Autumn officially begins tomorrow, so I decided this was the perfect card to post on the last day of summer. The bright colors and cheery flowers make the quintessential summer greeting. I created my background of sun, sky and grass using the Brush Stroke stamp set - seriously, it makes the perfect sun!! The grass is stamped in Lemon Grass, the sky is Pool Play and the sunshine is Summer Days. The flowers are from the Special Day bundle - I love the variety of flowers and stems this set has, AND they all have dies to make cutting them out a breeze! I stamped the stems in Lemon Grass and Kiwi Slice and the flowers are Sweet Berry, Citrus Cooler, Summer Days and Beach Breeze. The card base is Lemon Grass layered with Beach Breeze and Whip Cream card stock. I popped the flowers up with Journey Foam Squares for dimension and added Cut Rhinestones for some sparkle.
Do you have trouble getting a solid stamp to ink and stamp the image properly? Try this quick tip! When the stamps are manufactured, the rubber is poured into a mold to create the shape. The mold is coated in a substance that helps the rubber release easily from the mold. Sometimes that will leave a thin, invisible film on the stamp which prevents the ink from stamping evenly and completely. If you take an adhesive remover or nail buffer and **lightly** rub it on the stamp and then clean and condition with FSJ True Color Fusion Cleaner you will get a much better stamped image, especially with your solid images. You DO NOT want to rub so hard you remove rubber, you're just trying to get that thin film off the stamp.
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I have been stamping for 14 years and am thrilled to be one of the first Fun Stampers Journey Coaches in Ohio. It was my honor to serve on the 2016-2017 Leadership Team for Fun Stamper's Journey.