Before we get started with our Friday Challenge, we wanted to make another new product announcement . . . JustRite is now carrying Tsukineko's fabulous full range of 24 Memento markers!
You can find them listed in our web store HERE. These wonderful markers come in all the same great Memento water-based dye ink colors as the ink pads and have dual tips on each marker -- brush tip for coloring and bullet tip for fine details and writing.
Today's technique challenge is Direct To Rubber, which is the act of getting more than one color onto your rubber stamp and thereby creating a multi-colored stamped image in only one stamping. This can be accomplished in a few different ways, the first of which is with these fabulous Memento markers!
Simply color different parts of the rubber stamp with different marker colors. Here, I used Rose Bud and Grape Jelly Memento Markers to color the swirly large oval label in this brand new Heart to Heart JustRite Original stamp set (this set just arrived in our warehouse, we'll be formally introducing it next Wednesday, and it will begin shipping next week!):
Since coloring a whole rubber stamp can take just a little while, the first of your coloring may begin to dry and not stamp a good image. So after coloring the stamp with the marker colors of your choice, you can either "huff" (blow your breath onto the marker, as if you were trying to fog up a mirror) to rewet the ink OR you can VERY lightly mist a little water onto the stamp -- Do this from a good 12-inch or more distance with a very fine mist sprayer and I find spraying from further away, into the air and then moving your stamp through the water spray in the air, works well. Too much water will cause the ink to run and smear when you stamp it. On the stammped image above, I huffed, and on the stamped image below, I misted it with water:
Simply ink your stamp with one color of ink and then with another color of ink pad, place the edge of the stamp onto the ink pad and "rock" just the edges of your stamp around the surface of the ink pad. The result will be something like this:
So this week's challenge is to use one of these Direct To Rubber methods to color your stamped JustRite image with at least two colors of ink, in one stamping! Are you up for it? We hope so, because here's what you could win:
This week's grand prize winner will receive a full set of 24 Memento markers (a $60 retail value), AND:
Three Honorable Mention winners will each receive:
These JustRite design team members have sample inspiration for you using some of these Direct To Rubber techniques. Please be sure to click on their hyperlinked names to be taken to their blog posts with full details:
You will need to use JustRite stamps on your project and upload it to an online blog, gallery or photo hosting website. You may make and enter as many different projects as you'd like for our challenges. You will then need to link to your project back here on our blog post, using the linking system on this challenge post. Please make certain your link is directly to your project, not just your general blog home page or overall photo gallery, so we can find it easily. (Links that are spam, commercial in content, or are not linked properly/directly to your project will be deleted). If you choose to upload your project to www.Splitcoaststampers.com OR our Flickr gallery, please use the weekly challenge code (example: JRC_049 <== that's an underscore between the letters and numbers) in the keyword section of the Splitcoast project upload page or the tag section of the Flickr gallery.
You will have until Thursday, March 3 at 8:00am Central to make your project and enter a link to it below. Winners will be chosen and announced later that day (Thursday, March 3) here on the JustRite Inspiration Blog. Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery of your prizes. By entering our challenges, you grant JustRite Stampers permission to use your artwork here on our blog as well as our company website gallery (with designer credit given and your blog post or gallery linked) or any possible advertising.
We can't wait to see your projects using this technique!