Saturday, November 30, 2013

Adding Stamped Images to Your Inked Backgrounds

Today I want to build on earlier posts where I explained how to make these colorful backgrounds. 
Someone asked me what I do with these backgrounds, 
so I decided I would walk you towards that end product one step at a time. 
Today we are going to talk about adding stamped images to your inked backgrounds.
There is really nothing to it. I promise!
I thought I had taken a photo of this inked background when I made it, 
unfortunately I didn't check before I went crazy with the stamping, so this is about the closest thing you are going to see to a photo of the inked prettiness it was. 

I completed the background on an 11" x 14" sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface - my go-to paper for inked backgrounds - and Dylusions Ink Sprays in Crushed Grape and Funky Fuchsia . 

Then I gathered my supplies:
* a stamp that I like from Dylusions,
* if you are using a non-mounted stamp, you will also need a clear stamp block - mine came from Dylusions (of course), and
* an archival inkpad from Ranger.
(Yes, I am just noticing my skin looks terrible in this photo. I really don't have the plague, I promise!)
Ink your stamp and place it face down onto your inked background - wherever you want it to go. Press down, then lift straight up.
For this particular project I wanted to cover most of the paper surface with stamped images. I did not care if they lined up or not, so I focused on stacking them one above the other.
I repeated the process until I had most of the surface covered. 
My first stamps were a little darker than I wanted them, 
so I stamped the image twice before I re-inked the stamp.
This resulted in a mix of lighter and darker images, which I am really satisfied with.
So you see, there is really nothing to getting stamped images onto your inked backgrounds. 
Piece of cake! I promise!
Now. On to my next step in the project. And I will try to take more pictures as I go along. 
I promise :).

The Creator's Leaf

3 comments:

  1. I'm intrigued to see where you go from here - great having your photo tutorials for the combination of words & pictures really explains.
    Paula (PEP)

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  2. Very pretty... I just bought a smaller pack of this bristol paper... have you ever stamped and then coloured on it with alcohol markers? jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

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  3. i'm trying to respond individually to your comments, but blogger won't let me :(

    thanks, paula, i have no idea what i'm going to do next - but i hope it will be beautiful whatever it is :)

    mary-anne, yes, i have done that, once i stamp the image i use my heat gun to set the ink so it doesn't smear with the alcohol markers, try it on a scrap first :) thanks for the question - it works and it's beautiful!

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