Sep 22, 2014

Letting the Background Do the Work

I Make I Talk Joan Bardee using AHA Arts

This pattern, which I made with a new to me company called AHA Arts Stamps (purchased at Paper Source), reminds me of Marimekko, which was so popular before many of you were born!  I LOVE Marimekko! 

Those bold colorful patterns make me happy.  The background is so bold and bright that I only needed white cardstock, ink, and a sentiment. 

Speaking of the sentiment, it is from Altenew's Quilled Elegance, which I won, along with a ridiculous amount of other stamps and items.  Jennifer Rzasa held a quick contest on Facebook and I guessed the right answer first.   Score!

MOOD WHEN DONE = Lucky

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I was able to get even coverage even with dye ink by stamping with a new product called MISTI.  It is like a plastic book/stamp positioner that allows you to stamp in the exact spot over and over.   At the moment, they are out of stock and the price just went up to $50, which is a lot of money.   But this thing is worth it as you'll save $$ on paper.  Shari Carroll did a video on how to use it here.

21 comments:

  1. So beautiful Joan... almost look like patterned paper!

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  2. How do you know where to place the images to have them come out so pleasing to the eye? Thanks for the link to the MISTI. I'm thinking about investing in one.

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    1. I don't. I have a very hard time making backgrounds. This time I tried to get the different colors in a triangle pattern. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't!

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  3. Yay! and yes...I totally see Marimekko!!

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  4. I'm a marimekko fan too -- in fact, I've framed some of their prints! So glad you introduced me to AHA stamps.

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  5. You have the most amazing way with color!

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  6. Love this card--the stamping is FABULOUS.

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  7. Love the graphics of your card. And thanks for the info on the MISTI...it looks very intriguing. I would love to get one.

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  8. Great Card! That MISTI is pretty cool. Thanks, I THINK, for telling us about it. So happy you won a pile of goodies that it makes me smile :). nise

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  9. They should give you commission on the MISTI's! Yup, I'll get one eventually. Thanks, Joan.
    P.S. Love your colorful card - well done.

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  10. LOVE Marimekko and I love this card, Joan. I need that MISTI thing... Must. Have. It!

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  11. Well, MISTI looks sort of cool, but definitely not $50 cool. LOL! I had never heard of it before so don't know what it used to cost, but if they raised the price just because it's catching on and they have no competition, that's just price gouging and I wouldn't give them my business no matter how cool it is. I also wondered if it would really work with every kind of cling stamp out there. Maybe there is some "standard" thickness measurement that companies adhere to these days, but in my limited experience, I thought stamps varied in thickness depending on which company made them. The foam sheet she showed using for clear stamps would probably take care of the thickness issue for that kind of stamp so I don't see a problem there. I already use my Stamp-a-ma-jig for when I need to possibly double stamp for good coverage so will stick with that for now. But, as I sit here and mull this over, it does make me think that there might be a way to use my Fiskars stamp press in a similar way. Hmmm... and if memory serves, it only cost somewhere around $6 with a coupon. And maybe I'll even bug hubby to see if he could come up with something! :)

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    1. Love the MISTI and for me it was worth but totally respect and agree that this is NOT a must have. We lived just fine without it. It is a luxury for sure.

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  12. I have the Fiskers stamp press and in all honesty, I have had problems with some of my cling stamps falling off when I flipped it to stamp (which, resulted in a ruined front, more than once!). I'll be keeping my eye out for further comments on this product!!

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  13. Oooh you are lucky for sure!! Your card is beautiful! I love that bold background :)

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  14. Yes, that pattern does remind me of Marimekko!! Great card, and happy you love your new stuff :)

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  15. Hi Joan, Your card is awesome.
    I went to check out Iliana's website. She's getting many negative and unhappy comments. I felt compelled to reply in her defense. Gee whiz! People get pissed if they don't have instant gratification even in the crafty world. I feel that if I lived and stamped sans a scoreboard for four years, it won't kill me if I wait for this awesome tool. Like you, I struggle with background stamps. I'm certain it will be worth the wait and the expense. Manufacturing in quantity in the USA is a serious JOB!

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    1. Negative comments because she cannot keep up with demand?? Argh. you just cannot win sometimes!

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  16. Joan, I love this card! Thanks for linking the Marimekko site - what great inspiration!

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  17. What a fun bright background Joan B!

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  18. Gorgeous card and love my MISTI too! :)

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