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Different ways to stamp... Would you share?
I hear of so many avenues for using your rubber stamps... blocking, kissing, etc. Would you post your favorite ways to stamp, in detail? I mean, teach us a new way to stamp, by describing something we can try! I have been OUT of the game for awhile, so I am starting over... just want to refresh my mind a little and try new things! Challenge me! or just Share!
My favorite way to stamp is to stamp with Versamark and emboss with color embossing powder, or stamp with black ink and emboss with clear embossing powder. I haven't been stamping very long so I don't know a lot of different techniques, but most of the blogs and forums I follow, usually have a tips and technique section.
I like making blended backgrounds and then stamping over them in brown or black. The way to do it is use a neutral color paper a bit bigger than your stamped image will be. Pick at least 3 coordinating or complementary colors from the same manufacturer - i.e. if doing Distress Ink all 3 colors should be Distress inks...I also especially love blending with Colorbox pigment inks (deeper, more saturated colors on the blending) or Colorbox chalks. With a little practice you will be able to make your own background papers using this technique. Smudge your ink directly onto your paper (if using Colorbox pigments or chalks) if using Distress Inks or other inks that are in bulky containers, swipe your colors onto a craft mat and using an Ink Blending tool with a felt attached to it pick up your color and blend onto your paper. I work in circular motions usually when blending backgrounds. After you have the look you want on the blended paper - stamp your main image over top of it (I like using Distress Inks in Vintage Photo or Black Soot for this but have also been known to use Versafine ink in brown or black as well. If you want to see examples of cards I've done using blended backgrounds check out my Purple Distress Xmas card, or the I will give you rest card, I also did a Happy Birthday tree scene card using this technique. If you want to change it up you can sponge your color onto your neutral paper and it will give you a totally different look .....give it a try and then post your results so we all can see what you created.
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