Silicone Mat Stamping

In January's class we spent a little time playing with the ink and spritzer to see how it gave a slightly different effect to our stamped images.
We pressed some directly from the ink pad onto a silicone mat then lightly spritzed with water. By using the mat as our 'ink pad' in this way we got a slightly water colour effect when stamping. Prior to class I wasn't sure how well it would go down with my ladies but the idea was well received.
Here is the first card ...

The stamp set is Beautiful Friendship, you can't quite see in this photo but we embossed the night of navy card with the tufted embossing folder, perhaps it will show up clearer here..

The other thing idea that I wanted the ladies to try was to punch a shape then alter it slightly by snipping away pieces thus giving us a shape that was a little different to the one we'd normally get. In this way we can extend the use of some of our punches. We did this on our second card.

I chose the new Braided Border punch. By cutting away some of the punched shape we could thread ribbon through.

This is how the punch image would look before trimming
Here you can see the altered punched card more clearly -

Our third card was made using the hostess set Make A Splash. This was the set I used, only available to purchase when you either place an order or have a party to the value of  £150 or more.

We stamped the fish using the silicone mat technique which gave it the illusion of moving through water, the other images were stamped as normal. Behind the oval aperture is a piece of acetate/window sheet - it feels as if you are looking through glass.

Our last card was inspired by one I'd seen online. However, the crafter had stapled the card closed and popped the sentiment card in the top like a tag. She's also used completely different stamps, colours, papers. My first photo might give you an idea of the style of card I'd seen online..

I chose to have mine open out and stand,not stapled, with the sentiment panel fixed and not as a removable tag.

Here you can see the inside more clearly -

I was very pleased with the finished result and can see myself making many more in this style.

I was hoping to get my ladies to look at their stash with new eyes and think outside the box when they're at home stamping.
I do hope you like the cards we made. Perhaps you could look at your stash and find other ways to use items?
Here is a list of all the products used on these cards. If you'd like to read more about any of them or would like to buy them for yourself simply click on the image, you'll be taken to the correct area in my shop.

Product List

I'll be back soon to share the cards I had on show at the recent Create It craft show at Sandown racecourse.
In the meantime - happy crafting!