Friday, November 16, 2012

Stamp Without Ink

What, stamp without ink? 

That is the challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog this week.  Although I haven't done any gourd art lately this is a stamping method that I used on a shard (a random hunk of gourd) awhile back.

I used the Ranger Melting Pot and UTEE for this one.  After melting the Clear UTEE I added some Aqua embossing powder for color.  While waiting for the UTEE and embossing powder to completely melt I used Versa Mark Embossing Ink on the stamp to act as a releasing agent.  This is one of my all time favorite stamps from Paula Best.  After all the embossing powder was melted I poured it out on my Non Stick Craft Sheet, also from Ranger. While the puddle of UTEE was still warm, I stamped into it.  You need to work rather quickly on this project, as soon as the stamped image was set and the embossing was still warm and pliable I lifted it off the non stick sheet and molded it to the shape of of the gourd shard.   When the piece was all molded and cooled I lifted it off the gourd and then replaced it using glue (E6000) to hold it together permanently.

One of these days I will add some wire and beads on the top and some chimes or pieces of glass and beads at the bottom to make a lovely wind chime for our patio.


  1. Sandy...brilliant way to tackle this challenge! I love how you've stamped into UTEE to to create this wonderful design! Thanks for the technique tips, too! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  2. Hi Sandy, love your take on the challenge, love the aqua embossing powder. The stamping into UTEE gives wonderful texture and impending. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x


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