designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone! It’s Channin here with a very colorful project to share with you today using the rock & roll stamping technique!! I love the rock & roll technique, it’s most definitely an oldie but it is still a goodie. If you are not familiar with it, the general idea is to ink up your stamp in a light ink then roll the edges of the inked image in a darker ink, while being careful not to get the darker ink in the center of the image. I often use this technique for flowers, leaves, and sentiments to add a little more interest to the image. Now I can see why many are afraid this technique might mess up their ink pads, but as long as you start with a light ink and rock & roll in a darker one you will be fine. wfc-91916-a Now for this card, I did a lot of rock’n & roll’n because I did it to all the many many gems. First, I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment which is from the Gemstone Stamp Set in the center of a 4 ¾” by 6 ¼” panel of white cardstock. wfc-91916-b You can see in the picture above how I draft my designs. I have a huge box of commercial printer paper (seriously, more paper than I think I can use in a lifetime) that my husband brought home from work. The sheets are big like, 10” by 15”, and they are perfect to use as a work surface or for stamping out design ideas. I just use a ruler to draw the dimensions of my card panel and then start playing around with ideas. Sometimes I even roughly cut stamped images out and just position them on my sketched card panel so I can move things around and play with the positioning. Anyway back to my card. After I stamped and embossed my sentiment, I inked up the heart gem from the Gemstone Stamp Set; first in Oh Happy Day then I rocked and rolled the upper edge in My Pleasure, and then stamped it above the sentiment. I then repeated this inking process and stamped heart gem three more hearts around the sentiment. I then moved onto the smaller heart and circle gemstones. I paired them together on my acrylic block and inked them in You Said What first then rocked and rolled them in Oh Happy Day and stamped them between the heart images. wfc-91916-c I continued to follow the pattern I created in my draft and rock and rolled my way through Tickled PinkHappy Go LuckyDaydreaming, and Chirp Chirp, but always inking my stamp up first with the lighter ink then the darker shade. I sort of used a rainbow pattern of colors as a guide, but I started with yellow, then went to orange, then red, pink, purple, blue, and finally green. Most images I only used two ink colors but for the large square-ish gem, I inked in Tickled Pink (cause it was the lightest) first then I rocked and rolled one edge in My Pleasure and the other edge in Happy Go Lucky, so I had three colors on one stamp. And on some gems I actually rocked and rolled the stamp on one edge in one ink and then rock and rolled the same stamp in another ink on the other edge. I did this to avoid overlapping the colors and a bit and changing their look. wfc-91916-d After I had completed my gem pattern I splattered some slightly watered down gold paint around my panel but avoiding my sentiment. Lastly, I felt my panel needed a little more so I stamped and gold embossed the burst from the Gemstone Stamp Set around my sentiment. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all next week with a new card creation! ~Channin Products: Gemstone Stamp Set Inks: You Said WhatOh Happy DayMy PleasureTickled PinkHappy Go LuckyDaydreaming, and Chirp Chirp