Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Brand focus: Ink Road Stamps

Hello everyone!

It's good to be back and speaking about my cards again.
I'm going on a different tact today for this 'focus' post. Instead of focusing on one stamp used in different ways, I'm looking at one brand's products and how I've used them.
Now, of course I don't have all the products from this brand, nor have I taken photos of every card, but I'll just dive in and discuss some of the cards I've made using Ink Road Stamps.

Ink Road Stamps is created and run by Lara and she's a super fun person. She's got several themes constantly being produced, including a monthly Ink Girl, and a new Cheeky line. 
I've bought a number of her products and it's always fun to see what people create with her brand! If you ever use her stamps, don't forget to tag your creations with #inkroadstamps and #inkroadies.

First up, I've got the large background stamp Daisie Background. This cute background is super easy and fun to colour; these sorts of stamp sets are also perfect for kids to have a go with contributing to a card! You could even make some interactive cards with this stamp - sell cards that parents can get their kids to colour!
I stamped the Daisie Background onto a piece of white cardstock and coloured it with my Nuvo Alcohol markers. I trimmed the edges slightly so that it's smaller than my card base.

I then took a sentiment from Mama Elephant's Potted Pretties which fits perfectly with the floral theme, stamped it in red ink and die-cut it out with Technique Tuesday's Retro Label. I then used some Glue Dots from Columbus Trading to hold down the blue string, add a couple of nuvo drops and we're done!

Next up, I've also used the Bella Flora Border stamp set for this card. I like the idea of the split in the middle of the card, and these border stamps make a perfect setup.
Once I had stamped the images, I cut the cardstock to fit on a card and have that split in the middle. I then used my Nuvo Markers to colour the flowers, and I also used the Black marker to go along the edges of the card where the black ink met the edge. This makes the edges seem more uniform and just a bit more solid than if I had left it as is.

Next I stamped the sentiment from Avery Elle's Grateful set. I took pink washi tape and laid it on the card base, and then adhered the top sections directly onto the card. 
I'm still not sure about that washi tape section; maybe I could have used a different colour or done something else all together, but I decided to post this card on Instagram anyway. We don't need to have perfectly amazing cards each time. And if someone has any ideas and wants to change things, go ahead! That's what creating is for.

Lastly, I used the Daisie Background stamp set again for this last card. 

I used my Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey Joes border die to cut out the side of two card sized paper pieces - once on white cardstock, and the other with the blue cardstock. I've done this design in a card before, and I decided that I really needed that blue strip of cardstock because the border die isn't a solid and continuous colour.
I stamped the Daisie background, cut away a section large enough to fit under the border, and coloured it with my Nuvo Markers.

I layered my pieces onto the front of my card base, stamped the Friendship Blooms sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp) and added some clear nuvo drops. It's a pretty simple design to use but I do like it.

That's it for today! I'm sure I'll be creating more cards with these stamps and others from the Ink Road brand, but for now I wanted to write about these three cards.

I look forward to seeing what Lara creates next!

Until next time,

Shana xx

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