Well, now I KNOW I'm getting old!!! I told you all about my stripping wallpaper in my family room and I soon came to realize was that it wasn't an easy job!!! What I didn't realize was how sore I'd become. My neck, shoulders, and back were so stiff and sore this weekend, I could barely move. The hubby said I used muscles that I probably hadn't used in years -- I think I used muscles I'd never used in life!!! LOL! I am still a bit sore but not nearly as uncomfortable as I was this weekend and, thank God, I finished. If I hadn't I'd gladly PAY someone to do it for me!!! LOL! At least, I'm finally able to get up without cringing!
Anyway, before all that drama, I'd started a couple of projects -- still haven't finished them, but I'm going to share with you some of what I have. One of the things I did start playing around with was my Terry Collins' Stampmaker and here are 2 stamps I did. One is a stamp of myself and the other is an image/sentiment stamp. I colored the flower in with my copics (still practicing with them):
With the exception of doing photos, making the stamps are really easy! The process takes about 5 minutes start to finish once you have you're image printed and cut. The photos are bit more diffiucult because you have to make it into a black and white, and/or turn it into a greyscale or negative first then make the necessary adjustments in a photo editing program for the correct contrast and brightness before it will make a good stamp. After a little trial and effort, I finally got it.
I also played with UTEE (ultra thick embossing power). I've seen cards all over the website with cards and boxes that have silk and paper flowers that look like glass or porcelain. So I decided to try achieving this look for my own projects, so I dug out my melting pot, a bottle of UTEE, and a few items to practice on.