Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Reinventing Solid Stamps

If you saw my video from last week, you saw that I transformed a line art stamp into a solid stamp for a fun, moonlit scene.

Well this week, I'm taking a solid stamp and showing you how to get it to look textured, two different ways.

For the first card, I wanted a distressed look, and I figured I could do that one of two ways - either with Distress Ink - which isn't made for stamping, or with a rougher textured cardstock, not a stamping cardstock. I went the Distress ink route, and I layered little spots of ink onto the Reverse Polka stamp, which is mostly solid, and the dots are voids, onto the stamp with my MISTI, overlapping them, so that those bright spots of green and purple you see were created with ink layering. - I did not use a green or a purple ink.

It came out just how I wanted it - textured, and not at all like the actual smooth stamp image. Perfect for a few cats trying to look innocent after knocking everything off someone's desk. At least that's what I imagine these cats were doing just before I put them onto my card. I cut them out with the matching dies, and colored them with Copics. The hugs die is from this set, and the friend die is a stand-alone die from Gina K.
Curious cats - Textured backgrounds by Understand Blue










Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp REVERSE...
[ SSS ]
My Favorite Things WORDS FOR FRIENDS...
[ SSS | MFT ]
Gina K Designs FRIEND Die 9360
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Designs FRISKY FELINES Clear...
[ SSS | GNK ]
Hero Arts Cling Stamp FLORAL TILE...
[ SSS | HA ]
Hero Arts Cling Stamp SNOWFLAKE...
[ SSS | HA ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SPICED...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MUSTARD...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MERMAID...
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair VERDANT Ink...
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair SUMMERTIME...
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SSS ]
MISTI Alternate Sticker BLUE 007063
[ SSS | MSW ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Copic Sketch MARKER C3 COOL GRAY Grey
[ SSS ]
Copic Sketch MARKER C5 COOL GRAY Grey
[ SSS ]
Copic Sketch MARKER C7 COOL GRAY Grey
[ SSS ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS ]


Next, I used another background stamp with the reverse polka stamp to create imagery in the background, by pressing the dry background stamp onto the inked polka stamp for this result. That ridiculously adorable platypus stamp was a gift from my sweet friend Melissa Hewitt. I saw this little creature at the coloring event I did with Kathy, and I loved it so much. I have had a lifelong obsession with platypi! Now I finally have one of my own! I stamped her with the magical fadeout ink and then did no-line coloring with Daniel Smith watercolor. I made that on a rare play day, so I didn't video it, but you can click here for a playlist of all of my no-line watercolor videos. I only used four colors on her - Quinacridone Purple, Payne's Grey, Aussie Red Gold and New Gamboge. I gave her a little cup of coffee from the set, and then just used my teeny Sharpie to put the details of her eyes and nose back. The color in the background is this Versafine Clair.
Platypus with Coffee - Textured backgrounds by Understand Blue










Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp REVERSE...
[ SSS ]
Honey Bee PENNY THE PLATYPUS Clear...
[ SSS | HNB ]
Honey Bee PENNY THE PLATYPUS Die...
[ SSS | HNB ]
Honey Bee CHEERFUL SENTIMENTS Clear...
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Cling Stamp FLORAL TILE...
[ SSS | HA ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair VERDANT Ink...
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS ]
Aussie Red Gold Daniel Smith Watercolor
[ BLIC ]
Burnt Sienna Light - Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC ]
New Gamboge - Daniel Smith Watercolor
[ BLIC ]
Quinacridone Purple - Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC ]
Payne's Grey - Daniel Smith Extra...
[ BLIC ]
05816-1008 - Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SSS ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Alternate Sticker BLUE 007063
[ SSS | MSW ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS ]
Sharpie Ultra-Fine Point Marker
[ BLIC ]
Cheerful Sentiments | 4x8 Stamp Set -...
[ HNB ]

Isn't she irresistible? I love her so much. I cut her out with the matching dies - and those cut her arms out so she can hold various other images in the set, like her coffee cup. In order to hang out upside down all day on the opposite side of the planet - platypi need a LOT of coffee. :)

So take a good hard look at your background stamps - there's more to them than meets the eye. This background stamp is part of a new release today at Simon Says Stamp called "Best Days" - which is all about spring! I know some of you in the northeast are ready for THAT! :)

So here's the video today - click here to watch in HD on YouTube.



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6 comments:

  1. Definitely going to try this! Looks like something I could handle smooshing all those inks! Love the effect! I also ordered the fading ink to try....did you know that the words Lydia Fiedler is actually code for enabler extraordinaire? xox

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  2. You have the cutest stamps. I also like this technique. Will have to check out the Versafine Clair.

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  3. I love the stamp kissing you demonstrated, though the Distress inking is also pretty darn cool! Thank you for showing that you can do the latter with the full-size pads and don't have to have the minis. I have all of 4 mini Distress ink cubes; all the other colors I have in the full-size pads. I agree about the kitties on your card--I bet that's exactly what they were up to! LOL ~ Andrea

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  4. Those Kittys look like they're all saying "Who, me?" Very cute cards.

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  5. I'm left wondering how I have gone my whole life without contemplating the plural of "platypus." ;)

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