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Back Stamping + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I wanted to show how you can do “back stamping“… by stamping with the back of a clear stamp. I also am part of a fun hop with giveaways!

Back Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

One of the first techniques I did with clear stamps many years ago was to stamp with the BACK of the stamp to create a shadow. And it is still fun today!

This technique is especially fun with smaller images. Today I used some new “planner” stamps from Hero Arts. My favorite set from this release is the Hero Arts Everything Smiles Stamps and Dies Set. It comes with cute images and two fantastic word bubble dies.

Back Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I first stamped with the backside of the clear stamps on a white background with various Hero Arts Inks. (See thumbnails below for the colors I used.) I then flipped the stamp over so it was mounted “correctly” and stamped it with a darker ink. This works great with any symmetrical stamps such as hearts, circles, etc.

Back Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the sentiments, I die cut the word bubble from black cardstock and white heat embossed the “hello” from the same Hero Arts Everything Smiles Stamps and Dies Set. I also added a smaller sentiment from the very versatile Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages Stamp Set.

Back Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really wanted to keep the rest of the cards simple, so I added some sequins along with tiny dots made with my stylus and inks.

Back Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you image isn’t symmetrical, the back stamping technique doesn’t work well. However, I figured out a way to do it! First, I stamped with the back of the stamp onto vellum. Once dry, I flipped the vellum over and white heat embossed the image. This worked great! For this card I used the Hero Arts Events and Everyday and Hero Arts Holiday Planner stamp sets.
Back Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

HERO ARTS PLANNER BLOG HOP

Today I am part of a fun blog hop celebrating the Hero Arts 2016 Planner Catalog release. Hero Arts and Kelly Purkey have designed some great stamps that not only work great in your planners, calendars and journals, but also on cards. You can see all the new products HERE.

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The next stop on the hop is the blog of Yana Smakula. You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.

GIVEAWAY

Hero Arts will be giving away THREE $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmPT on 10/19/16. (The names of the winners will be on the Hero Arts Blog.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Hero Arts (HA), etc.