First quick impression
I think the hedgehog is quite sweet and the stamps work well alongside it. I’m not 100% sure about the embossing folder as it is different from the styles I usually use. If I am honest it wasn’t something I got excited as soon as I received or even more so as soon as I saw it was coming with the next edition like happened with the recent Hunkydory Floral Breeze from Cardmaking & Papercraft but naturally I know that there are an awful lot of crafters with a variety of tastes so not every item will please us all. Let’s see how I get along playing with it.
Testing the Stamps
To test out new stamps I always use my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. I know there are other platforms available but when I came to the point that I knew I needed one I did a load of research into the different features of them all and decided this was the right one for me. You can read my post about it. Why did I need one? With the Fibromyalgia (not to mention a bonus gift of some Arthritis in my hands) I could no longer rely on my hands to get a clean even print with stamps. I was increasingly finding I was not getting good results, even with the Rocker Blockers which always guaranteed this before. The benefit of a stamping platform is that for whatever reason you do not get a clean impression you can simply re-ink and go again and you are guaranteed to be exactly in the same spot. Even the best eyes can be slightly off and then you risk shadowing.
I also always use Archival Ink to test stamps that come as free gifts with magazines. They are usually made from a different material to the one used by a lot of the major brands which means that if you use a dye based ink like Memento the ink can pool on the stamp and give a really bad impression. You can see exactly what I mean in this test of a fairy stamp. Archival Ink does not pool like this and I get to really test the stamp properly.
How well does the Image Stamp
As you will have noticed the image stamped out really well. I had to give it two ink applications in the stamp press to get a good finish but that was no hardship. The stamped image excited me into colouring it in and here are the finished results of that.
Trying the Embossing Folder
I decided to emboss some Kraft card because I thought this may look nice alongside the hedgehog. As always with the Gemini, the folder embossed easily with no effort required from me. Once done though I was not really sure about the Kraft Card. What do you think?
Going from bad to worse
Well, I had the idea that I would use an ink pad to highlight the raised parts of the design. Well, I don’t think it has helped at all but rather gone from bad to worse, see what I mean?
At this point, I reminded myself of the overall mission, to reduce my crafting stash. You can read all about this project on my post about Shopping your Stash. So although I could have tried embossing the folder with white card and colouring it with pens or with Core’dinations and sanding the design. I came to the conclusion that I have various other hedgehog stamps as well as hedgehogs in Digikits so the best thing to do would be to let this kit fly on to a new home where it will be loved just as it is. Here is a link to my eBay selling page in case you wish to catch one of the craft items (or anything else!) I liberate. Therefore I have not made a card but may pin my coloured hedgehog to my notice-board for a while as a fond memory 🙂 Do look at the wonderful inspirations in the magazine, other crafters have made gorgeous designs with the embossing folder!