Never Been Used Schtuff

Hi everyone,

Today, I am visiting a very old “friend” of mine, Penny Black 3365K Casual woodmounted stamp.

Ok, I know it sounds strange, but since today’s card is inspired from CASology Challenge #129 - NBUS, I really have to visit a “friend” I have not visited before.

NBUS is an acronym for Never Been Used Schtuff, created by , who has a personal handmade cards blog and runs the NBUS challenges.

I have this woodmounted stamp since 2007 and it was a MUST-HAVE at the time when I was browsing through the craft store.  I never touched it, I even wondered why I bought it because I just didn’t know how to use it at all.

So today, I challenged myself to do something with it and this is what I came up with.

A little different from the other stamping I did.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink for this card as I intended to blend the stamped colors later.

I carefully inked Spiced Marmalade for the two flowers and Peeled Paint for the branches and leaves.

I mist the stamp slightly to let the ink spread a little and stamped on my hammered textured card base.

I heat set it dry slightly before blending the image with water.

Ink the stamp using Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint

Mist the inked stamp slightly. Notice the little water droplets?

Covered the two sides of the card with Post-It (yes, my quick method of masking) and I heat set it slightly after stamping

Use a small paint brush, wet it slightly and spread the ink to blend.

I used a very thin paint brush, dab with water and spread the ink up to blend in to the pale card base color.  After which, I heat set it again before stamping the sentiment as I didn’t want the ink to spread.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment using Peeled Paint.  This sentiment is from Penny Black 3170F, which I used only part of it for this card.

Next, inspired by Darnell’s idea of scoring a CAS card to divide into three parts to accentuate the design, I did the same by scoring above and below the stamped image.

I hope you like this card and explore using Distress Inks for this kind of stamping effect.

It’s really fun to spread the stamped distress ink using a damp paint brush.  Try it!

Tools and Supplies

  • Penny Black 3365K Casual
  • Penny Black 3170F …everyday
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint)

Submitted to the following challenge(s)


  1. Kylie says:

    A beuatiful card. I love using this technique. I love your take on the sketch too. Our other monthly challenge at HLS is CAS - Watercolouring and this would be perfect to enter there too. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

  2. Loll says:

    So glad the NBUS challenge convinced you to ink up with gorgeous stamp. Great job … this is the perfect technique for this stamp! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Happy Little Stampers.

  3. Kymona says:

    Hey Ren!!! Nice to visit your blog for the first time. Your watercolor flower is so pretty. Perfect CAS card.

    Thanks for playing along with us this week at CASology.

    Thank you for playing along with us this month at CS Take It Make It Challenge.

    • Ink A Paper says:

      Hi Kymona, welcome to my blog…glad you visited. It’s my pleasure to be able to participate in the challenges. :) Have a great weekend!

  4. Darnell says:

    Hi Ren! What a pleasure to meet you and find your blog via my challenge! I will subscribe to you and I hope you will pop back to my blog and join as a follower on my side bar, if you haven’t already. I will then introduce you to my other readers in my New Friends Corner as soon as possible because I know they will love your work!

    Your card for the combined CASology and NBUS Challenges is excellent! I love doing that direct-to-stamp technique and then misting it for an easy way to achieve a beautiful watercolor effect. It might have taken you years to get to it, but this pretty little stamp was perfect for this technique! And I like the scoring, too. It was Melissa’s idea for me to score my card both above and below the image; I was only doing it below before she helped me. I’m sure you’ve already found that this is the nicest, kindest, and most helpful community!! I hope to see you again soon and thanks again for linking to our challenges! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Ink A Paper says:

    Hi Darnell,
    It’s a pleasure to meet you too…I saw your craft room…more like a little craft cottage! I love it to the max!

    I have just subscribed to your blog as a follower and you are absolutely right about the crafting community. They are all helpful and never stop to think twice about sharing what they have done.

    Since I started blogging in late November, I must say in this short span of time, I have enjoyed every minute of it and it has really been an eye-opener to see and meet so many wonderful cardmakers out there.

    I will be back for your challenge for sure! Too many NBUS! Thanks to you…it’s pushing my stash from NBUS to USED! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend too! “see” you soon!


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