Monday, September 14, 2015

Tutorial: Stamping with the Backs of Your Clear Stamps
We're still going strong with the STAMPtember celebrations over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!  This week's theme is, "I love this technique!"  So whip out your favorite stampy-crafty techniques and show us what you've got!  For my "miss you" card, I used one of my favorite stamping techniques, which is to stamp with the BACK of your clear stamps to create unique background shapes.

I started with Avery Elle's Super stamp set, Memento Luxe and Colorbox inks (or your favorite ink that works well with clear stamps), and an acrylic block.  I stuck the skyline clear stamp on my acrylic block backwards so that the smooth/sticky side was facing me and the ridged side that you usually stamp with was stuck to the block.

Using Memento Luxe and Colorbox ink, I dabbed a few different colors onto the back of my stamp.

When the back of my stamp was covered with ink, I hit it with just a couple of quick water spritzes.

I stamped the image onto my pre-cut tag-shaped card (courtesy of the Mama Elephant Tags a Lot set).  Here's how it turned out:

Keep in mind that when you are stamping with the back of your clear stamp, the shape that you stamp will be the opposite of the "normal" stamped image.  So my skyline is not going to line up with the stamp itself.  I like the contrast in this case and when you do this technique with basic shapes like circles or squares, it doesn't matter if you stamp backwards.  The only time it might make a significant difference is if you have an arrow stamp pointing a certain way or if the stamp obviously has one clear direction and you don't want the background "shadow" to be opposite of that.

My next step is to stamp the image right-side up (using the stamp in the normal manner) on top of the background, which I dried with a heat tool.  I used Ranger Black Archival ink to stamp the top image.

You'll notice that the colors didn't stay as vibrant once I dried them with the heat tool, so another one of my favorite techniques is to "smudge" on Distress Ink in various spots to brighten the whole thing up.  I do this using artist sponges or make-up sponges.  I love how it gives some oomph to the colors!

I finished my card by adding the "You are" sentiment from Mama Elephant's Hustle set and added some Geotags to show the distance between the two people.

And are you proud of me for leaving the majority of the card WHITE?  I know- usually I feel the need to color every little micro-speck possible, so I really had to restrain myself this time.  But this technique is a good one and it's really allowed me to get more versatility from my stamps and to look at them in a while new way.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see some of your favorite stamping techniques!  Upload your geniusness to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to inspire a lot of people and to win a $50 Simon Says Stamp store voucher for yourself.  It's a win-win!