Saturday, November 12, 2011

Postage Stamps - Created byhand Challenge

This week's challenge is postage stamps, so I used the Spellbinders Postage Stamp Nestabilities along with some old nibs I had hanging around.

Card Synthesis
Quietfire Design I Write You Letters
Quietfire Design Flourishing Inside - Hearts
Brilliance Graphite Black Ink
Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy Dew Drop Ink
Blending Tool and Foam
Spellbinders Postage Stamp Nestabilities
Quietfire Chipboard
Walnut Ink
Gillott 404 pointed nib
7 Gypsies' Global Collection 6x6 Paper Pad
Core'dinations Coloured Cardstock
Diamond Glaze (for attaching all the nibs together)
Mica (base for nib "heart")

Calligraphers aim for high contrast between thick and thins in their strokes, so it pains me to see what can happen on certain papers with certain inks.  I really wanted to use the Chipboard.  First I used Black Archival Ink and it blurred - that's the top sample. 
By switching to a pigment pad, the ink doesn't sink into the chipboard so much and the letters are much clearer. Su-zed-q is a now a happy stamper!
Archival ink is a great ink!  Just not on absorbant chipboard.


  1. Love this ! "Trash to Treasure" at its best! Well done.

  2. love the nib heart and thanks for the ink tip

  3. Oh super the collage of pens. How you fixed them at the card?

  4. Love the pens, this would be a great book cover, submit this to an publisher. I just finished reading 84 Charing Cross. An if it goes to print again this would be wonderful.

  5. beautiful. That nib of hearts is fabulous.
    I've got Archival ink and haven't used in over a year. I LOVE Versafine for 85% of my stamping needs

  6. Fantastic card, Suzanne!!! I love how you used the old nibs to make the heart!!!!