Hello, Crafty friends, this post is mainly for you and it is centred around all things Dreamees! I have been a big fan of the Dreamees for some time, you can see this post I wrote about them last year after meeting them at the Doncaster Summer Crafting Event. Today I’m going to be focussing on using the new Dinky Inkies and blending brushes as well as their latest stamp sets the Dreamees Frilly Flowers and Fantastic Fox.
Dreamees Frilly Flowers
The first stamps I played with were the Frilly Flowers, these have a solid layer and outline, multi-layer flower stamps are all the rage right now aren’t they? As well as these new ones from the Dreamees I have some Tonic ones and also some Altenew – I do believe Altenew was the first company to create multi-layer flower stamps so some credit has to go to them at this point.
You can see the image in detail here:
So to talk you through what I did:
Unless otherwise mentioned all the stamps were inked with Dinky Inkies. The two top left images were done as a pair. I stamped the background first then added the outline stamp. These (like the rest) were all done using my trusty Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. For these first two, I was sat down in my chair when I lined them up. The pink one to the left worked perfectly but the lilac shaded one went a bit askew. Very much the fault of the stamper, not the stamp or platform!!
The two top left images were done as a pair. I stamped the background first then added the outline stamp. These (like the rest) were all done using my trusty Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. For these first two, I was sat down in my chair when I lined them up. The pink one to the left worked perfectly but the lilac shaded one went a bit askew. Very much the fault of the stamper, not the stamp or platform!!
The two yellow-based images to the right were also done as a pair. This time I stamped the outline first then the solid background. Both were spot on but then I also stood up and leant over the platform when lining them up. This is not something that I can easily do if I’m having a bad Fibro day!
Finally, the bottom left pair were stamped with the outline stamp but I did not use the solid background. In the furthest image to the left, I used the blending brush to try and shade the flower from the outline ink. This was not very effective. Mainly, I think, because I left the ink to dry too long before I tried doing it. For the brown flower with the green shading, I used the blending brush with a contrasting Dinky Ink to shade it in which gives a really delicate appearance which I like.
Thought on these stamps
I think (other than the second one where my aim was off) they are equally effective whether you use the outline or the base layer first. This is backed up totally as Hayley does it one way and Carol does it the other! I really like the effect of using different colours for the outline and the background and also like the effect of the outline on its own. I just need to do one with the same colour for the outline and background. I’ll try and remember to share it to my social media accounts when I have.
Dreamees Fantastic Fox
The next stamp set I played with was the Fantastic Fox one, here is a close up of the results:
So here is what I did with these.
The top left was simply stamped with a nice brown Dinky Inkies shade, job done. The next one to the left was a bit of a mistake, I made one of those silly mistakes of not checking the colour of the ink before stamping, in the block it looked quite chestnut when I stamped it the shade was more claret which is fine but not what I was planning. (Read on for my future proof solution.) I then used the blending brush to shade this with the same coloured ink. The fox on the right was stamped with a black dinky ink and shaded in the brown one, this time using the Dove Blender Pen which I bought after watching Hayley use it on a demo and haven’t tried up to now. I can see a place for both the pen and the brushes in my stash going forward. The final fox face was stamped with the new Nuvo Hybrid Black Shadow ink pad and coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.
Summing up this experience
My thoughts at this point are that I am very happy with the basic stamped outline and the Spectrum Noir Illustrator coloured image just as they are using the smooth paper they were on but the ones shaded with the blending brush and the blending pen (especially the pen) would have been better on the watercolour card as the more I blended I found the top layer of paper nearly lifted off!
The Dreamees Frilly Flowers and Fantastic Fox
So to sum up I love these stamps as always they are so distinctively Dreamees, which I know Hayley has often said it part of their mission statement. The flowers coordinate well with all the other flower sets but are also distinctive enough to be needed – if you know what I mean? The fox is the perfect compromise between natural and cartoon the colour choices and the project will define the look.
The Colour Chart
As mentioned further up the post I have created a solution to ensure I don’t grab the wrong ink colour again. First I used my trusted Brother Label Maker if you haven’t got one you can choose from a range here. I cut a number label for each Dinky Inkies ink pad 1 through to 18. Hint, to save on labels I typed each number pressing space twice each time between them and printed them all together rather than doing them one at a time. I then snipped them into individuals with scissors. I then created a colour chart I am going to share with you. I coloured a swatch for each colour in the matching numbers using the blending brush and now I can always reach for exactly the colour I am needing. My recommendation would be to print it on watercolour paper or even cardstock the inks blend like a dream.
Here is the Dreamees Dinky Inky Colour Chart
Discover the Dreamees
If you are a crafter and haven’t discovered the Dreamees I can’t recommend them enough, they are first and foremost crafters themselves the products Hayley designs are all ridiculously affordable especially if you get them on launch shows on Create and Craft and I do emphasise I mean affordable, not cheap! the quality of the products is fantastic. You can see a selection of their products here. If I have a complaint it is that the products are so affordable that I buy more than I have a chance to use.
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