Hello! Today I share an easy way to get a new look out of an outline stamp… by turning it into a silhouette. I also share some tips for blended inking.
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This technique works with any outline stamp that has an obvious shape to it. Or, you can just use solid stamps, too!
I thought the kitty image from the Simon Says Stamp Creepy Cute Stamp Set was just super cute! So I created two cards with her… one as an outline and one as a silhouette.
For the outline image, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Creepy Cute kitty with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink Pad and colored it in with a Molotow Masking Pen. After it was dry, I used 3M Wide Post-It Tape to mask a rectangle area. Next, I applied Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. This ink is incredibly easy to blend. I also lightly splattered water on the inked area for a starry sky. Once everything was dry, I rubbed away the masking fluid.
For the silhouette version, I stamped the cat and colored it in with a black permanent pen. I then colored over with it my Versamark Pen and clear heat embossed. I like the added shine and the embossing also resists the ink that I added on top. Oh – and the sentiment is also from the Simon Says Stamp Creepy Cute Stamp Set. (By the way, all of today’s cards are 3.5″ x 5″.)
I did the same process for these next cards, but instead using a floral image from the Power Poppy Vibrant Thanks Stamp Set. I love how the masked outline and the silhouette give such different looks!
On the outline card, I used Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and the sentiment is from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set. For the silhouette card, I used Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink… and a lovely sentiment from the Gina K Designs All About You Stamp Set. Swoon!
Flower images really work well for this technique!
Here is another example showing a silhouette created by coloring in a outline flower from the Power Poppy Vibrant Thanks Stamp Set. This time I skipped the heat embossing and just left it black from the Pilot Oil Based Black Twin Marker. Still looks nice! Oh, and the rainbow effect is easy to create – just overlap and blend Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink.
If you don’t have an outline stamp with a obvious shape – or you want to save time – you can do this technique with solid images. This next image from the Gina K Designs Nurturing Blooms Stamp Set… so lovely! (This set is currently free with a $75 order at Gina K Designs.) I stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and clear heat embossed. I used the same colors of Oxide Inks as I did on the last example… and the sentiment is from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set.
The images in the new Tim Holtz Stamptember Cling Rubber Stamp Set are also great for this technique. I created the sky with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and used a perfect sentiment from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set.
And last but not least… my favorite! The Gina K Designs Framescape Tropical Skies Stamp Set is absolutely dreamy. (I have another project planned with this set soon!) I once again stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and clear heat embossed. That sky? It is dreamy also! So easy – just used Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink.
I also really like the “you are magic” sentiment from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set. I just seems to work well on many cards.
By the way, I really am liking the Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze. It is runnier than Glossy Accents, so it comes out of the bottle easily. I don’t feel it is a “tough” when it dries… but the verdict is still out. I am going to keep using both and I will let you know what I eventually find out!
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