Technique Challenge at Make The Day Special Stamp Store
Today, I’m posting over in the Challenge post from Make the Day Special Stamp Store. The challenge this month is to try a new technique or one that you’ve not done in a while. I had a go at this technique a couple of years ago and haven’t tried it since!
I must say, having done it with different stamps, I’ll be using this again, and in fact have a project half done using this very technique.
It’s called the Stained Mosaic technique and you can see where I learned about it here at Splitcoast Stampers
Frustratingly, I haven’t got any step-by-steps, despite being sure I took them. I have one- but it’s not much use. In a nutshell, you make the equivalent of stampers crazy paving using rubber stamp offcuts- the best ones are a red rubber stamp that has the outside to trim off or Stampin’Up! sets used to leave the rubber on the outside. I’ll check whether the Unity ones have any spare rubber. Simply cut the flat plain rubber into shapes, mostly triangles and odd shapes. Push all of these onto an acrylic (make sure it’s clean or they WILL fall off!). I’ve resorted to putting Versamark onto the block sometimes to help give a little suction. If you were desperate, a bit of Pritt sitck would work too.
Once you’ve stamped your image and coloured it (I used the WPlus9 Woodland Wreaths set), you make this ‘crazy paving’ with stamp leftovers bigger than the size of your image. Then gently ink with Versamark…GENTLY or you’ll pull them off as you take the inkpad off the rubber (yep, lost count of the times it did that).
Next, stamp over your coloured image and add clear embossing powder. Heat to set. At this point you’ll have an unusual shiny image.
Now, add ink. I blended Distress ink into the area, adding as much or as little as you need. The tutorial by Beate Johns shows using black- I didn’t want it that heavy, although Peacock Feathers looks gorgeous over this wreath image too.
Once you’ve the level of colour you want, buff with some kitchen towel and then decorate to your hearts content. You have to give it a go- it’s a ton of fun!
Check out the challenge and join in- there’s a £15 voucher for the store up for grabs.
Gotta dash- back with another post tomorrow and bit more of the usual non-newsy news!!