Remember The Old Rainbow Pads?

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Stampin’ Up doesn’t carry those great Spectrum/Kaleidacolor rainbow pads any more and I sure miss ‘em!
I’m sure you can find them somewhere in the stores but since I’m a demo and we don’t carry them, I tend to use what we sell so I’m forced to get a little crafty….

In the holiday mini catalog, we now sell uninked craft pads, mostly since we don’t carry the big craft pads but only the spots. (Craft pads are the foam pads with pigment ink, which is more wet for heat/powder embossing and is permanent once air or heat dried)

So I did some experimenting about a month ago and decided to try to recreate the old rainbow pad days.  I used a few colors of Classic (dye based) ink refills on the foam, uninked pad.   I scored it with my scissor blade in the different sections to help keep the colors contained, although I’m not sure it really made a difference to do that.  I used the ink refill tip to draw and keep the colors apart anyway:

It’s a little messy since I’ve used it a bunch since I made it.

I tried to use a rubber brayer to ink up the colors and roll on glossy card stock – what a mess!  Didn’t have the effect I was hoping for but then I used the rubber brayer inked up to roll across our new, BIG stamp in the holiday mini called Christmas Collage:

Here is the video (it is another ‘live’ video from Stampcation so pardon the extra applause and chatter!)

My custom ink pad order of inks:  Pacific Blue, Old  Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and then Old Olive again. All  classic ink refills.  SU’s Glossy card stock (which can’t be beat) and Pacific Point card stock card.  Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Silver Tinsel from Holiday Mini and a Rich Razzleberry button from the Brights button collection.

Happy Stampin’ !

Linda

9 Responses

  1. Love the card. Now I want to try it with other big stamps that I have. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Awesome! I was just using it also as a stamp pad for greetings or whatever size seems to work, too.

    Linda Heller Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, Sr. Mgr 407-767-6971 or toll free 1-866-460-4902 My Stampin’ Blog: http://www.lindastamps.wordpress.com Join Stamping School! http://www.stampingschool.com

  3. Linda, you’re a genius! This is why I subscribe to Stamping School! You have so many good ideas and explain everything so well. Good going!

  4. WOW Linda! Crafty and cool!!

  5. Fabulous tutorial Linda.. enjoyed your demonstration of this technique at Stampcation as well!

  6. I have a different kind of rainbow pad. It came with plastic strips tucked between the colours. It worked great to keep the colours from bleeding into each other.

  7. that sounds great! For this ‘homemade’ pad, that would be a little tough. The old Kaleidacolor pads had a button that pulled the colors apart for storage and then push together when ready to use. It was awesome!

    Linda Heller Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, Sr. Mgr 407-767-6971 or toll free 1-866-460-4902 My Stampin’ Blog: http://www.lindastamps.wordpress.com Join Stamping School! http://www.stampingschool.com

  8. GREAT idea–Hey–I know one of your d/lines a few layers down–Jessica Davis–lives in Chelmsford, MA–met her at the Portalnd ME regional–she’s GREAT!

  9. Awesome! Jessica is great and quite talented, too!

    Linda Heller Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, Sr. Mgr 407-767-6971 or toll free 1-866-460-4902 My Stampin’ Blog: http://www.lindastamps.wordpress.com Join Stamping School! http://www.stampingschool.com

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