In The craftroom 26th July 2014 – Oh what a “JOFY” Time

For a change this week I though I would introduce the group to Paper Artsy and Jo firth Young‘s  “JOFY” stamps. These are lovely,  quirky, fun stamps and great for all kinds of projects. But  we will just be making some simple cards today.

I only have three JOFY stamp sets (so far) but there are plenty of stamps in each set and  some extra texture stamps and words  too for use on backgrounds etc.



So for our first project I thought it would be good to do an inky splatter background so we could get to use the texture stamps as well ,then to just over stamp with some of the main images and colour.


They all chose a die shape for their topper and once this was cut out the die was taped in place. This will leave a nice white edge to the topper once all the inking and stamping is complete.

Using dye based inks blend a couple of colours onto the card in the die. We are using coated card stock and distress inks. Once blended flick some water droplets onto the card, leave for about 10 seconds then gently dab off excess water with some kitchen roll and watch your background “develop”.

Once dry, over stamp using the same ink colours as the background with some of the texture stamps if you wish then stamp the main images in black archival ink . If you want part of the image to be white like with the daisy petals, just “paint” the area (do each petal at a time) with a clean wetted paint brush or use a water brush and then quickly dab off the water with some kitchen roll to “remove” the ink . This is called the faux bleach effect.

Then all you need to do is colour it in

IMAG1030There are various ways to do this. Dab a little ink from your ink pad onto your craft mat or glass mat or  use re-inkers if you have some and use water brush or paint brush, just try and keep your brush from getting over wet by dabbing onto some kitchen roll now and again.

I made the mistake of letting the group have a go with some Distress markers I had so they tended mainly to use them. But you could  use Gelatos, watercolour pencils, or your Spectrum Noir pencils(I kept these out of sight ).

You could also use  Pro=markers, Spectrum Noir pens or Copics etc  too but you would need to make sure you stamped the main images with a water based ink like Distress, Adirondack or Memento.

Then it was just a case of finishing off with words/sayings and mounting onto a card with a little embellishment.


Everyone pretty much managed this rather well with the odd little mishap quickly   embellished over, ( and mentioning no names ), no one will ever know.

Here is the gallery so you can see how they all got on.

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first up we have Jackie and Lisa, and although they managed to choose  both the same stamps and die, went for very different colour combos



Irene and Margery, neither of whom are stampers really enjoyed working with these stamps and using the distress markers


And last but not least is Diane’s with a different look again ( dont worry its was not actually  stuck down  on the mat when I took this picture so it will be fine  when finished )


We still had about forty minutes left so I showed them a really quick card idea again using the stamps, but this time straight onto a blank card  and simply coloured in.

IMAG1026so just enough time for them all to have a go too



These cards are such fun to do I may be getting a bit carried away





























1 Comment

  1. The resulting cards are really beautiful. I’d be thrilled to receive any one of them. Well done to all! ~ Cobs . x

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