My ink of choice for stamping on non-paper materials such as plastic, glass, candles, wood and rocks, for example, is StazOn. Yes, it has quite a strong odor and yes, it is virtually impossible to remove from your fingers if you get messy, but it does its job very effectively. I was amazed when I used it to decorate some white candles (more on that in another blog entry). Of course I had to test its abilities further. My sister likes to have decorated rocks sitting among her plant display. What could be nicer, I asked myself, than to use one of the gorgeous images from my Stampin' Up! stamps on a rock?
For the first rock on I tried the StazOn, I chose a polished river rock. The lovely smooth surface just seemed to cry out for some decoration and I was pleased to supply it. I used one of my retired stamps on that one and, overall, I was quite pleased with the effect.
Of course I had to try the technique out on a found rock. On my next trip to the river, while the dog wandered happily along the shore examining sundry interesting scents, I wandered along looking for the perfect rock. My primary criteria was that it be flat along at least one side.
Once I found my rock, I cleaned it thoroughly at home. It takes a while for a rock to dry since it is porous, so I waited a few days before going on to the next step, which was to stamp it with an image from that beautiful Christmas stamp set, Beautiful Season. The bird sitting among the holly was my chosen image.
Colouring on the natural river rock was far easier than colouring on the polished river rock. The Stampin' Markers worked beautifully. I had to go over each colour twice to ensure even colouring, but overall, I was very happy with the finished results.
Even though the StazOn is waterproof and permanent, I sprayed the whole surface one last time with hairspray and then, about a half-hour later, making sure everything was dry, poured a small pool of Crystal Effects in the centre of the image and used a flat brush to drag it over the entire image. Because of the imperfections of the rock, some spots ended up with slightly deeper coverage, but the important thing was to make sure the Crystal Effects actually covered all portions of the image and the sentiment.
It took about three hours before I trusted that the rock was perfectly dry. I'd rather err on the side of caution than get a fingerprint on a tacky area. The finished rock is really gorgeous. I'll definitely be doing this again with another image. Since my sister loves elephants, it may very well be the image from the "You're Amazing" stamp set.