Hello & Welcome to my post which delves deeper into a couple of stamping techniques, as requested by the lovely Eileen Davies.
I’m going to be showing you how to build-up stamped images using masking techniques, creating stamped borders & embossing onto vellum.
So, with step-by-step photo instructions, let’s begin with some masking techniques…
I decided to create a flower for the focal point of my card & started by stamping the central image first, with a duplicate stamped onto some scrap paper. I used a Memento Ink to prevent smudging & bleeding when the finished images are coloured.
Cut-out the duplicate image, spray some non-permanent adhesive to the back & place over the central image.
You can now start building-up the petals of the flower by stamping them at intervals around the central image. I used the design of the central stamp to indicate where the petals should go.
As before, stamp 2 of the petals onto some scrap paper, add adhesive to the back & place them as shown. This allows you to add the final layer of petals to the flower without stamping over what you already have. Continue this method by moving the scrap pieces as you go until the flower is complete.
When you remove all the scrap pieces your flower will ‘bloom’!
To create the border I added a flower to 3 of the corners with a matching sentiment in the 4th corner. Using similar shapes makes it more visually pleasing to the eye. You will need to stamp 1 sentiment & 2 flowers onto scrap paper to use as masks when stamping the border in place.
Using this technique creates a seamless, 2D effect without the need to stamp onto separate card & then trying to line it all up & glue it into the right place. Being flat means that it will better survive the postage system too.
I finished the card by colouring the images with some alcohol markers & adding some Gold Stickles.
Technique 2 covers embossing on vellum & a bit of masking too…
I began by deciding on the sort of card I wanted to create. I used A4 card to make the front, cutting an aperture into the card with a piece of vellum attached over it with some double-sided tape. I also masked-off a border around the card with some washi tape. You will need a scrap piece of card or paper (looks familiar!!!) underneath the card to catch the excess embossing powder.
Starting with the largest of the stamps that I chose, I worked my way around the card, stamping & embossing the image so that it overlaps from vellum to card. You can do each one separately, or if you feel more confident you can do them all in one go.
After adding some smaller images of the flowers & leaves, remove the masked border to reveal a clean edge to the card.
I chose a co-ordinating sentiment to go around the edge of the card. To do this stamp the first one in the centre, then line-up & add the same stamp to form a line. To mask where the vellum is attached to the card I made a frame & stamped a different sentiment around the edge using the same technique.
I wanted to add a central focal point to the card, so I made a simple banner with the same sentiments stamped across it with added flowers to frame it.
To finish I coloured the back of the vellum with alcohol based pens, then made a back for the card using a lighter shade of card. I cut it to the same measurements as the front, scored a 1cm deep line all along the top, added super sticky tape to the 1cm section & attached it to the back of the front piece of card. I attached the frame with some foam pads, stuck the banner to the vellum & added some Candi to the corners.
Stamping is one of the most versatile & effective ways of crafting, so please give these techniques a try – you will be hooked!
So, until next time,
Take Care & Happy Crafting,