On one of the online groups for stampers I belong to, the topic of the week sometimes includes a challenge. The challenge of Jan. 7th was, "Combine a stamp you've owned longest with one of the ones that is newest!", which is what I've done for the tags in this post. The rose is a PSX stamp that I've owned since 1999, and I've combined it with a leaf stamp from my own company.
I first made this big tag, which is colored with Distress inks and then stamped with Archival Black (both from Ranger). I colored in the rose and leaves with a water pen dipped in Distress ink. I love those pens, where the water is inside the handle. So much easier to use than a regular paint brush.
After I had made the big tag, I wanted some small tags with subtle colors. I've used Distress inks on these, too.
Here's another tag with a stamp from my own line combined with an old stamp; this butterfly is from Dewey, Inkum & Howe. I had seen it on the front cover of a Stamper's Sampler that I bought when I was in Idaho in 1997, a magazine I bought because the front samples were so stunningly beautiful! I stamped the twig with leaves twice - first on the tag, then another which I cut out and glued on top.
The butterfly is also stamped and cut out, then I curled the wings before I glued the butterfly on the tag.
I hope other stampers will try this challenge. If you do and post it on your blog, please leave a comment and the link!
If you don't want to do this challenge, please leave a comment anyway so I know I'm not just talking to myself in here ..... :-)
The leaf stamp used on these tags is from my sheet called Twiggy Leaves. You can see this and all the other sheets at the webstore.