The Black Widow

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all in fine fettle. I know, I am here again not posting for weeks and then 2 posts within a week.

I was writing a post yesterday (Monday) morning for the card blog and had all intentions of unpacking and sorting out my craft room….honestly.  That last….well a millisecond!  As I was leaving the office to go and start work I checked my emails and saw that there was a new challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog. Now I love these challenges but never seem to be in the right place at the right time to join in but I was determined with this one. The challenge is techniques with stamping platforms.

As you know I love stamping onto wood and mdf and this is a technique that I have used on lots of CI projects over the last few months and one that I have wanted to share with you. It was really one of those things that just evolved from a need to colour with paint. After a bit of trial and error it seemed to work.


Please note. This is how I use my platform. Guidance from the manufacturer is always recommended.

I covered a wooden coaster with a book page and then painted it with a couple of coats of white gesso. The book page gives a flatter surface as wood can be a little grainy.

I then took all of the padding and paper out of my Misty platform and stuck down the coaster, to the plastic base, with two thin pieces of double side tape. Do not use too much tape or you will never get the coaster off!! lol!

Apologies. I never cleaned the paint off it from the last few sessions!!!

So my coaster is stuck down.

I placed the stamp on the platform, so that the image would print just off the edge of the coaster.

Yes, it is under there somewhere.

With it all being lined up where I wanted it, I masked off parts of the stamp image just leaving the lady. I inked the stamp up, removed the masks and stamped the image.

Leaving the coaster attached to the base, I then painted the image and around the outside and added some stenciling.  I then re-stamped the image to clean up all of the lines.


To finish off I stamped some twigs and leaves around the outside and added some white highlight dots.

I do leave the coaster and the stamp attached to the platform until I am completely finished painting. When I am happy with it all, I take the coaster off and paint the reverse side.

The main image stamp I used for this project is by Paper Artsy Lynne Perrella 014.

Just to share:  I used the same painting and platform (with the paper and padding) technique for the card in this post here.  Painting the image and then painting around the image to give it the negative effect.

Thank you for looking.

Take care,

Flo x

P.S.  To my friends, Since writing this post. The Craft room,  sewing room and storage room are nearly sorted!! Yay!!  Thank you all for your good wishes. Just got to think about decorating now.  The house can wait but I’m thinking of going really vintage for the sewing room 🙂 Any ideas would be great.


PPS: My name was randomly picked as the winner of the PaperArtsy Challenge. A huge thank you to Leandra and PaperArtsy for the fantastic prize that I won. Wow! I went shopping!!!! 🙂


    1. Florence Langley

      Thank you Pippa. I would be ashamed to take photos 🙂 My craft rooms are always chaos! I would love one neat and tidy and a place for everything but then I have to be realistic and think it just wouldn’t work for me!! ha ha Take care xx


  1. corinne Rollet

    A wonderful project and tutorial, and yippee for the win (well deserved) Flo!!!!!!!
    PS: I had noticed this project soon after you had posted it… but sorry, I’m so busy (and slow, and in late in everything oops) that I can only get and read all the details now 😉 But I think it’s never too late, isn’t it?… Especially for brilliant projects, all time valuable 🙂
    Hugs, take care and enjoy your new space my dear Flo xxx



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