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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Plays with Celebrate Artsy to Create Rainbow Medallions!

Hi, it's Cornelia here! Today I want to explore some options with this fabulous set from STAMPlorations called Vignette: Celebrate Artsy.

I have already played around with it in the past (click HERE if you want to see more), it has so much potential! Recently, Dawn McVey made a great video about rainbow medallions. I really wanted to try this out, but did not have time for it. I thought the STAMPlorations stamps are perfect for this. I did do this a little bit differently than Dawn - I have some pictures below. But first the cards:

For the first card, I used that stamp that in my eyes looks like a fish (I made a fish card with it previously).

The sentiments are from the Sentiment Builders: Happy. I fussy cut the HAPPY. Rounded the corners of the card.

For the second and third cards, I used the open oval and also the Sentiment Builders: Celebrate, with which I did some generational stamping and then colored it with Inktense pencils. I used the paint that was on the brush to lightly color the second generation imprint. 

The third card I splattered with yellow and orange and used an enamel dot for the "flower" and rounded one corner.

So, how did I do my rainbow medallions?

I first selected my inks. I never really care what ink I use for what - I mainly care about the colors. I do love those Memento Luxe inks, but the green is just a bit on the dull side, so I went with my Adirondak ink instead. Sorry for the upside down ones - still have to learn how to do those posts more "professionally"....

You see that I started out with  faint pencil marks on white card stock. I do need to mark the center of the "medallion" as a starting point. In Dawn's video, she used 8 colors, but I found that too few. So I used 3 different colors for each quarter of my medallion. I did not measure this, just eye-balled. I did choose a starting point on the stamp, which I tried to line up every time with my pencil crosshatch to get the stamping exact. 

And if you get this right, then a pretty pattern emerges. No need to cover it up, really. although I did cover it in the first card above. 

Of course you have to erase those pencil marks - something I always have trouble with. Once you stamp over pencil it gets hard to remove, which does not matter much for the darker colors, but it really matters for the lighter colors - any suggestions? I tried all sorts of different erasers, but find no difference...

And here is my personal favorite from my three cards again:

Wanna give it a try? Go for it - it works with all sorts of stamps!


  1. Really like this. Great effect from just one stamp.

  2. Gorgeous rainbow cards!! What a great stamp set with many uses!! So clever!

  3. Brilliant, eye-catching and all around fabulous, Cornelia! You certainly work magic with this set; everything from medallions to flowers to fish....even a dog, in one! Impressive creativity!

  4. Great effect of medallion rainbow!! Thanks for telling the steps to use them in different ways. Really striking cards!!

  5. great cards...such a creative way to use these stamps....


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