Back from Ally Pally and oh my what a great experience it was too! We had to queue up when we first arrived, all be it for 10 minutes or so (that’s what you get for getting there early and having a coffee instead of keeping your eye on the ball). Whilst in the queue, I met two lovely ladies from Croydon, and we spent time chatting and I was given a discount voucher for Samuel Taylors stall. I didn’t get the chance to meet them again, but I’d like to say a big thank you as I saved £6 with it.
One of the reasons I like to go to these things is because you meet so many lovely like minded people.
I met my favourite Stamp people, Inkylicious, Visible Image, and although I saw Sue Wilson a number of times, I wasn’t lucky enough to get to speak to her, and I got to see John Next Door, but again he was teaching, and I didn’t get to talk to him either 😦 However, I did get to see a new stamping shop called Honey Doo Crafts and I bought some of their stamps and am now hooked on them, and had a bit of a chat with them too. All in all a wonderful day, and yes, my bank manager is crying now, but he doesn’t know just how much I saved!
The one thing I went there for, was Stamp Away i.e. Clever Cut goodies, one of which was the Distress Ink Storage unit, and so glad to say that I got exactly what I wanted! Unfortunately, the other thing I wanted was nowhere to be found! There was an alternative amongst the Stamp Away units, but it was the actual Spectrum Noir holder that I had set out for.
When we got home we were pooped, so we had a nice meal and settled in front of the TV, after examining all the spoils of course! So on my awakening on Sunday, I immediately set about putting together and decorating, after all, that’s the best bit making it your own!
As you can see here, I wanted to use all the distress ink colours in the design, so I started out by measuring and cutting panels from 300 gsm White Card to fit top and sides.
Using a blending mat, I then took the ink pad and splodged it on the blending mat, and spritzed with water. Using a small paint brush, paint from the edge where the ledge sticks out back to the recess point, where the ink pad will live. I then easily find where they come from when I go to put them back. It also helps choose colour mixes when creating. Along the edge and division pieces, I painted with Walnut stain mixed with water.
Next I took a sponge and using the same ink pad, blended the ink in a small area on one of the cut panels. I only used each ink once.
As you can see, even the very pale colours can be seen quite clearly and it makes a wonderful design feature too.
Once all the panels were filled with colour, I took a mixture of my favourite stamps and black ink, and simply stamped my heart out until I was completely satisfied the design justified the Distress Ink Image.
Once all the ink was dry, I attached to the unit using Modge Podge Matt Glue and Finisher.
Would you believe that this started out as plain MDF?
Once the inks had dried and the water had sunk away, the colour left behind was truly amazing, and I now have courage to make a lot more things using MDF. There were many different cut out shapes at the stall at Ally Pally, and I now have loads of ideas for presents for the family, if I can find the time to fit it all in!
Well obviously there are lots of stamps and things that need my attention, demanding as it is, I am only too willing to test them all 🙂
Have a wonderful crafty weekend