying to decide how to use the Brush font sentiment without totally obscuring the beautiful background paper, so I went digging in my filing cabinet and found some adhesive-backed acetate.

Here’s what you need to know about acetate:

  •  it takes a long time to dry when you stamp on it.
  • You cannot use a heat tool because that will warp the plastic. Trust me on this. It’s painful to watch.
  • You cannot increase the ink coverage by stamping repeatedly, even with a MISTI. The ink just leaves pools of color.

So what can you do? Well, in this case, since I was using black ink, I let the acetate dry completely and then any areas where the color wasn’t as deep as in others I simple colored those places in with a black Sharpie. Boom! Done! I let the Sharpie ink dry completely and then carefully removed the backing on the acetate and adhere it to the front of my card base.

Sending love to you all!

Now get out there and do something creative today. I’m counting on you!!

**  A note about the Window Sheets below: they are NOT adhesive, but they are the same quality as the acetate I used. Staz-On ink is probably the best type of ink to use. It dries a lot quicker and doesn’t smear at all. Just sayin’.