First I tried coffee splatters by actually tossing some coffee from my cup onto this card. I also dipped a cup into the coffee and tried to stamp coffee cup rings. None of this worked. The card absorbed the liquid and left no stains--perhaps because, to begin with, the card was a toothy dark kraft stock.
So I resorted to stamping with Archival "coffee" ink (perfect color choice, of course!). I used a glue jar for the rings and then a Crafty Individuals ink splats stamp, literally to make splatters. I used the "roll" technique, rather than putting the stamp on a block which gives an uneven effect to the stamped image--perfect for a "blotch". I also used the "kiss" technique, meaning I stamped twice without re-inking, which creates two different intensities of color. Finally, you'll also notice a few finger smudges in a lighter color, as if I tried to "mop up" the spill. That would be the sum of my inking technique for an inky background.
STAMPlorations Eat Drink Be Merry stamp set: sentiment and coffee cup
Stampin' Up early expresso ink for the stamps
Stampin' Up very vanilla and early expresso card stock (what can I say, I'm on a roll with the theme)
1-3/8" circle punch
1-3/4" scallop punch
Wilton red doily for a pop of color (I love red with kraft)--I kept with the "circle" theme but added a punched heart that was a reject from another project--it was the perfect little touch of "Valentine".
Challenges I'm Entering:
STAMPlorations January Ink and Stamp challenge
By completing this challenge, I'm in the running for the frequent player prize, as I now have entered all three challenges offered in January. Plus I was able to put a couple entries in the never ending Anything Goes challenge.
Hiding in My Craft Room: Challenge #184 Any Holiday x
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog #101 Create Your Own Background x
Time Out Challenges #23 Valentine's Day with optional twist of hearts x
Entering these two challenges because I'm working on my coffee splatter technique AND with my new STAMPlorations Eat Drink Be Merry stamp set.
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday: New product/technique
Crafty Gals Corner: Challenge #4 Try Something New until Feb 3 x