Monday, February 4

Tutorial: Stamping on Patterned Paper

Today's tutorial is mostly traditional stamping with the slightest flavour of mixed media. I know many card-makers are uncomfortable with mixed media, but this technique only brushes the surface... and very lightly at that.

You'll need a piece of patterned paper, some stamps, white paint (I'm using gesso but any water-based paint will work), a paint brush and your colouring medium. I'm stamping on an old piece of lined Authentique paper that I've had in my stash for quite a while.

Cut the patterned paper to the size you need - in my case 5" x 5". Apply a coat of white paint to the area where you wish to stamp. Make sure you apply enough paint to cover the entire area. You may need two or even through coats of paint if your patterned paper is particularly colourful. Allow the paint to dry between coats.

Once the paint is completely dry, stamp your image. Choose ink that works best with your colouring medium. I've used a black Versafine ink pad and I'm colouring with Prismacolor pencils. Keep in mind that not all mediums are going to work as expected with the surface you have created... but that doesn't mean you can't have a little play!

Even though my paper doesn't have a lot of colour, I'm still choosing pencils that are in the same colour family and keeping my palette to a bare minimum.

I've chose a highly textured paper for this technique. When I colour with my pencils, as long as I don't press too hard, the lovely texture will become more obvious.

Some silver metallic pen gives a little bit of shine to my project. For those who are interested, I've included the colour guide below.


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  1. COOL technique Beccy!
    LOVE your truck and colouring!
    LOVE this creative way of using patterned paper too ... I confess to having a patterned paper addiction and often find it a challenge to use them, so this will be a wonderful way for me to be more adventurous and use my stash at the same time => THANK YOU :)

  2. What a great technique Beccy. Thank you for sharing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Lovely technique, Becky. Thank you for sharing it.
    xxx Margreet

  4. Never thought of that. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial it's great idea...your coloring is outstanding..tfs

  6. It is true - I personal am not good at coloring - your stamping, and technique is super! TFS

  7. Love that you used gesso to create a background area, and the effect of the textured paper is wonderful Becca. Thanks for the tutorial