Hi crafters, hope you are all well! So, the heatwave continues here in the UK! Or as they probably quite rightly said on the radio last week ‘can we stop calling it a heatwave, and call it what it is – summer!’ Compared to previous summers I think this one definitely deserves to be called a heatwave. Anyway, it hasn’t stopped me from crafting – I have been in the craft room with the window wide open letting in a summer breeze (when there is one!) and I have been doing some Unicorn Fairground multicolour stamping.
There’s nothing particularly technical to this. I just layered up pretty much the whole pack of Unicorn Fairground stamps on a large acrylic block and inked different sections in different colours before stamping on my background paper. I am using very small US size notecards (5″ x 3.5″) so I trimmed the background papers just smaller than this and lined up the stamps so they would stamp off the edge.
Here’s the whole thing in a short 60-second super speed video!:
You’ll see that after the first round of background stamping, I choose two smaller stamps from the Bird Garden set and fill in the gaps in a lighter colour. The inks I used are Stampin’ Up ones, in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Soft Sky. The only downside to this technique was that some of the ink I’d already put on the stamps transferred to the second (or third) ink pad when I inked the other areas, as there was inevitably some crossover, but I didn’t mind too much. It was only on a small corner of the ink pad and I’m not too precious about it as it’ll come off with repeated use. If you wanted to avoid this though you could line up your stamps on separate blocks and just stamp one colour at a time, layering up the images more carefully instead of doing it all in one go.
Once my backgrounds were done I made three different little notecards.
For the first card I mounted the panel to the notecard with foam tape and then wrapped round some pretty pink Stampin’ Up stitched ribbon.
I die cut nested hearts from the second panel using my Xcut Homespun Heart die and glued the background piece to the notecard. I added the smallest heart in the centre with foam squares and glued a wooden unicorn on top.
For the third card I just added the die cut larger heart to the front with little foam squares, lining up the pattern so it matched underneath. I stamped the ‘have a super fun day!’ sentiment and adhered it on the right and glued on two little wooden stars from the carousel embellishments pack.
I loved making these fun background and am definitely going to give it a go with my other SK stamp sets!