There are so many beautiful things to see here at CHA. The show is so large that it is in two halls. The lower level hall is where most of the new exhibitors are located. We have discovered some really interesting things and a different type of stamp that is from Germany has really captured a lot of attention.
These stamps have wonderful vintage images and are great for collages. This was my favorite collage on the stand. Here are a few other projects that I particularly liked...
There are lots of different stamps and a number of them are generally used together to create this type of design.
The stamping part of the stamps is made from silicon and the level of detail is astonishing! Extremely fine lines give an etched effect to the images. The silicon stamp is mounted on a dense white foam that makes the stamps incredibly light.
Here is the inked stamp - the image just pops when you see it inked up.
This is the stamped image - it looks like a printed image with very fine etched lines.
The artist colored the stamped image with distress ink by using a pen nib to pick up color from the ink pads.
This is the type of pen nib she used.
The inkpad and nib method works very well for coloring and tinting the stamped image.
Before the main image was stamped, the artist applied various flourish and script background images with Versamark Ink. When left to dry this creates a resist (an area where ink will not stick) for an interesting background. Various colors of distress ink are applied with a blending tool to create a soft, graduated background.
The images must be dry before moving on the the next steps so the heat tool is handy to have to speed up the process.
Layers and layers of color and pattern are added. The stamped images coordinate perfectly.
Versamark ink is applied all over the surface of the picture and then UTEE (Ultra thick embossing enamel) is added and heated to get the hard and glossy finish.
These stamps are from Germany and the name of the company is LaBlanche.
Tuesday is the last day of the show which is probably a good thing. Here is Mandy, flat out exhausted at the end of the day Monday!
We all summoned our reserves and went to the CHA dinner Monday night - there were a few unexpected guests!
Our little Cricut seemed to have fun at the dinner!
I will try to come back and fill in the details on yesterday's photos tomorrow night. We are a bit anxious to find out what will happen with the big winter storm coming. I could have delayed flights in both directions!
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