Saturday, October 15, 2011

Candy Challenge: Using Some $1 Stamps and Inks

I really enjoyed last months' Counterfeit Kit Challenges which focused on stamping. The blog hops at the end of the month were like taking some stamping classes, and I look forward to using some of those techniques.

Now, let's make this clear: I am not a stamper. Heaven help me if I started a new collection in another budget sinking hobby. But I have collected a few novice supplies - some dollar stamps (they're just so cute!) and ink pads, acrylic blocks and a bottle of clear UTEE. But otherwise I'm pretty limited - no embossing powders, Copics, fancy inks or "quality" stamp sets.

But I went looking for a way to use my stamp stash for this month's Candy Challenge anyway, and here's what I found. When I made my tealight last month, I learned that stamping on vellum is fun. The ink stays wet long enough for UTEE to stick to it.  That means the clear UTEE takes on the colors of the ink, giving lots of possibilities for colors and variety for someone with only basic supplies on hand.

I believe the candy stamp came from the $1 bin at Joanns. It reminded me of tootsie roll flavors, love the orange ones! 
Other supplies: UTEE, Vellum, Variety of inks, Heat gun

Stamp one image on vellum.

Coat the wet image with UTEE and remove any stray flakes.
Heat to a shine. I heat from underneath, so I can watch the color change.

Let cool and then proceed with the next stamped image.
I ran my vellum through my Xyron to get the good edge-to-edge adhesive to the card.

Next time I shop I need to put vellum on the list. It's something I haven't used in quite awhile, and my stash is depleting. Now that I know these new tricks, I see myself using it a lot more often.

If you haven't already, visit the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to take the candy challenge, and read more about this month's prize pack from Momenta. Good luck, and thanks for looking!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find some orange tootsie rolls!


  1. I love the way you've done this card - it looks fab! Maybe you are more of a stamper than you realise?

  2. Huge fan of your card! Great$1 stamp find.

  3. I (re)discovered vellum myself last month and need to remember to get some more too! I love this technique - the stamps looks so bright and glossy and colourful! Great card

  4. Thank you so much for that tutorial - would never have thought of it and it looks fab....definately one to have a go at.

  5. Great tutorial! I love the stamp. xoxo

  6. That is a great project! I think I have some vellum lying around.....

  7. Great tutorial - and a very pretty card!

  8. This card is awesome, that candy stamp just looks amazing with the UTEE/vellum technique, love it! Great counterfeit this month, and I also have to say that I have a sticker album that looks MUCH like yours, lol. I definitely was also a fan of the holographic and puffy kids still love to look through my old stickers! :)

  9. Fabulous work! I love this!!! What an awesome technique!

  10. Oh, thanks for sharing that - I'll have to give it a go.