Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Softer Shadow Stamp

So these two cards are vibrant and bold, but today's card uses the same old Hero Arts shadow stamp but with a completely different technique, and the results are soft and natural.

The background came from a very simple technique using Memento ink and markers. First, I inked the whole stamp with new sprout (a very pale green), then tapped bamboo leaves and cottage green markers all over it. After spritzing the stamp generously with water, I moved the stamp around to blend the inks, and then stamped it on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. To maximize the color, I weighted the stamp on the paper for a few minutes while the watery ink was absorbed by the paper. (I learned that trick from a Jennifer McGuire video.)

Once the panel was dry, I stamped leaves in embossing ink and sprinkled with pearl embossing powder. The embossing effect is subtle, but oh so pretty!

I liked the whole effect so much, I decided not to add a sentiment.

Hopefully, you had as relaxing and creative a weekend as I did! It's been fun reading your comments and emails on my last post, and I'm going to respond in the next few days. Dave Barry, the humor writer, said there's a fine line between mental illness and hobby...and I think he's right!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Hero Arts, Papertrey Masculine Motifs
paper: Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Papertrey white
ink: embossing ink, Memento
accessories: Memento markers, heat gun, silver pearl embossing powder, water spritzer


  1. My hobbies (papercrafting, genealogy, reading) are Protectors of my own mental health. And Defenders against the Dark Arts of other people's mental illnesses. They are, however, Threats to my economy.

  2. So soothing. Those shadow stamps were such the rage and now seem to be avoided at all costs. I'm glad you broke one out to use it. Perhaps you can start a new fad.

  3. Love the colours and the subtle effect of the leaves.

  4. What a great cad with an older stamp! I absolutely love your CAS style so much and that you use your older supplies! Thank you so much!!


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