More Stamping Techniques

BRAYERING

Applying ink using a tool called a brayer.  A brayer looks a bit like a mini paint roller, but the roller is made of rubber.

You can used a brayer to roll ink onto card, allowing even application.  For interesting finsishes, try twisting an elastic band around the roller, brayer through a stencil, or your own torn paper template for a background (hills or cut a circle for sun).

 

DIRECT TO PAPER

Apply an ink pad direct to paper by brushing across the surface to achieve a lightly distressed look.  This works particularly well around the edge of your cardstock.

 

DISTRESSING

This is when you add an aged look to your cardstock.  This can be achieved by inking, tearing, scrunching, sanding .... the cardstock.  Ink can be applied using a distressing tool, or stencil brush.

 

GENERATION STAMPING

The first impression of a stamp after inking.  The next impression is the second and so on (as long as you have not re-inked your stamp).

 

HUFFING

Huffing is when you breathe on your stamp to remoisten the ink.  This is used when several colours are applied to a stamp to make sure the first ones applied have not dried.

 

KISS STAMPING

Pressing one stamp (inked or uninked) to another inked stamp, in order to transfer the image of one stamp to the other.  This is ideal for creating pattterned backgrounds and images.

 

MASKING

Stamp your image onto your card.  Stamp the same image on to scrap paper or masking paper and cut the image out.  Place it over the main stamped image on the card.  You can then stamp again onto your card to build up a picture - maybe a plate of cupcakes from one stamp.

 

PAPER PIECING

Stamp your image onto serveral different papers (maybe some plain, some patterened).  Cut out individual parts of the stamp and place them onto one master stamped image.  I like this technique with my owl stamp.

 

TWO TONE STAMPING

Create a two tone image by inking your stamp with a light colour.  Then take a darker ink pad and just ink the edges.  Ink must be applied in this order, so you do not contaminate your light coloured pad.

 

ROLLER STAMPING

Stamps on a wheel, allowing you to stamp the same design continuously.  Great for borders. Some brands are self-inking, which is good for even ink coverage.  They often have interchangeable stamp wheels and ink pads.

 

SPONGING

Adding texture to a surface using a sponge.

 

STAMPING OFF

A technique used to create images lighter than a normal stamped image, also referred to as 'ghost images', by stamping without re-inking the stamp after the initial image is stamped, also known as second generation stamping ....

 

STIPPLING

Using a big round brush, tap on inkpad and then onto your cardstock.

 

UTEE

Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.  Thicker crystals than regular embossing powder.  It leaves a thicker coat & can be used for so much more.  Build up layers of clear to give a glass effect over an image, can be stamped into, make embellishments or jewellery ....