Thursday, March 1, 2012

Stamping Technique by Design Team Member Jules Aviles

Welcome Design Team Member, Jules Aviles, who would like to share a very simple stamping technique that anyone could's a way to add a theme to any card stock for any occasion!

Supply List:

Textured red card stock from Bazzil
(You can find tons of colors and shades at your local CW)

An embossing ink pad

Any stamp.....I think Craft Warehouse's $1 stamps work perfect!!!
For clear stamps like these, you will need a stamping block, like this one

What I like to use is clear embossing powder for a "Tone on Tone" look.... so it looks like a shiny red stamp on a red piece of card stock! But of course you could use a different color if you want! I store embossing powders in a Rubbermaid container with a  plastic spoon in it to scoop the powder onto the paper. 

So, now you wet your stamp and stamp your image randomly on your  card stock.....kind of making it look like it's a large background stamp!

Now....stamp it all over..... make sure to do this kinda fast so it doesn't dry,  you want it nice and wet so the powder sticks really well!

After coverage, tap on the backside to shake the loose powder off. 

Now...the fun part!!! Using a heat gun, (CW carries a couple different kinds). These are not hairdryers and the heat is SUPER HOT!!!  Please be careful!!!  The heat will melt the powder keeping the image solid and crisp but make sure you  constantly move the heat gun around so the powder and card stock don't burn.  Watch for a wet shiny look then let it cool.  

I did end up placing the red card stock on my spiral notebook so my mat won't warp!

See it melt!!???  Cool huh??

....and voila! Easy Peasy! 

Now, You can use this for a card or a photo mat. 

I hope I was able to share a cool tip with you that you could try!  It really is pretty and fun and so versatile!  Leave a comment or question below, I'll be happy to answer them! 

Have a great day!! 

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