Thanks for popping in. Time for another step by step blog tutorial with a great special sale offer attached to it.
Several people have asked me to explain how to use our new Backdrop stamps to create those arty, grungy backgrounds. Very easy and very effective. Read on…
First of all, let’s take a look at the Rectangle backdrop stamps. Two different sizes: one A5 and one a little large than A6.
At first glance, they look like a simple stamp slab! Well, that’s what they are! With a subtle inlay frame, which really does the trick.
Here’s just one idea using Distress Oxides. Ready?
- Decide which size Backdrop stamp you intend to use, and mount it on a sheet of acetate. This is the smaller of the two.
- Pick which colours you want to use, load the stamp with ink directly from the ink pad.
- Avoid contaminating the ink pads by planting the second ink pad on top of the other colour.
- Use make up sponges to dab and distribute the ink over the backdrop stamp. You can see I have left a little blank area in the middle. Let’s see what that gives us…
- Time to pull our first print. We will use the large stencil card 8.5”x11”.
- Spritz the inky backdrop stamp with water.
- Flip the stamp over and plant in the middle of the white card.
- Rub the back of the acetate. You will see the ink start to squidge and blend.
- Lift the stamp away to reveal your first background.
Let’s go again, and this time we’ll try for a softer, more subtle one…
- There’s still a little ink on the stamp. Without reinking the sponges, just dab a little more ink onto the stamp.
- Add a third colour here and there. I went with Tumbled Glass. So that’s Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass. Fabulous combination!
Spritz the stamp with water again and pull a second print. Wow. Ethereal sky.
Let the pieces air dry for about half an hour, before you stamp the flowers over the top.
Just so you know, the backdrop stamps wipe clean with a little water spritz and a paper towel.
- Mount the lovely floral spray bouquet onto a 5”x 7” Mega Mount,
- ink it up with black Archival ink, and plant it in the centre.
- Trim the white card.
Time to colour in the leaves and flowers. This wonderful floral bouquet stamp actually comes with infill stamps for colouring in. perfect…
Ink up the leafy infill stamps with what green ink is left on the sponge, and plant over the top of the black line art. Instant.
Little leaves next…
Do the same with the flower infill stamp, using the leftover pink on the make up sponge.
Add a little pencil detail on the rest.
Edge the piece with a Black Sharpie pen, and add a lovely message from our Sticker Collection.
Add a little drop shadow underneath the flowers with a grey pencil. See the difference here?
Mount on a 7”x7” White cardblank.
Fab background, fab bouquet, illustrated by our talented Tina Cox.
And in case you are a parcher, but you like the bouquet, guess what?! Yep. Also available as a Groovi plate!
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Stay safe. Keep crafting.