In the last posting we showed how to create a simple 'neutral' color background to add richness to a stamped project. This one uses an entirely different type of coloring material as a base for repeat stamping and embossing.
Begin by stamping the Maple Seeds a couple of times on the white ATC with Versamark ink. Dredge in clear embossing powder and heat set.
(for best results create your art on the top side of the Art Square; the side with a pebbly texture)
Using the gold Gelato stick, gently rub lines across the ATC Art Square a few times - you don't need to press hard or use a lot.
Spritz the ATC Art Square with water (not too much) and combine the pigment and water by spreading it across the surface using your finger.
Immediately dab away the excess with a paper towel. The pigment will resist where you stamped and embossed...leaving a warm gold tone over the entire background. (don't scrub as you don't want to damage the surface of the Art Square) Either set aside to dry, or gently heat set.
Now stamp the Maple Seeds with the pear ink. Dredge in clear embossing powder and heat set.
Finish by stamping the Maple Seeds with merlot ink, dredge in clear embossing powder and heat set.
You will notice a couple of things...where you stamped first with the Versamark ink, the Maple Seeds appear in white (the original color of the Art Square) and where there is overlap of stamping and embossing, each layer creates a different muted color effect.
(visit the stores list on our web site to locate a store that carries Inchie Arts Art Squares)
While adding a background treatment might mean another creative step, it often adds a richness to the finished piece. This is the first of two posts to show two completely different techniques illustrating how a simple, neutral colored background can be applied as the foundation for your stamping.
Prepare the liquid color by mixing a few drops of water with one drop each of yellow and sepia ink.
Spread the watered ink on a clear acrylic sheet. For some projects a clear work surface vs. a dark colored craft mat might be a better choice as it will allow you to clearly see exactly how much liquid color you have. Determine which is the "top" side of the ivory Art Square and then push that top side into the wet color.
Repeat this process until either the desired affect is acheived, or you have picked up all the liquid color. Put aside to dry, or gently heat set.
This is one instance where it is easier to ink the stamp and bring the Art square to the stamp.
Dredge in clear embossing powder and heat set. It is SO much easier to store embossing powder in small plastic containers with lids; then all you have to do is dredge and tap!
(it's totally worth it to invest in the POUNDER and be done with it!)
Working fairly quickly, use your finger to dab (along with a slight rubbing motion) small quantities of Inka Gold at the corners and along the sides. Beware...it dries really quickly!
Once you get the hang of this technique its fun to try different color combinations, types of color (inks, paints, stains) and color distribution on the work surface.