Thursday, May 2, 2013

Getting Inky Guest Post: Sylvia Blum on Ombre Effect Stamping

Hi everyone! Sylvia Blum here and I am thrilled that I was invited to write an article about stamping here on Lisa's blog! Thank you so much for the invitation, Lisa!

In case you already have seen my work somewhere on the web or in magazines, you know that I love pretty designer papers! But I have also been a passionate stamper for a long time! I just LOVE stamping :)

So I thought for this special "stamping" feature, I would make a card without any patterned paper! *gasp* ;-)

What do you think? Are you ready?
Ok, let's start:
We are going to make the above shown card and create an "ombre" effect by using one background stamp and two inkpads!

I will show you how I did this and also share some general tips that I think are helpful to know when you are stamping.

Here's tip #1 for using large clear stamps with acrylic blocks:
Instead of adhering the stamp onto an acrylic block, lay the stamp down onto the table (face down!) and make sure it lies straight. Then press the acrylic block onto the back side of the clear stamp, as shown in the picture below.
This way you make sure to have your stamp attached straight to the block. If you do it the other way (press stamp onto acrylic block) it sometimes happens that the stamp is not straight on the block but is attached buckled or wavy. 
To create the ombre background I used these two inkpads:
Hero Arts "Bubble Gum" is a light pink color and "Raspberry Jam" is a very rich and dark pink color.

Before we start to create the ombre chevron pattern I want to share a second tip with you:
When stamping with a clear stamp, always put a soft and elastic pad (like a pc mouse pad) underneath your paper. This helps you to get a better and more crisp impression:
Now on to the ombre effect:

1. Ink the chevron stamp using the dark color and stamp it on the bottom of the white cardstock. Clean the stamp!

2. Ink the chevron stamp using the light color, then lightly dab the dark inkpad over it. Stamp above the first line of stamped chevron pattern. Clean the stamp!

3. Ink the chevron stamp using the dark color, then lightly dab the light inkpad over it (don't worry, the light colored inkpad will not be ruined! I use this technique often and have never had any problems with my inkpads). Stamp above the second chevron line. Clean the stamp!

4. Ink the chevron stamp using the light color and stamp it above the third chevron line.
Isn't that easy?

I rounded all four corners of the stamped panel using the 1/4" corner of the Corner Chomper tool.

Afterwards I stamped "You are" with black ink in the left upper corner of the same panel and then I attached the panel to a slightly larger white cardbase using dimensional foam adhesive.

Stamp "Amazeballs" onto a strip of white cardstock using black ink and cut the left end of the strip so it looks like a little flag. Adhere to card using dimensional foam adhesive

Now a little bling for some additional interest - and your stamped ombre card is finished!

Here's the finished card again:
I hope you enjoyed this little article about stamping and maybe you learned something new and feel inspired to get your stamps out and have some FUN :)

Once again: Thanks so much for having me as a guest on your blog, Lisa!

card recipe:
  • stamps - Paper Smooches "Geo-graphic" (chevron); CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Amazeballs" (words)
  • inks - Hero Arts "Bubble Gum" + "Raspberry Jam"; Versafine "Onyx Black"
  • others - white cardstock, We R Memory Keepers "Corner Chomper", pink rhinestones, dimensional foam adhesive
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  1. love the clean look to this card!

  2. Awesome tutorial and great tip about using the mouse pad.
    Makes for a fabulous card!

  3. Wow! This is amazing!! Love love love the ombre effect!!

  4. Wow, that is really clever! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hey, Sylvia! Thanks for the I can do this with confidence! LOL!! Perfect example of my favorite trendy design with a trendy technique = LOVE~! GREAT card too :)

  6. great tip and card! Lovely Look!!

  7. ooooooo love the tip. i never think of those things. and it looks so easy to do.

  8. This is a wonderful tutorial, great explanation and great card!

  9. Love the card! Great tutorial!

  10. Great stamping. Love the ombre effect.

  11. Love the ombre chevron, beautiful!

  12. Beautiful card and I love that stamp!

  13. Love the ombre! So pretty and the sentiment has me laughing Sylvia :)

  14. Love the Ombre trend and the technique on your card is so adorable!!

  15. That is amazing! And ps love your title!!

  16. Thanks for the tip, love the ombre effect in your card.

  17. WOW! What a great tip! Gorgeous card. And I love that sentiment. ;)

  18. Awesome tutorial!! As soon as I'm on pc I'll pin it! Thanks!!

  19. I love this card! Really turned out beautifully, and I will be featuring it on my party highlight post this week. :)


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