Friday, December 08, 2006

Stamping With A Twist

Keryn set this weeks Daring Cardmakers Dare, which was to stamp with a twist using something other than a commercial stamp. Luckily, my fantabulous Matt had been making me a hot water bottle a couple of weeks ago (Ahhh isn't he a sweetheart) and discovered one of them had perished over summer... and he suggested I might want it for some crafty thing! What a mind reader. So as soon as this dare was set I chopped it up and realised he was bang on, it had some fantastic textures!
This one is made with HOTP Christmas papers, the embossed stripes on the letters are stamped with the outside of the hot water bottle and the gold flecks on the green are stamped with the inside which has a great texture because the rubber has gone all bumpy and gnarly. It sort of looks like gold leaf flecks which is a great expensive look for free! The stitching is a Leave Memories UM stamp and the greeting is Hero Arts.

I used the outside stripes of the hot water bottle stamp for this one too, as the background to the 18, along with some DCWV papers from the Black and White Stack.

Thanks Keryn for a great dare, I really wish I'd had more time to play as I have one of those blue heatable blocks that you can make textures with for stamping and have never used it and want to have a go now! I'm very happy that now I have 3 more texture background stamps in my collection from something that would have ended up in the bin, Yay!

I can't wait to see what you do for this dare!

12 comments:

Paula said...

Very ingenius idea Rhi, love 'em.x

Tracey said...

These are fantastic Rhi,what a brilliant idea

Di (Spot-On) said...

wow! awesome use of a hot water bottle! love it! Great cards!

Rachel said...

wow would never have known it was from a hot water bottle - gorgeous cards x

Jill said...

Your cards are just fabulous, and what a great idea. I think it's nice that you have found such a good use for your old hot water bottle rather than it just ending up in the dustbin.

Kel said...

I wondered how you'd done these! Clever ideas and puts me to shame. Beautiful cards as ever hun.

Gillian Hamilton said...

So amazing Rhi... just brilliant.. love them both, Your mind must tick at a 100miles an hour with inspirational idea..
Right I'm off to cut up my old hot water bottle to add to my craft stash....

Anam said...

brilliant ideas!

Lythan said...

What an incredible stamping thing the hot water bottle turned out to be. Mine is in the form of a fluffy teddy bear and i don't think it would have the same effect! These cards are fabby - as ever!

Kathy said...

Such a clever idea - congrats to Matt for spotting the potential of a manky old hot water bottle.
a true Scot economy thing,eh Rhi!


Ooooh and you MUST try your foam block thing out and let us know if we need to buy one.

Maisymary's Findings said...

Great ideas & cards yet again ! Never would have guessed it was a hot water bottle stamp ! lol

Anonymous said...

I used to wonder what you name "Rhi" was short for. Now I know. It's Rubber Hot-water-bottle Initiative.!