Saturday, 21 July 2012

Dress Form in Brights by Alan Scott

I decided to revisit a stamp that I had used for one of the first cards I ever did for That’s Crafty! I wanted to bring a whole fresh new look to the stamp, proving it wasn't just a ‘Steam Punk’ style image. The stamp is called 'Large Dress Form' and is made by Lost Coast Designs. It also gave me the opportunity to use the new ink pads I had received by Tim Holtz!


8” x 8” white card base
Gold Line Peel Offs
Alcohol Pens in soft pastel colours (or water based pens)
Adirondack Pitch Black Ink Pad. If you're using water based colouring mediums then you will need a Versafine Ink Pad
2 lengths of ribbon in contrasting but complementary with ink colours
Small dress makers pin


This card is made by using two elements. The first is the card front. Using the Dylusions Mask, start to build up a layer of ink using your blending tool. I used the Squeezed Lemon first, being careful to keep the mask in position. A quick blast of the heat gun helped fix the ink.
The next layer was the Peacock Feathers ink - once again being careful not to move the mask. The latter ink was used mostly at the edge of the card and not covering the yellow already worked down. When I was happy removing the mask, I once again gave the card front a quick blast.
The next part of the card is the Dress Form. Using the right ink pad for the colouring medium will save you a lot of trouble later. With ProMarkers, you need to use a DYE BASED ink pad like Adirondack. If you're using water colouring mediums, then it's an OIL BASED ink pad like Versafine. After you have stamped, give the image a quick blast with your heat gun. I have started to do this all the time, as I found by fixing the ink, there was less chance of the lines bleeding into the colouring medium.

Let's select our colours and start colouring in. Pick your colouring medium alcohol pens or water based pens and start to build up layers of colour. Keep it soft and don't let it become heavy with deep layers of colour. After the image has been coloured and fixed, it's time to cut out the aperture on the front card, so that we can fix the stamp image behind it. I find this a lot cleaner than trying to build up a card and then making slight positioning errors that cant be fixed.
Use a scrap paper cut to the size of the finished stamped image and start to look at placements. When you're happy, just make a small pin prick on the front of the card. This will give you the 4 corners to then mark out and cut the aperture out.
When this has been done, using good double sided tape, secure the stamped image facing FRONT in the REVERSE side of the card front. Using the gold peel off's, you can hide any slight imperfections with the cutting out and this will also frame the stamped image.
Last thing to do is secure the two ribbons into place. I will be making a short video soon on a perfect ribbon cutting unit .... it's small and very easy to use!
There you have it, a bright and cheerful card that lIthink would look great on any shelf.
Any questions, please send a message and l will do my best to get back to you a.s.a.p.
Happy Crafting


  1. Love the citrus colours on this card.

  2. Beautiful fresh colours and stamping. X


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