Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Orange Black card, Inking Up Stamp Block + WOYWW 210

 Hullo there everyone! Another Wednesday already, and another WOYWW, or What is On your Workdesk Wednesday, over at Julia's Stamping Ground blog, do  jump over to peek at desks of the world.
Before go any further should welcome my wonderful new Encouragers who have joined this blog! it still amazes me that folk want to join :D thank you! you cheer my heart more than you know .. all of you!
 Showing you today a new method seen before, but forgotten, so when saw it again, and thought must try it.
Had to make an orange and black card for OSA, so decided to use the method by Beate Johns of Splitcoaststampers ~ inking up a stamp block. She did as one layer card but I didn't.
I happened to have this clear block on my desk, so was the one I grabbed and also used with ink pads on my desk, Spiced Marmalade + Vintage Photo (covered these brown edges up with sponged on black, when decided to use in OSA Swap). Spritzed water on this to spread ink as I forgot to breathe (huff) on the ink block before stamping, also inked it up twice.

Grain shaft UM stamp from Artneko stamps, with archival ink. 

 Cosmic Shimmer have the most fabulous colours but they are hopeless at getting blocked, Glimmer mists are better sprays in this regard I have found. This gorgeous gold one is one of them. May buy some small spray bottles and decant, but wondered if they might not do the same? I just used sponge to apply. However, as result of sponging, I had accident as you can see! thankfully was able to reattach without too much drama, when dry. I think only I will know - and those who read this post :D
Here is the finished card, and already sent off to the lady who was also in the Oriental Stamp Art (OSA) Swap. Embossing folder is Cuttlebug oriental set, Japanese scales.
Also just wanted to let you know have a post below this one (or here) on how to make your own embossing buddy or Anti-static pad for Stamping with Embossing Powder, for when you lose yours like I did! (see pickie on right)
Also there is a Calligraphy text posted back on the weekend, on the middle Verse in the Bible ~ see here! 

 Here is the requisite Aussie shot - of our local "5-min-walk-to" beach! a  windsurfer was riding the waves!

Thanks so much everyone of you who have popped over here for a peek and chat and may our wonderful God bless your day wherever you may be, Happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x
Stop press - today's mail brought two WOYWW4 atc's, one on left from Caro in UK and the other on the right from Bella is South Africa .. what a surprise! Thanks, dear kind friends, I love both of them! very clever methods on both!



Unknown said...

Great card. Love the background.

Myrna said...

What a beautiful card.
Loved your tip regarding the talc powder buddy.
The nature pic is gorgeous. Lucky girl.

Ginny Maxam said...

Great posts this Week Shaz!! I've never seen the technique with the ink and block!! Awesome, I bet it would work with a little metallic ink too!! I can't wait to try it!! You should put that up for a Thursday tip!!,
Love your scripture post too!! and the beach, sigh, I love the water!!
Have a great day, Ginny # 16 and Yes you were right about Pin the Duck!! You'll be seeing something come your way!! Ginny #17

Ali H said...

Great idea for the background stamping - will be trying that ! Love the beach pictures - want to come & walk them with you ! Ali #24

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely atcs you have there and your card is really lovely, and we won't tell about the accident... honest! LOL
Just had a read about the embossing buddy... I had a lovely piece that also went walk-about so very happy that you added this great tip! One question... how much talc do I put in? A sprinkle... a teaspoon? Annette #7

okienurse said...

great looking cards and pictures on this post but I liked the previous one too! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #26

Unknown said...

Love that inking technique you use. I'm going to have to give that a try. Your card turned out great. Happy crafting #8

MiniOwner said...

Good morning, Shaz. A super post today. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@34)

The Taming of the Glue said...

Love the inking technique and the photos of the beach are awesome!
Hugs Pam#28

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Great card, Shaz! I love the mottled orange goes really well with the black stamp.
Thanks for the shots of your beach too....I love my beach, it's where I grew up and being there makes me happy!
Hugs, LLJ 41 xx

Belinda Basson said...

So glad to see mine arrived! I thought I would send one for fun as I had your addy from previous years! #43

Helen said...

I love that ATC's are still flying round the world, so much WOYWW love!! Your acrylic block inking looks fabulous, I've not tried that, but must do, soon!! Thanks for sharing and the beach pic too.... as she stares out at grey damp skies (again!) Helen, 13

ria gall said...

Hi Shaz
you have a great desk there today, first you give us the wonderful card you made. I love orange and black together. Then you have the lovely ATC's that have dropped on your door mat.
Happy WOYWW and I hope you have a great week
Ria #44

Neil said...

Good morning,
thanks for the peek into your world this morning. Great colours on the card and the embossing folder is lovely too.
Hope you have a great week.

Neil #33

Julia Dunnit said...

\Same problem with the sprays, don't even bother trying to use them as squirters any more..and I decanted some...wasted time and energy..drives me mad though! Lovely card, and hey, I see no sign of an accident!
Even in winter your beach is looking takes a hardy australian though to brave those definitely all about the warm!

glitterandglue said...

The card is lovely, Shaz - well done - you have a fine light touch when you make them. Thanks, on behalf of Mrs D for your prayers.
Have a great week - you are obviously back in the swing now you have your new glasses!! Great.
Margaret #70

Julia Dunnit said...

Forgot to say, I've been into Mr Linky control panel and adjusted your link before I saw that you'd have deleted one, what a mess Imade, sorry!

sharon said...

Fantastic card Shaz, I hope that you are doing well, I pop over all the time and am a little naughty as I don't always leave you a message.

Neet said...

That's a beautiful card Shaz, love those rich colours you have used.
Thanks for sharing your atc's with us and also that beautiful beach which I am closing my eyes and imagining walking along.
Hope all is well with you my friend.
Neet xx 29

House of Bears said...

Ooh that's a great idea and one we will definitely be trying, when we can find at least one of our 4 stamp blocks we've mislaid!!

Hugs from the bears @#71 this week

Andrea said...

what a fab idea using an ink block love the shape and the finished card is lush.. thanks for sharing your great ideas with us and means I get to learn new skills ( When I dare try !) as always a great photo... oh how lucky to live so close to the sea ... have great week and off to check out your anti static post next hugs Andrea #72

Sarn said...

Great technique Shaz.

Happy WOYWW.

Sarn #57

roffeycreations said...

Hi Shaz - your card is gorgeous - using a block inked up is such a clever idea... Mxx #25

Jenny Marples said...

LOVE the card Shaz. I get exactly the same problem with CS mists, and no it doesn't help to decant them! I just have to waste a pile of ink and wash them out thoroughly every time. So annoying - I'll look at Glimmers next time. Happy WOYWW, hugs Jenny #87

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

That card is gorgeous, I really love that background. Happy WOYWW, Sharon #76

Silvia said...

Love the Idea for background stamping. As I am still learning all about backgrounds it is great.

Nan G said...

Lovely card! This is a technique I haven't tried yet! :0 Love the glimmer from glimmer mists but my bottles plug up also. I think dabbing it on is the way to go. I believe the mica in the mists will plug any spray nozzle eventually. Happy WOYWW! Nan 8 p.s. thanks for the early visit!

sandra de said...

Great atc's and lovely techniques used on your card. I now have to make an anti static pad. Clever idea.
Sandra @104

Di said...

Fantastic Shaz - LOVE the background ou made and the end result is gorgeous.

Happy WOYWW, hugs, Di xx

Twiglet said...

What a lovely card - so many clever folk who "play" so nicely with all those sprays, jars, cutters etc - mind boggling but fab results. x Jo

shazsilverwolf said...

Lovely card Shaz, glad you were able to sort out the mishap. thats so annoying, especially when you are nearly finished. I agree, some spray bottles are terrible for blocking up. I've taken to rinsing the sprayer under the tap when I've finished a session with them. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #36 xxx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, lovely card - great inking technique too. I find that some of the Cosmic shimmers get blocked up, oddly, not all, despite following all the words of advice I have seen/heard for them. You might be interested to know that I do decant the troublesome ones into small spray bottles and so far they are still working just fine. Your beach shots are gorgeous ... it looks simply stunning. The ATCs are lovely too. Happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x #78

SandeeNC said...

So many good things here, loved that you used a stamping block to ink up, never tought of that, your card looks great and you're right, no ne will ever notice! LOVE that you are only 5 minutes from the beach, how awesome is that!! Also thank you for the words of encouragement on my dieting, pounds are so slow and hard to come off! Thanks for visiting my WOYWW desk, well storage area, lol Waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Anne said...

Gorgeous card Shaz. Also love the 'Aussie' shot. Happy WOYWW Anne x #75

Serendipity Stamping said...

Thank you so much for dropping by! Beautiful card and you have a beautiful beach to walk towards. Also, I have never invested in an embossing buddy, so thanks for the tip. Cool ATCs. #121

Caro said...

Gorgeous card and thanks for the explanation of the technique. Thank you for your ATC which arrived safely and is being displayed on my desk this week. So glad you like yours. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#133)

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz
that is such a clever idea with the talc it is amazing how many ordinary household items can be used for crafting as well. love the card too
janet #35

Spyder said...

Lovely beach pictures and great ATC's too, and I love Cosmit shimmer...I now have (at last) three! plus some paint! Have a great crafty week! HappY WOyWW
((Lyn)) #51

Kim said...

That did make a great background! Mine are just plain rectangular; but I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing and dropping by. Have a great week.

Unknown said...

Lovely card. I had forgotten this too. Thanks for the reminder.

kathi17 said...

Your card is gorgeous. I love the backgrounds, and thanks for the reminder about inking up the stamp block. I had forgotten about that!

Kathi #119

Betsy said...

Even though card making and paper crafts aren't my "thing", I sure do enjoy seeing the gorgeous cards you design.

Of course your ocean view helps too!

Many blessings Shaz,

Darnell said...

A fun WOYWW post, Shaz, as always! Thank you for the how-to involved in making your really pretty cards! And thank you for the ocean shots, sighhhhh!

Have a wonderful week! Thanks for coming by the Playhouse to visit! xxoo Darnell #61

MaryH said...

Fabulous technique & turned out beautifully. GOtta try this. I learn SO much from coming to your posts! Your card was lovely, and nobody is ever gonna know. I couldn't see any tear! Loved that stamp also. Thanks for the beautiful water photos too. Hugs.

HeARTworks said...

How lovely that you live so close to the beach! Plenty of inspiration there! patsy

RosA said...

Hi Shaz,
I think you can also use cornflour for the anti-static pad. BTW, I have plenty of Glimmermists that have clogged nozzles (and I went to a Glimmermist workshop and was instructed in the "correct" way to shake them too!) Just unscrew the nozzles and tap with something like a pen, and you will get random squiggles, if you like that effect, which I do :)
RosA # 10

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Love the background,
beautiful card
hugs Tamara

Di said...

Hi Shaz

The 'Cute as a button' sentiment on today's card is from a lovely stamp set (all sewing based) by Lawn Fawn, called 'You're sew lovely'. But you could pinch the wording and just generate your own of course :)

Hugs, Di xx

Anonymous said...

Shaz, it looks like you received some really lovely ATCs from the WOYWW crew! I had not seen your "stamping with the stamp block" idea before -- I'm going to try that! :-) Happy WOYWW from Laura #101

Unknown said...

Thanks for the wonderful comment and the prayers. They are much appreciated! :)

Rossella said...

Beautiful card and gorgeous background
Rosie x

Debs Willis said...

Beautiful card, especially the colours

Debs #100

Cazzy said...

Hi Shaz, Happy Belated WOYWW, I was away with no internet, well only a bit on my useless phone which has gone wrong again!
I love the orange and black panel, can't see the join on the back panel either!

Cazzy x #155

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