Wednesday, March 13, 2013

One Rubber Stamp

Deb here today with this week's Technique and Tutorial post. One of my girlfriends was telling me that she was so tired of stamping her image in black and trying to color it in somehow, and she wondered what else she could do because she really liked the stamp. That conversation was the inspiration for today's QKR Stampede and Technique and Tutorial Post - how many things can we do with one rubber stamp? There are so many ideas out there, besides coloring with markers, and here are a few of my favorites. For today's examples, I'm using QKR's 17505 Rose.

One way to do something other than coloring your image with a marker, is to stamp with VersaMark onto watercolor paper and then heat emboss with clear powder, as shown in the example above. Then sponge various Distress Inks over the stamp. You can see I attempted to focus yellow on the rose and green on the leaves, but I sponged those colors outside the image as well. Spritz the paper with water and, when dry, cut with a Spellbinder. To finish this card, I attached a piece of polka dot velum, cut some fancy shapes with dies, and (of course!) added a few dots of liquid pearls.

 For the project above, stamp randomly on a piece of cardstock and sponge the edges. You can cover the area completely or, if you know that you will be adding something else, you can leave an area empty. Paper roses, leaves and a doily all cut from dies complete the focal point, along with ribbon and pearls.

Above is a striking example of stamping with VersaMark and heat embossing - this time in silver. Don't forget to use an embossing buddy, especially with a black background, so your embossing powder only sticks where you want it to. Add a ribbon, a self-adhesive button, and mount the image on some beautiful designer paper.

If you're like me, and you just can't leave the Copics on the shelf, try stamping with a grey ink, like the sample above. That way, soft colors won't be overtaken by heavy black image lines. In this project, a Spellbinders die creates a very interesting focal piece and all you need is a piece of ribbon to complete the look.

Thanks for joining me today and don't forget to check out Eureka Stamps Blog today for a special guest Technique and Tutorial! And, as always, you are welcome at my personal blog for more ideas.

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