Sunday, February 24

Technique Class - Stamping to Create Depth

Do you ever have those days where you just want to sit and play with your stamps without a lot of extra fuss with colouring or masking or any of those other techniques that involve a lot of effort and preparation?  Of course, you still want a great result at the end, but the thought of setting up the equipment, pulling out the inks or the clean up at the end is all too much?
Well, this technique might be exactly what you're looking for.  It's easy and fun to do, only involves a couple of ink pads and some stamps and, I think, the result is lovely.
 
 
1.  Select the stamps you'd like to use.  The idea is to create depth so you want images that would naturally occur en masse, such as flowers or trees, birds or butterflies.  I used several of the lovely wildflower stamps from a set by Darkroom Door and arranged them on my acrylic block (you can use a single image if you don't have multiples).  Then choose two ink pads that you think would work well with your images... I decided on a pretty green and a lovely blue.
 
 
2.  Ink your stamp with one of the colours, then stamp once on a piece of scrap paper to remove most of the ink.
 
 
3.  Immediately stamp on your cardstock.  Because you already stamped off most of the ink on the scrap paper you will end up with a soft, light impression.
 
 
4.  Repeat the process until you have images across the entire piece of card.

 
5.  Now use your second colour to ink up the stamp.  Again, stamp once on a piece of scrap paper and then immediately on to your card.  Stagger the height and position of the stamp so your images don't overlap.

 
6.  At this point I took my stamps off the acrylic block and rearranged them so I would end up with a more natural, random pattern.  Obviously if you're working with a single stamp you won't be able to do this.

 
7.  Using the same ink pads, reink you stamps and immediately stamp on to your card.  The colours will now be much more vibrant and it will give the impression of depth - the lighter flowers tend to receded to the background while the bolder flowers are in the foreground.

 
8.  Using the same two colours and a sponge dauber, rub some colour around the edges of your card.  I think this helps to frame the image.  Now you can add sentiments, embellishments, papers, ribbon... whatever you wish.  I stamped and heat embossed a Stampin' Up sentiment to the bottom right corner of my card, distressed the edges and glued on a few stray little butterflies.  I then adhered the whole thing to a card base for a lovely, simple card.


31 comments:

Sue - bearhouse said...

Such a wonderful technique, thank you for explaining it so clearly Beccy. The end result is gorgeous.
Sue

cri_kee said...

Thank you for sharing this technique :)
I must try this one...because the result is stunning!
Hugs

ursula Uphof said...

A super technique, looks really lovely. Thanks for sharing., Ursula xxx

Myrna said...

Thank you for a great tutorial.
Myrna

Poppet said...

Great tutorial Beccy, I loved your pine forest for this very reason. The depth you gave to the image. :-) xx

aussie aNNie said...

Fantastic technique and a must to try.xx

Glennis said...

Great technique - I should try this

Ardilla said...

WOW, I love the result and it seems not too difficult... thanks for the tutorial!

Ульяна и Полина said...

Супер! Какой красивый результат!

Jan said...

Hi Beccy

I have been trying to get that effect for ages now and thank you for showing me the way. Fantastic effects will now be able to make.
Thank you again
Hugs Jeannette xx

Jan said...

Its printed the wrong time it is now 6.09am on 24/02/13
Jeannette

Rene Stansell said...

I loved the way you did this card Beccy.
Rene from OZ xo

Kate L said...

Very pretty and so easy to do!!

Phi said...

This is alot of fun. Just pulled out some flower stamps and stamped away. Looks good too. Will make it into something later. Sometimes its just nice not to have to get stuck into the finer details. Thanks for sharing.

Beccy said...

Hi Jeannette. I live in Australia so I think it's actually time stamping what the local time is. Wherever you live must be 8 hours behind.
Cheers,
Beccy

Marianne said...

This is a very good tip. Thanks Beccy and I really love your card.
xxx Marianne

karin said...

It seems easy to do, you made a wonderful card with it Beccy. Thanks for the tip !

Dr Sonia S V said...

This is awesome.Have just pinned it here: Card tutorials

Tracy said...

Love the colors you used! Great technique!

Debi said...

This is so soft and lovely. The tip about rearranging the flowers was excellent.

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card.

Hugs Riet.xx

Renee said...

So simple but so effective....thanks Beccy!
Hugs, Renee

Scrappy Doo said...

thank you for a wonderful simple technique we can use.. to get us off our duff and create!!!
:)


Glenda Atkins said...

Love the card and thanks for the tutorial Beccy.
hugs
Glenda

Viv said...

This is so lovely Beccy, love this technique, must try it again sometime, I just forget them so easily though lol :) Viv xx

Gail said...

Totally Beautiful - I wish they had card camp in my area! The tutorial is a great touch for us to try! Thank Beccy!

Linda R. said...

I laughed at your opening paragraph. I'm always looking to do things the easiest way possible. BUT, you don't usually get results like this. Its very beautiful. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the great instructions.

Valerie said...

Hi Becky this is such a great tutorial and it inspired me to create a card for my latest DT project. I gave you a shout out from my blog, love all your digi's as well:)
Val x

Teresa said...

Pretty. I like how it turns out!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Oh Becky this technique is wonderful going to try it in my next card class. thanks for sharing.
Linda K.

Deborah Brewer said...

Thank you Beccy, this card is beautiful, I am going to try this with morning glories and hummingbirds.